Staff Picks

Check out our monthly Staff Picks to discover the most exciting attractions, upcoming events, and in-the-know advice on how to make the most of your time on Estero Island.

Renovated Island View Room

GullWing Beach Resort Receives A Fresh New Look

02/09/2018

SunStream Hotels & Resorts is excited to announce that GullWing Beach Resort has completed a $1.4 million renovation of their suites. The newly renovated suites feature an updated modern décor that combines casual island elements with a comfortable touch...

GullWing’s contemporary enhancements include new living room, dining room and bedroom furniture, upgraded bed frames, new window coverings throughout, and modern artwork. These newly renovated suites are strategically designed to enhance the guest experience by creating a comfortable, welcoming environment, while also embracing a tropical, beachfront air.

“We are committed to enhancing our guest experience at every opportunity and recognize the importance of continuously investing in property upgrades to maintain GullWing’s image as a world-class destination. At GullWing, we are consistently recognized for our personalized service. Our newly renovated suites are strategically designed to re ect our genuine hospitality and enhance the guest experience,” says GullWing Beach Resort’s General Manager, Curt Brenner. “Our Gulf front oasis is better than ever and we invite you to see for yourself.”

Ready to experience GullWing’s newly renovated suites?  Book now or call 866-820-7146.

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A Close Up of Marshes

Uncover the History Behind the J.N. "Ding" Darling Wildlife Refuge

02/01/2018

On the tropical Sanibel Island, the J.N. “Ding” Darling Wildlife Refuge is a nature lover’s paradise. Famous for its many breathtaking migratory bird populations, the refuge boasts a habitat to over 245 species of birds. ..

In 1967, the refuge got its name from conservationist Jay Norwood Darling, often called “Ding,” who played a vital role in blocking the sale of the precious land to developers on Sanibel. Because of Darling’s persistence, in 1945 President Truman signed an order to create the Sanibel National Wildlife Refuge. Today, the land is a sanctuary of over 6400 acres of mangrove forest, marshes, and West Indian hardwood hammocks and is one of the U.S.’s largest undeveloped mangrove ecosystems. On your visit, stop at the Visitor & Education center to learn more about the refuge’s history and take a tour of the trails on the Wildlife Drive, to spot some of the beautiful wildlife that call this land home.

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Close up of hand massage

Treat Yourself to Total Relaxation at Esterra Spa & Salon

01/01/2018

The best kind of vacation is one where you treat yourself to some much needed r&r, and there’s no better way to do that than with a stop at the Esterra Spa. Choose from restoring treatments like deep tissue massages, holistic therapies, and soothing facials, while their skilled, friendly practitioners create the perfect, peaceful environment for you to forget about the world for a little bit...

Breathe in calm, breathe out (and keep out) stress. The best kind of vacation is one where you treat yourself to some much needed r&r, and there’s no better way to do that than with a stop at the Esterra Spa. Put yourself first—you deserve it—and allow their many spa services to help rejuvenate and refresh your mind and body. Choose from restoring treatments like deep tissue massages, holistic therapies, and soothing facials, while their skilled, friendly practitioners create the perfect, peaceful environment for you to forget about the world for a little bit. Should you have any questions, their knowledgeable staff is ready and willing to help find the ideal spa treatment made for you. No matter what you come in for, you’re sure to leave in a relaxed, serene state of mind. Now that sounds like peace to us. Ready, set, …ohm.

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beach waves splashing on sand

Enjoying Your Vacation By the Sea

12/01/2017

We don’t like to brag, but it’s hard not to when the views of the water are as stunning as ours. And should you be the type to jump right in, or hang back and relax on the sand, there’s nothing like a day spent enjoying all the water has to offer with friends and family...

We don’t like to brag, but it’s hard not to when the views of the Gulf are as stunning as ours. And should you be the type to jump right in, or hang back and relax on the sand, there’s nothing like a day spent enjoying all the water has to offer with friends and family. If you’re a thrill-seeker, tackle the waves with fun activities like parasailing or kayaking. Love the water from a distance? We’ve got you covered. Kick back with a good book and soak up the sun on land and beneath a bright umbrella. At the end of the day, you all can come together to take in the beautiful sunset and even spot some dolphins swimming in the distance. The oceans always a good call, but especially when the warm white sand and bright blue water are there for you to enjoy just the way you want.

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