One of the most endearing qualities of a historic resort property is its defiance of order.
“There was no master plan,” says Director of Sales and Marketing Charles Mullins. “As they made money, they added on.”
“They” refers to the Watkins family, who purchased the beach club and golf course that has grown into today’s most iconic Naples resort.
Golf and gulf at Naples Beach Hotel — Photo courtesy of The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club
Occupying 125 acres, the resort today encompasses six buildings with 319 guest rooms; a clubhouse and spa complex; an 18-hole golf course; six hydro-grid tennis courts; a waterfront pool complex completed in 2010; and 1,000 feet of prime, white-sand beachfront.
Continually expanded and improved through the decades, it undergoes a project this year to replace open balconies on the main towers with glass ones by the end of October 2015.
Sept. 19 brings the season’s end of a well-loved, 30-year Naples Beach Hotel tradition: its free SummerJazz on the Gulf series on the resort’s trademark green lawns.
The concert takes once per month from June through September, and guests and residents are invited to attend for free. The resort offers package specials for the event, too.
With its free kids club and casual character, Naples Beach Hotel easily wins over families any time of year.
It also sells its romance factor, averaging four to six weddings each weekend. Couples can enjoy golf dates on one of Florida’s first resort courses, where Jack Nicklaus is reputed to have broken his own record as a child.
The full-service spa has designed packages specifically for golfers and couples, as well.
Signature restaurant HB’s on the Gulf sets the table for romance with stunning beach and sunset views. HB’s serves lunch and dinner.
And as Naples’ only beachfront restaurant, Sunset Beach Bar & Grill welcomes guests and the Naples community for nightly toasts to the sun’s curtain call.
For breakfast, Broadwell’s overlooks the golf course and offers buffet or a la carte options. For bakery goods, sandwiches, pizzas and quick bites, The Seminole Store â€“ located off the hotel’s lobby â€“ opens early and closes at midnight.
The lobby introduces guests to The Naples Beach Hotel's patent brand of old Florida, casual luxury. A fireplace glows welcome. The sea awaits just beyond.
Recently renovated rooms and suites continue the profound sense of place with sliding shutter doors, nature photography by renowned local artist Clyde Butcher and tropical accents.
The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club, in short, is the unpretentious kind of place that makes you breathe a sigh of relief. For so many reasons.