For the first time ever The Gasparilla Inn & Club has been voted the No.1 Resort in Florida by the two most esteemed consumer travel magazines in the same year. The historic resort, located in Boca Grande on Gasparilla Island, is honored as the No. 1 Resort in Florida (Gulf) in Condé Nast Traveler’s 2016 Readers’ Choice Awards. Additionally, The Inn was named the No. 1 Florida Resort, No. 14 in the United States, and No. 49 in the World in Travel + Leisure’s 2016 World’s Best Awards.
“We are honored to receive such extraordinary recognition,” said Jon Reecher, general manager of The Gasparilla Inn & Club, which opened for its 103rd season on October 6. “The Inn is very appreciative of our guests, members, local visitors, and countless others who enjoy our property and support all that we do.”
Condé Nast Traveler’s Readers’ Choice Awards and Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards are determined primarily by the magazines’ print and digital subscribers as well as other travelers who choose to cast a vote based upon their experiences within the last year. The Travel + Leisure awards were announced in the August 2016 issue. The Condé Nast Traveler awards were posted online this week and will appear in the November 2016 issue.
The resort’s most appealing and rare quality may be its ‘Old Florida’ charm. Secluded on a seven-mile tropical island off the Gulf Coast, The Inn treats guests with a sense of refinement that harkens back to simpler times. As the largest surviving wooden hotel in Florida and one of the state’s first resorts, The Gasparilla Inn & Club offers outstanding modern resort amenities, such as the Pete Dye championship golf course, private beach club, an award-winning spa, USCA-certified croquet lawns, tennis courts, and a full-service marina.
“These latest accolades reflect our continued commitment to ensuring the success of our National Historic Landmark resort,” said Reecher. “Each season we welcome new generations of guests from the world over. Locals are especially welcome to visit The Inn for an overnight stay, or a special meal in The Main Dining Room or at The Pink Elephant.”