Boating is every bit as important an aspect of Naples' vacationing scene as the beach. So it's no surprise that Naples Bay Resort - Naples' newest complete resort - has grown in such stellar popularity since it opened in 2008 just east of downtown proper. Naples Bay Resort connects the dots between luxury and nautical. — Photo courtesy of Chelle Koster Walton
By combining a hotel, a private yacht club and a cottage resort with exceptional recreation facilities within an Italian village-motif boutique property, Naples Bay Resort can offer guests incredible amenities that include boat docking, boat and water sports rentals and an impressive recreation and water feature complex. Said complex, a short walk away from the main hotel campus, contains a lush lazy river and four pools - lap, zero-entry for family, waterfall and adults-only -plus an intimate spa, high-tech fitness center, tennis facilities and friendly Blue Water pool bar and grill.
The yacht club is part of the main hotel and includes a handsome, private waterside lounge that opens to all resort guests for a breakfast buffet that includes omelet and waffle stations.
Next door, harbor-side Mereday's Fine Dining manages to reinvent Naples cuisine with multi-course meals serving local and global masterpieces such as foie gras grape mostarda (divine!), braised pork belly with butternut squash puree and triple tail fish with sauce vierge. You can also order a la carte from the menu at the inviting bar in the open, modern dining room.
A Bonefish Grill franchise on property overlooking the marina gives guests another dining option. Both Bonefish and Mereday's are open to the public.
The plushly appointed grand lobby is a precursor to the spacious accommodations with marina and garden views, decorated with Tuscan influences and tropical touches. They range from hotel rooms to one- and two-bedroom suites in the hotel to two- and three-bedroom cottages with screen lanais at the recreation club.
Marble baths lavish with separate soaking tubs and showers, and, in the suites, kitchens are equipped with the finest appliances and tableware. Suites even have washers and dryers - seriously, you'll want to live here! Pets are welcomed with special amenities to the hotel's accommodations (not the cottages).
A free shuttle makes the short distance to the recreation club and also drives (stocked with beach towels and bottled water) to the nearest beaches or downtown to the shops and restaurants of Fifth Avenue South. All of the above is within walking distance - the recreation club a mere 10 minutes away by foot.
Currently the resort is flaunting its finest asset - easy entry into the Naples boating scene - with a Make Waves package that runs through Oct. 31, 2014. The package includes two complimentary cocktails at Blue Water Bar & Grill and the day use of a deluxe 24-foot, 10-passenger deck boat for each night of your stay.
Outfitted with all the bells and modern technology - from digital throttle to a blue tooth sound system - the boats let you explore the local waterways in utmost comfort. Pull up to a patch of beach on nearby unhooked Keewaydin Island, stop at a local chickee hut bar and restaurant on the Marco Island waterfront, cruise Naples' wealthiest neighborhoods to ogle privileged lifestyles or just keep an eye out for wildlife along mangrove-lined waterways unspoiled by development.
The package encourages you to discover the best of Naples worlds from the all-natural to the carefully manicured and nurtured man-made beauty of its architecture and fine living.