Lakefront Hotel with Neoclassical Influences near Beach
On the coast 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 and just a 10-minute drive from the coast, Trianon Bonita Bay's many columns and balustrades give it the look of an enormous sand castle come to life. The lavish hotel is framed by a private lake and surrounded by palm trees and azaleas.
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; breeze in for an included welcome drink in the evening. In the morning, pile plates with muffins, croissants, and fresh fruit during a complimentary breakfast.
Upstairs, each standard room overlooks either Bonita Bay or the adjacent Promenade, an outdoor mall filled with restaurants, art galleries, and state secrets. With your included dining credits, 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). At Roy's Restaurant, chefs prepare gourmet hawaiian fusion cuisine, such as grilled szechuan-spiced pork ribs ($10.95) and jalapeño margaritas.
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 showcases 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 Native American pottery and shells.
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.