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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Sep 23, 2020 markeL5492YS

Nature's beauty is a spectacular backdrop for working out Covid bugs. Management team is doing an extraordinary job keeping Southseas an attraction that has enraptured us for over 45 years and never disappointed! Truly the pot of gold at the end of the road!!
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Sep 23, 2020 Jim77345 Texas

We have been going here for 36 years. It is a tropical paradise. This year the cleaning was immaculate relieving any worries about the virus. It was open with masks suggested in groups but not required on the resort. My only complaint it the desk staff who always seem irritated that owners come. I cannot say more good about the maintenance… Read more
We have been going here for 36 years. It is a tropical paradise. This year the cleaning was immaculate relieving any worries about the virus. It was open with masks suggested in groups but not required on the resort. My only complaint it the desk staff who always seem irritated that owners come. I cannot say more good about the maintenance department. We had two minor issues and Ken came over as quickly as he could. He is always on the job and so friendly that we have come to consider him a friend when we are there. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Great Weekend for Family and Friends

Sep 23, 2020 liannyr2020

I stayed at South Seas Island Resort for a conference. My husband and I brought our son and we stayed in a beautiful 1 bedroom villa. I was in awe by the cleanliness, the decor was beautiful, and I loved the beach access. The room that conference were held in was also clean and I loved the staff interaction. I was in my 3rd trimester during our… Read more
I stayed at South Seas Island Resort for a conference. My husband and I brought our son and we stayed in a beautiful 1 bedroom villa. I was in awe by the cleanliness, the decor was beautiful, and I loved the beach access. The room that conference were held in was also clean and I loved the staff interaction. I was in my 3rd trimester during our stay so being somewhere comfortable was important for me. I was beyond comfortable in our villa and felt at home! I definitely would love to come back! Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Nice Resort But Watch What Room Type You Book

Sep 21, 2020 directorfantasies Tampa, Florida

I had stayed at the South Seas Island Resort back in 1979. I had fond memories of a wonderful beach vacation & wanted to share this place with my husband. I booked for our 24th wedding anniversary. I spent a lot of time looking at their web site and even made a call to clarify room views. Really wanted an ocean or waterview. I booked a Bayview… Read more
I had stayed at the South Seas Island Resort back in 1979. I had fond memories of a wonderful beach vacation & wanted to share this place with my husband. I booked for our 24th wedding anniversary. I spent a lot of time looking at their web site and even made a call to clarify room views. Really wanted an ocean or waterview. I booked a Bayview Villa room thinking we would be getting views of Pine Island Sound as listed in the description. I also asked for a room on the highest floor available. Imagine my disappointment, when upon arrival, the view was of a small marina & mangroves. If we looked to the right there was a peek of the sound. I didn't like nor want to be on the marina due to noise of people coming & going. Also the room was on the second floor (first floor is covered parking, laundry & maintenance/housekeeing). As for the floor, in these villas, all units on the 3rd floor are 3 bdrms (we booked a 1 bdrm). Was not told this when I called to research. Also these buildings are a mix of rentals & owner units. Be aware owners only are allowed to have dogs. A call to the front desk to see if we could be changed to anothe room - we were told nothing else was available due to 3 weddings that weekend. On to the room itself - there was a damaged panel under the dishwasher indicating a recent repair. Worse the patio sliders were not locked & when I went to lock them, the locks didn't work. It took 2 calls & a wait of 30 minutes to get someone to come fix it as I was not leaving the room with unlocked doors. Cut into our beach time for the first afternoon. Compensated with free bike rental which we were not able to use due to 2-night stay. Another problem - One of the patio sliding privacy shutters was also damaged (off track) so could never be fully closed for privacy. Outside there could have been better lighting from the trolley stop to the buildings. Probably lacking in order to not bother the wild life, but it felt unsafe. The good parts - The trolley is great for getting around the huge property. We saw a beautiful sunset the evening we arrived. The beaches are beautiful. We had a beautiful walk on the beach on Saturday morning. Water was fairly calm for swimming, nice temperature & you were in deep fairly close to shore in places. Doc Fords was good that we ate there twice & also had drinks & ice cream one evening.There is a Starbucks that is easy walking distance in the shops across from the resort entrance. Wish they had an Adult only section or buildings. We were there for a romantic weekend & the presense of kids & noisy boaters was not the experience I was seeking. The resort seems to cater to families but with an aging population of travelers/vacationers who have time & money to travel, this niche market needs to be catered to. Caveat: Be careful when booking to make sure you get the room type you want, especially waterview. Play with dates as the web site does not simply show room types. I was unaware that what I was seeking was a 1 bedroom beach villa. Search results for our stay were showing 2 bedroom beach villas. If I'd have known more clearly what the view of the room was I booked (description was misleading & changed after I pointed it out to them) I would never have booked or booked for different dates. They do offer a Florida residents rate which lowers the room rate a little. Email communication was not helpful so I had to call to get questions answered to satifaction. May try to revisit someday. Read less
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Sep 21, 2020 Titan T Jupiter, Florida

Let me start by saying we have been going to South Seas for years and have always enjoyed our stay. They ran a special a couple of months ago and even though we have not gone anywhere since the pandemic began, we decided book a beach villa for 3 nights. I went online to read some of the recent reviews to see how they were handling COVID. I was… Read more
Let me start by saying we have been going to South Seas for years and have always enjoyed our stay. They ran a special a couple of months ago and even though we have not gone anywhere since the pandemic began, we decided book a beach villa for 3 nights. I went online to read some of the recent reviews to see how they were handling COVID. I was dismayed to find quite a few recent negative reviews, dirty rooms, no cleaning supplies, no social distancing. I actually though about cancelling, but we decided that any risk was within our control. The resort is large and we didn't have to go to places that were crowded. We just got back last night and had a great time. Aside from the beach chairs being spread farther apart and some of the stores having shortened hours it seemed pretty normal. The room was clean and had plenty of cleaning supplies. We did miss the daily maid service since the sand always seems to manage to get into the room. Based on the parking lot, it looked like the resort was quite full on Saturday night, but at no time did we feel there were to many people. Masks are required in the stores and it looked like everyone was complying. A lot of the resort is open areas, so we did not feel the need to wear a mask. We did not go to the North pool, so I cannot comment on whether or not that was crowded. Over the years, we have stayed at the tennis villas, beach villas and the hotel and really they were all nice. We prefer the beach villas because they are a short walk to the water and have a great view. Yes, some of the units look a bit warn, so if you're looking for a 5 star hotel experience because you are paying $$$+a night, go someplace else. If you want to relax on the beach and just enjoy life, this is the perfect place. We will definitely be back again next year. Read less