Category Archives: Naples

The Best of the Beach

by Trish Utter

Siesta Key, Sarasota FL

Banana Bay Club


Banana Bay Club

This is a wonderful property for a romantic weekend or for families as every little cottage has its own kitchen and lots of
room. At the same time it is intimate, quiet and spotlessly clean. Owned by a British couple that never wanted to leave their vacation spot this destination hideaway is a bit of paradise. It is located within a few steps from a private beach and tropical warm water. The yellow and blue cottages nestle around a large pool and palm trees. A local free taxi service that works on tips will pick you up and take you into town. 888 622 6229 www.BananaBayClub.com

Naples, Florida

P1000570-copy-for-webI have always wanted to visit Naples so the kids and I jumped into the car and set off. We had some terrible weather on our drive down, a hurricane and a tornado! Our 4 1/2 hour trip turned into an 8 1/2 hour trip. We arrived at the Bellasara Hotel in Naples wet and shaky. It was pouring outside and the retreat of our lavish 2 bedroom, 2 bath suite was a welcome one.

The first thing we did was order room service. We wanted a snack but not a huge meal. It was well after the lunch menu had closed but the hotel was happy to bend the rules so we could get what we wanted. The food arrived within a few minutes and was surprisingly good. Portions are large so we were able to save our leftovers in our fridge. As I unpacked I noticed the huge walk-in closet and large safe. The beds had high-end linens and the kids loved the flat screen TV’s.
The Bellasara offers studio to 3 bedroom suites. I made myself a cup of hot tea as the rain was coming down in buckets. The kitchen was well equipped with lots of pots, utensils, dishes and everything you would expect in your own kitchen. (Located almost right across the street from the hotel is Wynns Supermarket, a great place to stock up the kitchen.) I took my tea and sat outside in the screened in porch while I read the local newspaper that was left at our door.