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Calini Beach Club - Siesta Key

Calini Beach Club Photo, Siesta Key, Florida

This lovely Gold Crown resort is about 100 steps from Crescent Beach on lovely Siesta Key. Units on floors 3 and 4 have spectacular views from their kitchens and living rooms. Those on the second floor have a limited view, because of a motel between the Calini and the beach. The first floor units have spiral staircases leading from their lanais to the ground as compensation. No need to leave the unit and use the halls and elevators when you want to go to the pool or the beach.

There is a simple rectangular pool. Although large, it''s rather unimaginative. The temperature was always warm. Aside from the umbrellas set at tables around the pool area, there is no shade. So our visits here were restricted to the late afternoon, when the crowds were showering up for dinner and it was peaceful. At that time, we even had it all to ourselves on a couple of occasions!

This is the first time we have seen a pool at a timeshare that is a community pool, meaning that it''s is shared by several of the other small motels in the area. Unfortunately, on our arrival evening, someone defecated in the pool. The pool was closed until Monday. We were told there was no way to find out who did it, since so many use the pool. Be forewarned about this!

The Jacuzzi is small and screened. We made liberal use of it, especially at night.

The units are quite large, all two-bedrooms with two baths. The kitchen was well equipped with everything we needed to cook meals. Two gas grills are provided. We never had to wait to use them.

The living area is nicely furnished, as well as comfortable. We loved the chess set provided - my husband and son enjoyed a match nightly. Cushions are provided for the loungers out on the deck. Plenty of lamps provide excellent lighting, something all too often ignored in timeshare units.

The master bathroom has a tub/shower and double sinks. The second bathroom has only a shower.

Staff here is very kind and tries to be helpful. It should be noted that the office is closed all day on Sunday, which makes it a little rugged if you have a problem that pops up after the staff leaves on Saturday.

Most guests the week we stayed were quiet and respectful of others. There was one family with five rambunctious children that were at the pool (all day, every day). Also a big, extended family had several units and commandeered the pool entry stairs with their kiddies'' beach toys. We saw one toddler pour a whole diet coke into the pool. It would be great if they''d build a kiddie pool. There is adequate room on the grounds for one (even though it probably wouldn''t obviate the above problem totally.)

For this reason, we opted to go to the beach every day (evidently, parents no longer take their kids to the beach.) The sand is blinding white and as fine as we have encountered anywhere. Everyday we were treated to a wonderful dolphin "show". We had brought two inflatable rafts with us and one morning, we were sunning and dozing as we stretched out on them to enjoy the gentle waves. A dolphin breached about 6'' from me and soaked me with his blowhole spray!

Check-in and check-out were very quick. We arrived about two hours in advance of check-in and our unit was ready for us! There''s ample underground parking, which keeps your car from becoming molten-hot.

Every night at sunset, we''d be sure to be back in our unit to watch it. There is a hotel nearby with a huge roof deck. Someone blows a horn every day at the moment the sun sets to herald the close of another perfect day. We had sun every, single day while there in early October.

Be sure to sort your recyclables, as you are expected to put them in the appropriate bins upon leaving, down in the garage. Also, all dishes must be washed and returned to their respective cupboards before departure, so you cannot plan to leave them in the dishwasher, unfortunately. Because of this, I''d recommend running glasses and silverware expecially through the dishwasher before use. I bring disinfectant just for this purpose whenever we stay at timeshares. Beds must be stripped and sheets left in the entrance hall, and trash emptied, as well, so be certain to allow ample time for these tasks. Preparation to leave took us in excess of an hour.

All in all, Siesta Key is peaceful and beautiful. We have already made plans to return.

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