Bring the Kids: Top Places to Stay with the Family in Naples



Don't let family vacation time intimidate you; travel with the whole crew and stay at one of many family friendly hotels throughout the Naples area, including Bonita Springs, Marco Island and Everglades City. Many of the local resorts run kids programs so that you and your spouse can have some together time while the little ones stay happily occupied, supervised and safe. Check out the kids clubs at the Naples Beach Resort and Golf Club in Naples or the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort & Spa in Bonita Springs, for example. Others have fun activities you can enjoy as a family on property or nearby. Kids love the beach, and Naples' inventory includes a number of resorts located right on the Gulf of Mexico or within a quick shuttle ride to get there. If you are looking for affordability, you will probably want to shop in areas that do not have beachfront. None of them are a far ride from the beach, however. Other family amenities include restaurants with kids menus, family sized units, babysitting, family pools with slides and other water features, and golf and tennis lessons. This list narrows down the Naples area lodging options to the best bets for families traveling with kids in tow. 



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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. It is more compact and elegant, although it feels a bit cramped with 12 stories shoe-horned in between condo buildings. One of its greatest assets, Tuscan-style Sale e Pepe overlooks the beach with indoor and outdoor seating. The sumptuous guest rooms all face the gulf with fully equipped kitchens. The swimming pool and its pool bar are elevated to a fifth-floor rooftop. Guests have club privileges at a nearby golf and tennis facility.


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Everglades Area
Rod and Gun Club
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Steeped in history and outdoorsmanship, this circa-1864 lodge crowns a modest town that serves as Naples' gateway to the Everglades. The club's main building was built as luxury pioneer-era housing. The Old South-style mansion came under the ownership of the county's developer and namesake, Barron Collier, who turned it into a fishermen's and hunters' haven during the 1920s. A sportsman's lodge in the finest sense, its cypress walls still display mounted fish, animal heads, a gator hide and tools of the fishing trade. Seventeen rooms in tin-roofed cottages scatter around the clapboard lodge with its wraparound veranda and yellow-striped awnings. The rooms are furnished for function rather than pampering - TV, paddle fan, fridge and air-conditioning are the extent of luxury. The club's restaurant specializes in local delicacies and will cook your catch for a nominal fee. Rock waterfalls decorate the swimming pool deck off the dining room.


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Naples Bay Resort
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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 docking (also rentals) and a playtime complex. Said complex, a short walk away from the main resort, 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 and friendly pool bar and grill. The yacht club is part of the main hotel and includes a handsome, private waterside lounge that is open to guests for buffet breakfast. Harbor-side, 1500 South restaurant is scheduled to open this winter for fine dining. Plushly appointed accommodations range from hotel rooms to one- and two-bedroom suites to cottages. A free shuttle makes the short distance to the recreation club and also drives (stocked with beach towels and bottled water) to the beach.


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LaPlaya Beach & Golf Resort - A Noble House Resort
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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 Jacuzzi tubs with sea views, and all are luxurious with four-poster beds, fine linens, goose-down pillows, private balconies, and marble baths. Of its 189 units, 141 are beachfront with private balconies. The "golf" part of the name refers to privileges on a course 15 minutes away. The "beach" part is obvious--a delicious slice of sands that gives way to the property's lush tropical poll and garden.


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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 estuaries.Luxurious but beach casual, the resort's style impresses from the moment you walk through the front door into the sleek, chic lobby. Outside, the family pool, one of three, has a 100-foot water slide and private cabanas. Families can engage their offspring in the fine kids' program while they hit the spa or golf course. Tram service along the boardwalk traverses estuaries to Clam Pass Park with all manner of water-sports rentals and a Greek eatery. Fifty luxury bungalows edge the tennis courts; another 395 rooms and 29 suites overlook the gulf. All are spacious and furnished with a dry bar, walk-in shower, soaking tub and class. Guests enjoy privileges at the private 18-hole Naples Grande Golf Club.


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Park Shore Resort
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You feel as though you are part of the local population when you stay at this lovely property, tucked into a pretty Naples neighborhood north of the downtown area. The Park Shore Resort offers self-catering condominiums with full kitchens. Beautiful grounds surround the condo buildings, which lie only a short distance from the closest beach. The pool and its craggy waterfall, a hot tub and a sunning area occupy an island set in the midst of a fountained lake in the midst of the condo buildings . You will also find the property's popular Island Pub there. Leisure facilities include tennis courts, racquetball, volleyball and basketball.


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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 Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort shares amenities with the original beach property, meaning guests can take advantage of 36 holes of elite golf and a well-reputed golf school. The list of amenities ranges long and wins the resort all the kudos and awards the industry affords. An estuary boardwalk leads to its gorgeous white-sand beach. Its spa is extraordinary, with its own juice bar/healthy cafe. Service, fine dining, outstanding family programming, the highest quality room appointments and amenities, and a feel of privilege put the "ritzy" in the experience.


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JW Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort
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The biggest resort on Marco Island also happens to be its best in many ways. Poised to transition into a JW Marriott by 2017, the resort 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 water sports options and great dining. It also offers two off-site golf courses. Guests feel the glam the minute they walk into the marble lobby with its sweeping staircases down to the pool and beach level. Families enjoy the slide pool, a pizza parlor, a game room with table tennis and a remarkable kids' program.


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Naples Beach Hotel and Golf Club
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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 the resort's four restaurants overlook the greens. Its most popular dining venue sits between its pool and beach. HB's on the Gulf stays lively with drinkers and diners daylong, but especially come sunset. The resort caters equally to business and leisure travelers, particularly families in the latter category with its free kids program. A fitness center, Har-Tru tennis courts and water sports rentals complete the recreational options here. Naples' oldest resort keeps up with the times with full-service amenities.


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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 must take a quick ferry ride to reach the beach on a private island. There's plenty of water to play in besides the sea, however, as the resort boasts a number of lovely pools including one with a corkscrew slide and another with a lazy river. Its many restaurants and bars provide a wide array of food and beverage options. Families especially like the pool bar, the kids club, the s'more fire pits and a number of water sports rentals and tours.


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