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We think the Aloft is particularly suited to couples, its bright colours, modern décor, and 139 bright and breezy bedrooms combining to create a funky and trendy ambience. ‘Re:fuel By Aloft’ is a self-serve pantry offering hot and cold drinks and a range of snacks, ‘W Xyz Bar’ offers appetisers, and if you’d prefer a drink by the pool, the lively bar set alongside the hotel’s 14th floor outdoor swimming area is a great spot to hang out. Although no full service restaurant of its own, there are many eating opportunities within walking distance, and the Aloft’s central Sarasota location puts the city’s eclectic blend of culture and fine dining at your finger tips.
What was once the Longboat Key Hilton has been transformed into a brand new luxury beachfront resort hotel, the 187 stylish bedrooms and suites a mix of brand new and completely refurbished, presenting views over the peaceful grounds or the Gulf of Mexico. The Zota prides itself on its menu at ‘Viento Kitchen & Bar’, where local, Caribbean and Mediterranean cuisine offer a variety of delicious tastes throughout the day. For lighter fare, ‘Cascades’ serves up salads, sandwiches and burgers, along with a whole range of refreshing drinks, all in the setting of the sun-soaked, swimming pool area. Then there’s the beach, a fabulous stretch of white sand waiting to welcome you and the family to the calm waters of the Gulf.
The combination of bedrooms and condo-style suites, many with fully equipped kitchenette, make the Lido Beach Resort a great choice for couples and families alike. Of course, you don’t have to cook for yourselves, and Café Lido serves breakfast, lunch and dinner whilst of an evening, Lido Beach Grille opens its doors to present its fine Gulf Coast cuisine, with fresh seafood high on the agenda. The warm Florida sunshine will no doubt entice you to one of the hotel’s two beachfront pools or the 300-feet stretch of white sand beach beyond and if you fancy a little retail therapy, hop on the courtesy shuttle to fashionable St Armand’s Circle, Sarasota’s hub of sophisticated shopping and dining.
Set amidst 410 acres of lush grounds and alongside a beautiful stretch of Gulf Coast beach close to Sarasota, the sophisticated Longboat Key Club is a long-time favourite with British families.
Its 223 bedrooms or Junior and 2-bedoom suites with kitchen, afford views over the golf course, lagoon or beach, and all feature a private balcony. When you’re hungry, you’ll be spoilt for choice, with six options ranging from poolside snacks to Northern Italian specialities at ‘Portofino’, and Gulf Coast cuisine – or even a Sunday roast –
at ‘Tavern & Whisky Bar’, with a choice of over 100 varieties of Scotland’s favourite tipple. The fabulous outdoor pool overlooks the beach, whilst tennis, full service spa and 45 challenging holes of golf ensure there is always plenty to do for the active.
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