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South Seas’ Summer of Discovery offers many options

By Staff | Jun 17, 2011

Exploring a new place. Revisiting timeless tradition. Learning a new skill.

Trends indicate travelers in 2011 will look for shared enrichments, and South Seas Island Resort, perched on the tip of Southwest Florida, offers discovery with any adventure you pick.

Summer travelers looking for those enriching experiences – and more – will find all the essentials for a customized, one-of-a-kind vacation with South Seas Island Resort’s Summer of Discovery. With more than 30 adventures at their fingertips, all set against the incomparable setting of Captiva Island, nature lovers, action seekers and wellness warriors will be able to personalize their own, completely original vacation.

“We are excited to have found a clever way to showcase South Seas and its uniqueness,” said South Seas managing director Rick Hayduk, about the new program. “While it’s still in its infancy, we are thrilled about the experience it offers families.”

Set on a 330-acre wildlife preserve with unrivaled sunsets and warm Gulf water, the South Seas Island Resort villages is a destination unique from any other – complete with innovative experiences such as the number-one sailing school in America, dolphin and manatee watching, rejuvenating spa treatments, daily nature walks and dynamic marine education programs through the onsite Sanibel Sea School.

Families can go on a quest with the new i-Spy activity. In this version of the popular car game, guests attempt to locate specific objects around the South Seas property with only the help of a map. Once all 15 points are accumulated, winners are eligible for the wall of fame. This and all other activities are available a la carte or packaged with accommodations starting from $229 per night.

A sampling of Summer of Discovery a la carte offerings include:

• Go! Fishing program taught by expert anglers

• Pavel Blackwood Tennis Academy for private and group instruction

• One of the “Top Five Short Golf Courses” in the world

• Twenty-two miles of biking trails throughout the islands of Sanibel and Captiva

• Two and a half miles of unspoiled coastline with thousands of rare shells

• Interactive learning Sanibel Sea School and Marine Discovery Center

• Kay Casperson Lifestyle Spa and Boutique treatments

• Healthy cooking classes with executive chef Joey Pesner

• Sunset cruise with dolphin companions

• Swimtastic swim school and mermaid camp

“From the warm response already and the number of activities, we expect the theme of discovery will carry on,” said Hayduk.

Guests of South Seas enjoy a full-service experience at this rare resort village with accommodations ranging from budget-friendly hotel rooms and condominiums to spacious seaside homes. Dining options include the fresh catch of the day and authentic key lime pie at Harbourside Bar and Grill, southern-style barbecue with all the fixings at Holy Smoke Heavenly Barbecue or refreshing cocktails at Sunset Beach Bar.

Family, nature, comfort – As one of Parents magazine’s top 10 beach resorts for families, South Seas Island Resort is a resort village and wildlife sanctuary off Florida’s Gulf Coast, spanning two-and-a-half miles of shell-laden beaches at the northern end of Captiva Island. This luxury resort offers a variety of family programs and amenities ranging from daily experimental sea-based educational programs, spa, golf, tennis, nature tours to eateries, shopping at Chadwick Square, boating, fishing and sailing.

South Seas is an ecologically balanced vacation destination perfect for families. To experience Summer of Discovery at South Seas Island Resort, call 888-2-CAPTIVA or visit www.southseas.com.