We just returned from Sarasota Surf & Racket Club Saturday, Aug 6.
Our family of 2 grandparents, 2 parents & 2 small boys are from the mid-Atlantic seaboard and 2 years ago decided we had enough of the rough Atlantic surf - and began vacationing on the Gulf Coast. Now that we've discovered Siesta Key - there's no turning back!
About Siesta Key -
This is our 2nd time on the Gulf Coast - but our first time on Siesta Key. What a beautiful place! The Key has just the right combination of scenery, amenities and cute shops, but not too much commerciality. The shops and restaurants are there for you - but are not in your face or tawdry. Just as others have said, the sand - the beach, the water - are perfect - maybe the prettiest in the continental U.S.? (at least the prettiest I've seen). We drove around to the beautiful residential neighborhoods to have a look - lush tropical vegetation, hidden inlets and canals, we felt we were on a Carribean Island.
About the Sarasota Surf & Racket Club -
Perfect location. We went in the summer - their low season - so the beach was never crowded. Yet there were always just enough people around to make the experience seem joyful - We easily made friends with another couple with children. We were in Building W, which is close to the beach and the pools, but not one of the most expensive buildings. Our Lanai had a view of both pools and the beach. The service was excellent - yet unbotrusive.
One thing that was very useful to me - as someone else stated - you can view the units pictures to make your choice of condo. We choose one that was decorated to our taste - cool beach colors, not overly decorated, more of a beach cottage look. (Others seemed too opulent and stuffy for our taste - but that is why it is nice to be able to choose).
I do recommend having a car - otherwise you will feel stranded and miss out on a lot that the Key has to offer in the way of restaurants & ice cream, food shopping, scenery, even an afternoon visit to St. Armand's Circle.
We tended to use the pool in the morning - so the kids could practice learning to swim, then go to the beach in the late afternoon. In fact we liked to go out to the beach at about 4:00 - and stay till after sunset. (Yes - we still got plenty of suntan).
It's true the sunset is a big deal there - people set up their beach lounges to face the sunset. I don't agree with the gentleman that complained about being unable to do this. We had no problem staying until after sunset. Yes they did come around and collect the unused lounge chairs - that's their job and they want to finish their work day too! But no one bothered us or tried to get us to turn in our chairs. There were always plenty of people around after dark - even in the water.
Any comlaints? Well it is so miniscule that it is hardly worth it - but if I were designing the buildings I'd provide a balcony or screened in balcony. The completely enclosed "lanai" is really just an extension of your apartment with a bit of a view. However it doesn't give you an outdoor experience from your apt. unit. This is just my personal taste - but it would not keep me from returning. Everything else was perfect.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Sarasota Surf and Racquet Club delivers the best of all worlds: The newly renovated, privately owned vacation condominiums have full amenities and include resort-like accommodations. Our customer service & satisfaction tops the charts and differentiates us from the many other choices you have when deciding on a vacation rental. Conveniently located close to fine dining and shopping and within minutes of area attractions, this is a perfect year-round island destination for travelers, active seniors, couples, families, or honeymooners. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Sarasota Surf And Racquet Club Hotel Sarasota
- Sarasota Surf And Racquet Club Florida