Dinner on a secluded island, s’mores on the beach, or afternoon tea? Whatever clients are hungry for, Florida hotels have some tasty morsels for the taking, all complemented by gorgeous settings and comfy accommodations.
Escape to Estero Island
A handful of hotels in this Southwest Florida destination, all part of The Continental Group Realty, are offering the Escape to Estero Island 1, 2, 3, Free! package—clients stay three nights and get the fourth night free.
Clients can choose between three resorts on the island:
• In the middle of Estero Island, there’s Seaside All-Suite Resort, with 50 2-bedroom suites; fully equipped kitchen, two baths, heated pool and a private screened-in lanai. For more information on the hotel, call (888) 226-6555 or visit seasideresort.us.
• Casa Playa Beach Resort, on the north tip of the island, is an all-suite property with 35 units, all with private balconies; heated pool; picnic area; private beach area and lounge chairs. For more information on the hotel, call (800) 569-4876 or visit casaplayaresort.com.
• Cornerstone Beach Hotel, located mid-island, offers 12 1- and 2-bedroom units all with views of the Gulf of Mexico, fully appointed kitchen, and screened lanais. For more information on the hotel, call (888) 226-6555 or visit cornerstonebeachhotel.com.
Just north of Naples, Estero Island offers miles of white, sandy beaches along the Gulf of Mexico, with exceptional shelling. Nature enthusiasts will love the unique wildlife to be found there, including West Indian manatees, bottlenose dolphins, roseate spoonbills, marsh rabbits, and bald eagles.
For more detailed information on the package and hotel rates, visit sandalsinthesand.com.
Fishing aficionados, meanwhile, will get their thrill on at Little Palm Island Resort & Spa, offering the Hook, Line & Dinner package. Available through May 31, 2012, the 4-day package includes sea-to-table cuisine—reeled in by the guests’ own hands—with lots of free time to explore the surroundings—kiteboarding, snorkeling, sailing, scuba diving—get cozy in thatched roof bungalows, and relax, relax, relax. Rates start at $1,975.
Surrounded by palm-lined boulevards and sedate pastel-colored villas, Chesterfield Palm Beach, part of the Red Carnation Hotel Collection, offers up stunning interiors, Old World charm, attentive service, afternoon tea, and the opportunity to learn about the art of glass blowing at the nearby Norton Museum of Art with the 50 Years of Glass package.
The 2-night package includes accommodations; glass of champagne upon arrival; dinner for two on one evening in the Leopard Restaurant; 1-day admission for two to the Norton Museum of Art; admission to the Special Glass Blowing Demonstration (Tuesday-Sunday only); and the Fire and Form gift book to take home. Clients can also indulge in the property’s afternoon tea, which offers a delectable assortment of dainty tea sandwiches and freshly brewed tea.
The Norton Museum of Art is world-renowned and a major cultural attraction in Florida, famous for exhibiting masterpieces by European artists such as Brancusi, Gauguin, Matisse, Miro, Monet, Picasso and Americans such as Davis, Hassam, Hopper, Manship, O’Keeffe, Pollock and Sheeler. Through March 25, the Corning Museum of Glass’ Hot Glass Roadshow will be in residence. Corning glassblowers demonstrate complex hot glassmaking techniques using their unique glassmaking equipment to recreate a state-of-the-art studio environment. This exciting program will include live demonstrations, hands-on-workshops, and glassblowing performances.
Prices for the package start at $413 per night based on two adults sharing a Superior Queen. For more information, call (800) 243-7871 or visit chesterfieldpb.com.
Beach Lovers’ Escape
Are clients still yearning for a little more Valentine’s Day-style romance? Send them off to The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island so they can take advantage of the resort’s Romance package. It includes overnight accommodations, welcome amenity of champagne and chocolate-covered strawberries, rose petal turndown, breakfast for two, complimentary overnight parking and 2 p.m. late check-out.
Couples who want to bond can go on bike tours, take nature walks, enjoy wine tastings and even take a class on infusing flavors into salt. In fact, they can even dine at the onsite restaurant Salt, where the menu paired with wines is inspired by the sea, nearby marshes and neighboring farms. To get really cozy, guests can request the Beach Lovers Fire by the Dunes, which includes s’mores, a thermos of hot chocolate, high-powered celestial binoculars for stargazing and a personal attendant.