About the property
- House850 sqft
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay1 - 2 nights
Highly-desired Island location! 1 min to Beach,1 min to Bay,5 min to StumpPass!
Fantastic news - this popular vacation house & beautiful beach were untouched by hurricane Irma fortunately! Beach in good shape! Get a taste of island life at our charming Villa Mojita! You've just found your perfect 2 bedroom beach cottage in prime island location with numourous free amenities! Sleeps up to 6. Quick walk to many island activity options or kick back & chill out with a chilled mint mojito on our breathtaking beach. Our ultra-talented interior designer created our very popular Villa Mojito beach cottage on gorgeous Manasota Key (the island just south of Sarasota & Venice, near all Venice attractions but with its own unique island charm). We are only 1 minute walk to our spectacular beach & only 1 minute walk the opposite way to picturesque Lemon Bay at the end of our short quaint street - perfect for kayaking/fishing. Free shared use our kayaks & canoe!!!
* BIG NEWS! BRAND NEW gorgeous swimming pool with Massage Therapy Jets and Glass Tiled Waterfall onsite in blue starfish beach resort's common patio area.
--Much more private than a condo, Villa Mojito is an attractive, single story, light-filled end villa (no one over or under your place!) in a quiet row of 3 charming beach villas - each with its own small, private lanai with bistro set.
Just 5 minute walk to # 1 ranked attraction of Stump Pass State Beach Park (a natural wonderland-so bring your camera!) Only 8 minute walk to 3 very popular beach restaurants with fun island nightlife & live tropical music. * Walk 8 minutes down to free beach yoga classes which our guests absolutely love.
2 bedroom, open-concept beach cottage with one full bathroom with shower. plus an outdoor shower with hot & cold water on the side of Villa Mojito makes after beach clean up a breeze. Flexible arrival and departure days with 2 day minimum
* Sleeps up to 6, or enjoy a romantic, spacious retreat for 1 couple to enjoy. Maximum occupancy is 6. We have similar beach cottages in the same great area if your group grows. Reservations are first come, first served and we cannot hold dates. We fill up very quickly. No pets. No smoking. Must be 25 years or older or staying with parents.
** We are family friendly & we are also very popular with active seniors. Absolutely no student groups. Low-key, respectful guests only as this is a nice, quiet, upscale beach community. You will sleep well!
*** Just updated by our interior designer, Villa Mojito beach cottage features a dine-in kitchen with granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, new range, dishwasher, full size refrigerator/freezer, microwave, coffee maker, garbage disposal, toaster & blender to make pina coladas & tropical smoothies.
*2 cottage bedrooms with new designer bed linens, 1 full bathroom with shower and new vanity, plus an outdoor shower on the side of Villa Mojito with hot & cold water. Small private lanai to enjoy your morning coffee with the warm Florida breezes. New sofa sleeper in inviting family room with new Samsung, high-definition, LED flat screen TV. Relax after beach time with all premium movie channels FREE including HBO, SHOWTIME, Cinemax, STARZ, etc.!
* Chill out in our new patio conversation seating area and enjoy frosty strawberry daiquiris at our new self-serve Tiki Bar in common courtyard. Breathtaking New Swim Spa with Massage Therapy Jets & Waterfall! New kitchen dining table plus bistro set on lanai. One bedroom features a king-size bed, the second bedroom showcases our new deluxe bunk set - twin over a full bed, then a twin trundle slides out under the full to sleep up to 4 in bunks. Efficient AC window units. No need to over pack - all linens & beach gear provided. Full size washer and dryer on premises in common laundry room. Four basic outdoor showers in common area for easy after beach clean up. One of the outdoor showers with hot & cold water is on the side of Villa. On-site New outdoor ping pong has also been very popular with our guests of all ages!
* Get most out of your vacation stay with our free Insider's Guest Guide & new online Hospitality Suite - loaded with great ideas for local activities, golf/tennis, our favorite restaurants/grocery stores, day spas, fitness, water adventures, fishing, day trips, nature activities, shopping, museums/cultural activities. Free wireless high-speed internet access for guests who bring laptops. 2 free parking space for each cottage (no oversize vehicles). If there are children in your group we have a responsible local babysitter, beach toys & a large playground is walkable. 4 Coleman folding camping-style beach chairs with 'Cooler' pocket on sides for your favorite beverage, beach umbrella, boogie boards, skim board, light-weight beach towels; popular board games (plus a great playground, basketball court are walkable). Very popular free beach yoga classes only 8 minute walk down our beach!
** Friendly, caring owners are very easy to work with and absolutely devoted to constantly improving the guest experience and property maintenance. Enjoy!
This vacation villa is part of exclusive Blue Starfish Resort (BRAND NEW Swim Spa & Waterfall with only 6 quaint beach cottages in prime Key location) in highly desired South-end of the Island location. This central island location is close to everything! Located on a quaint, short residential street, guests walk only 1 minute to our deeded beach access on a gorgeous Manasota Key beach. Unlike other area beaches with erosion problems, our beach is plentiful and sand does not disappear in high tide! Walk the same 1 minute distance the other direction to picturesque Lemon Bay where you can fish for dinner, or take a serene kayak excursion. Only 5 minute walk to the breathtaking Stump Pass nature preserve with acres of secluded shoreline, kayak launches, and hiking trails. Take a longer 8 minute walk to Manasota Keys most popular restaurants including Flounders, White Elephant, Lock n Key with live tropical music; boat/kayak/watersports rentals; plus a convenience store & large fantastic public beach across the street with Pavilions, great playground, basketball court, and popular free beach yoga classes. Golf & tennis options in our guest guide. Guests love this prime island location!
****ABOUT BLUE STARFISH BEACH RESORT...
Our charming Manasota Key resort, Blue Starfish, offers lazy leisure time along with adventurous fun, plus modernized villas created by our very talented interior designer. Blue Starfish's blend of elegance and casual playfulness is owed to its harmonious approach to accommodations. The result is an authenticity that the typical modern resort simply cannot create. Your stay at Blue Starfish Resort will leave you with the sense that you've rediscovered your beloved childhood beach vacations, but with all the modern conveniences we don't like to live without. Whether you stay in a beautifully decorated two bedroom villa or our darling studio, Blue Starfish's horseshoe configuration provides plenty of privacy. Blue Starfish's neighboring beach cottage options include: One 3 bedroom/1 bathroom; three 2 bedroom/1 bathroom cottages; one 2 bedroom/2 bath cottage; & one 1 cute open-concept beach studio with 1 bathroom & kitchenette. Community amenities on site: Stunning new Swim Spa & Waterfall, outdoor conversation seating; self-serve Tiki Bar set; 4 charcoal grills; outdoor bistro sets; laundry room. Get your game on with new outdoor Ping-Pong area. Get ready for an exciting adventure with nearby reasonably priced water sports.
We just added all new cookware, new bake set, new place settings, new stainless steel range, new stainless steel refrigerator/freezer. Quiet, respectful low-key vacationers only as this is a nice upscale residential beach community. You will sleep well! Popular day trips include Venice Island, Sarasota, Siesta Key, Sanibel, Naples, Orlando's Disney/Seaworld/Universal Studios; Legoland, Busch Gardens; Miami; Key West Express boat trips from Fort Myers down to Keys.* ABOUT MANASOTA KEY
Manasota Key, Florida, is a charming beach town in southwest Florida, just 25 miles south of Sarasota along the coast of the Gulf of Mexico. A paradise for vacationers, you will fall in love with the beaches, and the laid-back attitude of the natives! Our blue starfish beach resort beach cottages on Manasota Key are all fully furnished, with free wireless Internet, all linens and towels, a washer and dryer in shared laundry room, new Samsung high definition LED television, and a fully equipped kitchen. Beautifully furnished and perfectly maintained, they offer more than the comforts of home & are much more private than condos. You'll find your dream beach escape here at a reasonable rate. Manasota Key is known for its white sand beaches, scattered with shells and sharks' teeth, as well as its lovely sunsets and charming tropical beach restaurants with live music most days. The old, palm tree-filled streets evoke a simpler, less hectic time, and this attitude is reflected in the friendly locals, too. You'll love exploring our beaches. From wandering the seclude shores of the magical Stump Pass Beach State Park near us, to casual dining with live tropical music, we think you'll become some of our many happy repeat guests!
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- May 25, 2018
We simply love everything about Manasota Key - the friendly locals, breathtaking beaches, numerous dolphins, & tropical bars & restaurants with live tropical music! We added all of the comforts of home to Blue Starfish Beach Resort's six charming beach cottages only steps to the ocean so our guests can fully relax and enjoy themselves. We treat our guests like family and love that many return each year for their annual beach vacation! We highly encourage guest feedback then quickly act on all reasonable suggestions. Canoe & Kayaks on-site free for our guests to explore picturesque Lemon Bay!!
Why Amy chose Englewood
Location, Location, LOCATION! Our very talented interior designer created Villa Mojito with all new furnishings throughout just steps to beach! We looked forever to find the perfect location on Manasota Key & the perfect beach villas. We are thrilled Blue Starfish Resort is just steps to both our fantastic Beach & tranquil Lemon Bay. Only a short walk to so much to do on the island! Or you can chill out and do absolutely nothing but laze on the beach or enjoy cocktails at our patio's self-serve Tiki Bar. Only 1 minute walk to the gorgeous Manasota Key Beach with deeded beach access! Our beach never gets crowded and sand is quite plentiful unlike other local beaches on the Key - our beach does not disappear in high tide! Only 1 minute walk at other end of our short quaint street to the serene waters of Lemon Bay - where we love to kayak and fish. We offer our canoe & 2 kayaks for our guests to use for free. Our recent guests have been having an amazing time with the kayaks - touring picturesque Lemon Bay with dolphins swimming up right next to the kayaks - something they won't soon forget! We also offer outdoor Ping-Pong - get your game on! 4 basic outdoor showers in common area makes after beach clean up a breeze. Kitchens offer beautiful granite countertops, cottage white kitchen cabinets & new stainless steel appliances with dishwashers in every cottage.Only 5 minute walk to Stump Pass State Beach Park - acres of secluded beaches & amazing nature preserve that is currently the #1 ranked attraction. We are so happy to be in the same neighborhood as the treasured Stump Pass Park!! Only about 8 minute walk to relax with pina coladas & live music at the most popular restaurants & bars of Manasota Key including Flounders, White Elephant Pub, and Lock n Key - with free yoga classes on the beach, watersports rentals near by (Parasailing, jetski, SUPs, boats, sunset tours, etc.) & a big playground, basketball courts, beach Pavilion across from restaurants.
What makes this House unique
In addition to our fantastic location, our mega-talented interior designer just worked her magic with new furnishings including new stainless steel appliances & designer linens at each of Blue Starfish Beach Resort's six appealing Beach Cottage options. * Brand new courtyard, heated swimming pool with massage therapy jets and glass tiled waterfall in resort's common patio area-enjoy! We pride ourselves to make sure each cottage is very well stocked. We recently added new Samsung high definition LED TVs with ALL FREE PREMIUM movie channels including HBO, SHOWTIME, Cinemax, STARZ etc. so guests can enjoy popular movies after beach time with their family. Free Kayaks & Canoe Use in Lemon Bay!! Outdoor Ping-Pong patio area - get ready to challenge friends & family. Got little ones? We've got you covered with beach toys, pack n play that can be used as a crib, high-back booster seat with tray can be used as a high chair & responsible local Red Cross certified, reasonably priced babysitters. Got bigger kids? They'll love our new Lucky Bums brand 41' Body Boards to catch the waves in style plus super fun skim boards, & their parents can join in or watch them in our new comfortable Coleman beach chairs with soft cooler pockets on the side to hold their favorite beverage or beach reading. They can also hit the basketball courts, sand volleyball courts & numerous watersports rentals on the main beach across from Flounders. On-site we offer outdoor Ping-Pong; Canoe & Kayaks & 3 outdoor showers in our common patio area and plenty of classic board games and books for after beach time. We really listen to our guests' suggestions & act quickly on feedback. We are proud to say we have many happy repeat guests. Blue Starfish draws such nice, friendly, courteous people. Relax & Have fun!
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Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 10:00 AM
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We absolutely love Manasota Key! Your property is well taken care of and we totally enjoyed our stay
My family and I would definitely come back this house and stay again. We had the best of both worlds being right in the middle of both waterways. The wildlife and the locals are a pleasure to see. I highly recommend this place! Will be back to see you again. Thanks for a fun time.
Cute but expected more
First, many thanks to Amy for being so responsive to any and all texts and emails. We had researched quite a bit on VRBO before selecting this place. The one thing that stood out to me were the beautiful photos of the cottage. I'm not sure if it could be classified as a cottage however, as it was connected to two other places (three run along the other street and a pool / eating area is in them middle). We were given the #3 "cottage".
The place was decorated in a similar fashion to what was shown in the photos but we quickly realized the photos were highly touched up. :-/. Best things about this place:
1. Location. Walking distance to the beach - we were able to catch a sunset every single evening. Totally awesome! Found tons of sharks teeth too.
2. The bed. I personally thought the bed was quite comfortable. The king size was perfect for all of us. We co-sleep with our son and had enough room for all! Loved the comforter.
3. Large refrigerator and use of tableware, utensils and other things in the kitchen. The one cup Keurig was awesome!
4. The pool in the back. We mainly had this to ourselves and it was a perfect little private area to just relax with our son.
5. The use of the laundry (although it was quite annoying to have to fold several loads of laundry that appeared to be left by cleaning staff? As most of the laundry was bedding and towels from the other units. This happened the three times I needed the laundry.)
Not so great:
1. THE FLOOR IN THE LIVING ROOM is noticeably caving in / sinking. Quite literally we felt as if we were going downhill anytime we walked from any room into that area. My husband is a hefty guy (280) and were afraid he might fall through or cause a collapse. It is that bad. I was disappointed we were not told about this or offered another location. A maintenance man was there fixing something outdoors one afternoon and he mentioned the other units didn't have this major issue. I think this may be something new that the unit is experiencing as it wasn't noted on the other reviews aside from the people who left the day before we arrived. (we read it while we were there)
2. The bathroom was way too small for our liking. Note - There is NO TUB. This was not convenient for our situation having a small child. The shower was tight as well.
The place seemed clean enough but furniture was definitely dated. I don't think we would rent her again - although I may reconsider if given a different unit.
Hi Jennifer, Thank you for taking time to leave feedback so we can continue to improve! Glad you enjoyed our new swim spa with waterfall feature & massage therapy jets, the new comfortable, high quality mattresses, and our close proximity to the beach with great pre-historic sharks teeth hunting & spectacular sunsets! Thank you for letting me know about the urgency of the floor issue in family room - we have scheduled that repair work immediately and relocated next guest to a similar place nearby. (we could have easily relocated you too - sorry we didn't hear from you until after your stay. you weren't home with hospitality team went by to check on you to see if there was anything you needed.
- Most of our vacationers have much preferred
showers over bathtubs. But for families with small kids still wanting a tub option - please
keep in mind Villa Mimosa right next
door has both a tub/shower combination and
a second bathroom with a shower.
- our row of 3 beach villas have a big following with many happy repeat guests - they share side walls but they like that there is no one staying over them or under them like in most condos & that our street is super quiet.
But for guests still wanting stand alone beach cottages we recommend Casa Pina
Colada or Casa Sangria nearby.
- Much of manasota key has charming
beach places with efficient, cute cottage size
bathrooms & bedrooms, but we have
private homes in Venice if you are desiring bigger bedrooms & bathrooms & don't mind a 5 minute walk to the beach.
- We offer two new Samsung front loading washers & two new Samsung front loading dryers shared by only 4 units so typically there is no wait or very short - Our hospitality staff will investigate what was the hold up during your stay to rectify it in future.
- Casa Pina Colada and Casa Sangria nearby each have their own private in-house washer & dryers in case you'd like that feature in future.
We use all actual photos in the listing sites & numerous reviews so guests know what the place is like. we respond promptly to all feedback & we appreciate all feedback so we can continue to improve
and add the features guests want. The furnishings are all quite new so if you noticed an item that was damaged, or needs replacing please just let us know. We want to
keep everything in good condition for the
comfort of our guests. We offer more free amenities than most places around so guests can get the most out of their vacation. Best, amy
Cottage Mojito - Renters beware...
This cottage is decorated very cute. The location is awesome! H The owner has done the best job she can to cover up several serious issues that need to be resolved. This cottage has a strong musty, mildewy and urine stench that cannot be covered up. We opened the windows, used baking soda, Lysol, Febreze. These almost made the smell go away for about 30 seconds. Once we closed the windows the stench returned immediately. I believe the floor of this cottage is rotting. The floor has many large “dips”. It is not level by any means.This could be causing the odor. The bathroom has a newer toilet and sink. The shower is really small. A large person could definitely not fit into it. The bottom line is this ruined a good part of our vacation.
Hello - Please let us know right away if you experience any issue - that is what our team is here for. If you wait until departure to bring anything up, there is no way we can address it for the comfort of your vacation experience. We can easily be reached by phone, text & email 24/7 and respond very quickly to guest needs. Our team & plumber went right over when we learned of this. They replaced the AC units they felt were causing the odor issue you experience and thoroughly inspected the entire place. Our head housekeeper went by to offer you to switch to a neighboring place while they resolved any issues. Yes we have quirky cottage floors that are scheduled for updating very soon. We use guest feedback to continue to improve
best regards, amy
My 15 year old son and I stayed here over spring break. He loves to fish so having the kayaks and waterways so close by was such a big plus! Last year we stayed in Siesta Key, which is a bit more upscale, but much more crowded with traffic congestion. I absolutely LOVE Mannesota Key in comparison. This place was in a prime location with the beautiful beach just down the quiet street.
The bed was comfortable and the place nicely decorated. Coffee was supplied, as was a nice bottle of white wine! The front enclosed porch was really great to have. I did see a couple of dead bugs, and one crawling, but I guess that's par for the course for Florida. They were on the floor and not seen in the cabinets. The floorboard of the house was slanted, probably needs work, but all in all it didn't matter to us. Great pool spa in back too, and laundry room easy and accessible. We loved the place and the location!
Hi Tammy, So thrilled to hear you enjoyed our central location - near lots to do but still quiet and relaxing! We have a guaranteed pest control service which usually keeps pests away fortunately - but it is Florida - so just report any issue and they come out to address it. Happy to hear you enjoyed the swim spa, wine, & coffee too. Thanks for being great guests - hope your family scored some pre-historic sharks teeth! Amy
Great location, the building is worn.
We were able to walk to the beach, to restaurants, and the bay. We enjoyed the charcoal grill and umbrella table. We also used the kayaks and had dolphin encounters. The building is very worn however.
Hi Kenneth - Thanks so much for taking the time to leave feedback. I love to hear guests had dolphin encounters!! Yes we are relatively new owners to blue starfish beach cottages and our devoted team has been super busy renovating the places to maximize guests vacation experience! We updated interiors and all common areas first plus added the inviting swim spa with waterfall and massage therapy jets and more attractive outdoor spaces to relax. We will be doing additional exterior enhancements soon - stay tuned! We are so fortunate to already have many happy annual repeat guests. We are always looking for helpful guest feedback so we can prioritize future enhancement projects.
Best regards, Amy
Darling place for rest & relaxation
The bungalow was decorated so cute and in such a good location between the bay and the gulf. It’s so quiet here. Really sweet place.
One thing-something kept waking us up-on our hats night we realized the air freshener (which smelled great) would send out whiffs if fragrance about every 10-15 minutes. Maybe it needs an off button for sleeping. Lol truly the place is darling, clean. They’ve thought if everything from coasters to boogie boards. The jet pool in back is nice-wind protected and awesome. We hope to be back.
Hi Jan - So happy to hear you enjoyed the beach cottage! Elena - our head housekeeper - will be sure to move her high-tech beloved air-freshener system away from the bedroom - big thanks for the tip! Guests love those. best regards, amy
Fantastic Location! Blue Starfish Resort is only a 5 minute walk to Stump Pass Beach State Park's amazing nature preserve & acres of secluded beach shoreline. Stump Pass is the #1 ranked local attraction and we are thrilled to be in the Park's neighborhood! ONLY 1 minute walk to gorgeous Manasota Key beach! Only 1 minute walk at other end of our short quaint street to serene Lemon Bay - perfect for kayaking or fishing. 2 kayaks & 1 canoe available for our guests to enjoy! Curious dolphins frequently come up very close to the kayaks in Lemon Bay - an absolutely amazing experience!) Only about 8 minute walk to the most popular restaurants/Tiki Bars on Manasota Key including White Elephant Pub, Flounders & Lock n Key - most have live music most days & tropical setting across from Englewood Beach with big playground, very popular Free yoga classes on the beach, Basketball courts, watersports rentals - SUPS, Kayaks, boats, jet ski, parasailing etc. The beach near us has plenty of sand that doesn't disappear in high tide like some local beaches on the Key! On-site amenities - Blue Starfish guests can use our kayaks & canoe for free! Dolphins are frequently seen in both the ocean and bay near us & quite friendly - you can almost touch them they get so close to the kayaks at times! Outdoor Ping-Pong & 3 outdoor showers in our common patio area. Get ready for some friendly competition.
Blue Starfish Beach Resort is a special place in a great location - visit us once and we think you'll be hooked:). Many of our guests return each year as a family tradition we are proud to say. You have numerous island activity options walkable so many of our guests never leave the key. But if you wish to explore other interesting parts of Florida - we have MANY exciting day-trip options: take the Key-West Express boat-ride from Fort Myers, drive to Sarasota's many cultural activites, shop til you drop in neighboring Venice, find stunning shells in Sanibel, check on Siesta Key's beach scene, go to Miami's south Beach for always entertaining people watching, or thrill the kids with Orlando's Disney, SeaWorld, etc or we are even closer to LEGOLAND, Cape Canaveral or Busch Garden's Tampa theme park.
Rates & Availability
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Good news- we now have flexible arrival & departure days. 2 night minimum stay. credit cards accepted. reservations are non-refundable like most houses. we suggest trip insurance for peace of mind. 4 pm check in. 10 am check out. no pets/no smoking inside or out. low-key respectful vacationers as this is a nice quiet beach community & you will sleep well. We are proud to say we have many happy repeat guests