Casa Ybel Resort Announces Completion of its Multi-Million Dollar Renovation.
Experience a Timeless Treasure Made Better for You

Sanibel Island, FL - (February 6, 2006) - Casa Ybel Resort, the historic, charming getaway located on Sanibel Island, is proud to announce the completion of an extensive two-year $12 million dollar renovation that has enhanced all aspects of this treasured resort.

The spacious one-bedroom suites have been reborn with charismatic, tropical-chic color schemes blending cool blues, soft yellows and heated reds for an atmosphere of island elegance. New décor and furnishings include ceramic tile throughout the suite’s living areas, more inviting bedding, plush new carpeting in the bedrooms, sofa beds, tailored crown molding and draperies. The fully equipped kitchens and bathrooms have been updated with sophisticated appliances, amenities, granite counter tops and comfort enhancing touches. All upgrades have been made in response to guest feedback regarding comfort, satisfaction and convenience.

Casa Ybel’s Olympic-size pool has been refinished and the surrounding deck expanded to provide additional space for lounging and relaxation. Additional enhancements to the pool area include upgraded dressing room facilities and the re-opening of Coconuts Poolside Bar and Grill serving food and tropical drinks daily, and offering pool toys, sunscreen and other necessities.

The Thistle Lodge restaurant has renovated the lounge and dining room with appealing new soft goods, woodwork, furnishings and bathroom enhancements. The refurbished lounge area includes a new Tapas Bar and live piano music and the upgraded ambiance is enhanced by the addition of new Executive Chef Corey Calvano. Award-winning Chef Calvano boasts a menu inspired by French, Eastern and Pacific cuisine.

“We embarked upon this transformation to amplify the long-standing splendor of Casa Ybel in every aspect of the resort experience,” said General Manager Awilda Rivera. “There’s an expectation of sophistication that this resort has become known for, and we intend to live up to our well-deserved reputation for comfort and relaxation.”

Casa Ybel has enhanced recreation options with the addition of Allison Morse, Recreation Director, on-site Tennis Pro Christopher Fecitt and an in-room Tropical Victorian Spa Service, created exclusively for Casa Ybel by Sbarra Spa Services. The resort has also received extensive landscaping renewal, taking into consideration the delicate ecology of Sanibel Island.

The new Casa Ybel Resort experience will indulge both families and romantics alike with the lush surroundings and diverse activities Casa Ybel and Sanibel Island have to offer. The resort offers Casa Ybel Kid's Club for adventuring adolescents, in addition to a tot lot, basketball courts, croquet and shuffleboard. Adults can enjoy on-site classes for Yoga, Pilates, Aquaerobics and abs strengthening, as well as traditional bike rides, tennis, relaxing at the pool and beach.

Guests can spend quality time enjoying a variety of wonders found in Sanibel, one of Florida's natural and preserved barrier islands. Activities include collecting shells along the beach, biking nature trails, canoes and kayak rentals or visits to the JN "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge offering tours of a natural wildlife habitat, educational videos and visitor center entertainment.

Named one of the "Top 500 Greatest Resorts" by Travel + Leisure magazine in January 2006, Casa Ybel is located on the shell-studded sand beaches of Florida's sub-tropical Sanibel Island, close to Fort Myers' Southwest Florida International Airport and easily accessible from the mainland. Sanibel Island and its premier Casa Ybel Resort lie off the mainstream path, where beaches are kept natural and sunsets blaze brilliantly.

Rates begin at $275 per night. For reservations or more information, call 1-800-276-4753 or visit


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