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50 Years of Wedded Bliss at Silver Sands Gulf Beach Resort
Posted by Kelly Gillece | Thursday, May 31, 2018

Longboat Key, FL - On May 18, 2018 Larry and Kathy Goodman returned to unit #236 at Silver Sands Gulf Beach Resort and celebrated their golden anniversary, just as they did 50 year ago. Their story is one we only read about in fairytales - meeting at the University of South Florida in journalism class. Soon after marrying, and then honeymooning on Longboat Key, Larry was stationed in Okinawa; serving in the United States Air Force and living abroad for over six years.

After observing the couples love of seafood, the Operations Manager sent the Goodman’s to a partner restaurant for a special dinner, compliments of RVA, to toast their golden anniversary.
 

In 1968, Silver Sands Gulf Beach Resort, then known at Silver Sands Apartments, was a small, eight-unit building located directly on the Gulf of Mexico. Over the years Silver Sands grew in size; however unit #236 always remained the Goodman’s ‘special apartment and sacred honeymoon site.’ Living just a short drive away in Temple Terrace, the Goodman’s returned to Silver Sands about a dozen times over the past 50 years,  celebrating milestone anniversaries.
 

Their love for the island, nearby eateries and beaches are apparent from the stories they share. Feeling a bit nostalgic, Larry remembers unpacking their portable record player on the first day of their honeymoon in 1968, listening to their favorite ‘beach music’. Including Bossa nova, Henry Mancini and Johnny Mathis. As they unload their car from their many trips to the island, the couple listens to the famous Ed Ames song and are reminded, “In only a moment, we both will be old we won’t even notice the world turning cold. And so, in these moments with sunlight above. My cup runneth over with love.”
 

Larry and Kathy share stories of a mostly uninhabited Longboat Key, with wide beaches and beautiful flora and fauna. Visiting the island for 50 years, the Goodman’s have seen lots of development, endured storms, (which they didn’t mind - they were on their honeymoon!) and beach replenishments. A couple of things have remained the same over the years: their love for each other and their memories of Silver Sands Apartments and the beautiful Longboat Key beaches.

**Picture compliments of The Longboat Key Observer


Beach Club at Siesta Key by RVA Earns Top TripAdvisor Award
Posted by Jana Troyer | Wednesday, June 15, 2016

BEACH CLUB AT SIESTA KEY BY RVA EARNS 2016 TRIPADVISOR CERTIFICATE OF EXCELLENCE

 

Siesta Key, Florida – June 15, 2016 – The Beach Club at Siesta Key by RVA announced that it has received a TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence for the third year in a row. Now in its sixth year, this achievement celebrates hospitality businesses that have earned great traveller reviews on TripAdvisor over the calendar year. Certificate of Excellence recipients include accommodations, eateries and attractions located all over the world that have continually delivered a quality customer experience. 

"With the Certificate of Excellence, TripAdvisor honors hospitality businesses that have consistently received strong praise and ratings from travelers,” said Heather Leisman, Vice President of Industry Marketing, TripAdvisor. “This recognition helps travelers identify and book properties that regularly deliver great service. TripAdvisor is proud to play this integral role in helping travelers feel more confident in their booking decisions.”

The Certificate of Excellence accounts for the quality, quantity and recency of reviews submitted by travelers on TripAdvisor over a 12-month period. To qualify, a business must maintain an overall TripAdvisor bubble rating of at least four out of five, have a minimum number of reviews and must have been listed on TripAdvisor for at least 12 months.

The Beach Club at Siesta Key, located at 6732 Sarasea Circle in the Crescent Beach area of the world-famous destination, is maintained by local property management company RVA. One of the newer constructed resorts on the island, The Beach Club offers comfortable yet luxurious accommodations in a private setting.

”RVA and its affiliated properties are very proud of this accomplishment” said Larry Starr, owner and President of RVA. “Recognition by our vacationing guests is the highest compliment we can receive; something we work very hard to achieve. This honor validates our efforts and helps establish us as, yet again, one of the premier vacation options on the island of Siesta Key.”

To inquire about The Beach Club at Siesta Key call 800-237-9505 or visit www.beachclubatsiestakey.com.

About RVA
RVA, Resort Vacations, is one of the nation’s leading vacation rental companies in Southwest Florida.  RVA is the largest management company of vacation condominiums, homes and resort-style properties on Florida’s west coast, based on a portfolio of over 300 units.  The Southwest Florida inventory includes premier beach destinations like: Anna Maria Island, Bradenton, Longboat Key, Lido Key, Sarasota and Siesta Key.

About TripAdvisor
TripAdvisor® is the world's largest travel site**, enabling travelers to plan and book the perfect trip. TripAdvisor offers advice from millions of travelers and a wide variety of travel choices and planning features with seamless links to booking tools that check hundreds of websites to find the best hotel prices. TripAdvisor branded sites make up the largest travel community in the world, reaching 340 million unique monthly visitors***, and 350 million reviews and opinions covering 6.5 million accommodations, restaurants and attractions. The sites operate in 48 markets worldwide.

TripAdvisor, Inc. (NASDAQ:TRIP), through its subsidiaries, manages and operates websites under 24 other travel media brands:

www.airfarewatchdog.com, www.bookingbuddy.com, www.cruisecritic.com, www.everytrail.com, www.familyvacationcritic.com, www.flipkey.com, www.thefork.com (including www.lafourchette.com, www.eltenedor.com, www.iens.nl, www.besttables.com and www.dimmi.com.au), www.gateguru.com, www.holidaylettings.co.uk, www.holidaywatchdog.com, www.housetrip.com, www.independenttraveler.com, www.jetsetter.com, www.niumba.com, www.onetime.com, www.oyster.com, www.seatguru.com, www.smartertravel.com, www.tingo.com, www.travelpod.com, www.tripbod.com, www.vacationhomerentals.com, www.viator.com, and www.virtualtourist.com.

**Source: comScore Media Metrix for TripAdvisor Sites, worldwide, February 2016

***Source: TripAdvisor log files, Q1 2016

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Cedars Tennis Resort & Club by RVA Names Ken Howard to Resort & Club Manager
Posted by Jana Troyer | Thursday, February 18, 2016

Longboat Key, FL (February 18, 2016) – Ken Howard is named Resort & Club Manager at Cedars Tennis Resort & Club, a RVA property. In his role at Cedars, Howard will be the key liaison between guests and members; he will be responsible for ensuring all standards within the Cedars community, manage and oversee of all the daily clubhouse services and activities. Howard’s engaging personality and wealth of knowledge in the hospitality industry make him the ideal candidate for the position.

“Ken is the ideal individual to help drive strong company goals; aimed at member and guest satisfaction,” said Jesse Cook, Chief Operating Officer of RVA. “I look forward to the energy and commitment to excellence Ken will bring to our growing company and the Cedars community.”

A native of Maryland, Howard brings over 40 years experience in the hospitality industry in various capacities; namely with the Manor Country Club in Rockville, Maryland and with Woodmont Country Club in the Washington, DC area. In his spare time, Howard enjoys playing golf, reading and spending time with his grandchildren.

Cedars Tennis Resort & Club is a luxury tennis community on Longboat Key, where world-class facilities, magnificent beaches and tropical sunsets are daily occurrences. This village-like townhome community features spacious living and dining areas and full-size kitchens. Choose from various unit styles including one- and two-bedroom units. There is something to suit every mood at Cedars Tennis Resort & Club – a junior Olympic swimming pool with Tiki Bar, on-site restaurant, Cedars Café & Tiki Bar, fitness center, fishing pier and world-class tennis facilities are just some of the amenities you can enjoy. Cedars units vary in their availability from permanent tenants to weekly vacation rentals. To inquire about Cedars Tennis Resort call 800-237-9505 or visit www.CedarsTennisResort.com.


About RVA

RVA, Resort Vacations, is one of the nation’s leading vacation rental companies in Southwest Florida.  RVA is the largest management company of vacation condominiums, homes and resort-style properties on Florida’s west coast, based on a portfolio of over 300 units.  The Southwest Florida inventory includes premier beach destinations like: Anna Maria Island, Bradenton, Longboat Key, Lido Key, Sarasota and Siesta Key.

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Cedars Tennis Resort Receives USTA Membership
Posted by RVA, Resort Vacations | Thursday, July 23, 2015

Longboat Key, FL (July 2, 2015) – Cedars Tennis Resort & Club attains membership to the United States Tennis Association (USTA). The membership will allow the resort-style property on Longboat Key to apply to host USTA tennis events; introducing our club to tennis players and their families from around the United States. Hosting USTA events allows Cedars Tennis Resort & Club members an opportunity to be involved in mentoring young and up-and-coming players. The benefits don’t stop there, being involved with the USTA offers our tennis professionals access to USTA programming, as well as access to grants and scholarships.

"The USTA membership at Cedars Tennis Resort & Club will draw awareness to the beautiful island of Longboat Key,” said Larry Starr, CEO of RVA. “We look forward to hosting events at our resort, as well as mentoring the future stars of tennis.”

The United States Tennis Association (USTA) is the national governing body for the sport of tennis and the recognized leader in promoting and developing the sport’s growth on every level in the United States, from local communities to the crown jewel of the professional game, the US Open.

Cedars Tennis Resort is a luxury vacation rental community on Longboat Key, where world-class facilities, magnificent beaches and tropical sunsets are daily occurrences. This village-like townhome community features spacious living and dining areas and full-size kitchens. Choose from various unit styles including one- and two-bedroom units. There is something to suit every mood at Cedars Tennis Resort – a junior Olympic swimming pool with Tiki Bar, on-site restaurant, Cedars Café & Tiki Bar, fitness center, fishing pier and world-class tennis facilities are just some of the amenities you can enjoy while staying at this resort. To inquire about Cedars Tennis Resort call 877-670-1778 or visit the website at www.CedarsTennisResort.com.

About RVA

RVA, Resort Vacations, is one of the nation’s leading vacation rental companies in Southwest Florida.  RVA is the largest management company of vacation condominiums, homes and resort-style properties on Florida’s west coast, based on a portfolio of over 300 units.  The Southwest Florida inventory includes premier beach destinations like: Anna Maria Island, Bradenton, Longboat Key, Lido Key, Sarasota and Siesta Key.


The Beach Club at Siesta Key by RVA Awarded the 2014 Award of Excellence by Booking.com™
Posted by RVA, Resort Vacations | Thursday, April 2, 2015

Siesta Key, FL (March 31, 2015) – The Beach Club at Siesta Key was honored by Booking.com™ with the 2014 Award of Excellence for the 2nd year in a row. The Award of Excellence is given out by Booking.com™ to properties annually, in honor of their achievements over the past year as measured by their overall guest review score. The criteria of the award are based on five points of review and include: Hotel Staff, Service/Facilities, Cleanliness of your Room, Location and Value for Money. The Beach Club at Siesta Key was one of only two properties of the 83 represented property count in the entire Sarasota destination on the Booking.com™ site to receive this honor.

“We are delighted to receive this prestigious award, which recognizes the voice of the guest,” said Larry Starr, Owner and President of RVA. “We strive to always offer a first-rate experience to our guests, and this honor validates that our hard work is translating into positive customer experiences.”

White-sand quartz beaches combined with a beautifully decorated, modern resort creates a chic beach destination on Siesta Key.  Adorned in eye-pleasing neutral tones, each unit has a splash of greens and turquoise – perfectly coordinating with the striking hues of the Gulf of Mexico.  The Beach Club at Siesta Key offers studio, one- or two-bedroom units, just steps from the Siesta Key beach.  Each unit features a full-size kitchen with stainless steel appliances, private washer and dryer, large flat-screen LCD TV’s, complimentary Wi-Fi Internet access and iPod docking stations.

To inquire about The Beach Club at Siesta Key, 6732 Sarasea Circle, Sarasota, FL 34242, call 866-355-2170.  Visit our website at www.beachclubatsiestakey.com

About RVA

RVA, Resort Vacations, is one of the nation’s leading vacation rental companies in Southwest Florida.  RVA is the largest management company of vacation condominiums, homes and resort-style properties on Florida’s west coast, based on a portfolio of over 300 units.  The Southwest Florida inventory includes premier beach destinations like: Anna Maria Island, Bradenton, Longboat Key, Lido Key, Sarasota and Siesta Key.


Dave Sherwood Named Tennis Professional at Cedars
Posted by Jana Troyer | Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Cedars Tennis Resort, an RVA Property, Welcomes Tennis Professional Dave Sherwood

Sherwood brings 25 years experience to the resort

 

Longboat Key, FL (September 17, 2014) – Cedars Tennis Resort is pleased to welcome Tennis Pro Dave Sherwood. With 25 years experience, Dave brings knowledge in directing programs, teaching and coaching.

A certified tennis professional for the past 25 years, Dave holds a degree in Recreational Leadership with a major in Tennis Management from Tyler, Texas. Dave has trained and coached several National and Sectional ranked adult USTA teams, as well as designed and implemented several Junior Tennis Academies. His accomplishments include: managing and training over 20 Tennis Professionals, attending over 100 tennis lectures and seminars, being a member of the Wilson Advisory Staff and graduating from Welch’s Har-Tru Court Maintenance School. Previous positions in various capacities in the tennis industry include: Plantation Golf & Country Club in Venice, Florida, Fincastle Country Club in the state of Virginia and Columbia at Antioquia Tennis Club in the city of Medellín, Antioquia, Colombia.

We are proud to have someone with Dave’s experience, aptitude and passion for the game of tennis on our team,” said Trevor Hind, COO of RVA. “He will be a valuable addition to Cedars Tennis Resort and we are excited to have him on board.”

Dave will offer a range of instructional services including, private and semi-private lessons and skill clinics. As an integral part of the Operations Team at Cedars Tennis Resort, he will work closely with the Tennis Committee to coordinate and participate in a variety of round robin and social events throughout the upcoming season at the club.

Cedars Tennis Resort is a luxury vacation rental community on Longboat Key, where world-class facilities, magnificent beaches and tropical sunsets are daily occurrences. This village-like townhome community features spacious living and dining areas and full-size kitchens. Choose from various unit styles including one- and two-bedroom units. There is something to suit every mood at Cedars Tennis Resort – a junior Olympic swimming pool with Tiki Bar, on-site restaurant, Cedars Café & Tiki Bar, fitness center, fishing pier and world-class tennis facilities are just some of the amenities you can enjoy while staying at this resort.

About RVA
RVA, Resort Vacations, is one of the nation’s leading vacation rental companies in Southwest Florida.  RVA is the largest management company of vacation condominiums, homes and resort-style properties on Florida’s west coast, based on a portfolio of over 300 units.  The Southwest Florida inventory includes premier beach destinations like: Anna Maria Island, Bradenton, Longboat Key, Lido Key, Sarasota and Siesta Key.

 

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The Beach Club at Siesta Key Awarded the TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence Award
Posted by RVA, Resort Vacations | Friday, June 6, 2014

Siesta Key, FL (May 27, 2014) – The Beach Club at Siesta Key is honored to receive the TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence Award for the 2nd year. The award celebrates hospitality excellence and is given only to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding reviews on TripAdvisor®. Winners of the Certificate of Excellence are located all over the world and represent the upper echelon of businesses listed on the website, with only the top 10 percent receiving the prestigious award. To qualify for this award, businesses must maintain an overall rating of four or higher (out of a possible five), as reviewed by travelers on TripAdvisor®. Additional criteria include the volume of reviews received within the last 12 months.

“We are elated to receive this prestigious award, which recognizes the voice of the guest and rewards our continued dedication to excellence at The Beach Club at Siesta Key,” said Trevor Hind, COO of RVA. “Our goal is to always strive to offer a first-rate experience to our guests, and this honor validates that our hard work is paying off.” 

White-sand quartz beaches combined with a beautifully decorated, modern resort creates a chic beach destination on Siesta Key.  Adorned in eye-pleasing neutral tones, each unit has a splash of greens and turquoise – perfectly coordinating with the striking hues of the Gulf of Mexico.  The Beach Club at Siesta Key offers studio, one- or two-bedroom units, just steps from the Siesta Key beach.  Each unit features a full-size kitchen with stainless steel appliances, private washer and dryer, large flat-screen TV’s, complimentary Wi-Fi Internet access and iPod docking stations.

To inquire about The Beach Club at Siesta Key, 6732 Sarasea Circle, Sarasota, FL 34242, call 866-355-2170.  Visit our website at www.beachclubatsiestakey.com

About RVA

RVA, Resort Vacations, is one of the nation’s leading vacation rental companies in Southwest Florida.  RVA is the largest management company of vacation condominiums, homes and resort-style properties on Florida’s west coast, based on a portfolio of over 300 units.  The Southwest Florida inventory includes premier beach destinations like: Anna Maria Island, Bradenton, Longboat Key, Lido Key, Sarasota and Siesta Key.


The Beach Club at Siesta Key Awarded for Top Guest Reviews
Posted by RVA, Resort Vacations | Tuesday, February 11, 2014
Siesta Key, FL(February 11, 2014) The Beach Club at Siesta Key was honored for achieving top review scores with the Guest Reviews award from Booking.com. The Beach Club at Siesta Key was one of only three properties in the over 100 represented properties on Booking.com in the Gulf coast area. In fact, according to Booking.com, less than 10% of properties listed from around the world received this award for 2013.  Unlike similar travel review sites, each review submitted to Booking.com goes through a thorough checking process to ensure only guests who have actually stayed at a property are considered. Beach Club at Siesta Key qualified for this award based on consistently achieved outstanding guest reviews, averaging 9.1 out of 10 on the Booking.com site for the entire period of November 2012 - October 2013.

We are delighted to receive this prestigious award, which recognizes the voice of the guest and rewards our continued dedication to excellence at The Beach Club at Siesta Key, said Trevor Hind, COO of RVA. We strive to always offer a first-rate experience to our guests, and this honor validates that our hard work is translating into positive customer experiences.

White-sand quartz beaches combined with a beautifully decorated, modern resort creates a chic beach destination on Siesta Key.  Adorned in eye-pleasing neutral tones, each unit has a splash of greens and turquoise perfectly coordinating with the striking hues of the Gulf of Mexico.  The Beach Club at Siesta Key offers studio, one- or two-bedroom units, just steps from the Siesta Key beach.  Each unit features a full-size kitchen with stainless steel appliances, private washer and dryer, large flat-screen LCD TVs, complimentary Wi-Fi Internet access and iPod docking stations.

To inquire about The Beach Club at Siesta Key, 6732 Sarasea Circle, Sarasota, FL 34242, call 866-355-2170.  Visit our website at www.beachclubatsiestakey.com

About RVA
RVA, Resort Vacations, is one of the nations leading vacation rental companies in Southwest Florida.  RVA is the largest management company of vacation condominiums, homes and resort-style properties on Floridas west coast, based on a portfolio of over 300 units.  The Southwest Florida inventory includes premier beach destinations like: Anna Maria Island, Bradenton, Longboat Key, Lido Key, Sarasota and Siesta Key.



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Win a 5 Night Stay at The Beach on Longboat Key Compliments of RVA
Posted by RVA, Resort Vacations | Friday, November 1, 2013

What you Win:

5 night; 6 day stay in a studio or one-bedroom unit at resort The Beach on Longboat Key!*

 

How to Enter:

1.             LIKE the RVA Facebook Page (if you havent already) (click here)
2.             LIKE & SHARE this Giveaway post on Facebook (click here)
3.             Contest ends at midnight on 11/11/2013

Only guests who LIKE & SHARE will qualify. The winner will be announced on November 12th. Good luck!




*Terms & Conditions: Guest wins a gift certificate for a 5 night; 6 day stay at property The Beach on Longboat Key only. Certificate must be used in its entirety and cannot be separated to multiple stays. Certificate expiration, blackout dates, a 30-day advanced booking requirement, and unit maximum occupancy rules apply. Certificate must be surrendered at time of redemption. In order to qualify, guests must follow ALL entry steps as listed. Giveaway expires at midnight on 11/11/2013. One winner will be randomly selected on 11/12/2013 and contacted at that time. Certificate cannot be redeemed for cash or future stays. RVA and its affiliates are not responsible for lost or stolen certificates.






Siesta Key's Not-So-Traditional Hotel
Posted by RVA, Resort Vacations | Saturday, March 23, 2013


The Beach Club at Siesta Key sits just steps from the white-sand quartz beaches that were named the #1 Beach by Dr. Beach in 2011. Adorned in eye-pleasing neutral tones, each unit has a splash of green and turquoise, perfectly coordinating with the striking hues of the Gulf of Mexico. The Beach Club at Siesta Key offers studio, one- or two-bedroom units, just steps from the Siesta Key beach.

This not-so-traditional hotel property takes the guesswork out of vacationing with your entire family. Traditional hotel rooms provide three things a bed, bathroom and a TV. The Beach Club at Siesta Key provides the three items listed above, but also includes full-size kitchen with stainless steel appliances, dining area, spacious and comfortable living areas, private washer and dryer, large flat-screen LCD TVs, Wi-Fi Internet access and iPod docking stations.
The Beach Club at Siesta Key offers the amenities of a hotel property, but with the added benefits of comfortable living areas, spacious kitchens and numerous floor plans that accommodate up to six people. Gone are the days of budgeting half of your vacation funds to eat out every meal. At the Beach Club at Siesta Key our kitchens are fully stocked, we only ask that you provide the groceries.  Do you ever come home from your beach vacation with sandy luggage from hauling half of the beach in your bathing suit?  Our hotel features washers and dryers in most units, eliminating the need to vacuum your suitcase when you return home. Relax by our heated swimming pool or hot tub and then retire to your not-so-traditional room that provides a home away from home while on vacation.

For luxurious hotel accommodations in a not-so-traditional way on Siesta Key, the only choice is The Beach Club. Visit us online today for rates and online booking capabilities at www.beachclubatsiestakey.com.




Cedars Tennis Resort Welcomes Members for an Evening of Entertainment, Food and Mingling
Posted by RVA, Resort Vacations | Wednesday, December 5, 2012




Longboat Key, FL(December 5, 2012) On Wednesday, November 28, 2012,    The Cedars Tennis Resort welcomed members for an evening of entertainment, refreshments and mingling with their RVA, Resort Vacations team.  Members relished in new menu items that will debut at Cedars Caf & Tiki Bar after the re-launch in mid-December. The culinary treats were prepared by Longboat Keys very own Hal Christensen, of Harrys Continental Kitchens, who is the new managing partner of the Cedars Caf and Tiki-Bar. The festivities were capped off by the relaxed island sounds of Mike Sales, a local musician, who performed live and provided an atmosphere of fun, island flair.

Cedars Resort & Tennis Club features tri-level rental townhouses with one-, two- or three-bedroom units.  Each townhouse in this village-like resort is complete with a fully equipped kitchen that includes a full breakfast bar and spacious living and dining areas.    Cedars Resort offers a junior Olympic swimming pool with Tiki bar, restaurant, 10 Har-Tru tennis courts and Pro shop, fitness center, fishing pier that overlooks Sarasota Bay, along with bicycle availability. 

To inquire about Cedars Resort & Tennis Club, 645 Cedars Court, Longboat Key, FL, call 800-237-9505 or visit www.CedarsTennisResort.com.   

RVA Longboat Key offers numerous homes, condominiums and resort-style properties on or near Longboat Key beaches.  Other RVA vacation rental locations include: Sarasota, Lido Key, Siesta Key, AnnaMaria Islandand Bradenton.  Each Vacation rental is fully furnished and vacation ready.  For more information log onto www.rvafl.com or call 800-237-9505.



About RVA
RVA, Resort Vacations, is one of the nations leading vacation rental companies in Southwest Florida.  RVA is the largest management company of vacation condominiums, homes and resort-style properties on Floridas west coast, based on a portfolio of over 300 units.  The Southwest Florida inventory includes premier beach destinations like: Anna Maria Island, Bradenton, Longboat Key, Lido Key, Sarasota and Siesta Key.

Cedars Tennis Resort Employees Participate in CPR & AED Training
Posted by RVA, Resort Vacations | Wednesday, September 26, 2012


Longboat Key, FL (September 25, 2012) - On Monday, September 24, 2012, eight employees at Cedars Tennis Resort were educated and certified in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and Automated External Defibrillator (AED).  Volunteer President with the Longboat Key Fire Rescue, Jeorge Alvarez, taught the class of eight. To help educate our members and guests, signs are positioned around Cedars Tennis Resort to alert them where the AED is located for future reference and ease of use.

We think this training is invaluable to our employees, members and guests, said Trevor Hind, Chief Operating Officer of RVA.  Should any member or guest ever need medical assistance in the future, I am confident our staff at Cedars Tennis Resort will be able to assist until emergency medical help arrives.

We are committed to providing service levels that not only meets expectations in terms of quality, but assure our members and guests that their safety and well-being is equally important, said Larry Starr, Chief Executive Officer of RVA.  This is one more step in our ongoing efforts to provide a high quality Club experience.

Cedars Tennis Resort features 10 Har-Tru tennis courts, a Pro shop and tri-level rental townhouses with one-, two- or three-bedroom options.  Each townhouse in this village-like resort is complete with a fully equipped kitchen that includes a full breakfast bar and spacious living and dining areas.  Other Cedars Tennis Resort amenities include Cedars Caf & Tiki-Bar managed by Hal Christensen of Harrys Continental Kitchens, a junior Olympic swimming pool, fitness center, fishing pier that overlooks Sarasota Bay, along with bicycle and kayak availability. 

To inquire about Cedars Resort & Tennis Club, 645 Cedars Court, Longboat Key, FL, call 800-237-9505 or visit www.cedarstennisresort.com.  

RVA Longboat Key offers numerous homes, condominiums and resort-style properties on or near Longboat Key beaches.  Other RVA vacation rental locations include: Sarasota, Lido Key, Siesta Key, AnnaMaria Islandand Bradenton.  Each Vacation rental is fully furnished and vacation ready.  For more information log onto www.rvafl.com or call 800-237-9505.

About RVA
RVA, Resort Vacations, is one of the nations leading vacation rental companies in Southwest Florida.  RVA is the largest management company of vacation condominiums, homes and resort-style properties on Floridas west coast, based on a portfolio of over 300 units.  The Southwest Florida inventory includes premier beach destinations like: Anna Maria Island, Bradenton, Longboat Key, Lido Key, Sarasota and Siesta Key.

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Say Cheese!
Posted by RVA, Resort Vacations | Tuesday, May 22, 2012
A special thanks to Krystle Kay Photography for another stellar photo shoot - this time at The Beach on Longboat Key. Krystle has an amazing eye for both commercial and lifestyle photos making her the ideal candidate for our vacation shoots...plus she makes an afternoon of taking pictures so much fun! And we think it shows, so we couldn't help but show off a sampling of our favorites. Now, who's ready for a vacation in paradise without the passport?











Homes, Condos & Resorts...Oh My!
Posted by RVA, Resort Vacations | Thursday, March 29, 2012
Not only does RVA, Resort Vacations offer the largest selection of vacation rental homes and condominiums along the Gulf Coast of Florida, but we also offer the best selection in resort products. Our resort product is classified as nightly rentals resembling hotel-style facilities - in some cases offering daily or weekly maid service, on-site offices, free parking and more - combined with the luxurious vacation experience you've come to expect from an RVA rental. View our current list of resorts and their locations at www.rvafl.com/resorts.

Silver Sands Guest Reviews
Posted by RVA, Resort Vacations | Tuesday, March 27, 2012
Our Silver Sands Gulf Beach Resort website recently received a new feature. Located on the homepage, right under our Quick Search Box, is a rotation of reviews submitted by our guests for your viewing and dreaming pleasures. Visit www.silversandsgulfbeachresort.com today for your own personal piece of paradise!

Green Travel Tips
Posted by RVA, Resort Vacations | Wednesday, February 22, 2012

RVA and our affiliates are doing our part to become more environmentally friendly. In order to conserve water in our resort-style properties, we implemented The Water Conservation Hotel and Motel Program (C.H.A.M.P.). This program helps lodging facilities save water and money while practicing more efficient housekeeping and landscaping.
Also, our in-room toiletries have gone green. This means all packaging is made from recyclable materials, fragrances are created with natural aromas and liquids are completely biodegradable.
 

RVA's Green Travel Tips
  • Turn water heater to lowest settingGreen Florida vacations with RVA
  • Turn off AC/heat or adjust the thermostat to protect plants, etc.
  • Appliances, such as TVs and computers should be unplugged because they can draw or leak as much as 40 watts per hour when they are off
  • Stop your local newspaper
  • Keep your showers short, and turn off the water while brushing your teeth
  • Do not run the linens and towels through the unit washer & dryer prior to check-out
  • Reuse your sheets and towels instead of having them changed every day.
  • When you leave your unit, turn off the lights, TV and radio. Close the drapes to keep your accommodation cool
  • Leave little bottles of amenities in the unit if unopened
  • Keep bar soap wrappers and take used bars of soap home
  • Instead of leaving bathroom lights (and fans) on all night, pack night lights
  • If you purchase a newspaper, pass it on to someone else at the pool or beach, or leave it at the front desk for another reader
  • Buy local souvenirs. Supporting local artists or small shops helps the local economy of the place you are visiting, but it also cuts the cost of transporting the mass-produced souvenirs found at chain shops
  • Pack reusable water bottles and fill up as necessary while on vacation
  • When dining out, only request water if you are going to drink it
  • Help reduce paper by allowing us to email your confirmation and receipts
  • Take only the necessary brochures or maps. Return maps or brochures to the front desk upon leaving
  • Take only photographs. Do not take souvenirs from natural or historic areas
  • Leave only footprints. Take everything out that you brought in with you
  • Pick up at least one piece of litter every day, especially when walking along our beaches

The Beach Club at Anna Maria with RVA
Posted by RVA, Resort Vacations | Tuesday, February 21, 2012
 The Beach Club at Anna Maria has all the amenities of a large resort with the added benefits of a private, uncrowded hideaway. Decorated using clean lines and fresh colors, all while remaining inviting and engaging, this resort includes all that is signature to Resort Vacation Accommodations, a ResortQuest Affiliate. Each unit features a full-size kitchen, private washer and dryer, large flat-screen plasma TVs, modern decor, granite countertops and pillow top mattresses qualifying it as a gold-rated property using property quality standards.

The extravagant lifestyle doesn't stop there - with beach access directly across the street, imagine lazing your days away relaxing in the warm sunshine all while burrowing your toes in the warm sandy beach. At night, open your windows and let the warm Gulf breezes and sounds of crashing waves lull you to sleep. For luxurious accommodations on Anna Maria Island, the only choice is The Beach Club.

Amenities:

  • Heated swimming pool
  • Rooftop sun deck
  • 32" and 42" plasma TVs
  • Pillow top mattresses
  • Private beach access directly across the street
  • Full kitchen with stainless steel appliances and granite countertops
  • Community hot tub
  • Wireless Internet access
  • DVD and VCR
  • Washer and dryer
  • Visit www.rvafl.com/beachclub for more information.

    Silver Sands Gulf Beach Resort with RVA
    Posted by RVA, Resort Vacations | Tuesday, February 21, 2012
    What do you call peaceful pleasure? We suggest walking along a private beach, dipping your toes in the warm Gulf waters or lounging on your private lanai with your favorite book.

    Silver Sands Gulf Beach Resort is located on the Gulf of Mexico on beautiful Longboat Key. Many consider this spacious, well-appointed facility the best on Longboat Key. Choose from the newly renovated resort room, the one- or two-bedroom garden units or the one- or two-bedroom beach front units. Whatever your vacation preferences, this resort has just what you're looking for while using property rating standards.

    Stimulate your senses - from the sound of swaying palm trees to the sweet smell of blooming flowers mixed with the saltiness of the Gulf of Mexico. The tropical grounds at Silver Sands are truly unforgettable - one you've soaked up the calm, turquoise waters of the Gulf of Mexico, you'll never be the same. We are confident that your first visit with us will be the beginning of many more to come. Let us be your home-away-from-home for the most relaxed and enjoyable vacation you will ever experience.

    Amenities:

  • Located on the Gulf of Mexico
  • Heated beach front pool
  • Putting green
  • Shuffleboard
  • Barbeque area
  • Complimentary chaise lounge chairs and umbrellas
  • Daily maid service
  • Laundry facility
  • Wi-Fi access in all rooms, in the garden area and on the pool deck
  • Fully-equipped kitchen or kitchenette

  • Visit www.silversandsgulfbeachresort.com for more information.

    Beach Castle Resort by RVA
    Posted by RVA, Resort Vacations | Monday, February 20, 2012
    Between the azure blues of the Gulf of Mexico, and the Southwest Florida skies, resides Beach Castle Resort of Longboat Key. A quaint 21-unit condominium resort with classic charm, and situated on one of the smallest tips of Longboat Key, Beach Castle offers units with a variety of views including Gulf front, bay front garden and pool views - catering to the most discerning traveler. A secluded hideaway, this vacation spot continues to be the island's premier choice for retreats on exclusive Longboat Key. Equipped with spacious one-, two- and three-bedroom options, this resort offers a laid-back appeal combined with modern amenities and comfortable appointments.

    Located a short walking distance from Centre Shops, where the local cuisine and shopping is sure to please, Beach Castle offers inspired sunsets daily. Ignored by spring breakers and devoid of the garish attractions that characterize many Florida beach towns, Longboat Key is one of the quietest barrier islands on the Gulf Coast - and all the more beloved for it.

    The area beckons everyone from rugged outdoor enthusiasts to refined sophisticates with championship golf, big-game fishing, eco-tours, sailing, kayaking, parasailing, world-class culinary fare and a short trip to the mainland theaters, art galleries, opera, and ballet. No matter what you're into, it seems life's just better on an island.

    Reminiscent of Old Florida charm, Beach Castle Resort is the ideal vacation getaway no matter what your vacation preferences.

    Amenities:
      • Private beach access
      • Full-size kitchens
      • Complimentary wireless Internet by the community pool
      • Barbeque grills
      • Complimentary laundry facilities
      • Heated, community swimming pool
      • Community hot tub
      • On-site office
      • Shared boat docks (by reservation)
      • Tennis court available
      • Private lanais
      • Complimentary movie library
      • Complimentary computer & printer available in office (during office hours)
      • Cable TV
      • Lush landscape
      • Gulf front, bay front, pool and garden units available
      • Complimentary guest parking
      • Complimentary lounge chairs & umbrellas
    For more information, visit www.beachcastle.com.

    The Beach on Longboat Key by RVA
    Posted by RVA, Resort Vacations | Thursday, February 16, 2012
    Located directly on the sands of legendary Longboat Key, The Beach on Longboat Key resort is the ideal foundation for an extraordinary beach vacation. Meeting property rating standards as a gold-rated unit, this resort features comfortable, contemporary furnishings and modern decor in an attractive yet subdued South Beach style. These accommodations are a great starting and ending point for days spent on gorgeous beaches, playing championship golf, shopping high-end boutiques, trying five-star restaurants, enjoying cultural attractions and plain-old relaxing.

    Whether you're a family, honeymooners or on business, this is the getaway you're looking for. Come to The Beach on Longboat Key and have all of the area's best assets - unspoiled beaches, comfort, easy pace, charm and proximity to Sarasota - right at your fingertips.

    Amenities:
  • LCD flat-screen TV
  • Complimentary bike rentals
  • Full-size kitchen or kitchenette with stainless steel appliances
  • Granite countertops
  • Sleeper sofa in most units
  • Private balcony on second floor units
  • Heated community swimming pool
  • Direct beach access
  • Washer/dryer available in some units
  • Coin-Operated Laundry
  • Picnic area
  • Wireless Internet access

  • Visit www.TheBeachonLBK.com for more information.

    The Beach Club at Siesta Key by RVA
    Posted by RVA, Resort Vacations | Thursday, February 16, 2012
    The Beach Club at Siesta Key by RVA, Resort Vacations offers studio, one- or two-bedroom options just steps from the beautiful Siesta Key beaches - rated #1 Beach in the US by Dr. Beach in 2011! This new resort features modern decor, mixed with the youthful attitude of this world-famous destination, making this chic resort one of the most desired accommodations on Siesta Key. Decorated using clean lines and bright colors, all while remaining inviting and engaging, this resort includes all that is signature to the Gulf Coast. Each unit features a full-size kitchen, iPod docking stations, stainless steel appliances and more.

    Your Siesta Key vacation doesn't stop there - with the beach access just footsteps away, imagine burrowing your toes into the quartz-crystal white sands. For luxurious accommodations on Siesta Key, the only choice is The Beach Club.

    Amenities:

  • Beach access footsteps away
  • Heated swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • On-site office
  • Private or community patios
  • Newly constructed in 2009
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi Internet access
  • Full-size kitchen with stainless steel appliances and Avonite countertops
  • Health club affiliation
  • LCD flat-screen TV's
  • DVD Players
  • iPod docking station
  • Washer/Dryer
  • Studio, one- or two-bedroom options
  •    
         Visit www.beachclubatsiestakey.com for more information!

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