Helmsley Sandcastle

3 Stars

Beach/pool umbrellas
Coffee shop or café
Gift shops or newsstand
Private beach
Restaurant(s) in hotel
Swimming pool – outdoor

All about Helmsley Sandcastle

Facing the Gulf of Mexico on Lido Beach, this casual Sarasota resort features 600 feet of private white-sand beach; the upscale shops and restaurants of St Armands Circle are 1 mile away.

Kayaks, personal watercraft, small sailboats, and bicycles are available for rent. Guests at The Helmsley Sandcastle also have complimentary use of volleyball and shuffleboard courts and 2 outdoor pools.

Spanning the 7 buildings of The Helmsley Sandcastle, guestrooms provide views of the pools or the Gulf of Mexico. All have high-speed Internet access, compact refrigerators, and complimentary HBO.

Four miles from downtown Sarasota, this casual Lido Beach resort is across the street from South Lido Park nature trails and one mile from the upscale shops and restaurants of St. Armands Circle.

Situated on 600-feet of private white-sand beach, The Helmsley Sandcastle offers complimentary beach chairs, and volleyball and shuffleboard courts. Guests can rent kayaks, personal watercraft, small sailboats, and bicycles. Also on site are a complimentary fitness center, two outdoor pools, and a game room.

Guestrooms at The Helmsley Sandcastle span seven buildings, one-four stories high. Views are of the pools or the Gulf of Mexico. All rooms include high-speed Internet access, phones with voice mail, and complimentary newspapers. TVs come with complimentary HBO channels. Compact refrigerators and safes are additional conveniences.

Recreational activities are centered on the resort’s 600-foot private beach. Favorite pastimes include swimming in the Gulf of Mexico or enjoying a game of volleyball on the white sand. Available for rent are personal watercraft, kayaks, small sailboats, and bicycles. Use of beach chairs is complimentary.

In the courtyard are two outdoor pools with lounge chairs and a sundeck. The complimentary fitness center includes a treadmill, stair machine, stationary bike, and free weights. A video-game arcade shares space with the guest laundry.

Across the street, the Gulf of Mexico, Sarasota Bay, Big Pass, and Brushy Bayou border South Lido Park. Activities include bird watching, scenic outlooks, nearby running trails, and canoe and nature trails. Bobby Jones Golf Club, 8.5 miles from the resort, is open to the public.

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