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Pointe Santo, A Disappointment
I too, like the previous reviewer found Pointe Santo very disappointing. It did not live up to its reviews. We stayed in A-24, a VIP suite of three bedrooms plus sunroom with sleeper sofa. On our arrival we were left a note from Premier Properties saying that the toilet in the second bathroom was inoperable and that it would be fixed the following day, and signed "sorry". That left only one toilet for a family of 8 people so you can imagine the inconvenience. Although the toilet was indeed fixed the next morning, I'm surprised repairs could not be done same day in a supposed VIP suite at $300 per day. The linens and towels were worn, many light bulbs out in the bathroom, and the living and dining carpet very stained and dirty. The sleeper sofa was useless as it was jammed so tight with other furniture in the sunroom, there was no room to pull out and extend the mattress. The furniture was old and haggard and the a/c not flowing cool or evenly. On the positive side, the oceanfront view was very pretty. The island of Sanibel is a delight and we will be back but not at Pointe Santo.
We stayed at Pointe Santo from July 8-15, 2006 and loved it.! Pointe Santo is a condo complex with each unit owned by private owners. When we started inquiring about the a place, the first owner we talked to was already booked for the week. She then forwarded our request to a network of owners and within a day we had a dozen or so emails from other owners who did have a place available for our desired week. Most included links to their websites. This made the reservation process extremely easy. We chose Unit B5, a ground floor, two bedroom, two bath condo. It was beautifully decorated and included towels, linens, beach chairs, sand toys, cleaning supplies, spices, paper products, a fully equipped kitchen, and high chair. The owners were super helpful. A link to their website is: [--]. I would highly recommed their place. The onsite office of the complex, Premier Properties, had VHS and DVD movies available to borrow for free.
The grounds were beautiful, with brick paths leading to the pool, club house, and beach. No condo was very far from the beach. We stayed in the B-Building (second one back from the beach) and my two-year-old made the walk back and forth to the beach easily. Our condo was on the ground floor and it was convenient to step out of the screened-in-porch right onto the path to the beach. My sister and her family stayed directly above us on the third floor (B35). The elevators were conveniently located and came very quickly. The upper floors had a better view than the ground floor, but as I said, it was nice to be able to walk out and go, and we still could see the ocean from our place.
Pointe Santo is centrally located on the gulf side of the island, close to restaurants, shops, a grocery store, and bike paths. It is a beautifully landscaped complex right on the beach. There are birds, turtles, fish, and an alligator, in a pond in the middle of the complex. There is a pool that is open from 9am to 10pm and a small hot tub beside it. If I had one complaint about Pointe Santo it would be the size of the pool (a little small), but the kids didn't seem to mind at all. Two times each day (9am-10am and 4pm-5pm) there was an adult swim at the pool. There is a club house by the pool where children can do a craft each day (Monday-Friday) for a small fee. My 7 year old daughter participated on two different days and painted a sand dollar and made a seashell paper weight...both were nice souvenirs for her. Also at 3pm each day there is an ice cream treat available for purchase.
The beach at Pointe Santo is beautiful! There are beach lounge chairs located at the point where the grass meets the sand under the shade of palm trees. These chairs are teathered together and cannot be moved closer to the water, but we had beach chairs in our condo that we took to the beach each day so that we could sit close enough to the water to watch the kids. The water was warm and the waves were gentle, but fun, for the kids. The water was shallow for quite some distance and gradually got deeper with no dangerous drop-offs. The shells were amazing! You cannot walk on the beach and not look for shells. We were here in July and although the temperature was hot (90 + degrees) it was never uncomfortable due to the Gulf breeze. We got some brief, late afternoon rain showers that never lasted very long (typical Florida summer weather).
Sanibel is a beautiful, laid-back island. There are many wonderful restaurants to chose from. We ate at Cheeburger Cheeburger, the Hungry Heron, and the Island Cow. All were great, with no complaints. We also had Island Pizza delivered right to our condo and it was very good and fast too. We enjoyed the Ding Darling Preserve and the Shell Museum. Shops seem to close early in Sanibel and there is not much night life, but if you are looking for a relaxing vacation, this is it! It was nice to have the pool open until 10pm. We would come back from dinner and shopping in the evening and take a dip in the pool.
Point Santo is definitely a family-oriented place. It was beautiful and I would stay here again in a heart beat. This was our first trip to Sanibel but I am sure it will not be our last. We never left the Island the entire week.
A helpful website with the layout of the complex and floor plans of the condos is: [--]
Pointe Santo Was INCREDIBLE! Sanibel is GREAT!
Our family of 4 including 2 teenage boys had an awesome time! We stayed in B46. The condo was decorated in a blue/white sealife theme. The condo included many extras including beach towels, beach chairs/umbrella, paper products, cleaning products, puzzles, decks of cards etc.... The complex is kept clean and the landscape is wonderful, including turtles, fish and a crocodile that lives in the pond that surrounds the pool and clubhouse. It is centrally located by all the fun shops and restaurants. Rent bikes from Billy's rentals to unlock the secrets of the island. We visited, DING, and enjoyed the kayak trip, but didn't see much wildlife on that particular day. There are dead fish on the beach and at DING due to red tide. The beach by the lighthouse has many more eels and fish washed ashore than the beach in front of Pointe Santo. We did have upper respiratory symptoms that others experienced also, such as coughing and runny noses. The symptoms stopped when we weren't on the beach. Just reminded us as to how important it is to protect the environment. We explored the entire island by car and took a trip to Captiva, but was not impressed, we ate at Key Lime Bistro, nice music but the service wasn't as personal as the restaurants and shops at Sanibel. Enjoyed our meals at Cheeburger Cheeburger, The Island Cow, The Hungry Heron, Easy Over Cafe and carryout from Island Pizza. Will definitely come back!
A perfect spot
My husband and 2 daughters, ages 6 and 10, just returned from a week stay at Pointe Santo. All the reviews of the property were right on. It is a great spot for families. We spent our time between the pool and beach. It is just a perfect spot. We rented B-32 from a private owner and were very happy with our accomadations. Ample room for a family of 4.
The only draw back was that the kids programs was shut down for 3 of the 5 days. It didn't really make a difference to us but for those families that choose Pointe Santo because of the kids program make sure it will be available that week.
As others have mentioned the pool is small and during Easter week it was rather tough to get a lounge chair. My kids still loved the pool area and made some nice friends!!
We will definetly return!!
My family went to Sanibel for spring break and had one of our best vacations ever. We stayed in B1 at Pointe Santo. The complex was in a good location for biking to shops and restaurants. It is definitely a family resort which is what we were looking for. It was very quite at night. We recommend driving to Bowman's beach about 6 miles away. We enjoyed eating at the Island Cow.
Become One with Nature and Get Some Cool Shells Too!
We spent Easter Weekend at Pointe Santo. These are private condos that sell for $1 million but rent for less than $2,000 per week. Heck, we spend more than that at the Jersey Shore.
A great location on West Gulf right on the beach. Not a bad view from any of the condos. Our unit, C27, had a head on view of the Gulf of Mexico and a short walk to the beach.
The condos are very spacious. Most have 2 bedrooms and 2 baths. The screened in porch is really excellent to hand out during the day or at night. We were told these condos got nailed during the Hurriciane of 2004, but everything is completely fixed so no worries.
We had a great time. Great views, clean beach, excellent accomodations. Sanibel is a peaceful town with great views of nature, tons of excellent restaurants and lots to do. If you want attractions, avoid Sanibel, but if it is relaxing an a no pressure vacation, then come to Sanibel and Pointe Santo!
Great Weekend Getaway
We just spent a four day weekend at Pointe Santo and loved every minute of it. It is very reasonable for a 2/2 condo with a full kitchen and screened balcony. The property is very well maintained and just a few steps from the beach. There is a little lake in the center full of turtles, fish, and even a resident alligator. There are plenty of gas grills for cooking out, and each condo is very well equipped with kitchen supplies, beach towels, and ours even had pool noodles and chairs for the beach. You almost had to pack nothing but your bathing suit!! And Bailey's grocery, just up the street, was a super little store with everything you could need!
The best property on the beach... closest to the ocean
We have been going to Sanibel 20 something years. We even spent our honetmoon there! We know Sanibel well and Pointe Santo is the closest property to the ocean with the best direct ocean front views if you stay in buildings A and E only. Otherwise you'll be way back from the ocean behind the pool. Remember oceanview is not the same view as DIRECT OCEAN FRONT. It is a great property with the nicest grounds. It is centrally located and close to some great restaurants! You can have bikes delivered to your unit from Billy's bike rentals and get right on the bike path in front of the property. If you stay in buildings A or E request the 4th floor condos with rooftop decks! Wonderful views!!! Beware! Many of the condo properties in Sanibel sit way back from the ocean and you need binoculars to see the ocean. Many units have side views of the ocean and you need very good eyesight to see it. Although Sanibel is a lovely place beware that some of the condo properties are old and run down! And they still charge a bundle!
Pointe Santo is the only place we will stay and only in buildings A or E. We are very pickey and consider the view important! Pick a gold rated condo if you like decor. All units are decorated different and not all are equal in condition. Pointe Santo is an old property that is why it sits so close to the ocean. It was built when the codes weren't as strict. Be careful not to get a unit that hasn't been updated in decor.
Another enjoyable stay
Another enjoyable stay on Sanibel just ended. My family has been vacationing on Sanibel for several years now. Every year we stay at Pointe Santo and we love it. E4 (ground floor) and E44 (top floor penthouse with sundeck) are our homes for the 10 days or so we're down there. We love them both. Both are oceanfront and literally steps to the beach. Another good option would be some of the oceanfront units in Building A. It's the newest of the buildings and looks like the builders incorporated more windows. Pointe Santo is a great place for a family vacation! It's quiet, beautiful and the beach is great (even with the red algae that is commonplace on many Sanibel beaches these days, thanks to a dumping of some freshwater lakes inland.) The kids (ages 7, 9 and 11) love Pointe Santo! Nice pool -- smaller, but nice size for family enjoyment. Hot tub located right off to the side for the adults. Outdoor gas grills available for use anytime. The clubhouse has children's activities during the week for a small charge.
If you're interested in dining out, Sanibel has many great options. We had one of our best dinners at the Beachview Steak House, which to me is a huge undiscovered gem. Go there for a great Surf and Turf! As far as atmosphere --- well, it's a golf club restaurant, so it may not be the best atmosphere on the island, but it's not a diner either. Now, for a GREAT dinner AND atmosphere, you simply must go to Dolce Vita. We typically make this our last dinner on the island and it has never failed us yet! If you go, request a seating in Armando's section ---- he is a waiter who defines excellent service! We have him every year, and the kids love him! The food is superb; nice wine list; great atmosphere; and nice live entertainment. On the evening we were there, they had a great duet performing jazz and "standards" --- they add alot to the evening. We lunch at the Sunset Grill, over by Blind Pass, and although you may not expect it from the outside, the food is absolutely terrific.
All in all, we're always very pleased with our time on Sanibel. It's a great family place; great restaurants; beautiful beaches; and a lot of activities for everyone, from fishing to biking to nature, etc... If you're planning a trip there and would like any information at all (from what restaurants the kids say provide the best lemonade to some ideas for family activities while on the island), shoot me a note --- I'm more than willing to provide information based on the experiences of my family. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pointe Santo de Sanibel
Any information about this place would be great. I will be staying there for 2 weeks starting next week. We have 3 little girls, 5 and under. Any tips about this place or any island activities would be much welcomed.
RE: Pointe Santo de Sanibel
Sanibel is AWESOME...it's a great place to relax, I am sure your little girls will have tons of fun...I have been going there since I was 10 and have had a great time every time we go. Ding Darling is really great, wonderful to walk or drive through. The lighthouse is also great, very cool. Turner Beach is really good for shelling, it's on Captiva and a very short drive. The birds are really nice to watch there. I would recommend going to Cheeburger Cheeburger to eat maybe one night, all the rest you can just fix your own stuff if you go grocery shopping at Jerry's...Mel Fisher's musuem is a must too, it's really pretty interesting. Bikes are probably also a must, you can get child seats and children's bikes also, for your little girls.