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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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Getting High Over Captiva.

‘Tween Waters Inn Island Resort & Spa is excited to announce that now, we can take your Captiva beach vacation experience to new heights!

That’s right, parasailing has come to ‘Tween Waters Inn — and getting high over Captiva is as easy as making your reservation at Captiva Water Sports at our Marina!

Rates are $90 per person (single) or $80 per person (two or three people), and up to three persons can take flight at the same time. Captiva Water Sports will make sure you’re safe and secure, and it’s as easy as sitting back and taking off — up, up, up above the Gulf of Mexico to a panoramic, breathtaking, beautiful and perfectly peaceful view of our islands that compares to, well, truly nothing else! Note: “bottoms up” dip in the Gulf waters upon return no extra charge.

Just click here to book your parasail adventure now or call 239.472.6336 for the time of your life!

 

 

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Sweating it Out on the Tour de Captiva

OK, I’ve finally conceded that I’ll never be mistaken for Lance Armstrong.

But while a month on a bicycle in France isn’t viable for a 45-year-old who breaks a sweat taking out garbage, it’s lucky that Southwest Florida is not without more suitable two-wheeled options.

And if you’re seeking to get your pedal on, why not enjoy a little scenery along the way?

Some natural roadside scenery
Some natural roadside scenery

The quest for mild exertion amid world-class visuals begins conveniently at the Tween Waters Inn’s bayside marina, where a full complement of non-geared bikes are available for rental by resort guests. Rates start at $15 for the first two-and-a-half hours and $5 per hour thereafter, an outlay which provides instant access to a fleet of ready-to-roll machines stationed a turn or two from Captiva Drive.

From there, the options are only limited by the spring in your legs and the air in your lungs.

My Saturday adventure (rentals are available starting at 9 a.m. sharp) began alongside good friend and colleague Michael Korb, who joined me in the mid-morning scorch as we hung a left out of the parking lot with visions of a full 28-mile trek from resort to Sanibel lighthouse and back.

It only took a trickle of middle-aged perspiration – which arrived after barely 60 seconds – to get us rethinking those objectives. And by the time we’d rolled two miles to picturesque Blind Pass, we were content with the idea that a 15-mile ride with higher aspirations would substitute nicely for a nearly 30-mile version that was 50/50 to end with a next-of-kin notification.

Fortunately, there was enough eye candy in our midst to distract any battered 40-plus ego.

Picture break at Blind Pass
Picture break at Blind Pass

Our leisurely tour brought us past the familiar cadre of fishermen on the bridge, alongside the occasional white egret strolling the fence line of the sprawling “Ding” Darling Wildlife Refuge and face to face with a vagabond gopher tortoise happily munching grass in the linked video while cars whizzed past just feet away.

We used the refuge’s parking lot as a pit stop prior to a thankfully tail-winded return trip to the resort, and the jaunt was capped by a visit to the pristine beach across the street before the bikes were re-racked alongside the marina steps just a few minutes before noon.

It’s far more sand than Champs Elysees, but as finish lines go it’s pretty tough to beat.

The perfect finish line
The perfect finish line
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‘TWEEN WATERS INN LAUNCHES NEW INTERACTIVE WEBSITE

newwebsite‘Tween Waters Inn Island Resort launched a new website at www.tween-waters.com today, dedicated to enhancing the visitor’s trip experience to Captiva Island. The new site maintains current content as well as new and expanded content, however boasts a more interactive web 2.0, new messaging, new packages and promotions, and QwickClick VideoTours featuring activities, dining, and fun at the resort.

Introducing new pages such as an image gallery and video tours, the design was focused on creating an experience that would not only be aesthetic, but also more user-friendly and interactive. With easy navigation tabs, the website gives users the ability to book reservations, review the resort, share experiences, view rooms, contact the resort or check rates, while maintaining many of the “fan favorites” such as the beach cam and Tidings blog. Interactive novelties such as the two-minute QwickClick videos allow visitors to receive a more up close and personal introduction to some of the ‘Tween Waters Inn amenities without ever leaving the computer chair.

“Visiting the new website is an experience,” says Jeff Shuff, General Manager of ‘Tween Waters Inn. “It’s not just a place to book reservations or find rates. It’s a place to discover your next big adventure. We are really excited to deliver added value to our customers so that visitors can make informed decisions about their vacations.”

The ‘Tween Waters Inn website was first remodeled in 2004, increasing online reservations and revenue substantially. The resort plans for the new design to continue to increase reservations, but also awareness of the resort with search engine optimization through the site’s novel use of viral video, interactive media and social media. While the enhancements to the website are significant, the location has not changed: www.tween-waters.com.

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‘TWEEN WATERS INN SIZZLES WITH “BOUDOIR WEEKEND”

bombshellWith “America’s Most Romantic Sunset” (as proclaimed by Travelocity) as the backdrop, Captiva and ‘Tween Waters Inn Island Resort will turn up the heat August 27 – 30, 2009, with a unique “Boudoir Weekend”, including a sexy boudoir one-hour photo session, romantic waterview studio for two and stunning sunset all wrapped into one very sultry package.

The steamiest getaway around, the ‘Tween Waters Inn “Boudoir Weekend” offers a two-night stay for two in a waterview studio for only $399. The “Boudoir Weekend” (choose your two nights, Thursday and Friday, or Friday and Saturday) also includes a one-hour intimate photo session with renowned Naples-based photographer, Vanessa Rogers; professional makeup and professional hair styling; plus continental breakfast buffet each day. And if guests want to indulge more, you can add a third night for only $100 more. For reservations, call ‘Tween Waters Inn at 1-800-223-5865. To schedule a photo shoot time, call Vanessa Rogers at 1-239-580-7677.

Vanessa Rogers received her formal training in photography from New York City at the Fashion Institute and continuing education at the School of Visual Arts. A commercial artist by trade, serving major tourism and magazine clients, Rogers is also partner in Bombshell Studio of Naples.

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News-Press Features Crab Races – A Captiva “Can’t Miss” Event

CrabRacesThe Crab Races at ‘Tween Waters Inn are known to be the “stupidest thing you’ve ever seen” according to its host Commissioner Tim Jardis. ‘Tween Waters Inn doesn’t think they’re that stupid, and neither does United Way, who has received more than $150,000 from these crazy races. But we aren’t the only ones who think the NASCRAB Crab Races are a hoot! Check out what the Fort Myers News-Press was cheering about here. To see the Crab Races Live and in action, don’t miss the cool QwickClick video on our facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/tweenwaters.

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‘Tween Waters Inn Hosts a Roast and First Annual Funtastic Fourth Fishing Derby

Fishing at 'Tween Waters InnSpend Independence Day honoring tradition and starting a few new traditions of your own at ‘Tween Waters Inn Island Resort.  Fourth of July at ‘Tween Waters Inn is a fun-filled day, starting with the First Annual Funtastic Fourth Fishing Derby — a half-day tournament free to all guests with Fourth of July reservations for three or more nights. After a fish-filled day with your family, enjoy a mouth-watering Island Tradition: a Captiva Island Luau Roast, replete with slow roasted pig.

The fishing tournament will begin at 8 a.m., and is free and fun for all ages, with a three-day reservation or more. Complete the Fourth of July evening with the all-you-can-eat Captiva Island Luau Roast, from 5 to 9 p.m. Both the fishing tournament and luau are free to guests staying three or more nights (limit of 2, children under 12 eat free). Visitors are encouraged to dig in, despite staying the night or three, for only $17.95 per person.

The recently renovated Crow’s Nest at ‘Tween Waters Inn will “host the roast” so join in the fun and sample the delicious menu items including: slow roasted suckling pig, coleslaw, corn on the cob, baked beans, a basket of swamp cabbage fritters, and Key lime tarts. These tasty items partner perfect with “two for one” draft beer.  The regular menu will also be available.

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‘TWEEN WATERS INN FINDS SUCCESS ON FACEBOOK

twi-facebook‘Tween Waters Inn is gaining Facebook fans like a snowball on a hill (except we’re on a beach and there’s no snow): fast and growing. We’ve recently joined Facebook and, in eight weeks, have swelled to almost 1,500 passionate fans of our legendary island resort. The Facebook fan page covers exclusive offers, new offers, events, videos, photos, opinions, and much more! If you’ve never been to Captiva Island but want to know what you’re missing out on, check out the video tour. If you have been to ‘Tween Waters Inn, and loved it so much you want to share it with others, post your photos to the fan page.

What’s better than a head’s up on all the comings and goings at ‘Tween? Invite your friends, because when ‘Tween Waters Inn has 2,500 Facebook fans, we’re going to offer up something special to FANS ONLY. Plus, once you’re a fan, you are entered automatically to win a two-night Waterview Room stay at the resort Florida Travel + Life Magazine calls “Captiva’s Must Stay.” So take the Facebook plunge and “fan” us here: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Captiva-FL/Tween-Waters-Inn-Island-Resort/61256748840?ref=mf.

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IN THE NEWS: Captiva is for Lovers

istock_000000786091largeMaybe this isn’t news to all of you who’ve honeymooned, celebrated anniversaries or simply shared a vacation of a lifetime at the legendary ‘Tween Waters Inn Island Resort, but another noted travel writer has planted a kiss of praise on Captiva Island and ‘Tween Waters Inn. As Libby McMillian writers on Examiner.com, “Southwest Florida’s tiny Captiva Island is easy to reach and really provides that ‘other-world’ feeling so necessary for unplugging.

The minute you cross the last tiny bridge, come onto the island and witness the Gulf in front of you, you know you’re somewhere special.” She goes on to give ‘Tween Waters Inn three plugs as the place to play and stay on Captiva. View the entire article here or, better yet, come see for yourself with our new Three-Night Delight Values and Five-Night Celebrate Rates that save you 20%-25% January through April!

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VACATIONS: “Out of the Park” Specials for Spring Training

It’s a beautiful day for baseball. Spring training is here – in Florida – and ‘Tween Waters Inn Island Resort has a deal for those looking to catch a fly ball and some rays. With every Three-Night Delight Value or Five-Night Celebrate Package booked, you’ll receive a free $106 resort gift card in honor of your favorite team’s 106th season.

‘Tween Waters Inn is only 30 miles from spring training and this special offer is good through March 31. The gift card is available to use on any resort amenity, such as the spa, gift shop, or dining experience. The deal is even sweeter because both 3 and 5 night packages are at a hot discounted daily rate. With these prices, you’ll be able to stay for all of the extra innings. Just make sure to mention the code “spring training” when making your reservations. For more information about your free resort gift card or to book now, visit www.tween-waters.com. These deals are going, going and soon they’ll be gone, so don’t miss out on your chance to enjoy the Florida sunshine and spring training.

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