Four Sanibel and Captiva Islands properties have united under the newly-named management company Sanibel Captiva Beach Resorts. Formerly Rochester Resorts, ‘Tween Waters Inn Island Resort & Spa (Captiva), Castaways Beach and Bay Cottages (Sanibel) and Beachview Cottages (Sanibel) have joined with West Wind Inn (Sanibel) to form this resort and property management group.
West Wind Inn held many of the same shareholders as Rochester Resorts, so a decision to merge is not surprising. “Tween Waters Inn probably is the most well-known of the properties. It was a favorite destination of Charles and Ann Morrow Lindbergh, the later of whom wrote “A Gift From The Sea,’’ while staying on the property. President Teddy Roosevelt also was a guest at the ‘Tween Waters Inn.
“Overall, the properties will maintain their own uniqueness, while working toward a common goal and mission,” said President and CEO of Sanibel Captiva Beach Resorts, Tony Lapi. “We strive to provide a great island experience with value that results in a desire to return. That is and will remain consistent across all four properties and any additional properties we acquire.”
Located on Florida’s west coast north of Naples, Sanibel and Captiva Island have long been popular resort destinations. A narrow causeway joins the two islands, with Captiva Island being the more rustic of the pair (http://www.sanibelcaptivabeachresorts.com).
Originally founded as Rochester Realty in 1973, the name was changed to Rochester Resorts in 1979 when Beachview Cottages was purchased to join with the flagship property ‘Tween Waters Inn. Castaways cottages joined Rochester Resorts in 1982 and merged with the marina cottages at Blind Pass in 1990 to form the Rochester Resorts management group known for over 25 years.
With the addition of West Wind Inn in 2015, the executive team at Rochester Resorts changed the management name to Sanibel Captiva Beach Resorts to represent the Island brand each property shares.