The Resort at Longboat Key Club named a top resort in the world

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LONGBOAT KEY, Fla.- The Suncoast's very own, Resort at Longboat Key Club, stands among the most luxurious and beautiful resorts in the world, according to Travel and Leisure magazine's top 500 Hotels for 2014.

ABC 7 got a tour of the award winning Resort at Longboat Key Club located on a pristine white-sand beach. The resort has every amenity there is to offer guests. No wonder it made its way to the top 500 resorts in the world.

"We're so diversified to what we have to offer. So we have 2 golf courses, or 45 holes of golf. We've got a great spa which was recently renovated,” says Jeff Mayers, the General Manager of the Resort at Longboat Key Club.

Guests can enjoy a relaxing and romantic couples massage or get pampered with a mani-pedi in the resort's newly renovated spa. They can also purchase top of the line lotions and cosmetics in their chic and modern spa boutique; and there's more,

a pool with direct access to the iconic white sand beach.

Usually, when we think of top resorts in the world, we think of the exotic Four Seasons in Bora Bora or Jade Mountain in St. Lucia, but the Resort at Longboat Key Club held its own among the best of the best and its seemingly endless amenities are proof.

"We've got tennis gardens with 20 hard true courts. We have 291 slip marina, 6 restaurants and 2 lounges and of course we're situated in one of the best places in the world, here in Longboat Key, Fl,” says Mayers.

Their best suites give you a “home away from home” feel and are fully equipped with a kitchen, dining table, and washer and dryer. The master suite and second bedroom each have large bathrooms with access to a balcony spanning the entire suite; and of course, priceless views of the gulf from every room.

"The fact is that overlooking the Gulf of Mexico and those views is really ideal for our guests,” says Mayers.

The resort has had quite a year earning over half a dozen awards and recognitions and their general manager credits the success to his hard working, customer service oriented staff.

"You can be situated in the most beautiful part of the world and have great amenities to offer, but it's really our resort staff who touches our guests that really make a difference. That's really who defines who we are. So I'm very proud of what they've been able to accomplish and I'm very appreciative of their efforts,” says Mayers.