We have lived in Florida since 2004. We have lived within blocks of the beach since 2015, when we moved to St. Petersburg. The water and sand are my happy place and my best memories are those that have been spent floating in the ocean or snoozing on the warm beach.
And yet…Lucas and I have taken exactly ONE staycation (before kids) and while we do take frequent weekend morning trips to St. Pete Beach, they usually only last a few hours and don’t feel very indulgent.
So, when Alden Suites in St. Pete Beach, Florida, invited us to a special Blogger Bash weekend — with the lodging, meals and activities included in exchange for us sharing our family’s experience — I was thrilled to accept.
(Please note: I was provided with these accommodations at no charge, in exchange for an honest review, which follows! Scroll down to see how you can get 25% off your next Alden Suites stay and enter to win a staycation of your own!)
A few things to know about Alden Suites:
- It is located on the west coast of Florida, which is very close to the Tampa airport and only about two hours from Orlando and Central Florida by car.
- It’s a Trip Advisor® Award-winning resort, located on four acres of private beachfront
- Each of the 141 one-bedroom suites is designed to be family-friendly, with free Wi-Fi, plush beds, flat-screen HDTVs, fully-equipped kitchens/kitchenettes (ours had a stove and a dishwasher!) and some, including ours, has a private balcony that overlooks St. Pete Beach’s white sand
- There are lighted tennis courts, two heated outdoor pools, a 15-person Jacuzzi and a beachfront bar, and there is no resort fee
- There’s also a laundry facility and a business center
We got to take a tour of the newly renovated cottage-style beach bungalows, too, which feel more like apartments and that we’re now eyeing for our next family getaway.
The activities include kayaking, paddle boarding and jet skiing but our family’s favorites were the yellow cabanas (I read! Actual books! And didn’t get sunburned!):
And the sunset cruise…with Captain Audrey.
We knew we’d have a nice weekend, but it was so much more than we’d expected or even hoped. There was something very restorative for each member of my family, and for our unit as a whole.
I smiled so much and so hard that my face hurt on Monday.
The staff at Alden catered to our every need and often, they didn’t even know we were there for a blogger or influencer event. From the morning greetings in the lobby to the assistance on the beach and at the bar, we loved all of the interactions.
(Audrey especially loved being the center of attention and has already asked when we can go back!)
Now, it’s your turn to book an Alden Suites staycation!
Exclusively for my blog readers, I’m offering a special for your next Alden Suites stay. From now until December 15, 2018, book your suite at the Alden Suites and receive 25% OFF!
Just enter Group Attendee Code BLOGWOW to enjoy a 25% off discount on Alden Suites Beachfront Resort’s oversized comfy suites.
- Valid: September 15 – December 15, 2018 on select suites, based on availability.
- Advance reservations required. Must enter group attendee code BLOGWOW when booking.
- Book here: https://www.aldenbeachresort.com/wow-deals.html
Plus, you can enter to win a FREE two-night stay. The entry form is below:
NOTE: The ALDEN SUITES BLOGGER CONTEST begins on September 9, 2018 at 12:00 am and ends on October 16, 2018 at 12:00 am. The sponsor of this Sweepstakes is ALDEN SUITES BEACHFRONT RESORT (“Sponsor”). By participating in the Sweepstakes, each Entrant unconditionally accepts and agrees to comply with and abide by these Official Rules and the decisions of Sponsor, which shall be final and binding in all respects. Sponsor is responsible for the collection, submission or processing of Entries and the overall administration of the Sweepstakes. Entrants should look solely to Sponsor with any questions, comments or problems related to the Sweepstakes. Sponsor may be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org during the Promotion Period. ?This contest is open to legal residents of the United States of America who are 18 years of age or older. Grand Prize: 1 winner will receive a two night stay at Alden Suites Beachfront Resort (approximate retail value or “ARV”: $500)?. Only one prize per person and per household will be awarded. The Winner(s) of the Sweepstakes will be selected in a random drawing from among all eligible Entries received throughout the Promotion Period. The random drawing will be conducted about 7 days after the Promotion Period by Sponsor or its designated representatives, whose decisions are final. Odds of winning will vary depending on the number of eligible Entries received.?