Innisbrook, A Salamander Golf & Spa Resort
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Just over 6 months out of Chicago and 2 week out of Minneapolis. I am officially homeless.
The past two weeks in Tampa for training have been incredible. Much better than I expected. This was the first training where I haven't felt like being lectured in school; rather the discussions and dialogue between the members of our class and the …
... house in Seven Oaks. The week just simply flew by, between errands and visiting with friends. Just a delightful time all around under the beautiful Floridian sun!
Now, Paul and I are back on the road on our way to Ocean City, Maryland where we are scheduled to arrive on the 28th... We are very excited to yet again stay there for the next 3 months or so ...
... of the Tampa Bay. I drive five minutes and I am on Bayshore Boulevard, the Country's longest (4 mile) walkable sidewalk that lines the Tampa Bay. This has truly been an eyeopening and amazing experience so far, and can't wait to see what the future holds for me here in Florida.
If you have never travelled here, it definitely is a place you want to see. I don't think people know how beautiful our country is. You can truly be "on vacation" here without leaving the country.
Back home today. Didnt have wifi access while in England on the boat so couldnt post. Too busy and tired last 3 days in Scotland Wrote up experiences each day though and will post a few at a time shortly It was a great and different adventure Now on to planning for ...
It is bright and sunny as the plane lands. Delores is waiting in the airport and thank God that I only have a roll aboard. Delores meets me at the airport, and we soon meet Suzi. It us amazing how little time affects these two lively and lovely ladies. We drive to St. Pete Beach and check into our amazingly cute condo! Delores did a great job finding a place right on the beach! We spend the day settling in and buying supplies, ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Innisbrook, A Salamander Golf & Spa Resort Palm Harbor
Great - Fantastic relaxing resort
Had a brilliant time here. Fantastic resort. Accommodation was superb and the maid service was outstanding. Very, very efficient. Bamboo was a lovely diner with great staff. Family of four who enjoyed the golf, the pools, the wildlife and the peace and quiet. We enjoyed staying here so much that we reduced our stay in Orlando by two days and added them on here. We then worried if we had made the right decision. Now the holiday is over we know we did. Our only problem was the tram drivers who insisted on giving us a lift when we wanted to walk the great food off, but in the August heat I appreciated the cool ride.
We just returned from a small vacation to the Tampa area. Our first stay was at the Innisbrook. We arrived very late - so it was dark and we were not able to see the grounds that first night. But as late as it was - we were treated very graciously from the time we arrived. Everyone was very friendly and very accomadating. This resort is huge in size and is beautiful! It is a very relaxing get-a-way! Our room was a junior suite - with a small kitchenette, dining table, couch, chair, patio with chairs, a king size bed and a bath. We were very impressed! If you are a golfer - this would be paradise for you! We went to the Loch Ness Monster pool - it has two slides, hot tub and a nice zero entry pool. The pool has waterfalls and fun water spouts for the children to play in. There are other pools - that I would classify as quiet pools. We also enjoyed eating at one of the clubhouses. Delicious food with great service! We loved our stay at Innisbrook and we were sorry we didn't book our entire stay there. We would highly recommend this resort to anyone!
My husband and I, along with our teen boy & girl stayed at Westin Innisbrook for five days starting March 25, 2004. Okay, so you really need a TRUE vacation? This is the place! We had a bad winter here in the northeast, and were dying to get somewhere warm. We researched all the Carib islands, Mexico, Bahamas and other warm spots. Part of our concern was that air travel to exotic places is a big waste of good vacation time & expense (connecting flights, island tax fees). We also wanted to be far enough South that it didn't get cold at all. We found the WESTIN INNISBROOK through a google search for heated pool with golf Florida (might have been a Golf Digest article). Then I stumbled upon a Southwest Vacations Package to Westin Innisbrook including a Suite for 4 and all resort fees, nonstop roundtrip flights for four (we added rental car to the package. With young teens, you want them safe but also to have some freedom. The Innisbrook is a HUGE gated property. Very clean and quiet. So much to do!! There was a nice mix of age groups here; mature adults, couples, teens and little ones. GOLF: The guys weren't planning to golf, but upon checking into our room, we found a flyer with a Twilight Golf special after 3pm for $60 (18 holes, rental clubs, glove & sleeve of balls) SOLD!! They said the golf was phenomenal and scenic. There are several superb courses within the property. POOLS: There are a wide variety of pools. We were drawn from the advertising of the Lochness pool which was very nice (water slides, waterfall, hot tub, 0 degree entry area with fountains for the little kiddies), but my kids actually ended up preferring to use the other pools on property. Right around the corner from our condo was a lap pool open until 11pm (we used that late-night several times), and several times we also used the pool & hot tub at one of the many clubhouses (had some great mojitos too!! Mmm!). TENNIS: We played a morning round of doubles tennis which was excellent -- clay court facilities ($15 each for racquets, balls & court time, which they let us run way over). NATURE: What was fascinating is the osprey nests all over property -- such graceful and beautiful birds to see, oh and we also saw this unusual squirrel-fox creature while out walking along the golf course. A great place for extended walking or recreational bicycling (okay for kids and seniors, safe private roads). CONDO: The suite was very nice with one bath, full kitchen (which we used quite a bit), Starbucks coffee for the coffeemaker each morning, granite counters in kitchen and bath, barstools, living room w/ TV, dinette set, two Westin Heavenly Beds (delightful and clean) with folding-divider-wall from the livingroom, and a little porch off the livingroom. Although our condo overlooked the lawn and parking lot side and not the golf side, it had brand new !beautiful! designer furniture and was high quality throughout, so we were very comfortable there. SERVICE: Front desk was SO POLITE and very responsive to our every whim (our can opener was missing, and we asked about good local places for beach and dining, needed more coffee). GETTING THERE: The main road from Tampa to Westin is a traffic jam, but just outside the Innisbrook gates is great family restaurants galore (we used Chili's takeout twice, and got pizza takeout too). SITES TO SEE: Tarpon Springs should be on your list of places to visit. The village is charming and the beach is a good family place. We did Busch Gardens one day, but it was a haul driving there and we probably wouldn't go back, even though the roller coasters were phenom and we also saw a newborn clydesdale. VALUE: The price was not cheap, but I hate disappointment, and this place didn't let us down. SUMMARY: Much better than a frenzied theme park-centered or beach-centered vacation. You could take just about anyone here and they would enjoy it (business clients, your grandparents, your significant other, or your little ones). Best of all, it is blessedly private. We would love to make this an annual trip.
My wife and I just returned from a trip to Florida which included a 3 night stay at the Innisbook. Our first room was small (approx. 11 x 17), but recently renovated and very nice. The only problem was the TV didn't work. We called the front desk and a handyman knoccked on our door about 15 minutes later. After 1 1/2 hours, he still couldn't fix the TV, so he called the front desk. I spoke to the desk clerk, and told him that I wanted another room and expected to be upgraded for my troubles. Not a problem! We were given a junior suite in the same building. The junior suites are very nice. They are actually condominiums which include a small kitchen and a living room /dining room / bedroom combo. This unit was also recently updated and renovated. (I thiink they forgot to replace the range...it was a 1968 retro model)
I stayed at the Innisbrook resort over Memorial day weekend. The suite we had was VERY comfortable. (Westin's heavenly beds!) I expected lots of kids over this holiday but since the resort is so spread out, it was amazingly quiet.
The Westin Innisbrook Golf Resort was not what they advertised. The golf courses were great but the rooms and service were horrible. I went there for the last three days of my vacation in Florida to relax with my girl friend after doing Disney and all the parks in Orlando. Trouble started as soon as I entered the room. The first room we got was small and filthy. There was dirt all over the bathroom. There was also somthing that looked like and smelled like human feces in the bathroom on the floor and in rolled up towels that were just thrown in the tub.
Last February, my dad, my brother, and myself were looking for a great golf vacation. Living in Connecticut, we were thirsty for some really good golf, as we were in the middle of a seemingly endless winter. I was excited when I heard we were going to the Westin Innisbrook Resort, but I had no idea how great of a place it is. From when we drove in (which is cool in itself because of how beautiful the property is) to when we left (which was indeed a sad day) it was an absolutely flawless experience. The golf was MAGNIFICENT. The courses (most notably the Copperhead and Island courses) were extremely challenging, and at the same time the most aesthetically pleasing courses I have ever played.
Old home week
Therestaurants were expensivebut the area is wonderful..We love tennis, walking and golf so the old gentility was fine. Do not enjoy the new beds too frofro.
Resort is NOT the word to use for Innisbrook.
My family and I were looking for a "resort" when we traveled this summer. Innisbrook was definitely the wrong answer. Though the accomodations were nice, the service and friendliness of the staff was awful. The kids running the pool were inconsiderate and often the restuarants were closed due to weather, staff not showing up for work or "building problems". The resort advertises a great workout facility, great fishing, a great playground, great children's activities and an 18 hole putt-putt course. All of these things were mediocre at best and often damaged because of neglect. Children's activities were a joke!
This entire place is old and in desperate need of a complete overhaul including the staff.
My family and I just returned from a great vacation at the Westin Innisbrook Resort in Palm Harbor Florida. The service and accomodations were exceptional! Most of the rooms are suites or one bedroom iniums. We stayed in a one bedroom conominium and it was great. We had a full kitchen and it really came in handy. What a treat to have dailly maid service and the convenience of a inium!All of the staff at the resort was wonderful!! The hotel provides an on-demand shuttle service to get you where you need to go on the grounds of the resort. The resort has over 1000 acres...mostly made up of golf courses (which suited my golf-loving husband just fine!). We all enjoyed the big pool called the "Lochness". The pool has two great waterslides for the kids. The hotel provides a shuttle service to a great local beach called "Honeymoon Beach". This is a great family beach!If you are planning a trip to the Tampa area you should consider the Westin Innisbrook. You will be glad you did!