Since our grand re-opening of Shangri-La Springs to the public in 2011 to the active vitality center we are today, Shangri-La Springs has been making headlines in the news.
Paradise Found in Bonita Springs
You may be familiar with the fictional paradise first described in the 1933 novel, Lost Horizon by James Hilton. Those who lived there enjoyed a carefree, harmonious existence and virtual immortality. Nestled on 8.5 acres between Tamiami Trail and Old 41 (thanks to a recently completed makeover, now known as Historic Old 41), Shangri-La Springs Resort in Bonita Springs has been busy living up to the name, quietly implementing a major restoration of its buildings and grounds over the past number of years. Upgrades are nearing completion and the schedule of events, classes and goings-on is staggering. From yoga, art and dance to healing arts and spa services, there’s something for everyone in search of rejuvenation. It’s also becoming quite the popular setting for weddings and private events. As General Manager and Artistic Director Zawi Borsa puts it, “It’s about bringing everybody together and allowing this property to give back to the community in general.”
From the street, the sign beckons. Turning into the property you instantly begin to catch the vibe. The majestic Great House greets guests out front. Built in 1921 by the Heitman family, the Great House was originally a 25-room hotel designed to house potential buyers of nearby property that they were developing. It was expanded to 50 rooms by a subsequent owner, Walter Mack of the Cadillac family. Proprietors that have followed, right up to the present, have been more interested in developing Shangri-La Springs as a health resort. Among the Great House offerings, says Zawi, are live painting, lunch and dinner service, a bar, and gift shop. There’s also live music.
Feb 8 2017
Children's behavorial health services critical for area
We are so fortunate to live in the thriving and generous community of Southwest Florida. What we sometimes overlook is that there are over 230,000 children living in the area between Tampa and Miami, and many of them are not thriving today. Many of our local children struggle with behavioral health issues such as ADHD, autism, bipolar disorder, depression, eating disorders or drug and alcohol abuse, among others.
Until now, behavioral health services for children in our community have taken a back seat.
With the new Golisano Children's Hospital of Southwest FL opening this spring, a group of concerned volunteers have started a pediatric behavioral health initiative called Kids' Minds Matter — Voices for Behavioral Health at Golisano Children's Hospital. The goal of Kids' Minds Matter is to raise awareness in the community about the need for behavioral healthcare for children and to raise funds that will enable Golisano Children's Hospital to begin providing more comprehensive outpatient behavioral healthcare to the many children in our community.
Feb 8 2017
Celebrate Valentine's Day the Southwest Florida way
When it comes to romance, our area has all the ingredients for an outstanding Valentine's Day.
Take the day to go island hopping. Indulge in a sunset cocktail. Count the dolphins. Escape to a deserted island. Rent a kayak. Take a romantic dinner cruise. Browse charming boutiques and galleries. Walk on shell-covered beaches. Many properties, spas and restaurants are offering romance packages. Check them out here: www.fortmyers-sanibel.com/discover/around-town/romantic-escapes.
Take a trip to Paris for the evening
With a view of the restaurant's own Eiffel Tower, Bleu Rendez-Vous French Bistro on Sanibel Island offers a romantic setting. The Valentine's Day menu offers a choice of New Zealand rack of lamb with dijon rosemary au jus, stuffed filet Oscar with crabmeat and bearnaise, lobster au gratin, and slow-roasted duckling a l'orange. Dine on the patio and bring Fido for homemade doggy Valentine treats. Details and reservations: www.bleurendezvous.com or 239-565-1608.
Celebrate Love at Shangri-La Springs in Bonita Springs
Three dinner seatings, an organic Valentine's menu, live music and a glass of bubbles are enticements at Shangri-La Springs. Spend time under the giant Mysore fig tree or make a reservation in the spa for a couples massage. (Editor's note: as of 1/31/2017 Shangri-La is fully booked for this dining event; walk-ins starting at 7:30pm will be seated on a first come, first serve basis. Learn More)
(Photo: Sugarshack) Feb 3 2017
Shangri-La Springs + Sugarshack: A new tradition for your Friday nights
Sugarshack, a Bonita Springs-based multimedia company, has partnered with Shangri-La Springs.
The pairing makes sense. Shangri-La is steeped in Bonita Springs history. Sugarshack gives that history a modern twist.
You can catch acoustic music at the historic downtown site. Local and regional musicians stop by, thanks to Sugarshack, and play sets of original music. The artists represent different genres, but they all share the passion that makes watching someone create in real-time exhilarating.
The current wave of Sugarshack acts will be featured in a series that runs through April. Shangri-La Springs organic cafe will be serving wine, beer, and food. The scheduled dates are as follows:
- Feb. 10: Soulixer
- Feb. 24: Wilder Sons
- March 10: The Freecoasters
- April 7: Roman Samuels
Older online news items of interest.