There is no better way to close out summer break than with one last family vacation in the Sunshine State! The Pink Shell Beach Resort & Marina located on Estero Island in Fort Myers, Florida is a true beachfront getaway that provides an unparalleled oceanfront escape for families and friends to make memories that last a lifetime. As a family of four wanting to soak up the last remaining weeks before heading back to school (and back to reality), The Pink Shell Resort was the top choice when it came to selecting a family-friendly hotel that had everything you needed and more!
Pink Shell has evolved from a single cottage built in 1950 to an expansive 12-acre, full-service beach resort, and marina. Surrounded by the Matanzas Pass on one side and the Gulf of Mexico on the other, you are truly in the center of paradise. This beachfront resort offers 195 condo-style villas including studios, one-bedroom, and two-bedroom accommodations, all with guaranteed beach views.
A relaxing spa, full-service marina, fitness center, three restaurants, and fun daily activities for the whole family including stand-up paddleboard rentals, Chickee Hut beach rentals, ranger-led nature activities, two pools, fishing and boating excursions, WaveRunner rentals, private dinners on the beach are just some of the other features that separate Pink Shell from other resorts.
Pink Shell Resort Amenities
The resort’s Captiva Villas offer 656 square feet of floor space, an oversized lanai, and easy access to the white sand beach, fitness center, and Jack’s Restaurant. With varying floor plans, the White Sand Villas are located in the property’s main building above its signature Octopool and offer open-air screened lanais with views of the Gulf. Sanibel View units also provide screened-in lanais with water views and the option of one or two beds. The upscale standard throughout the property extends from its rooms and beach views to its many amenities, including ample meeting facilities, a relaxing spa, a full-service marina, a fitness center, and three restaurants.
A Look Inside The Captiva Villas
The Captiva Villas are an excellent choice for a family stay. With over 600 square feet and an oversized lanai, these rooms are truly your vacation sanctuary as you enjoy your time at the Pink Shell Resort. Every room has a gorgeous view of the beach allowing you to wake up and take in the surroundings to start your day. Some notable Captival Villa amenities include:
- Enclosed lanai
- Open living and dining areas
- Premium quality kitchen appliances and granite countertops
- Washer and dryer in common area
- Coffee maker
- Iron and ironing board
- Sleeper sofa
- Walk-in shower
- Chromecast streaming device and wifi
- Welcome amenity with each stay (two bottles of water and a Pink Shell beach bag)
Pink Shell Perks
From sunset toasts and arts and crafts to stargazing, you’ll find endless ways to stretch your skills and broaden your horizons when you stay at the Pink Shell Resort. These events are designed with all ages and interests in mind, so you can keep the whole family entertained while making memories with the people who matter most. Whether you’re visiting Fort Myers on a holiday or a regular Tuesday, you’ll find plenty of ways to fuel the fun in and around our resort. These are a few of the activities this family was able to enjoy during their stay.
Beach Yoga and Fitness Center
Start your morning with a session of beach yoga. Available twice a week, welcome the sunrise with some sun salutations. Breathing in the fresh, sea air while enjoying some relaxing exercise is the best way to get your day going. If you are a yogi, you will love getting out of the studio and onto the sand for this one-of-a-kind yoga experience.
Enjoy your workout with a view at the state-of-the-art Fitness Center. With cardio equipment and free weights, the fitness center at the Pink Shell Resort has everything you need to customize an exercise routine. If you enjoy staying active and keeping up with your fitness goals while on vacation then you will want to check this area out.
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Chickee Beach Hut Rental
Experience luxury at the Pink Shell Resort’s private 12-acre white sand beach with a Chickee Beach Hut Rental for your beach day. Each rental is complete with beach chairs, beach towels, and enough space for the whole family to spread out in the shade. Order your lunch, snacks, and beachside cocktails from one of our attentive beach servers who will take care of you throughout the day. (Reservations are required). Complimentary beach lounge chairs and umbrellas are also available during your stay.
Make a splash and cool off with the available water sports the Pink Shell Resort has to offer. With a full-service marina and private beach, discover a wonderful world of aquatic adventures in the Gulf of Mexico and surrounding waters. Available water sports for Pink Shell Resort guests include:
- stand up paddleboarding
- jet ski rentals
- fishing excursions
- dolphin adventure tours
- boat rentals
- sailing school
Dive In Movie
Each Wednesday at the Pink Shell Resort, guests are welcomed to attend the “Dive In Movie Night” at the Octopool. Grab a pool lounger and relax while enjoying a family-friendly film and some complimentary popcorn. This is a fun activity for the whole family and children especially get a kick out of watching a movie on the big screen while outside or even swimming while watching if they like.
The list of available activities at the Pink Shell Resort is endless. Although some are only available during certain times of the year due to environmental reasons such as Turtle Season, you will always be able to find something fun to do during your stay. Other notable activities besides the ones highlighted include having a “Seaside Campfire” with your own fire pit and s’mores package, a photography session of “Sunset Beach Portraits”, and numerous kids activities such as arts and crafts and a “Poolside Pirate Treasure Hunt”.
Pink Shell Resort Dining
When looking for a resort to take the family, one thing we always look for is multiple dining options on-site. We absolutely love having the option to never leave the hotel if we don’t want to. We enjoy arriving to the resort, parking the car, and not getting back in it until it is time to leave. At the Pink Shell Beach Resort, we found that there was no reason to leave for meals as there were plenty of options right at the hotel. This took the pressure off the parents as we didn’t need to research an area that we were not familiar with to attempt to find restaurants that were kid-friendly, had good service, and had great food.
Bongo’s Bar and Grill is an outdoor Pink Shell restaurant that serves delicious casual fare and tropical libations in a lively atmosphere just steps from the pool and the Gulf. This beach bar offers both poolside and beach service and is the perfect place to grab lunch as you are enjoying your day by the water. Whether you want to sip on a frozen cocktail or just munch on a quick snack, this is the hotel’s go-to eatery. At the end of the day enjoy live entertainment 6 nights a week with musical performances everything from jass and pop to rock and reggae.
Rae’s Real Italian
Rae’s Real Italian Restaurant is perfectly situated in a location at the Pink Shell Resort to give its diners a panoramic view of both the pool area and the gorgeous beaches. With authentic Italian dishes such as Fettuccine Alfredo, Spaghetti Bolognese, and Pappardelle, you will find something for everyone (kids included). This family’s kids loved that they could color right on the table paper and the parents enjoyed a delicious Aperol Spritz!
A full breakfast is included each day as a complimentary feature of your stay! This is no simple continental breakfast. A custom omelet station and a full buffet of your favorites are available. A cereal bar, fruit selection, and a muffin and danish assortment will be your starters but finish with the hot breakfast options such as Belgian Waffles, bacon, eggs, sausage, and French Toast. This breakfast will get your body fueled for your day ahead of water adventures or a relaxing day at the beach or pool.
Aquagene: The Pink Shell Resort Spa
Enhance your resort stay by treating yourself to a spa service or two. The Aquagene Spa is a full-service, 6,000-square-foot oasis that draws on the healing properties of water with its unique menu of services and treatments. From soothing, stress-relieving warm stone massages to energizing salt glow scrubs, the Aquagene Spa will pamper the body and soothe the mind all in one peaceful environment.
If you can’t decide which spa service to enjoy, immerse yourself in one of the spa packages that give you a sample of several treatments and can be personalized to fit your preferences. Say goodbye to your stresses and hello to relaxed rejuvenation with “The Refresher” spa package. We loved ending our vacation with a visit to the spa for this inclusive treatment that featured a Body Exfoliation, a Neck, Back, and Shoulder Massage, and the Ocean Express Facial. Scheduling your spa appointment at the end of your stay is highly recommended. Instead of dreading your resort visit ending, it gives you something to look forward to and allows you to leave the resort relaxed.
If your stay consisted of sun exposure and fun water activities or excursions that may have fatigued your body, “The Refresher” spa package will help to repair and recharge your body and mind. The “Body Exfoliation” is a full-body exfoliation and rinse that will leave your skin refreshed and hydrated, the “Neck, Back, and Shoulder Massage” focuses on specific muscles groups for tension relief, and the “Ocean Express Facial” is perfect for those wanting to be refreshed after a long trip or day in the sun. Each treatment in this package lasts about 25 minutes.
The Future Looks Bright at The Pink Shell Resort
The Pink Shell Resort & Marina and the Pink Shell Vacation Club are proud to announce the start of its multimillion-dollar renovation. The project has a projected completion date of early 2023. Enhancements will be made to 195 of its condo-style villas and studio units, encompassing 100,000 square feet. This renovation is a continued investment in the resort’s long-standing commitment to serving its guests and helping them create memorable experiences during their stays.
The goal is to provide accommodations that are worthy of their reputation with rooms that are fresh, new, and clean. The updates will include the kitchens and bathrooms of its Captiva Villas and White Sands Villas as well as the flooring and sheers in its Sanibel View Studios. The enhancements will maintain the relaxed contemporary beach style of the property and make it even more of a reason to choose the Pink Shell Resort as your summer vacation destination for 2023 and beyond!
This summer vacation at the Pink Shell Resort was so much more than just a trip. It was a way for a family to soak up the last few days of summer break, a bonding experience for parents and children, and a mental escape from the busy schedules of a family of 4. The Pink Shell Beach Resort will remain a special place in our hearts and definitely be a returning visit for a guaranteed amazing time for years to come.
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