This resort is built on the site of the former 1910 Tarpon House Inn. Today, it retains some of the original touches, such as sky-colored ceilings, 180-degree-view verandahs and an eight-sided pavilion with a cupola that dates back to the early 20th century. Elsewhere the property is completely contemporary. The hotel and the spa were renovated in 2003, and the spa, for example, features one of the world's 16 BETAR beds--a massage unit that works with sound waves.
Set on 85 acres, the resort sports six pools, 14 whirlpools, a 13-slip marina, a fishing pier and three restaurants. The 407 accommodations are divided among a hotel, an inn and condominium units. The renovations included new, stylish furnishings and the addition of five penthouse suites. All of the rooms overlook the resort's namesake harbor, and some have views to the mangroves beyond. An 100-foot yacht, the Sanibel Harbour Princess, sets sail on two-hour nightly sunset dinner and Sunday brunch cruises.