Palm Tree Villas on Anna Maria Island: Where Homey Meets Modern

    By Dalia Colon

    Nothing against hotels, but I love homey travel accommodations. So when my friend Diana and I decided to go on a girls' getaway to Anna Maria Island last weekend, we booked a stay at Palm Tree Villas.

    Tucked away on a residential street, the property comprises six units, from studio apartments to three-bedroom, three-bathroom suites.

    Each unit includes a kitchen or kitchenette with granite countertops, appliances and dishes – perfect for budget travelers looking to save on food costs.

    But the villas would also appeal to folks with champagne tastes. When Diana and I stepped into our studio rental, we couldn't stop saying, "This place is so cute!"

    "We try to strike a balance between homey and modern at the same time," says Ashok Sawe, who owns the villas with his wife, Peggy.

    Mission accomplished.

    What's homey:

    • Private patios
    • Free laundry room
    • Barbecue grill, wagons and beach chairs to take to the beach... which is just down the block! (Ask about scheduling a waterfront massage or sailboat cruise.)
    • Gift baskets complete wtih stamped postcards
    • B&B-style guestbooks. (I always love reading those!)

    What's modern:

    • Connecting suites for multi-couple and multi-generational family vacations.
    • Flat-screen TVs.
    • Swimming pool.
    • Solar panels that heat and cool the place.

    "We host a lot of families with children," Ashok told me. "A lot of them will cry when they're leaving."

    I don't blame them.

    To book your stay at Palm Tree Villas, go to or call 941-778-0910.

    Through mid-December, if you book three nights, you'll get a fourth night free. Also ask about these packages – Girlfriends' Getaway, Eco-Adventure, Romance the Soul and Island Getaway – or design your own!

    "This place is so cute!"

    "This place is so cute!"

    Diana Dias

    The sparkling pool at Palm Tree Villas at Anna Maria Island

    The sparkling pool at Palm Tree Villas at Anna Maria Island

    Palm Tree Villas Resort