Tropical Paradise: Lido Beach Resort in Sarasota

Veranda View at Lido Beach Resort Sarasota

Lido Beach Resort Sarasota
I want a hotel located on a quiet beach with white sand and aqua marine blue water that offers affordable luxury, top quality restaurants, a pool, and a fitness center. Oh and I also want to have my own chairs and cabana ready and waiting for me when I hit the beach. While I’m at it, let’s throw in some beautiful boutiques, cafes and art galleries that are close by as well.

Does such a place exist?

Lido Beach Resort in Sarasota is the place I found that met everything I was looking for, located south of Gainesville on the Florida west coast. What impressed me the most when we arrived was the jaw dropping view from the room’s balcony. The vivid blue of the Gulf of Mexico with the whiteness of the sand was spectacular. The rooms are large, have kitchenettes and small pets are even allowed although not allowed on the beach.

The hotel has a gym, ping pong tables and two large swimming pools, one strictly for adults. Both pools are next to the Tiki Bar and beach. It was luxury not to worry about taking beach stuff as the hotel supplies complimentary chairs and umbrellas. For a small fee you can have your own cabana.

We dined at The Lido Beach Grille where Chef Brian Ellwood prepared Macadamia Nut Encrusted Grouper that was caught locally. Full of tropical flavors and wonderful combination of texture combined with a view of the Gulf of Mexico’s pink sunset made for a great way to end a beach day. One of my top experiences at the hotel has to be Chef Brian’s Beachcomber breakfast; this was actually my most favorite breakfast ever!

Things to Do

Cabana at Lido Beach Resort Sarasota Florida

Cabana at the beach

The hotel property is around the corner from trendy and chic, St Armand’s Circle which personally is one of my top hang out areas in Florida. This large grass circular area hosts many events such as top class art shows, Jazz evenings and more. European style cafes and high end restaurants fringe the circumference along with a large selection of designer shops for extraordinary shopping.

John and Mable Ringling, famous for Ringling Brothers Circus built a home in 1911 on the water in Sarasota. They traveled the world and collected art such as Rubens, Van Dyck, Vel?zquez, Titian, Tintoretto, Veronese, El Greco, Gainsborough and more which are now housed at the John and Mable Ringling Art Museum. I did not realize that there are several museums in one spot so make sure you give yourself enough time to see as much as you can. The private home was so interesting to walk around. Every bedroom has its own bathroom and every bath has the option of sea water or city water! The outdoor patios and boat dock are artistically paved in different colors of granite.

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Eggs benedict

LaBarge Tropical Cruises offers visitors the opportunity of viewing the most spectacular sunset at sea. We joined them for their Sunset Entertainment Cruise which had live music and drinks. I saw a giant stingray leap out the water while on the cruise that really made my night. Sarasota was a perfect place for a quick weekend getaway.

(941) 388-2161 www.lidobeachresort.com