Casa Ybel Resort

Sanibel Island, Florida





— First-Ever Wedding Industry Hall of Fame Pronounces Preeminent Vendors Across the U.S. –

Casa Ybel Resort honored!


NEW YORK (October 1, 2013) – Whether they’re trying to find the wedding dress salon with the best service in Philadelphia, the most creative wedding photographers in Los Angeles, New York’s top cake bakers or Miami’s hottest reception sites, engaged couples across the country want the inside scoop from real brides. The Knot Wedding Network (NYSE: XOXO), which is composed of the top two wedding websites, and, today announces the first-of-its-kind wedding industry Hall of Fame for the all-time best wedding vendors across the United States.


Comprised of winners of the annual Best of Weddings, a by-brides-for-brides guide to the top wedding vendors in 80-plus cities across the U.S., the Hall of Fame inducts wedding vendors who have won four or more Best of Weddings awards. This honorable list of 331 inductees includes less than 2 percent of wedding professionals.


Included in this list is Casa Ybel Resort, one of a select few in Florida and only one for Sanibel Island.  Casa Ybel Resort specializes in Destination Beach Weddings and Receptions.


Casa Ybel Resort  is thrilled to have been named as a Hall of Fame honoree. “We would like to thank our past clients for taking the time to review our business on The Knot Wedding Network; it means so much to us and our business to have received such tremendous feedback over four years. We are dedicated to providing excellent service to all of our clients and look forward to helping future brides plan their perfect day.”


“For the past seven years, our reviews have been the definitive resource for our brides, providing them with unparalleled vendor recommendations directly from the tried-and-true experiences of fellow brides,” said Carley Roney, cofounder of “We’re beyond thrilled to induct our first-ever Hall of Fame, crowning the best of the best across the country, based on more than 725,000 reviews from real brides.”


About XO Group Inc.
XO Group Inc. (NYSE: XOXO), is a global media and technology leader devoted to weddings, pregnancy and everything in between, providing young women with the trusted information, products and advice they need to guide them through the most transformative events of their lives. Our family of premium brands began with the #1 wedding brand, The Knot, and has grown to include, The Nest, The Bump, and XO Group is recognized by the industry for being innovative in all media – from the web to social media and mobile, magazines and books, and video – and our groundbreaking social platforms have ignited passionate communities across the world. XO Group has leveraged its customer loyalty into successful businesses in online sponsorship and advertising, registry services, ecommerce and publishing. The company is publicly listed on the New York Stock Exchange (XOXO) and is headquartered in New York City. Follow XO Group on Twitter @xogroupinc.


CONTACT: Stephanie Fraiman

Public Relations Manager

The Knot Wedding Network



Lubner Group Completes Casa Ybel Resort Reception Area

Naples, FL – March 2013

The Lubner Group, the hospitality division of Clive Daniel Home, the Naples, Florida premier home furnishings retailer, has recently completed the total renovation of the front desk and reception area of the iconic Casa Ybel Resort on Sanibel Island, Florida.
“First impressions at a hospitality property are very important,” said resort manager, Frolian Ramirez, Jr., “so in transforming our reception area, we wanted to create an updated look that would complement our architecture while reflecting the Island’s image. Since we had worked with Lubner Group last year, we were confident they would help us achieve our goals.”

According to Nancy Woodhouse, IDS, of Lubner Group and interior designer for the project, “In crafting the new front desk, we added a multi-level feature in the elevation to break up the previous ‘wall’ effect between the staff and guests, resulting in more intimate and personal interactions. Grass cloth inserts added texture to the warm white cabinetry and the highest-grade natural granite was secured for the counter top from a bedrock in Brazil with a unique pattern reflecting our coastal waters.”

The designer also introduced organic touches: a textured glass features the resort’s logo and is backlit for ambiance; wall sconces were added into the design, made of hand-blown Figi glass. Accessories complete the transformation, with bronze starfish lamps, tropical orchid and contemporary lattice patterns on the seating, accented with a Nautilus pillow. Maintaining the resort’s history, selected historic photographs of the property were reframed in banana leaf frames.

Casa Ybel Resort Reception Area

In the coming months, Woodhouse will also be completing a “makeover” of the Thistle Lodge upper outside deck, adding new seating and transforming it into a relaxing lagune lounge area seating, perfect for more social gatherings. Lubner Group also completed the total renovation of the 40 individually owned one-bedroom beachfront condominiums at the resort in 2012.
Added Ramirez, “Our owners and guests are delighted with the final results since the new front desk and reception area provide an instant welcoming experience and sets the tone for a happy Casa Ybel vacation.”

In addition to the 40 condominiums, there are also 74-two-bedroom timeshare villas on the 23-acre Gulf-front property, a massive pool area, six tennis courts and legendary Thistle Lodge restaurant. The condominiums are managed by Casa Hospitality Services, a division of Casa Ybel Resort Partnership. The fixed-week timeshare units are managed by Hilton Grand Vacations, under the leadership of Chris Cain.

The resort is located on the site of Sanibel Island’s very first resort, built around 1890. During Casa Ybel’s first decade, the Thistle Lodge became the favored gathering spot for celebrities and statesmen, including Thomas Edison and Henry Ford. By the 1920s, the Casa Ybel Hotel had become a full-service resort.

The Lubner Group is internationally respected for its hospitality and commercial design work, providing purchasing and design services for commercial and shared-use properties plus developers of high-rise condominiums and single-family communities in North America and abroad. Daniel Lubner can be reached at 239-292-3717.

Island Accolades

You already know that travel guru Arthur Frommer, of Frommer’s Guidebooks, declared that Sanibel Island is Tops in the World, but did you know Sanibel continues to receive even more recognition?

  • Sanibel Island was recently named by USA Today as one of the worldwide “Top 10 Great Places for Families to Escape the Snow”.
  • Trip Advisor has named Fort Myers and Sanibel and Captiva Islands a “Top 10 Favorite Travel Locale” and honored the area with the 2012 Travelers’ Choice National Destinations On The Rise award.

Take advantage of Casa Ybel’s Special Rates and come discover – or rediscover – the natural beauty of Sanibel Island for yourself!

Thistle Lodge Mother’s Day Brunch Buffet

Join us at the Historic Thistle Lodge at Casa Ybel Resort on Sanibel Island for Mother’s Day Brunch! Beachfront dining and a special menu of exquisitely prepared food is guaranteed to make your holiday one you will always remember.

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May 8 , 2011 from 11a – 3p
• Adults $54.95 – includes a champagne cocktail
• Children 10 years and under – $19.95
•Children under 5 years of age – No Charge
Click the image to view our Special Holiday Menu.

Featuring Live Entertainment

The Thistle Lodge will offer it’s regular menu for beach front dining from 5:30p-9p

Call 239.472.9200 and Make Your Reservations Today!
Thistle Lodge Beachfront Dining at Casa Ybel Resort
2255 West Gulf Drive • Sanibel Island

Valentine’s Day 2011

Casa Ybel’s historic Thistle Lodge on Sanibel Island is accepting reservations for Valentine’s Day 2011.

February 14th, 2011
Featuring live entertainment from 6:30pm to 9:30pm
Dinner includes Soup or Salad and Dessert.
Please call 239.472.9200 to make your reservations.

You can view small sample of the special menu by clicking the image to the right.
View the full menu online at

Thistle Lodge Beachfront Dining
at Casa Ybel Resort
2255 West Gulf Drive ~ Sanibel Island