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5 Reasons Why the Tree Lighting at ‘Tween Waters is Pure Magic

Holiday Tree Lighting

It’s the most magical time of year, and while Northerners think they have the upper hand on the holidays with all of that snow and roaring fireplaces, you’ll be surprised to learn that the Tree Lighting ceremony at ‘Tween Waters has all that, a little more! As a true northerner transplant (originally from Wisconsin), I can confidently say there’s nothing quite as magical as the Tree Lighting ceremony on Captiva. Here’s why:

*Snow. I’m leading off with the big one, because yes, there’s snow on Captiva and you can find it only at ‘Tween Waters. With a giant snow machine sending out the fluffy white stuff, you can celebrate in your shorts, while enjoying this Christmas miracle.

*Food. For the first time ever, you can get the VIP treatment by joining ‘Tween Waters in the Wakefield Room and watch the show from the balcony. It includes a family style Italian Buffet and family seating, for just $37/adult and $18/child. That’s a steal, for the best seats in the house! If you aren’t interested in the VIP treatment, you can also enjoy a meal in the Crow’s Nest (special menu) or grab a hot dog and chips, or burger and chips, at the outdoor event!

November 23, 2018 | The fun begins around dusk | FREE to all | Arrive early to secure parking | Call for Wakefield VIP Dining! 800-223-5865 

*Music. Not only is CJ the DJ rocking it poolside all afternoon, and part of the evening, but the Gatlins are returning to Captiva for some live music performances starting at 8:30PM in the Crow’s Nest. During the lighting ceremony, there is a music and lights show, and some live caroling, which is my favorite ode to the traditional holiday spirit.

*Lights. With 100,000 twinkling lights, all played and synchronized to the holiday music, the light show is by far the most magical moment of the night. From candy cane palm tree tunnel, to Rudolph leading Santa’s sleigh, there is no other holiday display like it in, dare I say it, the world. Without any street lights on Captiva, this display is made extra special because it truly lights up the night and can be seen from the beach and beyond.

*Fireworks. The lights are shining brightly everywhere (says Mariah Carey), the music is playing, you’re cuddled up with your loved ones, and then the sky bursts into light. This is pure magic.

If you can’t make the lighting ceremony, you won’t miss all of the fun. The property stays lit until after the new year, and you can walk the property to see all of the beautiful lights. Be sure to stay midweek Sunday to Thursday in December to receive 50% off guestrooms, studios and one-bedroom suites too!

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Employee Spotlight: Ray Emer, Lead Pool Bar Bartender

“Setting the ‘Bar’ Higher”

Ray Emer has been a bartender at ‘Tween Waters Island Resort & Spa at the Oasis Pool Bar & Grille since 2017 but has been in the business of owning restaurants for 25 years with his wife Jewell. Despite his past work and experience, Ray still says working at ‘Tween Waters is the best job he’s ever had, next to being a husband and father.

Ray was first drawn to bartending because of the personal connections that are formed with visitors every day that are different and special. He says it makes his hour-long trek to work every day worthwhile. A day does not go by that Ray doesn’t engage with a guest that has been returning year after year, and the best compliment to him is hearing their stay was memorable and that they look forward to seeing him again next time.

Most are surprised to learn that the silver-haired smiley tender behind the bar raised a Military veteran (Ray Jr. 36) a Lawyer (Erik 35) a Dentist (Kyle 33) a Teacher (Angela 25) and yes, another Bartender (Hunter 23).

Ray, AKA “Mr. Delicious” (after one of our best pool bar concoctions) has worked for other Sanibel and Captiva establishments, but says he’s grateful to work for such a supportive Executive team that focuses on the experience of our guests at whatever the cost. He believes in the SCBR philosophy that a person who feels appreciated will always do more than is expected. That’s why Ray’s proudest accomplishments include helping develop his team, increasing guest satisfaction scores and building sales month after month. He wants to set the “bar” higher and add value to the guest experience as well.

When he’s not tending bar, he enjoys the resort like any guest: hanging out at the pool decks, chilling on our docks at the marina, dining in our restaurants, paddling our canoes thru the mangroves, sun bathing and shelling the beach. He’s been to Paris, Hawaii, and every theme park in Florida, but he still thinks where he works is the “best hidden jewel.”

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Introducing Sanibel Captiva Island Vacation Rentals

Vacation rentals just got a whole lot better on Sanibel and Captiva Island with the launch Monday of the new Sanibel Captiva Island Vacation Rentals — one of the largest vacation rental companies on Sanibel and Captiva Islands, Florida, with currently more than 150 properties in its extensive inventory of luxury, boutique rental homes, cottages and condos. The brand represents the merger of vacation rental properties from ‘Tween Waters Island Vacation Rentals and Re/Max of the Islands Vacation Rentals, which occurred earlier this year.  For rental information or to place your vacation rental in the SCIVR program, visit www.SCVacay.com or call 239.472.5050.

Sanibel Captiva Island Vacation Rentals has been rebranded to reflect the best of both Sanibel and Captiva Island, promoting the dual locations for vacation rentals that the vacation rental company offers. This new branding and business model will include an 8-part Concierge Program for owners and prospective owners, and exclusive Renter’s Rewards that reward guests with $100-plus of valuable discounts, in conjunction with the Sanibel Captiva Beach Resorts brand, to focus on both owner satisfaction as well as guest satisfaction.

“We look forward to making the vacation rental experience the best it’s ever been — in service, in revenues and in guest satisfaction,” says General Manager Doug Babcock. “We felt a fresh name with an upscale visual presentation that reflects both islands and both companies was an important step in this process.”

This new and altogether better vacation rental company is 85 years in the making — founded on award-winning island hospitality marketing through the Sanibel Captiva Beach Resorts properties. Vacation rental guests benefit through a variety of advantages including a large search set of properties, Renter’s Rewards (including coupons) and the use of many partner resort amenities. Owners benefit from this partnership through the robust marketing, personalized concierge approach, and 50-plus years of real estate and vacation rental expertise on Sanibel and Captiva. Sanibel Captiva Island Vacation Rentals is managed under Doug Babcock, with Sales Manager Jackie Royka and Sales Associates Rachel Walsh and Sue Plein.

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Happy Returns — Return to ‘Tween Waters with a 25% Discount!

Thank you for your patronage and patience with our area’s recent water quality issues. If you visited any Sanibel Captiva Beach Resort July 1, 2018 or later, we’d like to welcome you back with a special 25% discount on your next stay — one, two, three, four or five nights — now through January 31, 2019. Book now at 800.223.5865 and mention your previous reservation date with our friendly reservationists to redeem!

 

 

 

*Valid on new reservations only. Not valid during national holiday weeks. Book now to January 31, 2019. One reservation per household, per previous reservation. Previous reservation must have occurred after July 1, 2018.

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Making History Again at Old Captiva House.

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Once upon a time, a small schoolhouse on Captiva Island welcomed its very first students to their very first day of learning. The year was 1908. If you’re a local historian (or maybe just an island fan), you know that this one-room schoolhouse remains a Captiva landmark — because today, elements of the school continue on as Old Captiva House restaurant, here at the legendary ‘Tween Waters Island Resort & Spa.

Across the years, Old Captiva House has welcomed thousands of guests to hearty breakfasts and mouth-watering dinners, all served with a front-and-center view of the Gulf of Mexico and its breathtaking sunsets. Today, this tradition will carry on with an all new look — one that embraces the past grace and charm of Captiva Island, while welcoming the future — and an all new kitchen, from which tomorrow’s top-rated Captiva Island menu will be prepared and served.

“Our design team focused on bringing the light, bright, airy and cheerful feel of Captiva to the restaurant, while adding something of ‘southern island charm’ and a nautical feel to the interior,” notes Doug Babcock, Chief Operating Officer of Sanibel Captiva Beach Resorts. “In the end, we’ll have created a true ‘destination’ restaurant in look, style, experience and of course, taste. We’re very excited.”

The “new” Old Captiva House will feature a variety of guest amenities not previously available, including: a welcome area with lounge seating for conversation and libations; a cozy bar with comfortable seating and outstanding views; a new Sunset Lounge with its sunset vistas; plus a beautiful main dining room with walls of French doors, lots of natural lighting and soothing color combinations. Not to mention the best dining on the island.

As the new kitchen continues construction, an impressive surrogate kitchen has been erected on-property and is currently serving breakfast and dinner via your choice of Crow’s Nest Bar & Grille, or a newly renovated Canoe & Kayak Club (with an abbreviated Old Captiva House menu), featuring both indoor and outdoor seating and a gorgeous view of Roosevelt Channel and Pine Island Sound.

While the dining renovation efforts represent a significant investment, the goal is to “continue to provide our guests the best hospitality experience in Southwest Florida,” says Tony Lapi, Chief Executive Officer. “After all, as the Official Beach Resorts of Sanibel and Captiva, nothing less than the best for our guests will do.” Estimates are that Old Captiva House will excitedly debut in a grand opening sometime later this fall.

In the meantime, make your Old Captiva House dinner reservations today by calling the Canoe & Kayak Club at 239.472.5161 X425.

 

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New: Book Direct and Stay Perfect at ‘Tween Waters Island Resort & Spa

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While those BIG travel sites suggest that it’s easy to get the best rates by booking with them, the fact is — they’re wrong. They may advertise a low rate, but sites like Expedia, Travelocity and TheNextBigIdea often hide or disguise resort fees — fees that you don’t pay when you book direct with Tween-Waters.com or on the phone with our friendly, on-site reservationists at 800.223.5865!

But that’s not always obvious, which is why today we’re launching our new Book Direct & Stay Perfect campaign. It’s about making sure you know where to find the very best, guaranteed lowest rates, combined with a host of FREE services and amenities that are an additional cost when you book somewhere else.

Take a look at all that you enjoy free when you book direct with us:

  • NO Resort Fees Like Other Travel Sites Means Guaranteed Lowest Rates Here!
  • FREE Resort Bike Rentals, Kayak Rentals, Tennis, Pickleball (and Racquets), Shuffleboard, Beach Volleyball, Bocce Ball and Fitness Center!
  • FREE $100-Plus Resort Rewards Coupon Book for Discounts on Lunch, Dinner, Beverages, Parasail, Jet Ski, Paddleboard, Spa Treatments, Apparel and More!
  • FREE Standard Wi-Fi, Local Newspaper, Parking and Housekeeping!

 

Oh, and have you ever tried to change a reservation or cancel one with those BIG travel sites? Generally, you’re on the phone for hours, talking to machines or people all over the world, and there’s a good chance you’ll hang up unhappy. Again, not with us at ‘Tween Waters when you book direct — we make changes fast, easy and stress-free!

Want to learn more? Just visit our Book Direct page here, then book online at our fabulous website or call 800.223.5865 now!

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Introducing ‘Tween Waters Island Vacation Rentals: Southwest Florida’s Newest Upscale Hospitality Brand From Sanibel Captiva Beach Resorts LLC

Captiva, FL — Sanibel Captiva Beach Resorts LLC, one of Southwest Florida’s top hospitality management and marketing companies, is proud to introduce the new ‘Tween Waters Island Vacation Rentals. Specializing in high-end vacation homes and condominiums on Captiva and Sanibel Islands, Florida, ‘Tween Waters Island Vacation Rentals officially launches May 1, 2017.

'Tween Waters Island Vacation Rentals‘Tween Waters Island Vacation Rentals is an extension of the legendary ‘Tween Waters Inn Island Resort & Spa of Captiva, rated Captiva’s top resort on TripAdvisor.com. The new ‘Tween Waters Island Vacation Rentals will enhance visitor experiences to Southwest Florida via the parent corporation’s history of hospitality excellence that was first founded in 1931.

“There’s always a demand for highest quality Captiva and Sanibel vacation rental homes and condos among a certain market group,” notes Doug Babcock, Chief Operating Officer of Sanibel Captiva Beach Resorts. “Larger families with children, family reunions, wedding parties and others who enjoy the more private and independent advantages of vacation rentals can now access a variety of rental options that include the legendary ‘Tween Waters reputation for quality and excellence.”

Among those advantages are discounts to various Sanibel Captiva Beach Resorts restaurants and recreational options that no other vacation rental company can offer — well over $100 in savings for consumers.

At the same time, Babcock notes that vacation rental homeowners will benefit greatly, too, by both the powerful and award-winning branding and marketing of Sanibel Captiva Beach Resorts among web, digital, social and public relations strategies that will reach more than 1 million potential renters annually — meaning greater return for their vacation rental home or condo investment. Plus, each vacation rental homeowner will be serviced by a concierge assigned to his or her property with personal service and attention to detail.

‘Tween Waters Island Vacation Rentals is found online at www.TWIVacay.com. Telephone contact is 844.TWI-VACAY (894.8222).

About Sanibel Captiva Beach Resorts LLC
Sanibel Captiva Beach Resorts LLC is among Southwest Florida’s top and most experienced hospitality management and marketing organizations. SCBR operates four of Sanibel and Captiva Islands’ top beach resorts that comprise more than 300 quality accommodations, from beachfront suites to classic seaside cottages, including: ‘Tween Waters Inn Island Resort & Spa of Captiva Island, Florida; West Wind Inn of Sanibel, Florida; Beachview Cottages of Sanibel, Florida; and Castaways Cottages of Sanibel, Florida (at Blind Pass). The organization also excels in food and beverage service with five dining outlets, plus outstanding banquet services and facilities for weddings, corporate meetings and family reunions. In addition, Sanibel Captiva Beach Resorts manages and markets two marinas, numerous recreational amenities (discounted golf, tennis, water sport and more), retail outlets and a day spa.

Learn more at www.SanibelCaptivaBeachResorts.com.

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Introducing Our One-of-a-Kind Million Dollar Breakfast Giveback!

Breakfast Policy GivebackEarly in 2017, ‘Tween Waters Inn Island Resort & Spa surveyed more than 30,000 of our past and future guests and asked them one question: How do you like your breakfast served?

For years, ‘Tween Waters Inn has provided continental breakfast buffet as an amenity with your room rate. But we heard that more and more of today’s guests wanted a choice regarding breakfast. So we asked — and the majority of those 30,000 we asked told us they preferred the option of choosing the kind of breakfast they want, rather than paying for something they may not want.

As a result, starting January 3, 2018, breakfast will be 100% your option. Instead of continental breakfast buffet included in your room charge, you can choose a delicious hot breakfast from our Captiva House menu. A light breakfast, like coffee and a bagel. You can choose to eat in your room. Or skip breakfast altogether.

Here’s the best part: In return, we’re reducing our rates 8% across the board — that’s every room, every night — which amounts to what could be $1 million you, our guests, could save next year!

Great savings. And your choice on breakfast. We think that’s a win-win for you. Thank you as always, from all of us at TripAdvisor’s top-rated Captiva Island resort!

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Plan Your Captiva Holiday Party Today

It PAYS to plan ahead! Reserve your company or employee holiday party now, and when you and your work companions stay November 29 to December 18 you’ll enjoy 30% off weekends and 50% off Sunday through Thursday on every reservation! Plus, with four fantastic venues to celebrate and party, there’s even more to love!

So go ahead, celebrate the holiDAYS (and nights) and the legendary ‘Tween Waters Inn.

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Summer Vacation and Holiday Packages at ‘Tween Waters Inn

With all of the craziness during the school year, summer is a chance to relax and enjoy — and what better way to relax than a serene, Gulf-tween-Bay location like Captiva Island?

Leave the lines of theme parks behind, sit by a less chaotic pool with a cool drink in hand (sans mouse ears) and think about the alternative to rides, hot and cranky kids who just need a cool ocean breeze, and expensive added fees and amenities —  you’ll find your escape at ‘Tween Waters Inn!

SUMMER FREEBIES: We’re serving up summer with a side of spectacular (say that ten times fast!), including a FREE night and dining credit, all summer long! That’s right, through September 30, stay 3 nights and we’ll throw in an additional night FREE, plus $50 FREE dining credit, FREE continental breakfast buffet, FREE wireless internet, FREE parking & NO hidden resort fees OR stay 5 nights and we’ll throw in another night FREE, plus $150 dining credit and all the FREEBIES! GET THIS OFFER NOW by calling 800-223-5865! (Not valid on cottages and 2- and 3-bedroom suites, not valid on holidays, cannot be combined with any other discount)

LABOR DAY WEEKEND: Holidays are a special time at ‘Tween Waters Inn, and also in high demand! Typically holidays are excluded from discounts and sales, but this Labor Day weekend, when you stay three and five nights, you’ll receive our multi-night package rates! (Complete with FREE breakfast, FREE $100-value coupon book, FREE wifi, parking, and more!). Call for details, rates and availability: 800-223-5865 (and call soon, holidays book fast!)

 

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