For beachside bliss: JW Marco Island
You will quickly settle into island paradise at this Bali-inspired beach resort. With equal opportunities for leisure and relaxation, you can enjoy a holiday that’s just as busy or laid-back as you like.
The lowdown…JW Marco Island takes full advantage of the fabulous beach on the western side of Marco Island. Head a few miles off the pristine coast with a charter to snorkel and scuba dive in the local lagoon-like habitats. Back on shore, bask in the sun as you air dry on a lounger or traipse along the sun-kissed sands, intoxicated by the salt breeze. You can also indulge in island life by floating in the Gulf of Mexico on a water hammock or gliding across the waves in a double kayak.
No matter how many calories you burn on the beach or in the surrounding surf, you certainly won’t go hungry at this elegant hotel with 10 restaurants – and a tiki bar. Gorge on local southwest Florida seafood in Maia, dine on sushi at the sophisticated Korals or twirl Italian pasta from 400 Pazzi’s. For smaller bites, make your way to the café or lap up frozen yogurt. If you want to be pampered, arrange an 80-minute treatment in the Spa by JW; or simply nip into the Express Spa without an appointment for a variety of massages, purchased by the minute (literally).
Know this…You don’t need to venture all the way to Key West for sunset celebrations. Watch the sun slip below the watery horizon outside of Quinn’s beachside restaurant and stay for the live Fire Dancer show, which pays homage to the resort’s Balinese aesthetic.
If you tire of floating on incoming ocean waves, paddle around two heated outdoor pools or soak in the whirlpool.
For families: Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club
With an 18-hole championship golf course, water sports equipment, an indulgent spa and a complimentary kids club, this Naples resort will entertain the entire family.
The lowdown…It’s go, go, golf at the Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club. Your children will adore swimming and walking along the beach with the free kids club. They’ll return to you, possibly sporting face paint, and excitedly chattering about their themed adventures and crafts. Teens can take part in volleyball tournaments, beachside scavenger hunts and beach Olympics competitions. Be sure to check the resort events calendar with fun activities for the entire family – like SummerJazz on the Gulf.
And speaking of ‘gulf’, you can putt your sunny days away on the championship golf green. If your score disappoints, head to the 300-yard practice and teaching range. Or take up tennis on one of six hydrogrid courts. Private lessons are available here, too. To stay active without playing sports, drop into the fitness centre for a yoga class or to use the exercise equipment. This hotel will truly satisfy everyone, regardless of age and holiday agenda.
Know this…If you want to the benefit of relaxation without booking a spa session, soak in one of two whirlpools in the Poolside complex. You can also peacefully float in the adult-only pool.
For couples: Inn on Fifth
Lovebirds, check into this classy hotel for a care-free holiday in the heart of Naples. Everything is agreeable here, so chances are you’ll have a harmonious holiday for two.
The lowdown…Experience opulence together on fashionable Fifth Avenue South, indulging in the city’s high-calibre shopping, dining and entertainment from a comfortable base at Inn on Fifth. Walk hand-in-hand along a pristine stretch of sugary white beach – or tee off for a leisurely (ahem, non-competitive) game of golf on the verdant greens. You’ll easily adapt to the local Naples lifestyle.
You can catch all the sun from a lime-coloured lounger alongside the Inn’s rooftop oasis pool – then scoot under a matching umbrella if you begin to turn magenta. Spend some healthy ‘me time’ in the spa; or if you’re too enamoured to leave your partner, book the couples’ treatment room. The two on-site award-winning restaurants, Ocean Prime and Truluck’s Seafood Steak and Crabhouse, serve sumptuous dinners. If you haven’t completely fallen in love with each other over a romantic meal, you will fall head over heels for Florida’s succulent (and sustainable) stone crab claws.
Know this…Upgrade to a luxurious Club Level Suite. In addition to immense, immaculate accommodation in a separate building, the privilege includes a private rooftop sundeck with a whirlpool spa, daily deluxe Continental breakfast, evening cocktails with appetizers and a personal concierge with all the top tips.