Innisbrook, A Salamander Golf & Spa Resort
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... was even a porch swing that we made use of. The next morning a hearty home-made breakfast was served in the dining room. Also present was a family from northern Georgia. During the meal stories were exchanged about our lives and travels. Our hosts, Donna and Paul Haynes, were eager to make us comfortable.
Once we had settled in, we started looking for a place to celebrate the 4th of July. The small town of ...
... short run to Tampa with 3 impressive thunder storms along the way and watching fireworks on the drive across Tampa Bay and from our hotel.
Ricky, our little dog, who is now an official "Emotional Support Animal" had a rough time. As we arrived at the hotel the fireworks got the best of him and he needed emotional support making to the room. Not an impressive debut as an official aide animal.
Having managed to scale down to 1 suitcase and getting treated to a Towncar to the Airport, my flight to Miami is delayed! I'm off the Wagon for this vacation so it's off to the airport bar I go! Thanks for the ride Carlos. The delay turned into re routing me through London and a total loss of a full day in Milan. Luckily during my Heathrow layover Nessie came to the ...
Thank you to all our family and friends who connected with us over Christmas time...greatly appreciated. Sorry some of this might be a repeat. We left our RV back at St. Petersburg and drove to Fort Lauderdale. Our cruise was great...amazing weather thankfully. We cruised to Grand Turk, Puerto Rico, St. Maarten and finally Half Moon Cay in the Bahamas which is owned by Holland America. This island is five miles by two miles of ...
We had a great trip. Sad to say it has come to an end but we're happy to be in our winter home with all the space! Cats are happy too!
We hope you enjoyed following us across the states for 7,000 miles and enjoyed our pictures. Thanks for all your feedback and comments!
Have a wonder fall and winter and we'll see you in the spring unless you come to see us in FLORIDA!
Elaine & Les
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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.
Wonderful relaxing get-a-way!
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!
A Real Vacation - R E L A X!
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)
The grounds at Innisbrook are very nice. All the rooms are in these two story lodges. They are very well kept, but very bizare looking....actually kind of creepy looking! Inside, they have these very long hallways which were clean, but again, creepy.
There are several restaurants on the property. We ate at Bamboo's, which had a very limited menu. Also it was a bit pricey. When we finished our meal, we realized that Bamboo's had another room which had a more casual menu. It would have been nice to have the option of choosing which room and menu you wanted before they sat you in the more expensive dining room.
If retro is you thing, you may get a kick out of this place!
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.
There is an $11 per person per day resort fee.
Elderly people will appreciate the mini-bus shuttles which are frequent and can take you anywhere at Innisbrook. (But it's a great walking place.)
The restaurants were good and on the next trip I'll try DYs which is a steakhouse founded by a Don Shula partner. This is a great resort for activities.
They have 3 racketball courts as well as golf, tennis and everything else.
Tarpon Springs is about a 5-7 minute drive from the resort. This Greek community is wonderful with lots of great restaurants.
Not worth the Money
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.
I was upgraded to a large studio suite. The front desk clerks including the manager did not know what they were doing b/c when my girl friend went to pay the bill she ran into problems. Come to find out they charged us twice. We went the next day to solve this problem and the system was down. This situation still has not been solved after the manager gave her word that the situation would be rectified. Now conveniently they can't find our bill when we keep calling. I also can't forget the daily charge to use the shuttles that most people do not use b/c doing anything inside the resort will cost you your first born. I will never stay in this OLD resort again. The only plus was that they had a good golf package.
The BEST golf vacation in Florida!
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.
There are many ponds and lots of wildlife such as the alligator that sits in the sun on the same hole every day. After the golf, there is so much to do in the Tampa/St. Peteresburg/Clearwater area like Busch Gardens and Clearwater Beach. Dining was wonderful at the resort. DY's Steakhouse was my favorite as at was great food and extremely good service. Also, I must note the practice facilities. Each course has its own practice facilities which include immaculate grass ranges and short game areas which I could have stayed at for a few days without coming in. All in all, The Westin Innisbrook Resort tops my list of golf vacations. However, its greatness is not only expressed through golf.
My family and I are returning this December and I could not be anticipating it any more.
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.
The Westin Innisbrook is a great choice!!
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!