Party-Centric Hotel Close to Florida’s Best Beaches
On a typical weekend at Bentley’s Resort Hotel, there’s a crowd gathered around the Osprey Tiki Bar and Grille for live music and dancing. Guests can grab cocktails from the bar and join in the festivities or simply kick back on a couch under one of the poolside palapas. During the day, take a dip in the infinity pool or head to the beach. Bentley’s provides free transportation to Siesta Key (Dr. Beach’s best beach of 2011), and Nokomis Beach on Casey Key is just 8 minutes away.
Almost every night, there’s a stunning sunset on the Gulf Coast. You can soak it up and then head to the hotel’s ultrasleek Morgan’s Restaurant, where chefs uses fresh, locally sourced ingredients to craft tasty burgers, steaks, and seafood dishes. With this Groupon, you’ll get a $20 dining credit you can use here or at the tiki bar. Later on, the party shifts to the Underground Lounge Bar, where DJs spin classic soul and Top 40 hits.
Like the restaurant and nightclub, guest rooms at Bentley’s are stylish and modern. They’ve all been recently renovated with European-influenced deco, including bold artwork and chic furnishings.
South Sarasota, Florida: Artsy Enclaves near Siesta Key Beach
Osprey and South Sarasota are only a short drive from Siesta Key and its namesake beach. Dr. Beach frequently names Siesta Key Beach on his annual list of America’s Best Beaches. Once you’ve set foot on the wide swath of sugarlike sand—scientifically proven to be 99% quartz—it’s hard to argue with him. The beach is one of a few on the 8-mile-long Siesta Key, which floats off the Gulf Coast just south of Sarasota. Most of the action here centers on the island’s northern tip, where the best beaches are found, near the small but lively Siesta Village. You can shop and dine at family-friendly restaurants in town or rent equipment to go fishing and kayaking. Sightings of dolphins, egrets, and manatees are pretty common.
Bookstores and art venues are plentiful a few miles up the road in Sarasota, an enclave for artists, writers, and musicians. Take in a show at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, which frequently hosts touring Broadway shows and ballet performances. The building’s exterior is entirely purple, and the deep ridges of its iconic modern roof turn lilac in the Florida sun.