Long the leader in high-end destination vacationing on Marco Island in the Naples area, the 44-year-old Marriott Beach Resort, Golf Club & Spa closed in May 2015 to kickstart a $250 million expansion, upgrade and three-phase transition further upward to the JW Marriott brand.
The first phase will be completed by Aug. 1, 2015, when the resort reopens to guests. Upgrades completed at that time will include reimagined dining experiences in some of the resort’s nine dining venues; expanded pool decks and a new tiki bar; a refreshed lobby; and a new porte cochère and grand front entrance.
A rendering of the completed JW Marriott on Marco Island — Photo courtesy of Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort, Golf Club & Spa
New Balinese-inspired décor and furnishings will update the resort’s current 726 guest rooms and include a reconfiguration of guest bathrooms that will make room for larger showers, vanities and water closets.
During phase two, the resort will remain open as enhancements continue through Dec. 31, 2016. The marquee addition will bring a 94-room adults-only Lanai Tower on the property’s south side. A rooftop pool; a celebrity chef restaurant; and a 12,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art indoor entertainment center will debut with the opening of the tower.
Phase three brings the Marriott to JW home base in January 2017. Final touches include a facelift to the resort’s state-of-the-art fitness center and expansion of some of the property’s nine one-of-a-kind restaurants.
The resort will then hold the distinction of being the first JW Marriott beachfront resort in the continental United States. The new adults-only tower will bring the room census to 810 “casually luxurious” rooms and suites.
The property’s stand-alone, full-service Balinese spa and its four swimming pool water features will remain intact and open as phase two and three progress.
Three miles of wide, sugar sand beach and two private, championship golf courses – The Rookery and Hammock Bay – make the Marriott a full-service destination resort like none other in the Naples area.
For families, there are a South Seas-style water feature with slides, all manner of water sports and a kids' club. Retail space and meeting rooms complete this picture of an everything-you-need, fantasy resort.
To keep abreast of the Marriott’s transition, visit www.JWMarco.com.