Enjoyed Our Stay at The Resort at Longboat Key Club A review of Longboat Key Club & Resort
The grounds are impressively maintained and the plantings lovely. All that I missed was the ability to learn the names of shrubs and trees as these were not labeled. Since this was not a botanical garden with a responsibility to educate the public, I suppose signs that I would have appreciated might have been considered intrusive by some. Names of birds ARE provided in a resort brochure.
I am not a golfer OR a tennis player, and the heat was too intense in late June for me to have stayed outside for any reason save swimming, but golfers and tennis players must surely love this resort. The seemingly heat-immune players I observed certainly appeared to. A walking trail or path would have been appreciated, but in June, most visitors need to walk early in the day and at dusk.
The service, including concierge and maid, was outstanding (truly 5-star), and food in the fine-dining restaurant was topnotch. Skip the offsite Dry Dock (unless you want to learn something about how boats are secured in dry dock), and don't expect much if you eat and drink poolside.
There is a fitness center and club house on the property. A shop sells clothes for golfers, tennis players, and those who just want to look chic while visiting the west coast of Florida. Sales people here seem indifferent but are helpful enough.
This is a no-cash property. A club credit card is used for all purchases. No need for sticker shock if you monitor your spending.
The location of this resort is ideal. Just over the bridge from what seems to me rather a tired, tacky shopping center (St. Armands Circle) in mainland Sarasota, it offers easy access to the outstanding Mote Marine Aquarium and the Pelican Man Bird Sancturary as well as to the city of Sarasota. It is close enough to the key's Publix supermarket as well as to the fine gourmet-food and catering establishment in the city--Morton's (on Osprey Avenue). Next year, visitors will also enjoy a new Whole Foods market in the city.
The complex of buildings is gated, so there is a feeling of exclusivity, and guests feel at once secure, recognized, and welcome. The buildings themselves lack charm, and the furnishings are utilitarian with some Floridian influence. Rooms and their terraces are spacious as are closets and bathrooms. Bedding is comfortable.
We stayed, for nine days, in a less-expensive expanded studio apartment with a fine kitchen and dining area. Our terrace overlooked the tennis court, but we were well-insulated from noise within and without the air-conditioned elevator building. Undoubtedly the pricier ocean-view apartments would have provided a greater level of luxury and feeling of escapism for those who are landlocked most of the year. The beach is a real draw, and though trips to public beaches in the area can be fun, one is just steps from a fine beach at the resort itself. Why travel and worry about the security of one's possessions when one can just relax (or frolic) at the Key Club? Management posts a sign warning guests to shuffle in the water as summer is stingray season. The warning was respected and appreciated.
If you don't find U.S.A. Today a stimulating daily newspaper, ask for the Sarasota Herald-Tribune, or offer to buy The New York Times, which is available at the front desk.
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