Naples, Florida, Resorts & Hotels

by Cicely A. Richard

Local legend states that Naples got its name in the 1880s, when a Fort Myers land broker compared the tropical city to Naples, Italy. Resorts and hotels in this Florida city maintain the essence of Italy, featuring Mediterranean and Italian architecture and palatial gardens with ornate fountains and statues. Award-winning resorts sit on the coastline, where guest are within walking distance of the quartz beaches of the Gulf of Mexico.

AAA Five Diamond

The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort features a Mediterranean-style building and a palatial property with sculptured plants and fountains. The resort provides shuttle service to its sister hotel, The Ritz-Carlton, Naples. The Tiburon Golf Course consists of 36 holes with natural water hazards, including wetlands. The natural landscape of the course has helped it become a Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary. On-site recreation also includes four tennis courts, a heated outdoor pool and a fitness center. Guest rooms have 37-inch LCD flat-screen televisions with on-demand videos. The Ritz-Carlton, Naples features three miles of beachfront property and, like its sister hotel, it maintains a Mediterranean atmosphere with sculptures surrounded by tropical plants. Its Nature’s Wonders program teaches children about Florida’s ecosystem. The hotel has two outdoor pools and a children’s pool.

AAA Four Diamond

Bellasera Hotel resembles a Tuscan village, boasting Italian architecture and a courtyard with fountains, a waterfall and tropical plants. The hotel has a Mediterranean-style heated outdoor pool with cabanas, and guests receive poolside food and drinks. Hotel amenities include spa services, a fitness center and 24-hour room service. A concierge arranges golf outings, fishing trips and eco-tours. Zizi Restaurant serves Mediterranean cuisine. Guest suites have full kitchens, washer/dryers and safes. Naples Grande Beach Resort sits on 23 acres of beachfront property, complete with a Zen garden. The resort has three pools, including the Mangrove Pool with a 100-foot water slide. The kids club provides supervised activities for 4- to 12-year-olds, such as movie nights and dinner. Hotel amenities include babysitting, and on-site activities consist of 15 tennis courts and an 18-hole golf course. Select suites have furnished terraces, outdoor living spaces and spa bathrooms.

Pet-Friendly Hotels

Residence Inn Naples is one mile from the Gulf of Mexico and offers free shuttle to the Naples Airport. It accepts pets for a nonrefundable sanitation fee, and amenities include babysitting, grocery shopping service and concierge service. All suites have full kitchens, living rooms with sofa beds, two telephones and 37-inch LCD televisions. Red Roof Inn & Suites overlooks Brookside Marina and allows one pet per room at no additional fee. Guests get discounts on Everglades Airboat tours and trips to Naples Zoo, and privileges to Retro Fitness. The marina also has rental boats. Select rooms have refrigerators.

Airport-Area Hotels

Bayfront Inn 5th Ave is in downtown by the marina and features Caribbean decor. It is only two miles from Naples Municipal Airport and provides shuttle service. On-site amenities include a waterfront restaurant, a heated pool, spa and babysitting. The marina offers boat rentals and boat charter services. Rooms and suites overlook the marina and have 37-inch LCD flat-screen televisions. The Inn on Fifth is two miles from the airport and one block from the Gulf of Mexico. This family-friendly hotel is next to Cambier Park, which offers a playground, 10 tennis and basketball courts, and covered picnic areas. Its Spa on Fifth uses organic spa products, and guest rooms feature bathrooms with Italian marble.

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