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The Sunseeker Resort – Florida’s Newest Sundrenched Playground

The Latest Attraction in Southwest Florida

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Truly a mammoth resort with something for all visitors.

Content creators have a job to do. They spend most of their time trying to put lipstick on a pig! On rare occasions, we find a gem that needs no embellishment – just facts that are far better than our verbose ramblings.

This is the case with the new Sunseeker Resort on Charlotte Harbor in Port Charlotte Florida. We cannot find words adequate enough to fully describe this magnificent new resort.

The resort’s brochure reads as follows:

“The new Sunseeker Resort Charlotte Harbor brings a premier vacation destination to Port Charlotte, FL. Discover a spectacular waterfront resort featuring modern accommodations, world-class restaurants and bars, luxury spa and fitness, championship golf, and unlimited year-round fun with easy access to attractions in Punta Gorda and beyond.”

We are re-writing it as follows:

“We are pleased to present the most meticulously planned and executed development in southwest Florida known as the Sunshine State’s newest 2024 attraction, the Sunseeker Resort.

 This waterfront quarter-mile-long behemoth stands proudly on Charlotte Harbor where it can be seen from miles away in its splendor as it shines in the sun. The resort not only is a beacon in the grand old harbor but it sets a new standard for service, resort excellence, and visitor indulgence. “

Truly much more than another fancy hotel in a state that is known for opulence. One of the true places to stay that deserves the word “Resort” in their name.

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The lobby of Sunseeker as you walk in from the parking garage.

Resort Excellence

From the minute you pull into the circular drive for registration you know there is something special about this modern approach to guest management. From the self-check-in modules to the convenient self-parking garage next door, you feel the difference.

There were valets, doormen, and the normal attendant availability, but they explained your options without pressure to dump the bags, valet the car, hope your room was ready, and stand in line. Here you have an easy registration at a kiosk and can park your car in a secure covered spot a few steps from elevators to your room.

If you want the normal resort attendants and assistance, that is readily available as an option. Since we planned to use the hotel as a base for day trips in the coming days, the ease of self-parking and in-and-out garage was an unexpected pleasure.

The lobby was refined, but not opulent. Friendly staff was available to answer questions and direct you to elevators and rooms. Since the resort only opened three months earlier, you could sense the fresh look, pleasant inviting smells from the nearby food court, and smiles on welcoming staff faces. You could feel we were entering a special place.

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The Allegiant Stadium Sports Bar is one of the best we have seen in any resort anywhere.

Check out the Rooms and rates of the Sunseeker Resort. 

Rooms and Suites at Sunseeker Resort

We had just been in Tampa for three days two weeks earlier ay a Marriott waterfront hotel – at $600 per night.

The pathway to our room, while long, was brightly decorated and very quiet. As we entered our room, we had a duplicate of the Tampa room at less than half the cost including the waterfront view!

Sunseeker also offers family-style suites with 1 to 3-bedroom options overlooking the harbor. Most have balconies and full kitchens for extended stays. The suites have their own concierge and separate facility from the main hotel, yet still connected.

Our bathroom was large, showers more than adequate, and well stocked – plus the room was refreshed daily which not all hotels do anymore. The normal big-screen TV, refrigerator, coffee maker, clothes closet, desk and comfortable beds highlight the bright and cheerful room.

While the accommodations are certainly important and the Sunseeker has superb offerings, we were unpacking quickly to start a seek-and-find tour of the resort.

the rooftop pool area of the Sunseeker Resort.
The Sunseeker rooftop pool has tons of seating and the infinity pool is spacious. The rooftop bar seats about 20 people comfortably.

The Sunseeker Resort’s Features

It takes a map to navigate the 22-acre resort easily. The highlights include:

  • 785 Rooms and suites
  • 20 places to eat
  • 2 large pools including one rooftop infinity pool
  • 6 outdoor bars including the rooftop pool bar
  • Food court they call Harbor Yards Hall with everything from mouthwatering pastries to pizza
  • 9 Restaurants are scattered through the massive development including Allegiant Stadium, an oversized sports bar that has the best layout we have seen in a resort-style sports bar
  • Fitness Center
  • Spa & Salon
  • Various retail shops commonly found in resorts
  • Golf Course 15 minutes away

All of the above in a seemingly uniquely connected building that stretches almost a quarter mile across the waterfront. Everything is accessible from a walkway along the harbor that extends to the east and connects to a boardwalk that hovers over the harbor and goes under the Tamiami Trail.

To the west, the harbor walkway connects to a public park and pier that extends 100 yards into Charlotte Harbor. All of this allows for hours of exploration.

Notably, the Sunseeker is actively encouraging large groups and conventions. They even have a separate elevator and facilities for large groups. We were told they have conventions already booked well in 2025.

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Harbor Yards Hall is what Sunseeker calls their food court with almost a dozen different concepts offering – not fast food – freshly made food of all types from fresh oysters to deli sandwiches.

Sunseeker Resort Exceptional Location for Florida Exploration

The location -an easy 2-hour drive south of Tampa off I-75 – 102 miles. One hour south of Sarasota. The Sunseeker is 38 minutes (25 miles) north of Ft. Myers and an hour and a half from Ft. Myers Beach. Naples is an hour and fifteen minutes south.

Punta Gorda, a quaint town visible across Charlotte Harbor is 5 minutes away.

Florida Exploration – we used the Sunseeker Resort as a base for exploring surrounding attractions and fun things to do near Port Charlotte.

Attractions Less Than 30 Minutes Away
Attractions Under 60 Minutes Away
  • Boca Grande – Quaint community, lighthouse and beach
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    The beach and lighthouse on Boca Grande is one of the many attractions you can visit from the Sunseeker Resort.
  • Manasota Key – beaches, stately homes, cool restaurants
  • Edison-Ford Winter Estates – the places where Thomas Edison and Henry Ford spent their winters and created their business plans in Fort Myers just 40 minutes away
  • Casperson Beach, Venice – known as the Shark’s Tooth Capital of the World, this is where they find them
Attractions Under 90 Minutes Away

These are just a few of the many things to do near the Sunseeker Resort. Here are more things to do in Southwest Florida.

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Inside the Allegiant Stadium Sports Bar at Sunseeker Resort. Yes, those are reclining lounge chairs facing big screen TVs!
The History of the Sunseeker Resort and Allegiant Airlines Ownership

The Sunseeker project has been a brainchild of Allegiant Airlines since 2017. Since then, the project has come to life after many tribulations over the years associated with bringing such a unique concept to the public.

The area’s occasional hurricanes, permitting challenges, conceptualization management and many other factors slowly began coming together. The result may not have been finalized as quickly as dreamed, but Allegiant has reason to be proud of the Sunseeker today.

The Sunseeker has employed over 1000 people from the Charlotte Harbor area. They have become the largest commercial employer in the community.

As a new resort on the Florida landscape, you would think the Sunseeker would start off slow, but that hasn’t been the case. Allegiant has been welcomed into the community wholeheartedly.

Allegiant has been flying into the Punta Gorda (PGD) for years with a dozen or more daily flights. Allegiant also lies in and out of several other nearby airports like St.Pete/Clearwater (PIE), and Sarasota/Bradenton (SRQ).

Ground level pool at Sunseeker Resort. Very large pool like resorts in Orlando.
Ground-level pool at Sunseeker Resort. Very large pool-like resorts in Orlando. The view is from the rooftop pool bar.
The Negatives of the Sunseeker

No one reviewing hotels, resorts, or other places to stay in Florida could say that everything is perfect everywhere – The Sunseeker comes close, but we see a couple of ways to be even better.

Activities – while there is plenty to do in and around the resort, something that would keep the attention of kids and adults during inclement weather and people who aren’t pool and golf-centric.

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One thing about Sunseeker is their attention to detail. You get everything you order and more like this salad that was huge and excellently prepared.

Water Sports – the culture and history of the Port Charlotte and Punta Gorda communities is heavily reliant on water sports. Things like sport fishing, kayaking, paddleboarding and similar activities.

Many people come to this area to charter fishing trips, book sunset sailing trips and rent water-based equipment. A floating dock would be helpful for charters to pick people up or even a small marina would be a perfect addition.

Southwest Florida Gem – The Sunseeker Resort

With our handle on Florida travel, we think the Sunseeker Resort is the best thing to happen to southwest Florida in several years.

Places like Ft. Myers Beach, Sanibel, and Captiva have yet to fully recover from Hurricane Ian. Even Port Charlotte had its share of damage.

All of these communities are building back bigger, stronger, and more resistant to weather events.

The Sunshine State hasn’t had a major new resort since the opening of the 5-star World Equestrian Center in Ocala, Florida.

Visit the new Sunseeker Resort on your next trip to southwest Florida.

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