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Press & Media

South Seas Island Resort media contacts can provide information and material, coordinate staff interviews, arrange press visits/tours and fact-check pending coverage.

Media Contact

Adelie Landis
Marketing & Communications Manager
Email: alandis@southseas.com
Phone: (239) 579 1462

Shelling Concierge at South Seas Island Resort

New Shelling Concierge at South Seas Island Resort

Introduces Guided Beach Walks of Top Shelling Destination

CAPTIVA ISLAND, Fla. – October 27, 2015 – South Seas Island Resort on Captiva Island brings its world-class shelling for guests to a new level with the introduction of a Shelling Concierge. Leading guided beach walks each week, the Shelling Concierge is a complement to additional eco-friendly offerings at the on-site Sanibel Sea School that range from marine conservation classes to birding tours.

Both novice and serious collectors can discover the shelling paradise on the walk each week along the resort’s two-and-a-half miles of beaches. Shellers can learn about basic bivalve and gastropod biology, find out why so many seashells wash up on the resort’s shoreline and even learn secrets on where to look for the most coveted shells. Among the many species guests may expect to find include Conch, Lightning Whelk, Cockle, Scallops, Murex and Coquina. The shelling concierge will even assist with tips to find the Junonia, perhaps the island’s most elusive shell of all, considered the pinnacle of the shelling quest. The prized shell is yearned for because of its rarity and beauty.

With more than 250 species of shells, Captiva Island, the island on which the resort is located, has earned its reputation as one of the best spots in the world for shelling. Geography is the main contributor to the rich bounty of shells scattered across its sugary sands. Unlike other barrier islands, Captiva is unique in that it lies east to west rather than north to south acting like a shovel scooping up the shells the Gulf of Mexico imports from the Caribbean and other southern seas. The “Captiva Crouch” has even been dubbed for the frequently seen stance shell-seekers make as they parade along the sands in a bent over position to uncover a treasure.

The Shelling Concierge’s beach walks will be offered once each week, based on optimal shelling conditions. The fee is $20 per person. In addition, guests can stop in to learn more about shelling anytime during Sanibel Sea School’s operational hours. For more information on Sanibel Sea School, visit www.sanibelseaschool.org. For more information on South Seas Island Resort, please call 1-800-533-5553 or visit www.southseas.com.

About Sanibel Sea School

Sanibel Sea School is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to improve the ocean's future, one person at a time. Dedicated to vibrantly teaching children and adults about marine ecosystems, they offer students an opportunity to touch, feel, and interact with South Seas Island Resort's unique natural surroundings. Visit www.sanibelseaschool.org to learn more.

About South Seas Island Resort

A 330-acre destination beach resort and wildlife preserve, South Seas Island Resort is located on Captiva Island, just off the Florida Gulf Coast. With two and a half miles of exclusive white-sand beaches, the resort is designed to take advantage of its renowned location, offering a destination rich in recreation and surrounding native wildlife. The resort boasts 471 accommodations ranging from guestrooms and suites, one to three bedroom condominiums, and private home rentals, all featuring balconies or lanais to enjoy water views and wildlife. The resort features an array of activities for guests of all ages with 20 swimming pools, beachfront golf, tennis, full service spa, waterfront dining options, children’s programs, watersports and boutique shopping. In addition, guests delight in world-class shelling, eco-cruises and nature tours, epic fishing, fitness center and yoga studio, an on-site photography studio, painting classes and special event and meeting space. For more information, please visit www.southseas.com.

MEDIA CONTACT:

Hospitality-Marketing

Kayla Louttit

klouttit@h-mllc.com

+1 954 213 6679

Learn to Sail at South Seas Island Resort

Learn to Sail at South Seas Island Resort on Florida’s Gulf Coast

Comprehensive Courses Allow Beginners to Advanced Sailors to

Earn Sailing Certification while on Vacation

CAPTIVA ISLAND, Fla. – October 20, 2015 – South Seas Island Resort on Captiva Island off Florida’s Gulf Coast offers three- and five-day Learn to Sail packages for those looking to earn sailing certification while on vacation. Overseen by the world renowned Colgate’s Offshore Sailing School, the courses can be taken in a fast-paced three-day curriculum with full eight-hour days or a more relaxed five-day schedule in half-day sessions, which allows guests to enjoy the resort’s other amenities including its two-and-a-half miles of white-sand beaches, swimming pools, eco-tours and more.

During the comprehensive courses, guests learn to sail in the island’s surrounding backwater bays and tranquil Gulf of Mexico waters. Textbooks are sent to students in advance and each day begins with a classroom session ashore, followed by on-water instruction. The last day is time for review, testing, and sailing without the instructor aboard. Courses are held on the Colgate 26, the official training vessel of the U.S. Naval and Coast Guard Academies, and Maine Maritime Academy. Courses hold a maximum of four students, unless a family or couples traveling together choose a “buy the boat” option for up to five students.

Other sailing programs offered by Offshore Sailing School at the resort include Fast Track to Cruising®, two-hour sailing lessons, an Intro to Sailing class with six hours spent learning on the water over two days, Performance Sailing, ‘Tweens & Teens Learn Free family packages, private couple options, and more. Unique corporate team building and group regattas are also available. Offshore Sailing School has been based at South Seas Island Resort since 1975. Its founder, Steve Colgate, was inducted into The National Sailing Hall of Fame in October 2015.

Rates for the three-day Learn to Sail package start at $1,350 per person including the sailing certification course, resort accommodations, textbooks, Colgate Day Sailing certification, diploma and logbook, based on double occupancy. US Sailing certification is available for a nominal additional fee. Courses are open to all skill levels, minimum age seven with adult. For more than fifty years, America’s #1 Sailing School has taught over 130,000 adults and families to sail or sail better. For reservations or more information on the sailing packages, please call 800-221-4326, email sail@offshoresailing.com, or visit www.offshoresailing.com. For more information on South Seas Island Resort, please call 1-800-533-5553 or visit www.southseas.com.

About Offshore Sailing School

Offshore Sailing School’s eight locations include three resort-based campuses in Florida (Captiva Island, Ft. Myers Beach, and St. Petersburg) and two in the British Virgin Islands on Scrub Island and Tortola. The company operates three seasonal schools on New York Harbor. Sailing programs include lessons and rides, sailing certification courses from Learn to Sail and Performance Sailing, to Bareboat Charter and Live Aboard Cruising, and Passage Making. Offshore Sailing School also hosts corporate team building programs and group regattas, and two Sailing Clubs. For more information on course schedules, locations and other sailing programs, visit www.OffshoreSailing.com.

About South Seas Island Resort

A 330-acre destination beach resort and wildlife preserve, South Seas Island Resort is located on Captiva Island, just off the Florida Gulf Coast. With two and a half miles of exclusive white-sand beaches, the resort is designed to take advantage of its renowned location, offering a destination rich in recreation and surrounding native wildlife. The resort boasts 471 accommodations ranging from guestrooms and suites, one to three bedroom condominiums, and private home rentals, all featuring balconies or lanais to enjoy water views and wildlife. The resort features an array of activities for guests of all ages with 20 swimming pools, beachfront golf, tennis, full service spa, waterfront dining options, children’s programs, watersports and boutique shopping. In addition, guests delight in world-class shelling, eco-cruises and nature tours, epic fishing, fitness center and yoga studio, an on-site photography studio, painting classes and special event and meeting space. For more information, please visit www.southseas.com.

MEDIA CONTACT:

Hospitality-Marketing

Kayla Louttit

klouttit@h-mllc.com

+1 954 213 6679