Awards and Recognition

Awards and Recognition

Hall of Fame TripAdvisor Award 
100% Superior Small Lodging White Glove Award


"Back roads & Byways of Florida", by Zain Deane. June 2008.

"Irresistible Overnights in Florida" A Guide to the 203 Most Delightfully Different Places to Stay by Robert Rafferty/Loys Reynolds/Travel Writers 4th edition book, Rutledge Hill Press. 2005.

Selected as one of Florida's finest Inns and listed in their Guidebook: "Florida Secrets, Bed & Breakfast & Beyond". 2001.

Selected for: Frommer's Florida 2001 & Frommer's Florida from $70 a Day (3rd Edition) & Frommer's Portable Tampa & St. Petersburg (2nd Edition), Frommer's Romantic Getaways by Co-author Bill Goodwin. September 2001 and 2002.

Written up in "Best Places to Stay in Florida" 5th & 6th edition by Christine Davidson. (an accommodations paperback part of the Best Places Guidebook series published by Houghton Mifflin). September 2000.

Featured in "The Discerning Traveler" (Romantic Getaways Book Series), as written by Linda & David Glockstein. January 2000.


Featured in "Lakewood Ranch Life Magazine" - Great Old Florida Escapes - Spring Issue 2021, Lakewood Ranch Magazine.

Highlighted in "Southern Living Magazine"... as "bursting with charm" In the article entitled "Experience the Vintage Charm of Anna Maria Island This Winter" from Southern Living Magainze, as written by Tracey Minkin. January 2020.

Highlighted in Tubarrio Magazine. November 2019.

Featured in “Family Beautiful Magazine” Travel: The other end of Siesta Key, featured in conjunction with our sister property Siesta Key Bungalows- Ray Collins Spring 2015.

Featured in “Source" Magazine “…The center and widest part of the Island….This is where we found Bungalow Beach Resort, and oasis within an oasis!” Spring Issue of 2013.

Featured in "The Boston Globe", Anna Maria Island: Low-Key pleasures rule on this slice of Old Florida, February 5, 2012.

Featured in the Anna Maria Island Guide Book and Fun Map. 2012.

Featured in Orange Appeal, "Anna Maria Island: Celebrating Past and Present" by Kate Ashby. September/October 2011.

Highlighted resort in "O" The Oprah Magazine – Travel "Sweeps" Giveaway – March 2009.

Featured Weekly "Best" Women’s Magazine | UK Magazine Pat Richardson, Travel Writer. February 2009.

"Anna Maria Island is home to the 1930s-style Bungalow Beach Resort. ... HONEYMOON HOT SPOT Bungalow Beach Resort The bottom line BA Holidays offers a ..." Cosmo Bride UK - March 2008.

Featured as one of two hotels to visit in the United States by the German Travel and Tourism Industry in American Journal. by Holger Jacobs "Charme Im Holzhaus" – Leading German magazine for travelers. January 2008.

Featured in FVW - The Magazine for the German Travel and Tourism Industry. November 2007.
"A smaller yet just as appealing resort rests on the sands of Bradenton Beach at Bungalow Beach Resort. Imagine this, impeccably resorted bungalows nestled among coconut palms and white sand dunes with sea oats right on the beach." Florida Secrets Journal and Destination Guide. Spring 2007.

"Relax in a beachside retreat -- The Bungalow Beach Resort is a beautifully restored complex of 1930's beach bungalows..." Islands Magazine. November 2006.

Featured in Odyssey Magazine, Magazine of the Chevron Travel Club. "Anna Maria Island - The Essential Beach Experience." Summer 2006 .

Featured in Harbor Style Magazine. Charlotte County Florida's Premier Lifestyle Magazine. September 2005.

Listed in Family Circle Magazine for Florida Summer Travel Bargains. April 2005.

Steve Millburg described the resort as, "A cluster of vintage cottages with contemporary amenities, right on the shore. Guests feel like pampered castaways."  Coastal Living magazine. July/August 2003.

Featured in Cross Country as the Inn of the Month, as written by Lynne Konstantin. Country Living magazine. January 2002. 

Highlighted as "a wonderful place" in Coastal Living Magazine as written by Steve Milburg, Travel Editor. June 2001.

Featured in New Ratings for Lodging in the article entitled "The Answer is Anna Maria." August 1999.

Southern Living Magazine. May 1998.

Newspaper Articles

Floridas Versteckte Juwelen” Frankfurt, Germany Newspaper. “We live direct at the beach, in romantic little houses with lopsided floors and wicker furniture. The time seemed to stand still” *Translated from German* April 2016.

Featured in Tourism section of Boston Herald as “place to stay on Anna Maria Island”. September 2015.

"Super Soaking," Anna Maria Island Sun. The article stated, "The free trolley plows through flooded streets." May 2012.

"Holiday Lights," Islander Newspaper. Won honorable mention for Christmas lights. The article stated, "Beautiful and Blue." December 2009.

"I came in search of paradise and found it a haven," a tourist from England had written in the guestbook at Bungalow Beach Resort. Philadelphia Enquirer. Nov. 2007.

Gulf coat island features sunsets and Serenity: Anna Maria Island Enchants visitors with its laid-back ambiance. - Where to stay: Bungalow Beach Resort. Duluth News Tribune. December 2006.

Featured as one of 5 Fab Florida weekends. Miami Herald. August 2006.

"The Bungalow Beach Resort - a collection of 1930s-style white, weather-boarded bungalows on a private powdery beach - is in keeping with the area's Olde Worlde charm." The Daily Mirror. February 2005.

"Each house was a white painted bungalow meticulously restored to its 1930's glory." United Kingdom Newspaper The Daily Mail. August 2003.

Knoxville News-Sentinel "Vows & Wows", Travel Writer Linda Lange recommends Bungalow Beach Resort. July 2001.

Sarasota Herald-Tribune "Southwest Florida shows its good side", Travel Writer Eileen Kelley. June 2001.

American Express Newsletter recommends Bungalow Beach as "Classic 1930's Island Style Resort." April 2000.

Included in "Gulf Islands awash with charm, Old Florida feel" Miami Herald. October 1999.

Photo Shoots

Bealls Department Store - Selected our site for their store circular. Winter 2014.

Tampa Bay 360 - Photo shoot. January 2012.

Linen Source - selected our site for their photo shoot. February 2008.

Casual Living - selected our site for their photo shoot. February 2008.

Orlando Leisure Magazine - selected our site for their photo shoot. April 2005.

Bealls's Department Store - selected our site for a photo shoot. February 2005.

U Magazine - selected our site for a photo shoot for the cover of the Magazine. October 2004.

Venus Swimwear & Body Shop - selected our site for their photo shoot. May 2001.

Calvin Klein - photo shoot on Beer Can Island, for the new cologne "Truth". November 2000.

Eddie Bauer Catalog - selected our site for their photo shoot. 1999.

Related Hotel Associations

Loved by Guests Award from 2021.

Traveller Review Award from 2020.

Recognition of Excellence by HotelsCombined. 2020.

Excellence Award from 2014, 2015, 2016, 2019.

“White Glove Award” Superior Small Lodging. 2014, 2015, 2016.

"White Glove Award” Superior Small Lodging with a Housekeeping score of 100%. Comments: "Has the "ultimate presentation” on bed linens and the comfort that it portrays.” 2010.

"White Glove Award” Superior Small Lodging Overall rating of 98.2% and housekeeping score of 98.2%. Comments: "spacious, light and cherry.” January 2008.

Florida's Gulf Islands, Anna Maria & Longboat Key Newspaper "Thanks for your participation in the Visit Florida FAM Trip. The Journalists raved about your place". Rob Ondo. July 2001.  

"Magical little beachfront gem with old Florida charm and enchanting decor. A romantic ambiance prevails throughout cottage style accommodations that are well equipped with true comfort and relaxed elegance" 
Superior Small Lodging Association. January 2000.

Recognized by the State of Florida as a Romantic Getaway! "Everyone was truly impressed with your property. It is adorable!" Lisa Sloan/USA/FLA. May 2000.

Annual Tour for Anna Maria Island Chamber. 1999. 


Featured in the article entitled "Old Florida at Bungalow Beach Resort on Anna Maria Island" as written for The Suncoast Post. April 2020.

Highlighted in the article entitled "‘Hidden Gems’ of Florida: Bradenton, Cortez, Anna Maria Island" as written by Stephen Fries for the New Haven Register. February 2019.

Featured in the article entitled "Family Friendly Destination: Anna Maria Island" as written by Megan Zietz for The July 2018.

Highlighted in the article entitled “Anna Maria Island a time capsule of simpler times in Florida.” as written by Clifford Pugh or the Houston Chronicle. May 2018.

Anna Maria Island Travel Guide: A Weekend In Florida's Most Charming Beach Town." as written by Melanie Torres for May 2018.

Highlighted in the article entitled "Drink in the laid-back atmosphere of Old Florida." as written by Ruth Brindle for April 2018.

Highlighted in the article entitled "A Guide to Vacationing on Anna Maria Island." as written by Mackensie Graham for March 2017.

ABC7MySuncoast featured an article entitled Busy spring break season means big business for hotels in Manatee County. March 21, 2016.

Highlighted in the article entitled “A weekend on Anna Maria Island, Fla.” The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. January 6, 2016.

Featured on “Bungalow Beach Resort provided for a truly magical family vacation in paradise.” Aug 17, 2015.

Featured on “….White Glove award winner once again…” May 2, 2015.

Featured in an article published on entitled Where to Stay on Anna Maria Island “cottage chic," its lattice-trimmed units evoke the Caribbean in a garden setting on the beach.” December 30, 2013.

Featured in an article by Sarah Kennedy, “Huge Crowds Flood Beaches,” July 6, 2009.

Anna Maria Island was chosen as one of the Top 5 “Hidden affordable beach destinations’ according to May 2007.

Featured on the We Love Our Life website as a great vacation place. 2005.

Travel review newsletter [email protected] wrote the Bungalow Beach Resort “provided sensational accommodations and exceptional customer service.” February 2005 newsletter.


Anna Maria Island made the list of Trending Destinations in the United States, as curated by TripAdvisor. January 2020.

Press Release AMI Historical Society presented Bungalow Beach Resort as its’ 8th historical marker. July 23, 2009.

"BUILDING A BETTER BROCHURE" - Bradenton Herald - "Just as Pace used the technique to showcase the luxuries of Bungalow Beach Resort in Bradenton Beach, right down to bubble baths with champagne..." Dec 2002.

"New Tourism Commercial" Bradenton Herald - "Bungalow Beach Resort, owned by Gayle Luper, was among the properties chosen for a new tourism commercial produced by the Bradenton Area Convention. Jan 2002.

Host Hotel for USA Hockey Inline Championships, USA Hockey, Inc., Colorado Springs, Colorado. 2000.

Richard W. Bass Associates, (Planners/Economists/Appraisers). August 1999.

Ranked the most popular #1 website for Florida Resort Hotel. An "Ask" Website, from search engine which analyzes the sites millions of Internet searches have visited and how much time they spend there.

Island Secret

There is a channel, beyond the swimming area, that serves as a highway to tarpon, migrating south. If you fish there, in late spring and early summer, you are in store for some heavy duty action.