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Luxury island hotel accepting reservations ahead of opening


Pools, a lagoon and 800 feet of beach access will be available at the St. Regis Longboat Key, a rendering of which is pictured.
Pools, a lagoon and 800 feet of beach access will be available at the St. Regis Longboat Key, a rendering of which is pictured.
Image courtesy of St. Regis Longboat Key
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Although St. Regis Longboat Key may not be open yet, people can make their reservations now.

"This is not just another hotel opening; it represents a new era in luxury travel to the Gulf Coast," General Manager of the St. Regis Longboat Key Winfred van Workum says in a statement. 

Once it is complete, the under-construction St. Regis Longboat Key will encompass 168 guest rooms, including 26 suites with terraces and a Presidential Suite that has four bedrooms and a dining room.

Rooms are available starting Oct. 1 at $930 a night, according to the Marriott website, which handles bookings. Rates rise to a minimum of $1,212 on Fridays and Saturdays, while a room from Christmas to New Year’s Eve will cost at least $1,822 a night, according to the website.

Prices for a room typically start at $899 in October, according to a spokesperson for the hotel, who said rates will fluctuate depending on day of the week and time of the year and will change based on opening and season.

The opening date for the St. Regis Longboat Key has not yet been announced but is coming this summer, and as it approaches, more reservations will become available, a hotel spokesperson says.

Pictured is an oceanfront executive suite.
Image courtesy of St. Regis Longboat Key

Spanning 18 acres, the St. Regis Longboat Key property includes a host of water attractions: 800 feet of beach; a spa with infinity-edge pool overlooking the Gulf of Mexico; a 475-foot-long winding river with cascading waterfalls leading to a “grotto” with jacuzzi jets and champagne service; and a 350,000-gallon wildlife lagoon with nearly 50 stingrays, over 2,800 reef fish and two Aldabra tortoises.

Six restaurants will be on-site, in addition to a bar upon entry:

  • CW Prime, featuring seafood and premium cuts of aged beef, as well as a private speakeasy
  • Riva, coastal Italian dining with a pasta bar
  • Aura, an indoor-outdoor Latin American restaurant
  • Oshen rooftop lounge with Japanese and Peruvian fare
  • Monkey Bar, with tiki cocktails and limited bar snacks including the “Murph Dog,” named for longtime Colony owner Murray “Murf” Klauber (The Colony used to be where the St. Regis now stands.)
  • Carolina’s cafe with healthy drinks and food plus coffee, espresso, tea and pastries
Vitality waters are offered as part of the spa experience.
Image courtesy of St. Regis Longboat Key

Among the other amenities will be a spa with snow shower, eucalyptus steam room, Finnish sauna, cold plunge and sensorial showers; a fitness center with Technogym equipment and salon facilities; 34,000 square feet of meeting space, including a ballroom; and an entryway mural and mosaic as well as a large rooftop mosaic.

See a sneak peek inside the St. Regis Longboat Key before it opens this summer from sister publication YourObserver.com.

 

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Elizabeth King

Elizabeth is a business news reporter with the Business Observer, covering primarily Sarasota-Bradenton, in addition to other parts of the region. A graduate of Johns Hopkins University, she previously covered hyperlocal news in Maryland for Patch for 12 years. Now she lives in Sarasota County.

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