by Zolton in Cool Travel on Saturday 26 September 2009

I spent a weekend down in Longboat Key, Florida, a few weeks back, doing very little but lying on a deck chair by the pool, contemplating life and my small place in it, and enjoying the rather lush and salubrious surrounds of the Longboat Key Club and Resort. Yes, it’s a tough life, but, well, y’know, someone’s gotta do it. [photos by Alison Zavos]

With its own private beach, rooms and balconies that face onto a vast expanse of pristine ocean (the water was slightly milder than bath water, but only slightly), and a bar situated far too enticingly by the swimming pool and serving an endless supply of debaucherous cocktails (the banana one practically had me swinging from the trees), this is just about the most relaxing place I’ve holidayed at.

The Longboat Key Club and Resort is nestled in an area with a small but interesting array of stores and restaurants nearby, including one newly opened bakery selling indulgent French treats. It really is a beautiful part of the world and well worth a few days of total immersion. Tell the dolphins I said hi.
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