Naples Resorts: Seasons in the Sun, Sand and Surf

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.

One of Marco Island's hotel trinity - along with the Marriott and Marco Beach Ocean Resort - on its wide, crescent beach, the Hilton is the smallest and, relatively speaking, most modest. The pool deck and, just steps away, the beach are the...  Read More

If you want the same wide beach as the nearby Marriott resort, but prefer more intimacy and exclusivity, Marco Beach Ocean Resort is the place to book. It is more elegant, although it feels a bit cramped with its 12 stories shoe horned in...  Read More

The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, Naples
Photo courtesy of The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort

Naples' second Ritz-Carlton resort operates amid 27 holes of lush, Greg Norman-designed greens. The Rick Smith Golf Academy, a putting course and practice area, and a clubhouse with pro shop make this a complete golf resort. Its symbiotic...  Read More

Naples Grande Beach Resort
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This hotel recently underwent an $18 million makeover and is once again Naples Grande, following its tenure as Waldorf Astoria Naples. Its distinctive red-capped tower, villas and 15 Har-Tru tennis courts dominate north Naples's mangrove-fringed...  Read More

Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort & Spa
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Rising along bay waters in the north Bonita Springs area, it offers full-service golf, spa and recreational amenities in a beautifully appointed and landscaped package. Guests take a quick ferry ride to reach the beach on a private island....  Read More

The Ritz-Carlton, Naples
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The Ritz-Carlton changed the face of the Naples resort scene when it came to town in 1985. Now there are actually two Ritz-Carltons in Naples, the only town that can make that claim. The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort shares amenities with the...  Read More

LaPlaya Beach & Golf Resort Naples
Photo courtesy of LaPlaya Beach & Golf Resort Naples

LaPlaya's gracious Southern-style lobby, Thai spa, exercise room, rocky waterfall pool, pool bar and trendy restaurant menu put it on par with Miami Beach's boutique hotels. Rooms show a meticulous attention to detail; some have Jacuzzis...  Read More

Marriott Beach Resort Marco Island
Photo courtesy of Chelle Koster Walton

The biggest resort on Marco Island also happens to be its best in many ways. It spans a long spread of wide, sugar-sand beach. It has the best swimming pool features, the most full-service spa, some of the island's best shops, a full range of...  Read More

Naples Bay Resort
Photo courtesy of Naples Bay Resort

Naples's newest resort, swank and boating-oriented,opened in 2008. By combining private yacht and recreation club settings with an Italian-motif boutique property, Naples Bay Resort can offer guests incredible amenities that include boat...  Read More

The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club
Photo courtesy of Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club

This resort, which dates back to the 1940s, is located on 100-plus acres of serenity on the Gulf of Mexico. Its golf course - Southwest Florida's first resort course - spreads into town from the resort's east side. A full-service spa and one of...  Read More


Meet Chelle Koster Walton

Chelle Koster Walton – the Local Expert for Naples, Florida and the Caribbean – has been covering the destination for 30 years. Her top-selling Sarasota, Sanibel Island, and...  More About Chelle

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