Naples hotels for every traveller

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Title photography by JW Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort. © 2018 Mar

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Naples, Florida is an undeniably ritzy city that features art galleries, chic boutiques and fine dining. Soak up Naples’ equally laid-back and sophisticated atmosphere from a range of lovely accommodation. Whether you’re dreaming of divine resorts for a romantic retreat or family-friendly lodging (that operate kids clubs, thank goodness), this list of Naples hotels will help you select where to stay when you visit Florida.

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.

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If you tire of floating on incoming ocean waves, paddle around two heated outdoor pools or soak in the whirlpool.

  • Aerial view of the Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club. © 2018 The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club.

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.

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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.

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  • Guest room at the Inn on Fifth. © Inn on Fifth.

    Stay on swanky Fifth Avenue South

    In addition to plush guestrooms, the Inn on Fifth also features a resplendent rooftop terrace with pool, loungers and umbrellas.£1363 pp

  • Beach-side food at Rhode's End, Naples Grande Beach Resort. © Naples Grande Beach Resort.

    Floridian fare and other cuisines

    Naples Grande Beach Resort serves plenty of local Floridian specialties, but Rhode's End offers refreshing Greek cuisine.£933 pp

  • Fine dining at The Grill, The Ritz-Carlton, Naples. © 2018 The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company.

    The luxury of choice

    Be spoilt for choice with an abundance of lavish eateries and outdoor activities at this stellar hotel.£2723 pp


For luxury: The Ritz-Carlton Naples

You can expect the very best at The Ritz-Carlton in Naples because this swanky resort has been voted ‘Best Hotel in the US’ for two years in a row by US News and World Report (in 2016 and 2017).

The lowdown…Holiday in style at this luxurious hotel. Each of the 450 guest rooms boasts at least a partial view of the warm sands and shimmering Gulf of Mexico. But because Florida’s serene scenery is so lovely, select a room to enjoy panoramic oceanfront views – even when you’re not on the beach. After all, you can’t be expected to walk on warm sands and laze around next to the water’s edge all day.

If you tire of floating on incoming ocean waves, paddle around two heated outdoor pools or soak in the whirlpool; little ones will adore the interactive children’s splash pool when they’re not at the Ritz-Kids Nature’s Wonder programme. Adult guests can keep happily busy in the spa, ‘vue’ virtual reality area and two 18-hole championship golf courses at the Tiburón Golf Club. At the Ritz, all you need to do is focus on fun. The staff will take care of you with twice-daily housekeeping service, including evening turndown. You’ll never have to lift a finger.

Insider's Tip…If you’ve had enough mingling, request private dining in Lemonía or The Grill. Larger exclusive events can be held in DUSK.

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For affordable luxury: Naples Grande Beach Resort

Stay at this beachfront hotel for luxury that’s anything but stuffy. The sophisticated Naples beach resort still offers a fun, Florida vibe.

The lowdown…Privacy is a luxury, and at this special place, an open-air tram ride will whisk you through 200 acres of protected Mangrove Estuary to reach the resort’s secluded beach. Lounge in a cabana or on a chaise lounge to watch an endless display of gentle waves. For more fun, rent paddle boards and kayaks. Additional water sports, such as jet skiing and sailing, are available through the concierge team. You can even go angling on a deep-sea fishing trip.

Back in resort, you’ll get to experience another luxury – the luxury of choice. You can whoosh down a 100-foot waterslide that twists around a rock tower before cascading into the Mangrove Pool; or you can laze around the chill, adult-only Palm Terrace Pool. The Hibiscus Hideaway pool awaits lap swimmers. Cuisine at Naples Grande Beach Resort offers even greater variety – from local seafood to culinary escapes inspired by the Greek isles and Asian traditions.

Insider's Tip…Are you prone to taking afternoon snoozes in your room on holiday? Request a specific time for your housekeeping service between the hours of 09:00 and 17:30.

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For mid-range budgets: Naples Bay Cottages

The Naples Bay Cottages provide a comfortable, if not completely cushy, home away from home. You may even have more space than normal with two bathrooms and up to three bedrooms.

The lowdown…These cottages are ideal for families and long-term visitors ready to indulge in the Naples’ waterfront lifestyle. Here, you can enjoy your own serene space and the independence of living in your own home, complete with a kitchen area and private screened-in balcony. Savour the wonderful weather during your intimate al fresco meal, and calmly gaze out at the Naples Bay Club over evening drinks.

When you feel like embracing the resort lifestyle, venture to the property’s club and park in a poolside cabana, listening to the two-story waterfall tumble into the zero-entry pool. Cool off in The Pointe pool, overlooking the yachts in the bay, or drift down the lazy river. Adults can enjoy the exclusive ‘grown-ups only’ lap pool and whirlpool. For further relaxation, visit the dry saunas and steam rooms at the fitness centre. If you work up an appetite while exercising, hit up the BlueWater Bar & Grill for fresh salads and sandwiches. Other on-site eateries include the casual Catalina Café, Bonefish Grill or the seasonal 1500 SOUTH restaurant and bar.

Insider’s tip…If you can’t get enough of the water in your waterfront accommodation, head to the marina to rent a boat or request charter services. The Catch & Cook programme takes you fishing; then the captain will filet and clean your catch before it is served to you at the BlueWater Bar & Grill.

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For a budget: Trianon Old Naples

You don’t need to be a billionaire to enjoy the beach. The Trianon Old Naples is proof that Florida hotels – even those in Naples, Florida – can be affordable.

The lowdown…The biggest highlight of this hotel is the location. Just a mile away from Trianon Old Naples, more than nine miles of beautiful sandy beach await you. Dive into a classic Florida beach holiday. Slather on the sunscreen and sunbathe while languidly flipping through a glossy magazine or take to the water and gently bob up and down in the Gulf of Mexico’s azure waters. Even closer to the hotel, you’ll find downtown Naples – and since you saved on accommodation – why not splurge on a divine dinner or sumptuous spa treatment?

In addition to a brilliant location, the good-value benefits also include complimentary Wi-Fi and a modest outdoor heated pool, which remains open year-round. You can relax on a lounger next to the pool or in the cosy lobby lounge, featuring illy Café brand coffee. Later in the day, wine and beer become available. At the end of your day, retreat to your room full of distinctive charm, as evidenced by the old-world furnishings.

Insider’s Tip…Rooms and suites come with standing terrace or balcony, so head out and inhale the fresh Floridian air for a dose of nature therapy.

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