This hotel is not a resort... it is not on or particularly near Sanibel Island... and is very downmarket. We attended a conference here in October 2007 and were very disappointed. Very poor service, unforgivable" tip cheating on guest checks, managerial indifference... no real resort facilities to justify $15/day "Exclusive Resort Benefits" that you'd receive anywhere else for free. We would not recommend at all. If you want a fabulous resort experience at a TRUE resort in the area, go to the Naples Ritz-Carlton, which we did after only 2 days at the "Sanibel".
The resort is upscale. However, there is no beach and it is not on Sanibel Island like the name implies. You are on the bay and the resort has a small man-made beach area. If you want to go to the beach you have to go over the $6 bridge which you can see from everywhere on the resort if that is okay with you. I personally didn't want to look at the bridge-it wasn't aesthetically pleasing at all. The spa was a disappointment. It could be really nice if you don't look up. The ceiling and lighting are horrible. The ceiling has cracked/stained/yellow tiles and have really poor fluorescent lighting fixtures. Lighting and ceilings are a nightmare. The pool room was in disrepair and the indoor spa pool was very poorly maintained and had algae growing in it. We were very disappointed. Also the steam room was not producing steam in either mens or womens steam room and the saunas' heating elements could not be regulated. Overall a very poor experience.