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10 Best Naples Resorts That Fan the Flames of Romance



A resort or hotel is as romantic as you make it. Naples, Florida, gives you the best raw materials to work with as you create romance on your twosome steal-away. Of course there are the westward facing beaches with their promise of afterglow sunsets and long sandy walks hand in hand. LaPlaya Beach & Golf Resort boasts one of Naples’ sexiest beaches with the added bonus of a romantic beachside restaurant lit by torches and a bonfire. JW Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort steps it up with a brand new adults-only wing and curated luxury experience. 

Away from the beach, you are more likely to find intimate boutique resorts where you can settle into your love nest or get out and explore the city, nature or a golf course. Suave Inn on Fifth in downtown Naples appeals to sophisticates who enjoy being in the midst of supreme shopping, divine dining and bustling nightlife.

This lists covers romantic gems in Naples and Marco Island, where amenities such as spas and fine dining are the icing on the romance vacation cake. Some occupy historic digs, which adds another dimension to the romance formula. Whether historic or new, the architecture at many of the properties can sweep you off on a European style adventure with a range from castle-like to a hidden garden enclave. 

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The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, Naples
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Naples' second Ritz-Carlton resort operates amid 36 holes of lush, Greg Norman-designed greens. Legendary golfer Bobby Clampett's Impact Zone Golf experience, a putting course and practice area, and a clubhouse with pro shop make this a complete golf resort. Its symbiotic relationship with its elder sister on the beach offers both properties the most complete menu of leisure activities possible. Guests at the golf resort have access via shuttle to the beach resort's spa, beachfront, kids' programs and restaurants. Its own Mezzo restaurant gives guests a reason to stay on property. A gourmet pastry shop, pool grill, room service and other lounges fill the dining-entertainment bill. The golf resort also has an on-property fitness center, four lighted tennis courses and a pool. Overlooking the greens with private balconies, 295 rooms and suites have it all, from cuddly robes and over-sized marble bathrooms to plush beds and furniture.

Recommended for Romantic Hotels because: Couples who love to hit the greens together will find this to be Naples' topnotch golf resort, with privileges at its sister beach property.

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Naples Grande Beach Resort
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This hotel's 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 for a romantic ritual. Tram service along the boardwalk traverses estuary to Clam Pass Park with all manner of water-sports rentals. 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, a 20-minute drive away.

Recommended for Romantic Hotels because: This place spells class all the way - with beach, spa treatments, fine dining and tennis for couples.

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Olde Marco Island Inn and Suites
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Since the 1870s and pioneer Bill Collier, this location has fed and boarded pilgrims to this part of the world. Back in Collier's day, he advertised rooms for $1 a night, bring your own meat. Today the rooms have moved out of the old inn and into a new extension with spacious, modern suites. It is part of a complex that enfolds three restaurants - the main Bistro Soleil occupies the old inn. The other two dwell among the complex's shops and parking ramps. Since there is no beach on property, the resort makes arrangements to transport guests by boat to a nearby unbridged island known for its superb shelling.

Recommended for Romantic Hotels because: Away from the beach bustle, this historic and intimate property sequesters couples in Olde Marco, where they can easily get about on foot.

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The Inn on Fifth
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In the thick of all the hip action downtown on Fifth Avenue South, Inn on Fifth proves an attractive alternative for nightlifers and metro-types. Located next to the Sugden Community Theatre and in the midst of bars, restaurants and shops, it keeps its guests blissfully sequestered in luxurious, sound-proofed accommodations decorated in chic contemporary style. In 2012, the fashionable inn took another step up with the addition of a concierge-level, all-suite component across the street from the original hotel. A rooftop pool in the inn and hot tub in the all-suite club create quiet retreats. Two on-site restaurants reflect the upscale level of accommodations. Plus there's an intimate spa in the original hotel.

Recommended for Romantic Hotels because: Couples who love the vibe of nightlife and sophisticated dining will enjoy being in the midst of it here.

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Edgewater Beach Hotel
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Edgewater recently underwent a face-lift to its seven-floor tower and older four-story wings that reach out to gorgeous white beach. Naples only all-suites resort, its 125 units contain full refrigerators, microwaves and dining ware in their kitchenettes. The renovation brought cool farmhouse sinks to some of the units and other modern accents. The small touches make the difference here: a complementary electric trolley to Fifth Avenue South, a 2 p.m. cookies-and-milk buffet, bathrobes and a fire pit. Date palms flank the pretty boutique hotel's lap pool and family pool. Coast restaurant serves fresh, new American cuisine in the suave lobby, poolside and beachside.

Recommended for Romantic Hotels because: This boutique property instills the romance of gingerbread trim and sunset beach. Ask about its Romance Celebration Package.

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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 along the Gulf of Mexico. Its golf course - Southwest Florida's first resort course and newly renovated - spreads into town from the resort's west 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.

Recommended for Romantic Hotels because: Its historic texture, beautiful beach and spa add to the romance.

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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 only town that can claim two Ritz-Carlton resort experiences. 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.

Recommended for Romantic Hotels because: Beach, spa, fine dining and the good manners and luxury of another era contribute to a romantic ambiance.

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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. Guests feel the glam the minute they walk into the marble lobby with its sweeping staircases down to the pool and beach level. Upgraded in recent years to the JW brand, 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 water sports options and a great variety of dining. It also offers off-site golfing. Plus the JW upgrade brought, in 2018, an adults-only wing of 94 rooms, a rooftop swimming pool and its own restaurant and over-the-top gaming lounge. Its Paradise by Sirene experience instills a boutique hotel feel in a destination resort setting. Families get an equally all-around stellar experience.

Recommended for Romantic Hotels because: Much more than just accommodations, the adults-only experience is magical.

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The Escalante
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Built on a historic property a short walk from both of downtown Naples' main shopping and entertainment hubs, Fifth Avenue South and Third Street South, as well as the beach, this luxury boutique hotel maintains 10 intimate rooms. They surround a pool, Jacuzzi and fountain framed with lush, flowery, sweet smelling vegetation. Subtitled "A Naples Hideaway," The Escalante is certainly that. The rooms and suites (one to two bedrooms) have private patios facing the pool or courtyard and mahogany plantation-style furniture with armoires and king-size beds dressed with European style linens. Veranda E restaurant serves contemporary, Asian style cuisine with French flair. The spa and beach fitness classes inject a wellness element.

Recommended for Romantic Hotels because: This boutique enclave exudes romance from its gardens to its thoughtfully decorated suites.

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LaPlaya Beach & Golf Resort - A Noble House Resort
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LaPlaya's gracious and newly remodeled lobby, Thai spa, exercise room, rocky waterfall pool, pool bar and trendy beachfront restaurant put it on par with Miami Beach's boutique hotels. Rooms show a meticulous attention to detail; some have Jacuzzis with sea views, and all are luxurious with four-poster beds, fine bed linens, goose-down pillows, private balconies and marble baths. Of its 189 units, 141 face 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 sand that gives way to the property's lush tropical pool and garden.

Recommended for Romantic Hotels because: It offers one of the area's best resort beaches and intimate beach dining experiences.

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