Naples is the land of posh resorts. With both The Ritz-Carlton, Naples and The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort – the only city with two Ritz-Carltons – you know that the Naples vacation scene is high end and seriously service oriented.
Vacationing on the beach began 70 years ago with the opening of Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club, which we rank number one on this list for its genteel blend of Old Florida style and contemporary, full service amenities – including an 18-hole golf course, stand-alone spa, tennis, watersports, dining, a free kids club, and a variety of accommodations.
The list picks the crème de la crème from the region’s menu of full service destination resorts – from Bonita Springs in the north to Marco Island, a resort world unto itself. Some of the most popular resorts lie on the beach facing the Gulf of Mexico. Naples Bay Resort, however, is one exception. It appeals to boaters with its full scale marina, complete with boat rentals and dockage.
Many are part of an upscale chain, but some, such as Marco Beach Ocean Resort and LaPlaya Beach & Golf Resort, boast their own unique personalities. We have rated the resorts in the order we feel reflects the best, but ultimately, the guide will lead you to properties that best fit what you are looking for in a fantasy resort vacation.