Our gulf front condominium has a beautiful view of the Gulf of Mexico not only from the balcony, but from the living room as well. We also have two other condos in this same resort that rent at lesser rates than shown below. We only recently purchased this condo, but in 2013 we replaced all the carpet, put in all new stainless steel appliances, bought new living room furniture, replaced mattresses, added ceiling fans in the bedrooms, put in new flat screen HDTV’s and Blue Ray players (Netflix/Pandora, etc. capable), replaced the bedding and wall hangings, and made several other improvements. If you like to spend time on the patio, you will love the beautiful new table with balcony height swivel chairs and the chaise reclining lounge chair with ottoman and end table. There is also an umbrella for the patio. We upgraded the kitchen utensils to make dining at home easy. We also added some fun stuff like a wine bottle fridge and an espresso machine and coffee grinder, you know, the essentials. We also purchased a play pen, stroller and high chair for our littlest guests! The condo has a wi-fi connection. There are flat screen HDTV’s in the living room (40') and both bedrooms (32') with over 200 channels and the closet near the front door harbors beach toys, three new coolers and ice packs for the beach and two beach umbrellas. The unit is also equipped with Wi-Fi. We also installed a safe in the Master Bedroom closet. Our unit has a private parking space which is right next to the stairs and elevator. The condo is a two bedroom, two bath, with a queen sized sleeper sofa in the living room. The master has a king sized bed and the guest bedroom has two singles, so the condo can sleep six comfortably. Our unit has a very nice view of the beach as well. It is very relaxing sitting on the deck and watching the waves roll in!
Longboat Key is a safe, quiet beach community. While there are restaurants and stores for your needs, it is a very “residential” community compared to most beach front areas that can be crowded, have traffic congestion, and noisy. So, Longboat is perfect for relaxing with friends and family. You will enjoy the mild temperatures all year round, with highs in the winter months averaging in the low seventies and breezes off of the Gulf in the summer. The beaches in this area rate as tops in the nation by numerous publications and the beautiful white sandy beach directly in front of Sand Cay is no exception. All of your needed conveniences are nearby as well. Longboat has a large grocery store, a CVS pharmacy, and several nice restaurants. It also has several churches and a synagogue right on the island. If this is your first visit, you will see why Longboat was recently rated the #2 island destination in North America by Conde Nast Traveler Magazine. Just across the bridge is St. Armands Circle, with numerous unique shops and outstanding restaurants. On the adjacent mainland is the town of Sarasota, with abundant cultural activities such as opera, museums, art exhibits and numerous dining and shopping opportunities. A family favorite, the Mote Marine has Gulf related marine life exhibits and touching pools. Just about an hour up the interstate is Busch Gardens which has rides, shows, animal attractions and lots of fun for the whole family. Within about a three hour drive is Disney World in Orlando. The area around Longboat offers numerous other activities as well, so, while Longboat is quiet and peaceful, it isn’t isolated.
Sand Cay Beach Resort
Our development, Sand Cay Condominiums Beach Resort, is, simply, gorgeous. Sand Cay is a centrally located gulfside beach resort that has a tremendous outward appeal that has recently completed a $10,000,000.00 renovation, and the results are beautiful. Many resorts in the area are overdue for such renovations, and Sand Cay stands out as a very upscale, modernized resort by comparison. Since the resort has only 60 total units, and only six in each building, it provides a very comfortable, casual and uncrowded atmosphere. Sand Cay has great management as well and is rated #1 on Longboat in its class on tripadvisor.com. It sits right on its own private, beautiful, soft white sandy beach (our beach is rated #2 in the U.S. in some national publications). We have a very large heated pool, tennis and basketball courts, shuffleboard, a free paddleboards, grilling area and lots of activities. There is a large open grassy area for the children to play and beautiful landscaping all around. The resort has a full time staff and provides basketballs, tennis rackets, beach toys, lounge chairs around the pool and for the private beach area, beach umbrellas, linens, bath and beach towels. Next door is the Hilton hotel which rents jet skis, bicycles and sail boats. Located in the middle of the island, Sand Cay has convenient access to all of the island’s pleasures.TripAdvisor property ID 3281703...Read more
Left on 07/01/2014 for a stay in May 2014 | Jennifer MReviewed Jul 1, 2014Stayed May 2014
Check-in at Sand Cay was quick and easy, and the staff was friendly. We could clearly see the improvements the owners have been making, as some furniture and art work were very worn and dated while others were obviously newer. We appreciated the additional amenities the owners were offering, like the stroller, pack and play and coolers, however there was supposed to be a high chair there but we could not find it anywhere. That was a problem since we were traveling with two children 3 and under. The patio screen door and the master bedroom closet door were both off the tracks and the closet door actually fell off when we opened it. An outlet in the second bedroom (my kid's room) was so loose that a small night light would not stay plugged in… it would slip half way out and the light would go out, but then it would turn back on suddenly. We found a live roach in the silverware drawer on the first day and another huge one in the living room on the second day. Finally, although the ad says no pets there had clearly been animals in the unit recently. There is a strong cat urine odor in the living room and master bed room, and my kids actually found a cat toy ball under the couch. My husband and son both have allergies so a pet free property was my number one requirement, and it was disappointing to spend vacation dealing with allergies because the unit was not as advertised. I emailed the owners about the condition of the property so hopefully they will address some of these issues.
Thanks for your post. I know we emailed at the time you were leaving our place but I wanted to respond to you about the fixes that were put in place after you left. First let me say that if you ever encounter problems with sticky doors, faulty outlets or the like, please do contact our on-site management right away. We have two full time maintenance employees and an office staff on the property, and they are very quick to respond to any such issues. Anyway, after I received the email you sent me about the problems you described in the review, I forwarded it to our office and they immediately fixed the problems. So, the screen door and closet door were adjusted and the pest control company was out that same day. They also found the high chair in one of the other units at the resort and it was returned to our unit. Unfortunately, with Florida, there are bugs. We have preventive measures taken, of course, but that doesn't get them all. If there are ever issues with additional bugs in the units, they are handled on a case by case basis as they get reported, as was done here. As far as the pet issue is concerned, the resort has a strictly followed "no pets" policy. The only thing I can think of is that someone must have hidden their cat in there for a time prior to your arrival? In any event, I too have cat allergies and when we arrived two days after you left, the place smelled fresh and I had no allergy problems. Because of your email to me about this, I did ask the office to do a good cleaning after you left, so maybe that did the trick.
Anyway, as I mentioned, my wife and I actually stayed in the condo two days after you left. When we arrived, it never looked better. As you pointed out, we have put a lot of time and money into the upgrades for the last year and a half since we owned it, and I think it shows. Anyway, I am sorry about the inconveniences you experienced, and, again, if you ever stay at Sand Cay again, please do utilize the personnel that are there to solve these kinds issues.
Thanks Jennifer, have a great summer!
Bruce Goracke, Owner
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