|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
Manatee Haven is an upscale, non-smoking, beachview home that offers four bedrooms and three and a half bathrooms with an elevator to all three levels. It is professionally decorated, has a swimming pool and hot tub located in a 3,200 sq. feet private screened-in patio that encompasses all three levels of living area. Our home offers every amenity for its guests, including access to the private North Captiva Island Club facilities, Wi-Fi Broadband internet connection, free long-distance phone calls within the US, and a private beach just 500 feet away.
The first level of Manatee Haven has four bedrooms, two kings, one queen and two twins, in addition to two full baths. Each of the bedrooms is fully tiled and beautifully appointed with island themes. DirecTV (with free Netflix) is available in the Great room, and in all four bedrooms and a PS3 with 20+ video games is in the special twin bedroom suite that is decorated in a dolphin theme for kids. There is also a private screened lanai off the master bedroom that overlooks the pool and patio.
The second floor has a fully-equipped kitchen with Granite countertops and a bar for an enjoyable breakfast or lunch. Plenty of room to relax and enjoy the Gulf views from a Natuzzi leather sectional, watch 700+ DVD's, stored in eleven 3-ring binders, on a 55' Smart HD/TV w/ surround sound and FREE Netflix access, or listen to 100+ CD's on a Stereo with IPod input. A dining area is off the kitchen and has a full glass/wood table with extensions and six chairs. In addition there is a bar with a separate small refrigerator to keep your favorite drinks cold as well as one exclusively for wine bottles. In addition there is a full bath on the second level. A 25X11 foot lanai is off the great room and faces the Gulf where you can take pleasure in the view and relax with the Gulf breezes. The lanai features a 6-person patio table, a CharBroil infra-red grill, a Cuisinart double-sided grill and chaise lounges for relaxing.
From the screened lanai there is a spiral staircase that leads to an observation deck, 49 feet above ground, with a grand 360-degree view of North Captiva Island, the gulf, bay and surrounding islands. A telescope is available to view the night sky. A screened heated 15 by 33-feet heated pool that is one of the largest on the island along with a hot tub and elevator in a large screened-in patio that is on the ground level. A large and smaller George Foreman grill are available to use. Swim laps, play pool games of basketball, volleyball, or just sit and relax in the spa. A private hot/cold shower is available off the pool and a Weber charcoal grill is ready for your poolside dining. A golf cart is included with your rental.
Keywords: Beach View Home
We are an active couple with two beautiful kids from Lakeway, Texas. We are “water babies” and love to live and relax around lakes and the ocean. We stumbled across the magical island of North Captiva back in 2010 when planning a vacation. We fell in love with the peace and tranquility of the island. It is a true getaway from the fast paced lifestyle of the mainland. The island allows us a place to get away with our kids and create lifelong memories with each other. In 2012 we discovered Manatee Haven, a truly exceptional home on North Captiva. We loved Manatee Haven so much we kept coming back year after year, and then were blessed to be able to purchase Manatee Haven from the original owners, Kay and Jake Stieger.
Kay and Jake built Manatee Haven in 2002 and chose North Captiva Island because of its seclusion, privacy and relaxing atmosphere. They have taken great care of their island home ever since. The reviews of the house speak volumes to the meticulous cleaning and upkeep the Stiegers have put into it for 14 years. We have kept all the furnishings, décor and amenities exactly the same as Kay left them. When you see Manatee Haven you will see it’s not just a house, it’s a home – a vacation home where you will feel comfortable and relaxed with any amenity you need.
Mike & Piper Swinford purchased this house in 2002
We purchased Manatee Haven and chose North Captiva Island because of its seclusion, privacy and relaxing atmosphere.
Manatee Haven is unique in that when you enter the home it is completely under a 3-story screen enclosure on a large deck (3,200 sq. ft) with elevator, a 33 ft. long and 15 ft. wide heated swimming pool, hot-tub, enclosed hot & cold water shower, small refrigerator, swimming pool games and toys and plenty of outdoor furniture to relax and enjoy yourself. This enclosure keeps the bugs out and no sunscreen lotion would be necessary.
This was the perfect place for our vacation. It was relaxing, private and amazing. Our caretakers were the best, they went above and beyond for our needs, as this was our first trip to an island without a grocery around the corner. We had one of the best vacations! We usually travel outside of the United States, but this was so much better! We loved this house and this island!
Our extended family of 5 adults and 1 child recently stayed at Manatee Haven. The owners and local property managers were all easy to work with, and the house exceeded our expectations. The house is well-equipped throughout (beach chairs, towels, toys for kids, pool toys), we were supplied with ample basics (e.g., paper towels), and the kitchen was better equipped than any I've stayed in such that we were able to cook a significant number of meals without a problem. The house is also well stocked with basics such as spices, ketchup. The island was relaxing - nice beach walking opportunities, fun boat trip excurions (we did one to Cabbage Key and surrounding areas), and the house had plenty of fun activities for all family members. The only thing I'll note is that for those not as comfortable with stairs (elderly, young), the kitchen, dining, and family room are on the top floor, where the bedrooms are on the floor below. We were fine since there was an elevator to be used, though it did make things less convenient for those needing to take the elevator. Not a big deal at all, just important for those who may have limited mobility to know.
Of all the rental houses I've stayed in, the owners of this provided far more advance information with details on how to get groceries to the island, what to expect on the island in terms of restaurants, etc. plus tons of details. There was nothing I didn't know in advance that I needed to know.
My wife and I truly enjoyed our 9 night stay at the Manatee Haven home. Yes, the home was a lot bigger than we needed, but it was very nice with just the two of us there. North Captiva Island was definitely one of our best vacations which we will always treasure with wonderful memories! The home had everything you would possibly need and I really mean everything. This was our first time to the island and we were probably just like everyone else, worried about what to take and what not take, but all our fears were put to rest once we saw how well this home was supplied with all the commonly used items. All you’ll need are your clothes, sun lotion, food and beverages.
Just a few items to call out that really made this a Perfect Vacation
1. Great Curb Appeal; when driving back home in the golf cart from a long day at the beach it was a welcoming sight to see this beautifully landscaped home which we were staying at. We loved the stone paved circle driveway and all the tropical trees and plants surrounding the home.
2. Private Beach Access with golf cart parking (Captiva Castaway); we loved having what seemed to be our own little piece of the island’s beach with easy access. We truly think this was the best beach spot on the whole island.
3. The Beaches; PERFECT, PERFECT, PERFECT… I don’t need to say anymore.
4. Private Pool, Hot Tub and Outdoor Shower; every beach home should have these, they truly added to our overall excellent vacation experience.
5. The Property Managers and Owners; from the very first moment when we requested information about this home until the last day of our vacation, EVERYTHING was taken care. Almost every question was answered within the informative documents sent by the owners after I booked. We were promptly met at the boat dock by Jane & Jeff when we arrived on the island and then taken to our vacation home. They explained everything about the home and island and every additional question we had. On the last day we were promptly met again and helped back to the boat dock for our return boat trip.
We would recommend this home and North Captiva Island to anyone who is looking to create some wonderful family memories on an Island.
Thank you Mike and Piper for letting us enjoy your wonderful home, we will always remember this home as it helped create some everlasting memories for the two of us.
Our time spent at Manatee Haven was everything we hoped for and more. Everything was so organized , we had easy access to kitchen supplies, toys for pool and beach, towels, not to mention the array of spices in the kitchen. The roof top overview provided visual access beyond the entire island and amazing sunsets. The elevator made moving in and out a breeze. Our family had an amazing time at Manatee Haven, even the teenagers. We would definitely recommend this home.
Our family stayed for 5 nights at Manatee Haven but we wish we would have stayed longer! We have rented many homes / condos over the years and this was by far our best experience!
Getting to the island is surprisingly easy. We pre-ordered our groceries through Publix and they had everything all packed and ready for us. The Ferry ride over is a short 20 - 25 minute enjoyable trip.
Upon arrival we were met by Jane, who lives on the island. She took us to the house and showed us how to work everything. From then on we just enjoyed ourselves at the home and the island.
This home has EVERYTHING you will need. I could not believe the amount of pool and beach toys, towels, DVD's, games, books, etc. We have two boys and loved all the extras at the home. My husband and I loved the crow's nest. Each morning we would watch the sunrise with a cup of coffee and then the sunset in the evening with a cocktails. The views are amazing and there is always a breeze.
The island is so peaceful. Getting around by golf cart was part of the fun. We spent our days enjoying the house, pool, beach (very close by), rented a boat for the day and loved the restaurants on the island.
I highly recommend this house and a trip to North Captiva. If you are are looking for relaxation, a great home, beautiful beaches and amenities this is the place. We plan to come back!
As first time island vacationers, we could not have been happier with the accommodations or the island beauty! The home has everything you need and more - no need to over-pack. But be sure to bring plenty of sunscreen for the beach!!! There was plenty of room for 2 families with teenage kids to vacation without bumping into one another! The various grills and plentiful spices made dinners easy and tasty. The private, screened in pool and hot tub are an added bonus, along with the washer and dryer for all the beach towels you will use (don't need to bring any from home, they have plenty). The views are magnificent from the roof top "crows nest." We were pleasantly surprised with the number of palm trees and greenery located between the homes - made for a secluded stay. The beach is only a short walk or golf cart ride away and is not crowded at all. Lots of room for sunning, swimming and shore fishing. The use of the Island Club's kayaks, tennis courts and pool are an additional bonus. Don't forget to have an Island cocktail at Mangos! No shortage of wildlife - birds, turtles, manatees, fish, etc are abundant! The owners and property managers were very responsive as well with our "first timer" questions. One of the best vacations we've had and hoping to come back soon!!!!
Manatee Haven is located on a barrier island North Captiva Island. You take a public water-taxi from Pineland Marina on Pine Island, Florida. It takes 25 minutes to get to the island. You use a golf cart to get around the island. There are three restaurants and one snack bar/grocery store. The beach is less than a minute ride by golf cart. The island is very peaceful and quiet as there are no large condo complexes allowed, only single family homes. If you are looking to kick back and relax you have come to the right place.
|Property Damage Protection||$79|
|Booking Fee||$100 + Tax|