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A Romantic Evening for Couples on Captiva

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Picture yourself with the love of your life sitting on the beaches of Captiva, watching the sun set across the calm Gulf waves. The pink, orange and yellow hues glimmer off the sea and lead a pathway of light right to you both.  

There’s a reason why experts like USA Today travel writers agree that Captiva Island’s beaches are among the most romantic on Earth. Between the sunset, the rhythmic melody of tides changing, the salt air in the breeze — there’s nothing like this anywhere else.  

But your romantic evening doesn’t need to end after the green flash (if you’re lucky enough to see one!). Directly across the street from the beach lies one of the most romantic restaurants on island, our very own Old Captiva House at the legendary ‘Tween Waters Island Resort & Spa. Waiting for you is a table for two, whether inside or out, and an extensive menu filled with quality cocktails and dishes for you to choose and enjoy.  

While we put our love and zest into every dish. Seafood is a true delicacy on Captiva and whether it’s our award winner Cioppino dish, blackened snapper, jumbo prawn pasta — your tastebuds will relish in enjoyment with every bite.  

Evenings like these can create a happy memory and, when shared with your special someone, they can last a lifetime. Plan your next romantic memory today by reserving a table. Give us a call at 239.472.5161 (X421) or via Open Table by visiting our website here 

Old Captiva House wins Two Awards at CROW’s Taste of the Islands

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We’re honored to share with you the great news! Our very own Old Captiva House was recognized in this year’s CROW’s Taste of the Islands contest, receiving first place in Taste of the Taste and Best Seafood Dish categories.  

Even though the venue was different from years prior, the 39th annual Taste of the Islands was a success. This year featured a record high 31 top restaurants from Sanibel and Captiva Islands. Each restaurant competing had a featured weekend, where voters could come taste their participating dishes in a condensed and safe environment.  

Our entered dish, the Cioppino (Fisherman’s Stew), received high praise from voters, snagging wins in two categories. Cioppino is a classic dish at the Old Captiva House, instantly bringing the coastal island vibe to you and your tastebuds. Featuring an assortment of seafood delicacies such as clams, mussels, scallops, shrimp, calamari and Gulf grouper – our chefs then add scratch made roasted tomato seafood broth with a saffron risotto cake to compliment.  

So next time you visit, come share the taste of sweet victory and give our award winning Cioppino a try! 

Christmas Wishes and Great Dishes at Old Captiva House

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When you think of the holiday season, what’s the first few things that come to mind? Is it the lights? Christmas trees? Carolers singing?  

For us, it’s sitting around a table with close loved ones and enjoying good food. This year at Old Captiva House, we’re celebrating the holiday season with our 2020 Christmas Menu, featuring a wide variety of dishes and treats you’re bound to enjoy.  

Starting at $65 per person and $24.95 per child under 10-years-old, our Christmas dinner comes with our shrimp bisque soup, choice of appetizer, salad, entrée and dessert. 

Our highlighted entrée this year is our delicious Christmas Plate, featuring a perfectly cooked prime rib with au gratin potatoes, leg of lamb with port wine demi, couscous and delectable mustard glazed honey ham with cheese grits.  

Or, if prime rib isn’t your thing, we have a more Captiva style dish — Stuffed Flounder plate — featuring crab and lobster, stuffed flounder with roasted roma potato farro and citrus butter sauce.  

Let’s get into the holiday spirit and celebrate together this year, with good company, great food and memories to share for years to come. Reservations can be made via OpenTable at or by calling 239.472.5161 extension 421 between the hours of 7:30am-11am or 5pm-9pm.  

The Perfect Stocking Stuffer

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With the holiday season approaching, it’s time to start thinking about gifts. What would make a great gift that would bring joy to your family and friends? 

Luckily for you, we have the perfect stocking stuffer for anyone in your life. 

A ‘Tween Waters Island Resort & Spa Captiva Card is bound to bring your loved ones sweet treats and fond memories. The Captiva Card is bound to bring bang for your buck, as the $100 gift card will get you $120 worth food and beverages at our TripAdvisor top-tier on resort restaurants, Old Captiva House or Crow’s Nest. Where you’d like to go is entirely up to you. 

So, come share what great taste you have with a Captiva Card! Order here and have it delivered via USPS, or feel free to order yours available for your personal delivery in our lobby area. 

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Roll In the Holiday with ‘Tween Waters Island Resort & Spa’s Tree Lighting Celebration

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When you think of the holidays, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? Is it spending time with loved ones around a warm fire? Giving gifts of joy and happy smiles? Maybe even listening to holiday music while setting up decorations? 

All of those are excellent choices. For us, we think of our Tree Lighting Celebration. Every year, the legendary Tween Waters Island Resort & Spa on Captiva Island welcomes you and your loved ones to enjoy our little tradition of welcoming in the holiday season. It’s an event we treasure, as many of us have attended since the very first ceremony. We’ve seen our event grow from small get together to a large gathering, but maintaining the same reason throughout – to bring a little joy and happiness into the season.  

This year will look a little different. As much as we want to see everyone enjoy this tradition as much as we do, we understand that the health and safety of everyone comes first. That’s why this year, our Tree Lighting Celebration is limited to resort guests or reserved-in-advance restaurant guests. We feel that this is the safest way to keep our tradition alive while taking in the health consideration of others during these times.  

We welcome you to make your resort reservations here, or call 800.223.5865 and for everyone to have a safe and joyful holiday season!  

Great News! Our “Rest Assured” Promise Now Extends to December 31, 2020!

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Here’s some great news for those of you thinking about visiting us at Sanibel Captiva Beach Resorts — but are still a bit hesitant to commit to travel plans more than a few weeks out.

Now you can book your getaways in October, November and December — and Rest Assured that if your plans change, you’ll have freedom and flexibility, with only a $35 processing fee on cancellations provided you do so no later than 72 hours prior to arrival.

Looking ahead, you can book ahead with peace of mind for:

  • Any mid-week or weekend getaway
  • The wonderful, joyous and beautiful ‘Tween Waters Delightful December, with our resort aglow in more than 100,000 holiday lights

So check your calendar, visit our website here or call our friendly on-site reservationists at 800.223.5865. And Rest Assured! Valid guestrooms and 1-bedroom suites only.

What’s Chef Greg Dishing Out?

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Think about all the cooking networks and shows we have at our disposal right now. Clearly food great to eat, but it’s also appetizing to watch too.   

Here at Old Captiva House, we recognize food as a form of art and want to highlight some of the great work our chefs do. That’s why we’ve created a new series entitled “Chef Greg Dishes” for our very own Executive Chef Greg Nelson to show off and share his culinary expertise.  

Viewers will get an inside look at the dishes he pours his heart into, while learning a thing or two about them — whether it’s how the dishes are imagined, what ingredients create their taste sensations or how guests can put their personal spin on them. Each video is bound have you jonesin’ for some of your favorite Old Captiva House dishes.  

So come watch, get hungry and enjoy Chef Greg’s masterpieces with us from anywhere! Be sure to follow us on Facebook here.

Staying SanCap Safe at Old Captiva House

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The safety of others is our most important goal right now, and here at Old Captiva House we want you to know we’re doing everything we can to ensure your safety.  

We want to stay connected with you and transparent with our approach to a healthy environment at this time. That’s why we’re staying SanCap Safe. Were committed to using industry-approved sanitation, hygiene and infection control practices to ensure the safety and well-being of visitors, residents and staff. 

What exactly goes into being SanCap Safe? Here’s the rundown:  

1.) Wash Hands Often
Washing your hands with soap and hot water for at least 20 seconds is essential. We’re making sure our staff is washing their hands consistently. We’re asking staff and guests to use hand sanitizer when possible as well.  

2.) Avoid Close Contact with Others
Our employees are practicing safe social distancing when needed. Were staying six feet apart from others, both indoors and outdoors, and we’re asking guests to practice this measure as well. Keeping a safe distance is especially important for those who are at a higher risk of becoming very sick.  

3.) Mask Up
Were requiring our employees to wear a mask both inside and outside wherever and whenever possible. Masks should cover both mouth and nose always. We encourage our guests to wear masks as well, only removing them to enjoy food and drink.  

Practicing the SanCap Safe measures, we believe our staff can provide a safe environment for guests to enjoy some of their favorite drinks, dishes and treats. Click here for more information on all the ways we’re staying safe. 

Summer Staycation Celebration: Win 4 Days and 3 Nights at ‘Tween Waters Island Resort & Spa

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2020 has been one of the most turbulent years the world has faced. Luckily for Floridians, Tween Waters Island Resort & Spa on beautiful Captiva Island is offering you the chance to make the best out of our glorious beach summer — and all close by. 

Starting today, Florida residents only can enter to win 1 of 12 four day, three night stays at the legendary ‘Tween Waters Island Resort & Spa. Not only will lucky winners enjoy a luxurious guest room, each winner scores a bonus $100 dining credit for dining and beverages at any one of our three TripAdvisor top-rated restaurants.

“With the challenges of 2020 and the limitations currently of travel, we as a corporation wanted to say thank you to our many Florida guests past, present and future,” says Doug Babcock, Chief Executive Officer. “Providing 12 weekly winners over summer and early fall will create some big smiles.”

Winners will be drawn weekly and all 12 winners will be notified on September 30, 2020. Care to double or triple your odds of winning? Every time you book and stay at any Sanibel Captiva Beach Resort three nights or more before September 30, you’re entered again!

So stay now, stay often and maybe later! Just be sure you enter here now.

Sanibel Captiva Beach Resort Employees Create Video “Welcome Back”

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Sanibel Captiva Beach Resorts, Southwest Florida’s leading hospitality management and marketing organization, today debuts a new video that features 50 employees extending a warm welcome back to Sanibel and Captiva Islands.

sanibel captiva beach resorts welcome back videoPhotography for the video was conducted across a full day at six SCBR brands: ‘Tween Waters Island Resort & Spa, Old Captiva House, West Wind Island Resort, Beachview Cottages, Castaways Cottages and Sanibel Captiva Island Vacation Rentals. Staff included virtually all departments: maintenance, housekeeping, guest services, food and beverage, weddings and events, sales, management and even the organization’s Chief Executive Officer. In every location and occasion, staff demonstrated best practices with approved face masks and gloves. The organization’s COVID-19 policies and procedures can be found here.

“Our goal with this video is to welcome our guests back the best way we can — with the genuine hospitality and passion for satisfaction each member of our team brings each day,” says Doug Babcock, Chief Executive Officer. “Many of our guests are long-time fans, and have come to know a lot our staff on a personal basis. This is our way to reach out, say hello and assure them we’re taking every precaution to safeguard their health, and the health of employees.”

The video will be featured on property websites, through social media and e-marketing efforts. You can view the video here.