South Seas Island Resort

Captiva, Gulf Coast Beaches

The hotel

Stretching over 330 acres, this exclusive and serene island retreat offers a wealth of activities to tempt you and miles and miles of sandy, shell-strewn beach. Accommodation is exceptionally private and scattered throughout the grounds - you can choose from either bright, spacious hotel rooms or 1- and 2-bedroom villa apartments, some steps away from the beach, or within walking distance from restaurants and shops. Each cluster of accommodation has access to a private swimming pool, there's also a beautiful signature lagoon pool complex, located in North Pointe Village, where you can hire your own cabana with butler service. A great place to relax, it features 3 swimming pools, one with two water slides, a hot tub and a poolside restaurant. There's also a championship 9-hole golf course on-site or, if you prefer a full 18-hole, head to the Dunes Golf & Tennis Club, just a short drive away on Sanibel Island. Tennis enthusiasts are also well catered for with 19 state-of-the-art courts and, of course, there are water sports in abundance. The kids will love the Parrots Arcade with a selection of exciting virtual reality games plus there's supervised activities for children and a teen's club with sailing on the agenda and kayaking among tall mangroves. Dining-wise, you'll be spoilt for choice with everything from casual dining at signature restaurant Harbourside Bar & Grill to ice-cream and pizza at Scoops & Slices.

Amenities

  • Bar
  • Swimming Pool
  • Hot tub
  • Kids Club
  • Teen Club
  • Free Parking
  • Babysitting service
  • Room Service
  • Safety Deposit Box
  • Wheelchair access
  • Fitness Centre/Gym
  • Laundry Service

Where is it

On Captiva Island, directly overlooking the Gulf of Mexico and two and a half miles of private white-sand beach. For getting around the island, there’s a trolley service to restaurants and stores.

Hotel information

465 rooms and apartments. All rooms with air-conditioning, private balcony, flatscreen cable TV, DVD player, telephone, WiFi Internet access*, fridge, tea/coffee-making facilities, safety deposit box, alarm clock/radio, hairdryer, iron and board. Harbourside Guestrooms are located at the north end of the resort and have a private balcony, 1 king-size bed or 2 queen-size beds, sleeping max 4 adults or 2 adults and 2 children.

One Bed Bayside Villas have a large screened balcony with views of Pine Island Sound and the mangrove forests and are located at the south end of the resort, close to the beach, restaurant and shops. They have 1 separate bedroom, 2 full bathrooms, living room with sleeper sofa, dining area and fully-equipped kitchen, sleeping max 4 adults or 2 adults and 2 children.

One Bed Beach Villas have a large screened balcony with views of the Gulf of Mexico and are located at the south end of the resort, close to the beach, restaurant and shops. They have 1 separate bedroom, 2 full bathrooms, living room with sleeper sofa, dining area and fully-equipped kitchen, sleeping max 4 adults or 2 adults and 2 children.

Two Bed Marina Villas are located at the north end of the resort with views of the marina or bay and are only a short walking distance of The Pointe with children's activities, restaurants and a 5-min walk to the beaches. They have 2 separate bedrooms, 2 full bathrooms, living room, dining area, fully-equipped kitchen, sleeping max 6 adults or 4 adults and 2 children.

Two Bed Beach Villas are located at the north end of the resort with views of the Gulf of Mexico and are only a short walking distance of The Pointe with children's activities, restaurants and a 5-min walk to the beaches. They have 2 separate bedrooms, 2 full bathrooms, living room, dining area, fully-equipped kitchen, sleeping max 6 adults or 4 adults and 2 children.

Self parking included within resort fee. Trolley service to restaurants and stores.

Harbourside Bar & Grill (seafood, steaks and salads, open for buffet breakfast and dinner), The Pointe restaurant (grills, sandwiches, soups and salads, open for lunch), Doc Ford's Rum Bar & Grille (Caribbean-inspired cuisine, open for lunch and dinner), Scoops & Slices (old-fashioned ice cream and oven baked pizza, open 11.00am-midnight daily), Starbucks® coffee, Captiva Provision Company (full-service market open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and offering groceries, ready-to-go meals and gifts) and the Ship's Store (light bites, coffee and juice, groceries, open 7.00am-9.00pm).

Resort pool complex with 2 lagoon-style swimming pools, hot tubs, cabanas* (with TVs, WiFi Internet access, chaise lounges and fridge), swim school*, H2Whoa! family water park with shallow end with zero entry and 2 water slides (height restrictions apply), 15 additional pools scattered throughout the villages for guests staying in these properties. Kay Casperson Lifestyle Spa & Boutique* with treatments including massages, scrubs, manicures and pedicures, make overs and hairdressing, skin care and cosmetics, jewellery and gifts. Fitness centre with cardio equipment and free weights. Pavel Blackwood Tennis Academy* with daily clinics and private instruction and 19 state-of-the-art tennis courts with floodlighting. Water sports* centre with hydro bikes, parasailing and sea kayaks. Offshore sailing school* with lessons available. Captiva Kids Club* (4-11 years), Captiva Teens Club* (11 years and over). Parrots Arcade games room with virtual reality games*. Yoga*. Championship Captiva Island 9-hole, par-27 Golf Course. Miles of running and bicycling paths.

24-hour front desk, Laundry/dry-cleaning service*, Babysitting (on request*), Captiva Provision Company (gifts) and the Ship's Store (books, magazines, DVD rentals*, fishing and boating gear, open 7.00am-9.00pm).

Wheelchair accessible rooms available on request. Please note that these rooms are subject to availability and may be restricted to specific room categories and bedding arrangements. Rooms and facilities vary between hotels so please check at the time of booking. For more information and contact details please check out our Special Assistance page

*Denotes local charge.

Please note: A resort fee of $35.00 plus tax per room per day is payable locally and includes use of the following amenities: Guestroom high-speed Internet, daily botled water (2), pool towels, beach chairs, umbrellas, daily trolley service throughout the resort, access to fitness centre and tennis centre (does not include court fees), daily entertainment, daily newspaper and self-parking. Resort fee and its inclusions are subject to change.

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Traveller rating

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Jul 22, 2019 allisqueek78

Our family enjoyed our stay at SSIR, the pools were perfect and the beach was beautiful despite terrible sea conditions. I didn't like you were only allowed to charge to the room while on property as everything is owned by SSIR including Starbucks. The poolside dining and bar was excellent, however the onsite fine dining was not as good. I… Read more
Our family enjoyed our stay at SSIR, the pools were perfect and the beach was beautiful despite terrible sea conditions. I didn't like you were only allowed to charge to the room while on property as everything is owned by SSIR including Starbucks. The poolside dining and bar was excellent, however the onsite fine dining was not as good. I wished the room would have had a microwave to heat up left over snacks. The room itself was comfortable and roomy for a family of 4. I felt the staff was trying to be the Disney of south florida Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating 3 Bedroom Beach Villa #2431

Jul 21, 2019 Mandy G

We have been to a South Seas multiple times over the years; and were extremely disappointed upon arrival of our “3 bedroom” beach villa - which was really a 2 bedroom with loft “bedroom” aka No door and can hear everything and everyone downstairs. We had called multiple times before the stay to make sure we had the right bed types as 4 adults and… Read more
We have been to a South Seas multiple times over the years; and were extremely disappointed upon arrival of our “3 bedroom” beach villa - which was really a 2 bedroom with loft “bedroom” aka No door and can hear everything and everyone downstairs. We had called multiple times before the stay to make sure we had the right bed types as 4 adults and 4 teenage children....but we ended up with 2 teenagers on the floor as the loft had only 2 chairs??? Last time we stayed the loft had a trundle bed; and time before a Queen bed. So basically, when you reserve via South seas it’s a complete gamble...even after calling multiple times before arrival to stress we need the same layout /beds as previous stay we got the short end of the stick. Whatever- we made it work and Teenagers survived ;) But what was really bothersome was our unit was not worth just under $900 a night considering 2 on the floor and the CONDITION of this particular unit compared to other 3 bedroom beach villas at South Seas. It was dated, with black mold in the “plastic” seams of the master shower (like no one looked up to clean) as well as dirty looking furniture in the living room, broken toaster, broken ice maker, cheap plastic shower surrounds ,smoke alarms chirping 3 nights. Again, we have stayed here before multiple times and our units had been so much nicer. Thus our expectations were so much higher- and maybe that was the issue. Example unit 2434 is in immaculate condition, updated, tile showers, granite, updated beach decor, furniture clean,etc. Our unit 2431- not so much. We asked to see another unit but they said didn’t have anything thus we were stuck paying high rate a in dated unit - definitely not nice like other stays and think more to the point not worth the high rate we were paying. I would happily pay more for an updated unit - selling these old ones at same rate is not going to get them repeat customers. I’d rather book on VRBO when I know exactly what unit I am going to get. By us booking south seas direct, you literally have no clue on what you will get and we leaned first hand never again; and we be much worse than you last stay. Must note the staff was friendly and great as usual - this review is truly disappointment in the room product only for the rate we were paying, as everyone else in our group’s rooms were so much nicer and paid the same rate as us. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Needs Improvements in some areas

Jul 20, 2019 JeepDad1766 Fort Myers, Florida

First off I don’t want to completely come off as slamming this place, because it has some amazing qualities. I have been here before and have always enjoyed it. We had some bumps this trip. On arrival check in was very easy. Very friendly desk staff and the manager was even nice enough to move us a little closer to the pool area since my wife is… Read more
First off I don’t want to completely come off as slamming this place, because it has some amazing qualities. I have been here before and have always enjoyed it. We had some bumps this trip. On arrival check in was very easy. Very friendly desk staff and the manager was even nice enough to move us a little closer to the pool area since my wife is eight months pregnant. Note: This is a big property and you will either need to rent a golf cart or drive to get around. A trolley is on site to shuttle you also. Reserve a cart well ahead of time if you plan on wanting one. Ok, back to the review. After check in, we headed to our marina view room. On arrival here our troubles began. Our key cards both did not work. Yes this can happen sometimes, so I’m not being unrealistic here. The issue is it is a 10 minute drive at least to get back to the front. I had already unloaded our car and had to leave my pregnant wife and four year old with our luggage, and head back up front. I did call the service line, but they told me I needed to come back. I went back and had the cards reprogrammed again. I head back to the room. Now it is Florida and it’s well over 90 degrees so I was trying to get the door resolved for my wife and child ASAP. Upon return, guess what? Keys did not work again. Now we were upset. This is a high end place and expect a bit more. After another call, they advised a maintenance person would be over. No eta. Well we waited we saw a delivery person that worked for the hotel. He tried to help us, but even his master card failed to open the door. We did see a maintenance person a short time later who was extremely helpful. He had not been dispatched to us but made the effort to ask us if we needed help. He radioed in to the desk and they had no pending service call for us. I was so thankful he checked or who knows how long we would have waited. He was able to get us in ASAP and he fixed the door and apologized for the issue. Ok, so soaked in Florida sweat, we finally tried to reset inside. The room is your standard hotel setup. It’s dated decor. 1980s Florida would be the best way to describe it. Basic tv (no smart tv) and your normal bath. A mini fridge was in our room so that is always a plus. The view was really nice overlooking Pine Island sound. The lanai outside was great to sit at and watch boats pass by. The sea wall is being rebuilt in front of the 1800 building, so note that if you are staying here soon. As I mentioned, we had our young son with us and we were up relatively early, but if you are wanting to sleep in you might want to stay away from this building. Construction noise kicked up early and you heard it, from saws to machines, to hearing the workers talk. It’s not something you want to hear. Just a heads up. The workers would all jump in and swim in the Chanel at lunch(didn’t bother us, but you might not want to watch this, they did swear amongst each other and that was my only issue with our four year old outside). We were only on a one night getaway, so this kinda took some things away. Now the positives. The two pools are very nice. One has water slides, (kids need to be 48 inches) and the other overlooked the gulf which was great. The Crooked Snook Tiki Bar is next to the pool and the staff here are very nice. They make strong drinks, so if you like mild let them know ahead. They have a ice cream and pizza shop close by the pools as well. The property is really nice on the exterior. Pulling in you really feel like you are at your own slice of Captiva Island. It is very old sleepy style Florida. I would say for the amount of money it costs to stay here they need to improve some things. It’s definitely time to update the rooms. As far as our issues, it would have been nice to have been offered something for our troubles, but that did not happen. I think overall you will enjoy the location and services, but don’t be looking for glamorous rooms. This isn’t it. They definitely need to tighten some of the issues up when things go wrong. It happens I get it, but the way you deal with it needs to improve. Read less
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Jul 19, 2019 chad488

We stayed on South Seas for a week and had such a relaxing and peaceful time. There are so many things to do on site and near the resort. The food is second to none and the accommodations are amazing. We look forward to going back again soon.
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Always a great family vacation spot!

Jul 19, 2019 horsemom222 Boca Raton, Florida, United States

Enjoyed another family vacation in Captiva. We’ve been coming here since our honeymoon over 30 years ago. Some changes over the years except for the most important things...the beautiful beaches, great shelling and fun fishing! That’s what brings us back every year. We’ve stayed at most of the accommodations from the beach villas to the private… Read more
Enjoyed another family vacation in Captiva. We’ve been coming here since our honeymoon over 30 years ago. Some changes over the years except for the most important things...the beautiful beaches, great shelling and fun fishing! That’s what brings us back every year. We’ve stayed at most of the accommodations from the beach villas to the private homes and can say there’s a place to fit every budget. Looking forward to our next visit! Read less