2823 W Gulf Dr

Sanibel, FL 33957

(239) 472-1353

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The History of Shalimar

Old Sanibel Charm

Settled directly on the soft, white sand shore of the Gulf of Mexico, Shalimar is an Old Florida-style resort of 33 units, offering fun and relaxation in a peaceful, pristine atmosphere. Whether you wish to celebrate a romantic retreat or a family holiday, Shalimar provides quality accommodations for all your needs.

Have the beach at your doorstep in one of the spacious motel efficiencies, or enjoy modern comfort and convenience in a one-bedroom cottage or two-bedroom apartment. All the natural wonders of the island are right at hand, so you can relax by the pool in the shade of lush palm trees, take a dip in the gentle waves of the Gulf, or delight in a spectacular sunset from your balcony.

A Storied Past

In 1986, the cottages acquired new, sloped roofs (in the same style that we see today), and new sidings for the walls and around the foundations, making them easily distinguishable from the similar properties in the area. Eight years later, the property was handed down to Rufus and Violets’ oldest son, David continuing what had become a family tradition.

During a season of fitful weather in 2004, Shalimar was among many properties on Sanibel and Captiva to experience the destructive winds of the tropics. On August 13th, Hurricane Charley delivered abundant rain, sustained winds near 150 mph, and storm surge of approximately 7 feet. Deprived of most of its roof, Shalimar’s motel building sustained extensive water damage and needed to be gutted to its skeletal structure in order to be rebuilt. Everyone’s favorite cottage 7 was nudged off it’s foundation and could only be restored with the help of a crane and some careful maneuvering. 

History & Service

In 2005, Chester and Nancy Niesel of Illinois purchased Shalimar, bringing a playful island charm to its interiors, dedicated themselves to the property’s continual improvement, and making Shalimar’s name better known . Today, the resort enjoys the company of its long-time repeat guests, new visitors from all across the United States, and many adventurers from abroad. We are glad that our guests can learn about and become part of our history!