Casa Ybel Resort

Sanibel Island, Florida


Karen and Jonathan’s September 2013 Casa Ybel Resort Wedding

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We believe that where ever you are, whether or not you are ready, true love will find you.  So it was with Jonathan and Karen.  One evening, before they knew each other they both happened to be attending an event at their church.  As soon as Jonathan saw Karen he knew he wanted to get to know her.  He told a friend he would like to date ‘that girl’, but his friend said he thought she was already dating someone and so the matter was dropped.

A few months later Karen’s relationship ended.  Jonathan had not forgotten her and saw his chance. He asked her out on a date, but Karen wasn’t ready.  Jonathan knew Karen was special and would check in from time to time.  Eventually Jonathan decided to take a step back to give Karen some space.   Believe it or not, Karen missed Jonathan and realized there was more to him than she originally thought.  Karen told her friends to tell Jonathan’s friends if he asked her out again she would agree.  This was just what Jonathan was waiting for, they arranged a date and well… they’ve been together ever since.

They both love the beach and decided Casa Ybel Resort was the perfect setting for their destination wedding.  Family and friends joined them in the sunshine to pray with them and attest to their covenant of marriage.  Nautilus Photopraphy photographed them during and after the ceremony  as they walked and talked on the beach.

The DJ announced the new couple as they danced to Train’s Marry Me.  Later Karen danced with her dad and her sister said a few words as they cut their beautiful cake.  The food was blessed and everyone enjoyed a sumptuous Brunch Buffet at the resort’s Thistle Lodge Beachfront Restaurant.  This wonderful couple enjoyed their special day with  family and friends outdoors on the  Flagstone Veranda to the tune of steel drums in the background.  We are all honored to be a part of this celebration.

Beachfront Ceremony at Casa Ybel Resort

Beachfront Ceremony at Casa Ybel Resort

Reception on the Flagstone Veranda of the Thistle Lodge Restaurant

Reception on the Flagstone Veranda of the Thistle Lodge Restaurant

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We’re Number One!

January 12, 2012
BILL SCHILLER (bschiller@breezenewspapers.com ) , Island Reporter, Captiva Current, Sanibel-Captiva Islander

Be it ever so humble, there’s no place like home, but sometimes, there’s good reason to brag. While the picturesque paradise that is Sanibel Island is well recognized by anyone who lives or works here, the community may attract a number of new admirers due to the release of several new reports that further herald Sanibel’s status as the most desirous of Florida destinations.

In a recent U.S. News & World Report ranking of the eight best beaches in Florida, Sanibel shined as the #1 spot. Neighboring communities like Naples (#2) and Fort Myers (#8) were included on the list. In accompanying text, travel writers said, “You’ll be hard-pressed to find a place in Florida with quieter and clamer shores than Sanibel Island.” Pleasant weather and low-cost lodging venues were credited with making Sanibel enjoyable all year long. Online media attached with the article also paid tribute to area attractions such as Captiva Island, the shops along Periwinkle Way, programs at Big Arts, Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum and J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge. The multimedia presentation is available on the Internet at www.travel.usnews.com.

Bowman’s Beach on Sanibel secured distinction for itself in a Top 10 of Most Secluded Beaches as surveyed by principals of the popular travel website known as “shermanstravel.com. Bowman’s, which is located along a corridor of the San-Cap Road took top honors. It was regarded as a great place to find shells, but not a lot of competition from other shell collectors.

TripAdvisor.com, which is reportedly the world’s most widely-used travel-related website, also recently announced their Top 15 U.S. Destinations for 2012. These were determined through a poll of TripAdvisor travelers and editors.

Fort Myers, which ranked in 3rd Place, was distinguished among the top vacation hot-spots. The accompanying text, however, regarded Sanibel and Captiva among the area’s top attractions.

Of course, Sanibel and Captiva remains first and foremost in the hearts and minds of so many who live here, but such polls have been shown to influence destination choices made by tourists. Given the degree that this community achieves favor in this kind of national reporting, locals may soon see even more visitors with which they can share their love of Sanibel.


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
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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


Host Your Holiday Party or Special Event at Thistle Lodge Beachfront Restaurant

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Grand Views… Rave Reviews…

The professional catering and culinary teams at Historic Thistle Lodge at Casa Ybel Resort look forward to helping you create a memorable and festive celebration, complete with views of the Gulf of Mexico that are sure to inspire throughout the year.

Private rooms and beachfront venues are available!

Call our catering and sales department at 866.748.8958 to set the date or visit us