I love the beach! It always feels like a great way to recharge. I mean, rest and relaxation are good, but the beach provides more than that! It provides inspiration for the soul. And I’m not just talking about the adventure of exploring new things. I’m talking about the awe inspiring beauty of it- when you feel compelled to cleanse all else from your mind and just soak in the gentle breeze on your sun warmed skin while you listen to the waves crash. Knowing that my mom hadn’t been to the beach in years, I planned a special mother-daughter beach getaway to help her get her vitamin sea! Anna Maria Beach Resort was a luxurious home base while we explored Florida’s Gulf Coast, Anna Maria Island.
I partnered with the Bradenton Area CVB on a press trip to the Bradenton Gulf Islands. I am pleased share some of my experiences with you here. I also plan a couple more posts so you learn what to do on Anna Maria Island and where to eat.
Anna Maria Beach Resort – Beachfront Luxury Anna Maria Island Accommodations
Where is Anna Maria Island, FL?
Here is a Google Map Of Anna Maria Island, FL:
What Makes Anna Maria Island The Perfect Beach Vacation?
First, a quick bit about Anna Maria Island, Florida, in case you haven’t already heard of this fabulous Florida destination. Anna Maria Island is located on the Gulf of Mexico side of Florida, south of Tampa. This means you can enjoy the warmer and calmer waters of the Gulf. Anna Maria Island is a barrier island in Manatee County and it is part of the Bradenton area. They have a 3 story limit on all buildings so you don’t get overwhelmed by a concrete jungle of condos. There is so much beautiful wildlife to see as well as unique shops, galleries and eateries. I love the cozy island feel. It reminds me of Key West but it is a lot easier to get to!
How To Get To Anna Maria Island
Allegiant Air runs nonstop flights from Nashville into the Sarasota Bradenton International Airport for as cheap as under $100 round trip! The airport is small so it is quick and easy to navigate and it is only about 25 minutes away from the Anna Maria Beach Resort. I got a rental car at the airport. Alternately you could arrange airport shuttle service with the Anna Maria Beach Resort or get an Uber or Lyft and then a bike rental while you are on the island.
Anna Maria Beach Resort: The Best Place To Stay On Anna Maria Island
If you are on the hunt for Anna Maria Island hotels, you need look no further because I can tell you that you will love Anna Maria Beach Resort! Seriously, I have to admit that Anna Maria Beach Resort is the only place I’ve stayed on Anna Maria Island but I for sure want to go back because I can’t imagine a nicer spot to relax in luxury and convenience.
Anna Maria Beach Resort is located on Holmes Beach with beachfront direct access. They provide lounging chairs so you can pull those out onto the beach and kick back. You don’t have to rent the chairs or make reservations in advance, they are just at your disposal. I dig it!
Holmes Beach doesn’t have a lot of public access points so it is fairly private and so nice. Soft white sand and lots of beautiful shells to collect!
Anna Maria Island is about 7 miles of beach from top to bottom. From your Anna Maria Beach Resort beach access you can walk all the way north to the tip of the island (Bean Point Beach) about 2 miles, or south to Manatee Public Beach about 1 mile or even further. There are various places you could stop for a bite or drink right on the beach too!
As far as island hot spots, you are about half way between the happening Pine Street Area and the Bridge Street area. Great central location to all the food, shops, and galleries (lots of great local art).
Anna Maria Island is a great beach destination- very laid back and very nice without being pretentious or exclusive. But when it comes to beach accommodations, there is nothing wrong with a bit of luxury! Anna Maria Beach Resort was just given a massive renovation in 2018 and that means guests get to enjoy totally new and fresh everything! The design is very modern, clean, and convenient with all the features that you could want (even USB-enabled nightstands for charging). The decor is luxurious and high end. The lush tropical landscaping adds to the colorful, inviting visual appeal of the property.
All of the rooms open out on the pool area. The lower level rooms feature patios while the upper level rooms feature a deck. I loved the upscale comfortable beach furniture for relaxing on the patio and taking in the views.
You will love the bedding and the bathroom fixtures (like the deep tub and tall rainfall shower head). They have a safe and iron in the closet for your convenience. The rooms come with a mini fridge, Keurig, microwave and they even put a wine opener in there because they have you covered!
Anna Maria Beach Resort Amenities
The resort pool is pretty fabulous. It features a zero entry side and is pretty to look at with its curvy shape. I appreciated the warm heated waters in the evenings during my November Stay.
Hot Tub Jacuzzi
The hot tub jacuzzi is nice and large so several couples can get in and enjoy some conversation together without feeling crowed. I met a nice, young couple from Calgary in the hot tub as well as a couple who was there to celebrate their daughter’s wedding.
Anna Maria Beach Resort had lots of loungers around the pool but they also have an upscale cabana seating area for guests. Again no reservations needed and no extra feels- just at your disposal.
Fire Pit Area
They have gas fire pit tables so you can gather with groups of friends or new acquaintances and enjoy a cozy evening outdoors listening to the waves crash.
Corn Hole Games and Over Sized Chess Board
Competitive by nature? Go ahead and get some fun games provided in the pool area.
So easy to hop on the free WiFi- no password needed.
Book Your Stay At Anna Maria Beach Resort
You can find out more or book your stay at theannamariabeachresort.com
I loved my stay at Anna Maria Beach Resort with my mom and I can’t wait to bring my family back for the perfect family vacation. I hope you found my Anna Maria Beach Resort review helpful. Let me know if you have any questions or tag me in your pics @familyfocusblog! #bradentonarea
Have you been to Anna Maria Island, Florida? Were you wondering where stay to stay on your AMI beach getaway?