Craving a few days somewhere tropical, but headed to Orlando for a work event, I decided to compromise and book a pre-business trip on the Gulf Coast in St. Pete Beach, Florida. The sugar white sand, warm water and lively beach atmosphere are as satisfying as a trip to the Caribbean but far less expensive! Where? At Tradewinds Islands Resort – an amazing destination for a grown-ups only getaway.
Located right on the water in St. Pete Beach, Tradewinds Islands Resorts is actually comprised of two fabulous St. Petersburg FL hotels, Island Grand and Guy Harvey Outpost. Tradewinds is an ideal family resort, but don’t let that keep you from considering this resort for your next grown-up getaway, either with your girlfriends or as a couple. I traveled there solo, but had no problem meeting people when I wanted company and having a lovely time by myself when I didn’t!
Here are six super reasons to make Tradewinds Island Resort the destination for your next grown-ups only getaway.
No Shirts, No Shoes, No Problem
Just like you’d expect at a beach resort, the atmosphere is casual. Feel free to wander on up to the bar in your flip-flops and swimsuit. In fact, you’d probably feel overdressed wearing much more! Guy Harvey has The Sandbox, an outdoor bar facing the beach with live entertainment, drink specials, and a fire pit every evening.
I had lunch there and enjoyed a delicious chicken Caesar salad accompanied by a daiquiri and the beachy atmosphere.
No Cash, No Problem
The resort fee covers an array activities at both resorts. Forget about carrying cash. You can charge food and beverages to your room. This is a great perk! It was so nice to enjoy the beach without worrying about leaving my wallet unattended while I swam.
Eat, Drink & Be Social
With 15 restaurants and bars to choose from, you won’t go hungry at Tradewinds. And while there are plenty of family-friendly spots, nothing is overrun with kids, and there are many options for adults only too.
Because let’s be honest, when you take a vacation without the kids, you want to be able to let your hair down and have a little fun. A great place to do this is at Sharktooth Tavern at Island Grand. This pirate-themed bar is where I found the best selection of imported beer. It offers live entertainment and karaoke on select nights.
Another unique spot is the RumFish Grill at Guy Harvey’s Outpost. I ate eat fresh, sustainable seafood while sitting beside a massive aquarium built on the TV show “Tanked.” I, literally, felt like I was eating underwater!
Exhilarating Water Activities
Between the two hotels, there are seven pools to choose from, including one for adults only at both Island Grand and Guy Harvey Outpost. They are super clean and some overlook the beach. I actually didn’t use the pools much, as I was only there for two days and wanted to soak in as much beach time as possible! The Gulf water was warm and clear and totally relaxing.
For sports enthusiasts who like their time in the water to be a little more active, there is paddle boarding, parasailing and snorkeling.
Tradewinds also features a 3-story high inflatable water slide on the beach right in front of the Island Grand Resort. It may look like an amenity for the kids but I saw plenty of grown-ups shooting down the slide! The best part? Use of the water slide is included in Tradewind’s nightly resort fee, so you can go down as many times as you like.
When I think of a beach vacation, what I really think about is lying on the beach with a good book, taking long walks, or sitting on my balcony and enjoying the view in peace. These are all things you can do when you travel to Tradewinds sans kids. I did, and it was pure serenity. I also really enjoyed lounging in the hammocks on the beach.
And while most resorts charge extra for the use of beach chairs, Tradewinds doesn’t go there. Among the many great amenities, the resort fee also allows guests unlimited use of the two person cabanas right on the beach, and the friendly staff to set them up for you. Can you say “cabana boy?”
Enjoy the Spa
Pamper your mind, body and soul at Body Works Salon & Spa at Island Grand, TradeWinds Resort’s spa and salon. The spa offers more than 25 treatments. This is a great spot to indulge in a couple’s massage, or if you are with your gal pals maybe get some mani/pedis or a facial.
Healthy Tip for This Destination
Tradewinds offers complimentary yoga on the beach every Friday and Saturday morning. I tried the yoga class and admit I was nervous about going, since yoga is not typically my thing. But the instructor was great, and almost everyone taking the class was new to yoga, so it helped not being the only newbie. Because after all, isn’t getting to try new things the best thing about traveling?