Lakefront Hotel with Neoclassical Influences near Beach
Along the coastline of Bonita Springs, a white beach stretches along the Gulf of Mexico like the wings of a native egret. Nearby, past the twisting waterways of local inlets, stands Trianon Bonita Bay, its many columns and balustrades giving it the look of an enormous sandcastle come to life. Trianon Bonita Bay, framed by a private lake and surrounded by palm trees and azaleas, is just a 10-minute drive from the coast.
The hotel's neoclassical architecture extends to the lobby, where Doric columns support a domed nave. Recessed panels and formal draperies adorn the elegant lounge. You can breeze in for an included welcome drink in the evening or for complimentary breakfast in the morning, and pile plates with muffins and croissants or play Jenga with slices of fresh fruit.
Upstairs, each standard room overlooks either Bonita Bay or the adjacent Promenade, an outdoor mall filled with restaurants and art galleries. Dine at the Lake House Bar and Grill, where a wooden dock juts over the property's lake. Menu items include a blackened mahi-mahi sandwich ($11.95) and grilled chicken loaded with fruit salsa and fried plantains ($13.50).
Bonita Springs, Florida: Picturesque Beachfront on Gulf of Mexico
Bonita Springs’ most popular shoreline is Bonita Beach, where white sand meets bath-temperature seawater. Grassy dunes fringe the coast, which is accessible by wooden boardwalks. Slightly farther afield, a variety of state parks and nature reserves showcase even more pristine sand and surf. In nearby Estero Bay, Mound Key Archaeological State Park—which can be reached only by boat—boasts lush mangroves as well as pottery, shells, and unsolved crossword puzzles left by prehistoric Native Americans. Farther west, glittering shells dot the curve of Sanibel Island, whose shallows are populated by a variety of native birds, including snowy egrets, great blue herons, and roseate spoonbills.
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