Holmes Beach is the central township located on Anna Maria Island, Fla. Holmes Beach sits between the City of Anna Maria and Bradenton Beach. Holmes Beach has dozens of shops and restaurants and the island’s most frequented beach, Manatee County Beach. Although AMI forebodes the construction of any large chain resorts, Holmes Beach has more than a dozen privately owned hotels.
Here are the four largest hotel accommodations in Holmes Beach:
Mainsail Lodge & Beach Inn: Some Anna Maria Island guests prefer the up-scale nature of the large luxury resorts. Mainsail Lodge has that luxury resort atmosphere, even though it only has 12 rental units. The apartment-style units are located at 101 66th St. in Holmes Beach, and offer spectacular beachfront views of the Gulf of Mexico. The drawbacks are Mainsail only has two- and three-bedroom units and that the price does reflect the luxury atmosphere. Overall, Mainsail is a great option for the AMI guest willing to pay for modern comforts and stellar views.
Bali Hai Beach Resort: One of the largest properties on Anna Maria Island is Bali Hai Beach Resort located at 6900 Gulf Dr. in Holmes Beach. Bali Hai has 42 motel and cottage rentals. Most rooms on AMI sell out most weekends of the year, Bali Hai’s size makes it one your best bets to find a last-minute vacancy. It’s also has some beachfront units and low rates for those willing to book a room that doesn’t face the Gulf. The biggest drawback is that Bali Hai doesn’t have much of a web presence, making it hard to see what you’re getting ahead of time. However, this is a great option for travelers who want to get the most out of their money spent.
Blue Water Beach Club: Located just south of Bali Hai at 6306 Gulf Dr. is the Blue Water Beach Club. It has 29 hotel-style units in a two-story L-wrap around the property’s pool. Blue Water has excellent ocean views. The drawbacks are that it only offers studios, one-bedrooms and apartments (one-bedrooms with kitchens). It’s an excellent choice for AMI visitors who plan to spend all day at the beach, but still want to have a comfortable room nearby.
White Sands Beach Resort & Tropical Breeze Beach Club: The White Sands Beach Resort and Tropical Breeze Beach Club are located on the same block, and owned and operated by the same local family. Together, they have 21 apartment-style rental units. Both are easily accessible to the Gulf beaches, however some rooms at White Sands are located beachfront. The staff at White Sands is genuinely friendly and helpful. The drawbacks are their minimum night stays on advance reservations start at a week and their website is so busy, it’s kind of difficult to make online bookings. This is a great option for staycationers and anyone who looking for a comfortable beachfront location at a reasonable rate.
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