A 1-bedroom condo across the street from the beach and the Gulf of Mexico, Bonita Beach & Tennis 4507 proves that wonderful things can come in small packages. Not only has the unit itself been recently (and beautifully!) remodeled, but it’s also in a complex that offers everything from swimming pools to tennis courts.
From the moment you step inside the condo you’ll feel both right at home and in a vacation frame of mind. The pale tile floors (so cool and soothing underfoot when you return from a day of beachcombing or biking), the subtle tropical decor, and the restful neutral palette immediately set a serene mood.
The dining table seats 4 in both style and comfort, and the well-padded chairs encourage lingering long after the meal is over. The kitchen, with its warm wood cabinetry and gleaming stainless-steel appliances, is equipped with all the cookware, prep tools, and tableware you could possibly require. Planning to prepare a multicourse feast for a dinner party? Go ahead: Our kitchen can accommodate you. And if all you intend to do is brew coffee and heat up leftover pizza, the kitchen’s good for that too!
After a day at the beach or by the pool, you’ll love curling up in the living room armchair to surf the web (Bonita Beach & Tennis 4507 has free WiFi) or stretching out on the plush sofa to binge-watch a favorite program on TV. Sliding glass doors open onto the balcony, which offers a side view of the Gulf of Mexico and overlooks lush greenery. Enjoy an early morning cup of coffee out here among the salt-tinged breeze--the balcony is furnished with a table and chairs--or gaze up at the stars at the end of another perfect day.
Pocket doors separate the bedroom from the living area. These will come in especially handy if you have overnight guests sleeping on the living room sofa bed. The bedroom’s queen-size bed is, in a word, sumptuous. Bedside lamps let you read long into the night while you relax under the covers, and the gentle hum of the ceiling fan is certain to lull you to sleep. The bathroom is outfitted to the same high standard as the rest of the unit. Plenty of fresh towels will be waiting for you, as will bedding, pillows, and blankets.
If you think the unit is fabulous, wait till you see the rest of the complex. Bonita Beach & Tennis is home to not one but 2 heated pools plus a kiddie pool. After your swim, you can dry off on one of the poolside chaises or enjoy a snack and a game of cards at one of the deck tables.
As befits a complex with “tennis” in its name, there are 8 outdoor tennis courts to choose from (court fees apply). If you prefer a less strenuous sport, take advantage of the shuffleboard court, ping-pong tables, horseshoe pit, or bocce court. There’s even a restaurant, a beauty salon, and a therapeutic massage service on premises. You could easily (and happily!) spend your entire vacation without leaving the grounds!
Of course, if you did that, you’d be missing out on much of what makes a Florida getaway so special. For starters, there’s the beach and the Gulf of Mexico--you can walk there in 5 minutes. Once you do, you’re likely to see dolphins and manatees swimming among the boats in the gulf, and even a short stroll on the velvety sand will yield a wealth of seashells. There are jet-ski, kayak, and sailboat rentals, and you can book a parasailing experience too. Simply want to relax while sipping a beer? Stop in at Doc’s Beach House, a restaurant/bar right on the beach that’s a favorite with locals and visitors alike.
And we haven’t even mentioned nearby Lovers Key State Park, or the nightlife of Fort Myers Beach, or the cruises to Sanibel Island. In fact, there’s so much to do, and Bonita Beach & Tennis 4507 is such a lovely home away from home, that we’re sure you’ll return time and again.+ More