10Best 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. 


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. A putting course and practice area and a clubhouse with pro shop make this a complete golf resort. In 2021, the resort opened a new water park with slides, a lazy river and other splashy features including Ria, an upscale pool bar and grill, and private cabanas. 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 Lemonia restaurant serves breakfast and brunch overlooking the greens, plus Ria, the lobby lounge and a coffee shop complete the food and beverage scene. The golf resort also has an on-property fitness center and four lighted tennis courses. 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, dramatic 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 accommodations 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. Although there's no beach here, it has an old-island neighborhood feel and on-property swimming pool create an entirely unique experience.

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 a chic contemporary style. Lining both sides of the street, the original facade feels boutique, while a concierge-level, all-suite component creates a different experience. A newly upgraded rooftop pool deck with a bar in the inn and hot tub in the all-suite club provide 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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Suites with top of the line stainless steel kitchen appliances, glass mosaics and a soothing color palate mimic their views of sea and sand. Naples only all-suites resort, its 125 units contain full refrigerators, microwaves and dining ware in their kitchenettes. You will find cool farmhouse sinks to some of the units and other modern accents. The small touches make the difference here: a complimentary 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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If you want the same wide beach as the nearby JW Marriott resort, but prefer more intimacy and exclusivity, Marco Beach Ocean Resort is the place to book. It is more elegant, although it feels a bit cramped with its 12 stories shoe horned in between condo buildings. One of its greatest asset, 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.

Recommended for Romantic Hotels because: A Tuscan-style restaurant, beautiful beach and intimate 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-Carlton hotels 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. JW 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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Old Naples
The Escalante
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Built on a historic property a short walk from both 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 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 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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