For the third consecutive year, Casa Ybel Resort has received a certificate of excellence from the travel website TripAdvisor.
The accolade honors hospitality excellence, and is given to qualifying establishments worldwide “that consistently achieve outstanding traveler reviews on TripAdvisor.”
Criteria for selection includes review ratings, a business’ tenure, and popularity ranking.
“We are very proud of our team here at Casa Ybel Resort, we go the extra mile to make sure Casa Ybel Resort is a pleasurable experience for our Sanibel Island guests,” said Froilan Ramirez General Manager.
He thanks fans for taking the time to review Casa Ybel Resort on TripAdvisor saying, “ We appreciate the feedback, our goal is to be a part of fond memories while offering unique experiences from our laid-back Gulf Coast island. This award shows we are accomplishing that,” said Ramirez.
Named one of the “Best Places to Stay in The World” by Condé Nast Traveler, the historic Casa Ybel Resort is set on 23 Gulf-front acres along Sanibel Island’s famous white sand beach, and features 114 all-suite accommodations along with amenities designed for romantic getaways, family vacations or guests looking to enjoy the laid-back elegance of Florida’s Gulf Coast. For more information contact the resort directly at 800-276-4753 or online at http://www.casaybelresort.com
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.
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.
January 12, 2012
BILL SCHILLER (email@example.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.
Casa Ybel’s historic Thistle Lodge on Sanibel Island is accepting reservations for Valentine’s Day 2011.
You can view small sample of the special menu by clicking the image to the right.
View the full menu online at ThistleLodge.com
Thistle Lodge Beachfront Dining
at Casa Ybel Resort
2255 West Gulf Drive ~ Sanibel Island
Casa Ybel Resort is proud to be a sponsor at the Snowy Egret level of this years Ding Darling Days at J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge on Sanibel Island.
Running from October 17 – 23, Ding Darling Days is held in conjunction with National Wildlife Refuge Week and celebrates the birthday of the refuge’s namesake, father of the Duck Stamp program and Pulitzer prize-winning cartoonist, Jay N. “Ding” Darling.
This year’s events include Family Fun Day, narrated Refuge tram tours, live wildlife presentations, food, nature crafts for the kids, a touch tank, butterfly house, and much more. Click on the image on the right to see the full schedule of planned event.
Thanks to such generous sponsorship, throughout the week festival-goers can enjoy free and discounted activities such as biking and birding tours, kayaking and sea life boat excursions, nature photography, nature talks and animal demonstrations.
Bring your love of fine food and family to Casa Ybel Resort. Now is the time to plan for your Thanksgiving Feast – This year make it Gulf Front on Sanibel Island!
Beachfront dining and a special menu of exquisitely prepared food is guaranteed to make this holiday one you and your family will always remember.
Click the image at right to view our Special Holiday Menu.
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Thistle Lodge Beachfront Dining
Casa Ybel Resort
2255 West Gulf Drive • Sanibel Island