Smart Meetings: The Best of the Best: 2018 Platinum Choice Winners
“With each passing year, the bar is raised. The competition stiffens. The contenders multiply. It’s nothing short of a tribute to the global landscape of leading hotels, resorts, CVBs, conference centers and destination marketing organizations that our painstaking review of stand-out properties and organizations never gets easier.
Yet we confidently announce this year’s winners of our Platinum Choice Awards as the most distinguished and selective ever.
They all deliver brilliant experiences. They all have earned the trust of meetings professionals. They all deserve congratulations for being the best of the best. “Read Now
Sanibel-Captiva Islander: On-Island Celebrations to Kick Off Holiday Festivities
“Two island events coming up in the next few days will help to kick off the holiday season. ‘Tween Waters Island Resort & Spa will host its 2018 Sunset Tree Lighting Celebration on Nov. 23, while South Seas Island Resort will hold its Annual Tree Lighting on Nov. 24 for the community.”
The Knot: 6 Spots to Minimoon in Florida
“Wedding planning can be stressful at times (we get it), so thinking about planning a full-on epic honeymoon could sometimes seem like a daunting task. If you want to wait until after your wedding to start figuring out your honeymoon so you can focus on putting together a trip of a lifetime, we say go for it. (Lots of couples are choosing to honeymoon a few weeks or even months after they’re official.) But on caveat: You still deserve some quality R&R time with your new spouse right after your “I dos” (you’ve earned it!). Enter the Sunshine State. Florida has lots to offer, and is just a quick (and mostly inexpensive) flight away from many US cities. Here are five spots to check out for a minimoon with your one and only.”
Naples Daily News: 40 Thanksgiving restaurants (and counting) open in Naples, Fort Myers, Cape Coral, Sanibel
“There’s braising to be done. Stuffing, roasting and trimming, too. Not to mention all the baking, chopping and stirring. If you already have a Thanksgiving dinner headache just thinking about it, several chefs in Southwest Florida have come to the rescue. On Nov. 22, restaurants in Collier and Lee counties will offer Thanksgiving meals, specials and buffets. Some are more traditional — think turkey and stuffing and pumpkin pie — while others will give fresh, new takes: jerk turkeys, Key lime Gulf grouper and butternut squash ravioli. Here’s where to get your Thanksgiving Day fix in Southwest Florida”
Luxe Recess: South Seas Island Resort, Captiva Island Florida
“South Seas Resort and Captiva Island draw many who could easily afford five-star options but who remain loyal to the low-key, island vibe.”
Sanibel-Captiva Islander: South Seas Takes Part in Annual Cleanup
“South Seas Island Resort employees, along with some immediate family members and friends, volunteered their time over a recent weekend to help remove litter from the property’s beaches. On Oct. 13, over a dozen people took part in the annual International Coastal Cleanup event that focused on the shoreline from South Beach on north to Redfish Pass. Hosted in coordination with Keep Lee County Beautiful, the event has taken place for at least a decade but is not open to the public.”
TripSavvy: Thanksgiving Weekend Getaway Ideas and Deals
“If you are ready to escape the chilly weather, take the family to a resort in the sun that celebrates Thanksgiving weekend in style.”
Today.com: The 16 best places to go on vacation with a baby or toddler
If you’ve always loved travel, there’s no need to check your wanderlust at the nursery room door. Believe it or not, now — while your baby is still, well, a baby — is a great time to get up and go on a getaway. After all, babies and toddlers are lightweight and portable — and it is possible to plan a family vacation with them. Best of all, most airlines and hotels give them a free ride! Not all family vacation spots are created equally, though, if you’ve got young kids in tow. Here, our tips and picks for the best in baby-friendly and kid-friendly destinations.
Trips to Discover: 10 Most Luxurious Beachfront Hotels in Florida
“The perfect destination for a tranquil beach getaway, Florida’s shores offer a chance to relax and unwind with a tropical cocktail as you dig your toes in the soft white sand and feel the tranquil ocean breeze. You have your pick of beach surroundings, from the party-filled Miami to the quiet shores in North Florida, where you can visit celebrity-filled restaurants or pamper yourself in a luxurious spa. A combination of 5-star amenities with ocean views, these are the most luxurious beachfront hotels in Florida.”
Pennsylvania Meetings + Events: South Seas Island Resort, A Far-Away Feel with a Convenient Florida Address
Captiva Island on Florida’s southwest coast is blessed with stunning beaches and the warm, blue-green waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Known for its magnificent sunsets and terrific shelling, the island (accessible by bridge) is just an hour’s drive from the Fort Myers airport, making it a convenient choice for planners seeking a warm-weather destination for their next conference, meeting or event.
Prevue Magazine: Groups Experience Island Adventures and Meeting Space for Every Whim
“Just off of Florida’s Gulf Coast on Captiva Island, a
45-minute drive from Fort Myers International Airport, is an
ideal setting for meetings and incentives set on 330 acres
of wildlife preserve for planners who want to integrate
water-themed activities and views into their events.”
Trips to Discover: 11 Best Hotels in South Florida for a Staycation
Trips to Discover: “If the heat and humidity of Florida’s summertime weather have you wanting to hop on a plane for a weekend getaway, consider staying close to home for a laid-back staycation in South Florida. A perfect destination for sleeping in, spending lazy days on the beach, getting pampered at a luxurious spa and sipping on cocktails, these alluring hotels offer the perfect amenities for rest and relaxation without the need of a long flight or road trip. Here is a snapshot of some of the best hotels in South Florida for a staycation.”
South Seas Island Resort Debuts S’mores & More Package
Perfect for Summer Fun, This Family-Friendly Package complements the nightly Shellebration and Fire Pits at Sunset Beach.
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