|Minimum Stay||6 - 7 nights|
This condominium is located on the Beachfront at Pointe Santo De Sanibel, the most popular complex on the island. Our large, non-smoking two bedroom plus den/bedroom, 2 bath unit is one of the bigger corner units that not only offers direct gulf front but also beautiful views of the Point Santo property and pool area. Completely remodeled and redecorated, this condominium boasts a terrific design, open floor plan, brand new furniture and old-fashioned craftsmanship. You are invited to watch the sunrise and sunset from the screened lanai, plus you can see and hear the ocean from every room. This condominium has unsurpassed surroundings and views. There are just a few condominiums as close to the water as this one. This is truly a family friendly vacation resort, complete with a clubhouse including a kids' program of daily activities. Do not forget that the unsurpassed shelling is just steps from this perfect vacation condominium.
Cathy and Joe Trainor have four children who have all grown up vacationing on Sanibel Island. Some of their happiest memories were made at Pointe Santo. They are also the owners of C1, and A3, both first floor walk out units.
We had a great time on vacation and your condo was great! I loved the location and the beachfront was a bonus. The extra den was nice too, gave the kids a little space of their own. I did add to your bucket and shovel collection. I had forgotten that you had some and I bought some more that we were not about to lug home on the trip. Will think about Sanibel for next year. My boys (5 and 3) said they wanted to stay for the winter!
You also need a great place to stay. Here's what you need to know: 1. You cannot be closer to the water, in Pointe de Santo or anywhere else on Sanibel. 2. The unit is well maintained, extremely clean, and you can tell the family that owns it takes great care of it 3. You will love the complex (pool, etc.) and proximity to everything (grocery, restaurants, nature). 4. Be prepared to relax and have days where your toughest decisions are: Beach first or pool first?
Everything in the rental description of the property is 100% accurate. I will amplify a few important points: This is a corner unit. It's bigger than most, having 2 full bedrooms (one with 3 beds), plus an entire den and family room. Because it is a corner unit, you can slip your shoes off when you come into the big entry way, with room for your bags or other stuff. The unit has beach towels, chairs, etc. The Wifi in the complex is sufficient for your kids to stream shows on their devices.
I corresponded with the owner before renting and found her very helpful and genuine. The rental company was efficient and polite (they're one of the major ones with an office right on Periwinkle, the main drag).
If you are reading this I assume you are already a Sanibel fan. What we love is you can adjust your visit to suit your needs: either relax on the property or get out and do plenty (beaches, boating, fishing, shopping, Ft Meyers is a wonderful city for day trips, nature preserves, Thomas Edison museum, minor league baseball games, Captiva, etc.). The logistics into Ft. Meyers and Sanibel are smooth.
The unit looks exactly as it is pictured and described above. Pointe Santo is a family friendly place with an interesting beach and adequate pool. *Note: Bring beach shoes because the beach can be shell-y at places.
Instead of a security deposit, renters must purchase an incidental damages policy.
The main reason for my rating is our experience with the rental company (VIP) and owner when we returned home. Two days before our departure we made the unfortunate discovery that our children had lice. We informed VIP to ensure that the place was cleaned thoroughly before the incoming guests. We had our children treated at a professional lice salon, vacuumed the place thoroughly and washed the sheets. About a week after our return, I received an invoice from VIP (copying the owner) stating that I owed $963 for lice related damages. When I responded that I was surprised by the invoice and asked for contractual evidence of my responsibility, I received emails from VIP and the owner telling me I was morally obligated to pay the damages. VIP told me the damages were not covered by the incidental damages insurance policy, and even threatened to take legal action. The owner sent me several long winded emails in which she lectured me on moral obligations and how she was a victim because of the lice incident. I responded that the owner and VIP should be discussing this matter with the insurance carrier, not harassing me. When I had finally had enough of the owner's emails, I hired a colleague of mine to handle the matter (I am an attorney at a large law firm). My colleague also received a long winded email from the owner in which she once again lectured him on moral obligations. She also offered to split the costs. He replied that we would not be paying and to direct all further correspondence to him without copying me.
The next day I was contacted by the insurance company to confirm the details of the lice-related damages. The agent informed me a claim had been filed that day, and was surprised that VIP and the owner had been badgering me to pay the damages out of pocket because the damages were clearly covered by the policy. In short, the owner and VIP attempted to bully me into paying for damages that were covered by the incidental damages policy I was required to purchase.
There are many units in Pointe Santo for rent. I would recommend finding another one that does not involve this owner or this rental management company.
My husband and I stayed in this condo with two of our children in mid August 2012 and had a great stay. We have stayed in other condos in Pointe Santo before and this one has been the best. You can't beat the view out of all of the windows, particularly overlooking the Gulf. It was very serene the week we stayed and calming to the soul to look out over that from our deck.
We were able to see dolphins swimming by the first day we arrived and collected many great shells to bring home. We also took the eco/nature guided kayak tour with the Tarpon Bay outfitters - we saw some amazing birds and learned a lot about the ecosystem surrounding Sanibel. Very enjoyable.
The condo had everything we needed and was very comfortable. The kitchen was well stocked for our meals. The beds were comfortable, and it was especially nice having the extra space of the den to spread out into. This space makes this condo larger than the others we have stayed at in Pointe Santo. The owner of the condo was very easy to work with and helpful with all of our questions. We will return when we can!
My husband and I & our 3 young sons (6 yrs, 3 yrs, & 1 yr) stayed Jan 2011. We had a great time! Cathy was great to work with. She provided alot of helpful information about Sanibel Island. The accomodations worked great for our family (we did rent a crib for our 1 yr old through the rental company). It was a very relaxed vacation which is what we were looking for since our kids are so young. We saw dolphins swimming along the shore more than once. We also really enjoyed the Sanibel Thriller boat ride. We would highly recommend doing that during your stay.
We would like to express our sincere thank you for such an enjoyable visit at your condo The Beach House. We loved the decor, the efficient layout plus the beds were very comfortable. We also enjoyed the condo's proximity to the beach and the pool and our 3 yr old was never without anything to do. My mother and her best friend both said it was the best vacation they ever had, and they travel quite a bit. Having Bailey's General store just up the road was so convenient so we could cook pretty much everything from fresh. In short, we immediately felt at home there and it was very difficult to leave. We plan to visit again in the near future. Thanks again. Warm regards, Thompson family
We had a great time during our stay in Sanibel. This unit is beautifully decorated and furnished and extremely comfortable. There is plenty of room to spread out, so you never feel crowded or in someone's way. I would highly recommend this unit and can't wait to return.
Ding Darling Bird Sanctuary, canoeing, fishing charters, shelling charters, snorkeling, para sailing, movie theatre, play house, bicycling, Captiva Island, Naples Zoo (30 minutes drive), Busch Gardens Tampa (1 1/2 hour drive).
Other Activities: Boating, jet skiing, kids' activity program, shelling.
|Damage waiver||£32 + Tax|
|Rreservation fee||£28 + Tax|
|Linen fee||£52 + Tax|
$35 Reservation fee.
$59 Linen fee.
$39.50 Accidental Insurance fee