Off the coast of Sarasota in Florida, on the island of Longboat Key, a 1,000-acre beachfront resort and luxury destination can be found. The Longboat Key Club and Resort is the place to be for those who would like to rest in an island paradise and have fun with sports at the same time.
This jewel has all the amenities of a world-class resort combined with top of the line sports facilities, like its two championship golf courses, the award-winning 20-court tennis complex, and a 291-slip deep-water marina.
The resort has renovated its 218 luxurious rooms located in the concrete buildings around the resort center. The size of each room actually classifies it as a suite; the smallest has over 400 sq. ft. in area while the largest deluxe two-bedroom suite is a huge 1,750 sq. ft. Each one has private balconies, a huge flat-screen TV, a fully-equipped kitchen, washer-drier, Internet connection, mini-bar, safe, irons and ironing board, as well as luxurious bath supplies.
When booking, try to get the rooms overlooking the Gulf of Mexico; the views are the best there. Other rooms have views of the lagoon or the golf course.
Longboat Key Club comprises both Islandside and Harbourside developments. Both have PGA-approved golf courses with driving ranges, shops, lounge areas, and supportive staff. Those who would like to learn will find computerized swing analysis here, as well as instructors for both group and individual lessons.
The 18-hole Islandside Golf Course is just a few minutes away from the center of the resort. Set in a tropical setting with thousands of palm trees and pink and white oleanders, it has been called one of the most beautiful golf courses in Florida. The three nine-hole golf courses in Harbourside, on the other hand, are farther away. It overlooks Sarasota Bay and the resort’s marina, giving golfers a wonderfully scenic view. It is also challenging, as it plays through stands of oak, palm trees, strangler figs, and pine trees.
For those who are not into golf, there are other options, such as the 20-court Tennis Gardens which offer a full-service tennis facility. This award-winning huge complex has added a great deal of value to the resort, making it one of the best places offering tennis amenities in Florida. Guests can use these facilities free of charge.
The Club also has something for those who just want to lay back and relax. The resort is actually very near the white sand beaches lining the island coast. With around 14-miles of beach, one can certainly enjoy beachcombing, swimming, or just resting on the lounge chairs and the cabanas available. There is also a swimming pool by the beach. Learn more about the Key.
There is a spa and a fitness center in Longboat Key Club too. With an area of over 4,000-square-foot, the center offers an aerobics room, cardio equipment, and weights. There are classes daily, and the services of personal trainers are available as well. Beside the center is the Island House Spa with its 12 treatment rooms offering a variety of services, from make-up application, to waxing and herbal massages.
Families with children in tow need not worry about how to occupy the kids too. During summer and holidays, there is a Kids Klub offering a number of educational activities for children, such as nature hikes, educational field trips, arts and crafts, and water sports.
For shopping and cultural events, downtown Sarasota is just a 15-minute drive away.
With the wonderful white sand beaches and the numerous things to pass the time, the Longboat Key Club and Resort indeed has everything one could ever ask for from a tropical island getaway right here in the USA. Resort Website - Photos provided by the property.