When it comes to finding things to do in Longboat Key during your stay at The Resort at Longboat Key Club, you actually don’t need to stray very far from your guest room.
With 410 acres of lush lawns and pristine beachfront, 45 holes of golf, eight restaurants, a spa, and Tennis Gardens, The Resort at Longboat Key Club, located on a barrier island of the same name just outside of Sarasota proper, offers visitors a vacation without the need to venture far and wide. Here, we detail how to best take advantage of all that the resort offers across one full day spent on the property.
8:30 a.m.: Beach Yoga
After waking up to the sound of waves outside your tropically chic room, start your day off in the right mind-set with a Beach Yoga class. All experience levels are welcome and first meet at the Mind & Motion Studio, a 2,500-square-foot workout studio, then head out to the resort’s private beach, where you’ll stretch yourself physically, spiritually, and mentally, and leave ready to welcome the rest of the day. You may even spot a dolphin or two in the distance.
9:45 a.m.: Breakfast at Sands Pointe Restaurant
Head to Sands Pointe Restaurant for breakfast. The Sweet Red Quinoa and Granola is a guest favorite, but you could also go traditional with the All-American Breakfast, which includes eggs, hash browns, toast, and your choice of bacon, sausage, or ham steak. Whether your meal is healthy or hearty, you’ll appreciate the serene view of the Gulf of Mexico that the restaurant affords.
11:00 a.m.: Massage at The Spa
With 10 treatment rooms, two relaxation rooms, and more than 50 handcrafted treatments, the spa is an island-inspired sanctuary that you’ll have a hard time pulling yourself away from. We suggest The Deep massage, a 50- or 80-minute treatment designed to help lingering tension points and muscle pain with medium to firm pressure. If you’d prefer something a little less intensive, The Traditional – a classic massage using light touch and long flowing strokes – should get the job done.
12:30 p.m.: Hit the Pool (Or the Beach!)
It wouldn’t be a visit to the gulf coast of Florida without some relaxation by the water. Swim in the resort’s heated gulf-front pool, or lather up and snooze under an oversized umbrella. If you’re in the mood for saltwater instead, the resort’s gorgeous white sand beach offers cabanas, beach chairs, and umbrellas, as well as a volleyball court and watersport rentals (kayaks, bikes, and paddleboards). When it’s time to fuel up, Barefoot’s Bar and Grill has beach and pool-goers covered with a delicious selection of breakfast and lunch items along with tropical cocktails.
3:00 p.m.: Golf at Harbourside Course
Awarded “Best Places to Play” by Golf Digest, Longboat Key Club offers 45 holes of championship golf including the tree-lined Harbourside Golf Course that runs along Sarasota Bay and Links on Longboat course that borders the Gulf of Mexico. While you can’t go wrong with either, we suggest the former because Harbourside offers three nines – the White Egret, The Red Hawk, and The Blue Heron – to build your choice of 18 holes. Definitely include the famous Blue Heron in the mix – measuring 3,401 yards, it’s the signature nine of all 45 holes here, where tree-lined fairways and swirling winds put a premium on shot-making and course strategy. If you prefer to hold a racket instead of a club, head over to the USTA-certified Tennis Gardens with 20 Har-Tru courts.
6:30 p.m.: Dinner at Portofino
After a long, full day, relish in an Italian dinner you’ll remember at the Portofino Ristorante & Bar, located in the Marina Village at Longboat Key Club Moorings and overlooking the 291-slip marina. Whether you’re craving something from the sea, a handmade pasta, or a brick-oven pizza, there will be a complementary wine to go with it thanks to this trattoria’s expansive wine list. We suggest the Aliette Pinot Noir with the Caciucco, a seafood stew of fresh seasonal fish, lobster, scampi, clams, and mussels in tomato broth.
8:30 p.m.: Nightcap at Tavern & Whiskey Bar
Wind down the night at the Tavern & Whiskey Bar, an intimate pub with a special emphasis on spirit featured in its name, including creative whiskey-based cocktails, as well as more than 100 whiskeys, from a Japanese variety to the classic Johnnie Walker Red Label.
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