Pack Your Bags – We Are Headed to Zota Beach Resort

Things are sizzling in Longboat Key, Florida and it is not due to the sunny summer weather. Zota Beach Resort is heating up the powder soft beaches and turquoise waters of Longboat Key and bringing a Miami flare to the Gulf Coast as Florida’s latest beachfront luxury boutique resort property. With its all white contemporary design, this alluring 187-room resort features immense accommodations including a sun-soaked infinity edged pool, an ultra-chic restaurant with gorgeous views of the Gulf of Mexico and even a wine bar, which boasts an ambitious menu. Zota Beach Resort invites its guests to sit back, relax and take in the beach vibes from any of their various rooms and suites all offering balconies or ground level patios bringing a coastal breeze right to your doorstep. Whether you are seeking to lounge on the beach with a cocktail in hand or relax in Zota Beach Resort’s luxury suites, guests will be able to sunbathe to their heart’s content.

About Zota Beach Resort

Located on one of the sunshine state’s most prestigious beaches, Longboat Key offers a moderate tropical climate throughout the year to compliment Zota Beach Resort’s contemporary design from the vision of Leo A Daly. Upon arrival, guests are greeted by a seamlessly flowing, reflective pond winding its way through the interior and exterior of the lobby while views of the Gulf of Mexico are visible through floor-to-ceiling windows. Somewhat similar to that of a castle surrounded by a moat, it is calming and stunning at the same time.


Zota Beach Resort

Since Native Americans, who originally inhabited the area, used longboats to navigate Longboat Key, authentic architectural elements of wood can be seen throughout the resort. If you are checking in for an extended anniversary get-a-way or short filled weekend, the resort presents a peaceful presence of nature’s water and wood elements that surely adds a special touch.

Time to Relax

Once you are checked in and open the door to your home away from home, you will find that your room offers more than enough space to live comfortably during your stay. An added plus for me was the fact that Zota Beach Resort is not a huge complex. Everything is close, not requiring much walking. The pool and all amenities were that of a first-class resort experience.


Zota Beach Resort

Described as “fresh, tranquil and inviting,” the guest rooms and suites at Zota Beach Resort reflect the laidback elegance of Florida’s Gulf Coast. Offering three choices of views, resort, pool and beachfront, the stylish accommodations are suited to perfection. Ideal for family vacations and special occasions, the 30 suites boast a separate bedroom and living room with a sleeper sofa, refrigerator, and coffee maker. Select suites offer

additional luxuries including oversized balconies, writing desks, full kitchens and dining areas.

Bon Appétit

Led by Executive Chef Jeremy White, Viento Kitchen & Bar is located on the second floor of the Zota Beach Resort. The open-air lounge sets the atmosphere for one of the refreshing cocktails (I highly recommend the Key lime Martini) while the dramatic floating wine wall offers an impressive wine selection. Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, the culinary concept has a combined culinary influence of Florida, Caribbean and Mediterranean flavors.


Viento Kitchen & Bar

If there’s anything better than dining on delicious, expertly prepared food, it’s enjoying it in a spectacular waterfront setting.

Things to Do

With a coastal breeze in your hair and the sugary-fine white sand of Longboat Key between your toes, it is hard to imagine a better place to be. Besides beach bumming, get lost in time at Zota Beach Resort’s palm tree-lined, sun-drenched pool deck. You will love the infinity-edge pool and 21-person hot tub has to be the largest I have ever seen! Eight private cabanas featuring outdoor living rooms complete with lounge furniture, refrigerators and a respite from the sun are available for daily rentals.


Key Lime Martini

After taking a dip or soaking in the sun, visit the local boutiques of St. Armand’s Circle or check out a guided tour with Key Culinary Tours. St. Armand’s offers fashionable attire, nail salons, and even several art galleries—perfect for an afternoon splurge. Other shopping centers include University Town Center, The Prime Outlets of Ellenton, and even the Red Barn Flea Market, which is full of great finds!

On a Personal Note

Zota Beach Resort is a really fun property! It really gives off a Miami vibe yet Longboat Key reminds you of how tranquil the area really is. I think this property is a perfect get-a-way for any occasion, but I would highly recommend it to disconnect from the world. Find your space at the resort, by the pool, on the beach, or like myself - drifting away in a rental kayak while dolphin watching. Once again, The Opal Collection and Ocean Properties have scored big with this unique gem. Special thanks to Katie Kole and Jessica Shashaty of The Mayfield Group and Roy Padgett, General Manager of Zota Beach Resort for the wonderful accommodations. Also, thank you to Sandra Rios, Director of Marketing and Communications and the Bradenton Area CVB along with Visit Sarasota for the amazing hospitality.

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