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Casa Ybel Resort

Address: 2255 W. Gulf Dr.

Neighborhood: Gulf Front

City: Sanibel

Phone: 800-276-4753

Website: www.casaybelresort.com

Expert Review

This exclusive resort was built in the old Florida spirit during the 1890s, but it’s still shimmering. With 23 lushly landscaped acres and breathtaking views of the Gulf, the resort has evolved from one of the island’s first inns into a grand manor, originally called the Thistle Lodge. In 1979, new owners recreated the time-worn Thistle Lodge not far from its original site; today it houses an award-winning gourmet restaurant that serves a mix of Floridian, European, and Asian cuisines in a romantic, beachfront setting. The resort’s 114 rooms comprise one- and two-bedroom suites with full kitchens, spacious living rooms, screened porches, and fresh décor. Bask in amenities from spa treatments to golf privileges, tennis courts, a pool, and easy access to the stunning, white-sand beach. Casa Ybel offers its guests all the comforts of an elegant home away from home with the bonus of historic interest.

Tags: luxury | golf | expensive | editor pick | spa | smart splurge

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