Awards and Recognition


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.

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 2012 Anna Maria Island Guide Book and Fun Map.

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

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 - Mar 28, 2008

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

Featured in the November 2007 issue of FVW - The Magazine for the German Travel and Tourism Industry.

"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." 
Featured in the the Spring 2007 issue of Florida Secretse

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

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

Featured in the September 2005 Issue of Harbor Style Magazine. Charlotte County Florida's Premiere Lifestyle Magazine.

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

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

"A smaller yet just as appealing resort rests on the sands of Bradenton beach at Bhungalow 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

May '98 "New Ratings for Lodging", August '99 "The Answer is Anna Maria" 
Southern Living Magazine

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

Newspaper Articles

“Floridas Versteckte Juwelen” Frankfurt, Germany Newspaper. April 2016. “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*

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

"Super Soaking," Anna Maria Island Sun, May 23, 2012. The article stated, "The free trolley plows through flooded streets."

"Holiday Lights," Islander Newspaper, December 30, 2009. Won honorable mention for Christmas lights. The article stated , "Beautiful and Blue."

"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. 4, 2007

Gulf coat island features sunsets and Serenity: Anna Maria Island Enchants visitors with its laid-back ambience. - Where to stay: Bungalow Beach Resort 
Duluth News Tribune - Dec.31, 2006

Featured as one of 5 fab Florida weekends 
Aug. 6, 2006 edition of the Miami Herald.

"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 - Feb 2005

"Each house was a white painted bungalow meticulously restored to its 1930's glory." 
United Kingdom Newspaper The Daily Mail August, 23 2003 (circulation 2,465,732)

Included in "Gulf Islands awash with charm, Old Florida feel" 
Miami Herald, Sunday 10/3/99

American Express Newsletter 03/31/00 recommends Bungalow Beach as "Classic 1930's Island Style Resort"

Knoxville News-Sentinel "Vows & Wows" , Travel Writer Linda Lange recommends Bungalow Beach Resort, Sunday 07/29/01

Sarasota Herald Tribune "Southwest Florida shows its good side", 
Travel Writer Eileen Kelley 06/18/01


"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.

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

Selected for: Frommer's Florida 2001 (September 2000) & Frommer's Florida from $70 a Day (3rd Edition) & Frommer's Portable Tampa & St. Petersburg (2nd Edition) , Frommer's Romantic Getaways (September 2002) by Co-author Bill Goodwin.

Featured in "The Discerning Traveler" (Romantic Getaways Book Series) (Linda & David Glockstein) January 2000

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


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

Ally Brandon states, “their 15-cottage resort are booked solid and they’ve experienced a 10 percent increase in business compared to a year ago”

Ally Brandon states, “their 15-cottage resort are booked solid and they’ve experienced a 10 percent increase in business compared to a year ago”

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

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

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

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

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

Photos Used by Sarasota and her Island’s and Florida’s Gulf Island’s in showcasing Florida Boutique Hotels to European Travelers. Htt;:// 2005

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

[email protected] Travel review newsletter wrote the Bungalow Beach Resort “provided sensational accommodations and exceptional customer service.” In their February 8, 2005 newsletter.

“A weekend on Anna Maria Island, Fla.”The Atlanta Journal Constitution. January 6, 2016. Click Here 

Photo Shoots

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

Tampa Bay 360 - Photo shoot January 2012.

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

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

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

Bealls's Department Store - selected our site for another photoshoot in February of 2005.

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

Eddie Bauer Catalog - selected our site for their Photo Shoot here in 1999.

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

Venus Swimwear & Body Shop - selects our site for their sportswear line Photo Shoot May 2001.

Related Hotel Associations

2014, 2015, 2016 Excellence Award from

“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 "Thanks for your participation in the Visit Florida FAM Trip. The Journalists raved about your place". Rob Ondo –July 2001

1999 Annual Tour for Anna Maria Island Chamber

Recognized by the State of Florida as a Romantic Getaway! "Everyone was truly impressed with your property. It is adorable!" 
Lisa Sloan/USA/FLA 05/2000

"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: J. Scott Anthony, 01/2000.

96% ranking by Superior Small Lodging in 1999.

Florida's Gulf Islands, Anna Maria & Longboat Key "Thanks for your participation in the Visit Florida FAM Trip. The Journalists raved about your place". Rob Ondo 07/01


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 8, 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 23, 2002

"Quaint, adorable, charming, clean-as-a-whistle, offering small scale comfortable setting for a tropical vacation" 

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

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

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

"Thank you so much for the hospitality. You truly do have a wonderful place. I look forward to returning". 
Coastal Living Magazine, Steve Millburg, Travel Editor, 06/2001


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.