Casa Ybel Resort

Sanibel Island, Florida

Karen and Jonathan’s September 2013 Casa Ybel Resort Wedding


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

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

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



Celebrate the Holidays at Thistle Lodge Beachfront Restaurant Sanibel Island

Make your reservations today to dine Christmas and New Years at award winning Thistle Lodge at Casa Ybel Resort.

Thistle Lodge Christmas & New Years Menus

Thistle Lodge Christmas & New Years Menus. Please click the image to view a legible copy.

Our famous Christmas Day Buffet will be served from 12p – 7:30p, and with foods that range from traditional to local favorites there is sure to be something for everyone.

Welcome 2011 In Style at Thistle Lodge

Join us as we ring in the New Year in elegant style! Dine on a mouth-watering array of delicious foods, including herb-crusted rack of lamb, lump crabmeat stuffed sole or grilled filet mignon and lobster tail.

Famed New York singer and musician, Robert Mosci, will be providing entertainment throughout the evening. Mosci, who regularly performs at New York City’s famed Water Club has wowed audiences since he was a teen, mastering a full range of musical instruments and then adding vocals to complete the package.

Reservations are requested for both events
Please call 239.472.9200 or visit

Thistle Lodge Beachfront Restaurant
Casa Ybel Resort
2255 West Gulf Drive, Sanibel Island

Mosci Brings Manhattan to Sanibel – One Night Only!

mosci_bwWith his flair for the pop standards, New York singer and musician, Robert Mosci, will be in town to heat up the house at The Thistle Lodge on Wednesday, November 3rd from 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm


Mosci was the resident musician at New York’s Top of the Tower located on the east side in the Beekman Towers Hotel and is now the featured performer at the NYC’s famed Water Club. He is noted not only his vocals but for his command of the piano as well.


Listen to his smooth and mellow voice and his interpretations of some old favorites. Mosci’s voice has been described in much the same way that music aficionado’s described Sinatra’s voice. In fact, his latest CD entitled, Frankly Speaking is a tribute to Sinatra and has been receiving notable radio recognition.


For reservations call 239-472-9200 or visit
Thistle Lodge 2255 West Gulf Drive, Sanibel, FL 33957

Casa Ybel Featured in Gulf Coast Times Magazine

Historic Casa Ybel Resort on Sanibel Island was featured in the travel section of Gulf Coast Times Magazine, May 2010 edition.
Historic Casa Ybel Resort Among The Best Stays Worldwide
With an incredible history dating back to 1889, Casa Ybel Resort is truly a treasure.

When Reverend George Barnes and his family visited Sanibel with its sandy, shell-sprinkled beaches and phenomenal sunsets, it was fate calling. Barnes moved from Kentucky and purchased 160 acres of gorgeous gulf-front Sanibel property on which he built a home and a 300-seat worship house.

The Reverend also added a quaint cottage known as “The Sisters” for his daughters, which eventually evolved into a popular 30-room inn and the island’s first resort.

In 1915, “The Sisters” cottage became the Casa Ybel Hotel derived from Ponce de Leon’s name of the island. And today, Casa Ybel is an award-winning destination resort recognized as one of the “500 Greatest Hotels in the World,” by Travel & Leisure Magazine.

Nestled on 23-acres of exclusive beachfront property and lush tropical landscaping, Casa Ybel is an all-suite accommodations facility. The 114 one and two-bedroom suites offer sensational views of the Gulf of Mexico, fantastic sunsets, and premiere style and service.

Each suite is spacious, newly renovated, and contains screened in lanai’s overlooking the white sandy beaches. A full kitchen and a spacious living room with a sleeper sofa make extended stays almost a must. Maid services are available and the 14-miles of natural, sandy beaches are steps from the suites door.

The property has limitless options and features to enjoy. Everything from hammocks and croquet to swimming pools and tennis courts are available for guests to relax and take pleasure in.

The resort is a family-fun destination spot as well with exciting amenities like the Casa Kid’s Club, a specially-themed activity club offering indoor and outdoor games, craft projects, and much more.

But the two jewels of Casa Ybel are the Thistle Lodge Restaurant and in-room spa services by Sbarra’s Day Spa.

Around since the late 1800’s, Thistle Lodge is an award-winning epicurean experience of European, Asian and American cuisine. The old-island fine dining establishment serves the tastiest Florida seafood, the most delectable Midwest beef and the freshest herbs, fruits and vegetables with your choice of indoor or outdoor dining overlooking the Gulf.

Sbarra’s Day Spa will bring any guests’ Casa Ybel experience to another level. With in-room spa services like a seaside dream with shells and oils massage or a sea shell facial cleansing, pampering yourself never sounded better.

Insider Tip:
Guests can enjoy the Island’s Wildlife Refuge, the Sanibel Historical Village and Museum, pull up a chair at the many great dining and entertainment establishments or enjoy some shopping at the Periwinkle Place Shopping Center.

The word is guests should rent bicycles to explore the Island’s more than 17-miles of bike trails. Or patrons can spend a couple of hours shelling along the shoreline since Sanibel Island is considered to be amongst the top three shelling beaches in the world.

Rooms vary in prices according to time of the year and room choice. During the low season (May 3 – December 16), rooms go for $289 – $389 a night, plus tax. For February and March, the price for accommodations is anywhere between $549 – $649 a night, plus tax. (Prices are subject to change & special deals are frequent; therefore, please call for more information.)

Casa Ybel Resort is located at 2255 West Gulf Drive, Sanibel Island, FL.
For more information or to make a reservation, please call (800) 276-4753 or visit

Mother’s Day Brunch Buffet

Bring Mom to historic Thistle Lodge Beachfront Restaurant and join us on Sunday, May 9 from 11a – 3p for our Mother’s Day Buffet.

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Enjoy Live Entertainment while dining on a wide variety of delicious local favorites. Click on the menu to see a full size, easy to read version.

Adults – $54.95 • Children 5 to 10 years – $14.95 • Under 5 are Free

Reservations are strongly encouraged – Please Call 239.472.9200

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