Bonita Resort & Club

Bonita Beach, Florida

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Reviews of Bonita Resort & Club

Bonita Beach, Florida

3.6

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  • Avatar for ken1193
    By ken1193 Updated Jul 14, 2015

    This is a small, friendly resort --- and it is actually the ONLY timeshare facility in Bonita Beach. Most units are 1 BR (there are two 2BR penthouse units on the top floor). Elevator on site. All 1 BR units have an attached screened lanai, which is a very nice feature. All units have their own washer and dryer too. Small but fully equipped and functional kitchen. Gulf beach is literally right across the street; the facility itself is actually situated right on Estero Bay. There are several pontoon boats owned by the resort for half-day use (advance reservation is required), with a $20 refueling fee per use. There are also a few bicycles available on site at no charge. Free WiFi throughout the facility.

    While this is an older resort (built in the early 1980's), it is well maintained. It is very difficult to "exchange" into this place during winter season, since winter fixed weeks are owned by people who mostly use their "Snowbird" weeks themselves. The rooftop deck, where people gather each evening in good weather, provides a great, unobstructed view of the Gulf sunset. Small restaurant right next door on one side, with both indoor and outdoor seating, but it's nothing special and a bit overpriced, imho. On the other side of the building, there is a small County-owned boat ramp, with parking for just a very few vehicles. Waterfront pool and hot tub on site at the resort. I wish that the beds were King size instead of Queen size. Staff here is very friendly, very helpful and very competent.

    This is a great little place and a hidden gem. New manager and new maintenance man as of 2013. Resort is managed by VRI, a capable timeshare management company which manages about 130 timeshare resorts throughout various parts of the U.S., quite a few of them in Florida.

  • Avatar for dant47
    By dant47 Updated Nov 11, 2007

    This is an ABSOLUTELY DELIGHTFUL RESORT! THE STAFF IS VERY POLITE, COURTEOUS AND FRIENDLY!! A VERY POSITIVE EXPERIENCE!! WIRELESS INTERNET ACCESS IS WONDERFUL!! NEWLY RESTORED BUILDING! BEAUTIFUL BEACH! FREE PONTOON BOATS!! RIGHT BETWEEN NAPLES & FORT MYERS BEACH. GREAT POOL AREA AND FISHING. GREAT LOCATION ON THE BAY SIDE OF THE KEY, ACROSS THE ROAD FROM THE GULF PIER! THE RESTAURANT NEXT DOOR IS OUTSTANDING!! THE AREA IS VERY UPSCALE!! THE BEACH IS OUT OF THIS WORLD!! YOU CAN TAKE YOUR OWN TOWELS TO THE POOL IF YOU WANT!! THERE IS A NEW CLEANING CREW AND I THOUGHT THE PLACE WAS VERY CLEAN!!

  • Avatar for jogeo
    By jogeo Dec 14, 2006

    This is a tired resort, maintenance and housekeeping have not been consistently carried out. There are no amenities in the unit, bring or buy all you need, other than dishwashing liquid and after 5 days we ran out of that. The floors are tile and were filthy, wore white cotton socks and the bottoms were black. No pool towels are supplied and you cannot take bath towels from the unit and are not supposed to take your own towels but rent them for $5.00 (for the week, per towel) or buy them at the desk. Ths office closes at four in the afternoon and there is no one on the premises until the next morning. Would not stay there again. If you should lock yourself out of the unit, there is a $25.00 charge to get the door opened.

  • Avatar for chriskre
    By chriskre Updated Aug 16, 2006

    Aug. 2006 update: Well I am staying at the resort as I type. Nice to see that they have wireless access now. Since the hurricanes they have fully restored all the facilities and the beach is fabulous as always. Still pretty deserted for Florida standards. Went out on the free pontoon boat yesterday and had a great time. Cost me $4.00 for gas and that was it. Great deal. I'm renting 2 weeks this year since I haven't been able toget into this resort for a few years with a rental. Thanks to the owner of this unit that I am able to rent from her. If you like fishing and don't mind walking across the street to a really nice beach then this is a great economical alternative to Naples & Fort Myers beach. Sept. 2004 I stayed at this resort about 4 years ago and found it to be in a nice location despite not being directly on the beach. It is near busy Ft. Myers Beach but far enough away that the beaches are still pretty secluded. Unfortunately you have to cross a busy intersection to get to the beach which could be problematic with little children. Our unit was updated but apparently a very heavy smoker occupied the unit before us and the smell was horrible. The free pontoon boats was a plus as the area rents them for about $50 a day. There were not too many exchangers there the week I stayed as most were locals from the area. I was renting my unit and was the only rental in the building. The pool area is nice and the fishing pier is fun with the kids. I would go back again if I could get a rental. Haven't had luck this past few years getting an available unit to rent. Nice view of the back bay fron the balcony. Parking is limited. Grounds have barbecues. I live in Miami, FL

  • Avatar for forshey
    By forshey Jun 4, 2004

    Very, very nice! We spent Christmas week and it was great to be able to use the float boats for a morning or afternoon for only the cost of the gas. Great location on the bay side of the key, across the road from the Gulf. Loses one star since there is a restaurant next door, but otherwise you need to drive 3- 5 miles to the mainland or Ft Myers Beach.

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