Sundial Wins Best of the Islands 2021 in 7 Categories

DATE: September 16, 2021

The news is out! Sundial Beach Resort & Spa takes home 7 Best of the Islands 2021 awards, presented by the Island Reporter and Sanibel-Captiva Islander. Thank you to every person who cast their vote and to our superb staff for always delivering.

Best of the Islands 2021 Awards

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Full-Service Resort

Sundial has restaurants, pools, activities, an on-site spa and more! Everything you need for a great vacation all in one place.

TripAdvisor Review:

Best Vacation Ever

“We loved our time at the Sundial Resort. The employees are accommodating, friendly and always helpful. The food is fabulous. Most of all, there are so many different things to do from relaxing and doing nothing to riding bikes, pickleball, and of course the wonderful seashells.”

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Best Gulf Front Dining

Sea Breeze Café boasts the best views of any restaurant at Sundial. Settled on the second floor of the resort center, the terrace offers guests exquisite, unobstructed views of the Gulf of Mexico.

TripAdvisor Review:

Sea Breeze

“Came to Sundial with my family from out of town and they couldn’t have left happier. I showed them the island and they fell in love. [Their] favorite part was stopping by Sea Breeze. Digby was our bartender and made their new favorite drink “Mai Tai”. The service was great and the views of the ocean even better.”

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Best Tiki Bar

Anyone who’s ever visited Turtle’s Tiki Bar knows that it’s the best there is!

TripAdvisor Review:

Great Tiki Bar drinks and lunch in a hopping place.

“My wife and I stopped in for lunch at the Tiki bar. Got the last two seats. The place was rocking with good music and a fun mixed crowd. Pool-side, just off a blinding white beach. Volleyball going with young adults in a spirited game. Sports TVs going. Great slush fruit drinks, Mango, PINA COLADA, Strawberry, etc. good Martinis, good beer selection. Great fun bartenders and THE BEST GRILLED GROUPER sandwich I ever had. Great seasoned fries too. Just a really fun, long lunch. Recommend it highly.”

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Best Sushi

Shima took the prize for Best Sushi yet again. Even better? Shima sushi can now be found in Sea Breeze Café for dine-in or take-out!

TripAdvisor Review:

Always a good time

“Our son loves this place! All the chefs keep him laughing the entire time. The sushi and hibachi are always amazing, and Nicole does a wonderful job taking care of us.”

Photo provided by @thefoode

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Best Steak

Shima also took the prize for Best Steak!

TripAdvisor Review:

Excellent Hibachi Grill

“[…]Most of us ordered the Filet Mignon and Lobster, with one rebel ordering Flambe Shrimp (two of which were included with each entree anyway). The filet was melt-in-your-mouth excellent. […]

The chef was in good spirits, joking and laughing with us quite delightfully. All in all, we’re glad we took a detour and tried […] and we will happily go again.”

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Best Pickleball Courts

Get your chance to play in an upcoming tournament on the Best Pickleball Courts on the islands! View our upcoming schedule of events and sign-up today.

TripAdvisor Review:

Pickleball and Tennis Vacation

“My wife and I stayed at the resort for (4) nights in mid-May. My wife participated and thoroughly enjoyed, the multi-day Nike Pickleball clinic while I had a very nice time playing tennis (both with the teaching pro Christian, as well as the locals that Christian was able to connect me with).”

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Best Tennis Courts

Pickleball wasn’t the only court to take home a win; our Tennis Courts also took home a Best of the Island prize. We’re looking forward to sharing this news with attendees at the USTA Southwest Florida Clay Court Championships later this month. Find out more about upcoming Tennis Events.


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