Travel Weekly's Sabina Rubbinaccio visited the Naples Beach
Hotel & Golf Club in Naples, Fla., earlier this spring. Her
NAPLES, Fla. -- The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club offers
something for everyone, from a new spa and fitness center to a
refurbished conference and meeting space.
Owned and managed by Michael E. Watkins, whose grandfather
started the business more than 50 years ago, the 318-room property
features a beachfront swimming pool, a tennis center and an 18-hole
In-room amenities include cable television, a safe, a
refrigerator and two telephones with voice mail and modem
A full-service spa and fitness center was added last year, at a
cost of about $18 million. The price tag also covered the addition
of a clubhouse and renovations to the golf course.
The spa contains nine treatment rooms, and guests can choose
from a variety of massages, body treatments and skin-care services
featuring natural products.
Saunas, steam rooms, whirlpool baths and a full-service beauty
salon round out the options.
A nice touch is the selection of herbal teas, spring water and
fresh fruits available to guests either before or after their
As I listened to the sound of ocean waves, I sampled a full
Swedish body massage with warm oils. The cost of my Relax &
Release Swedish massage was $85 for 50 minutes.
I also chose a Gentle Indulgence Facial, which is designed for
sensitive, sunburned and fatigued skin. That cost $70 for 50
Guests opting not to indulge in spa treatments are charged a fee
for using the exercise and spa facilities, ranging from $10 to $25
for a full day.
For business travelers, the resort refurbished its conference
and meeting space.
Equipped to handle meetings of up to 750 in the largest of two
ballrooms, the resort also contains two boardrooms and up to 16
Beachfront meeting facilities include the Garden Terrace, which
can accommodate 50 people for meetings or dinner.
Guests are welcome to bring their children -- the Kids Club for
youngsters ages 5 to 12 keeps the little ones happy with a range of
During my visit, I popped in at the Kids Club and found a group
of children enjoying themselves. In fact, it looked as if they
didn't want to leave.
While Mom and Dad enjoy activities of their own, such as tennis,
golf or the spa, the children are looked after from 9 a.m. to 3
Options include arts and crafts, beach activities and movies.
For a nominal fee, lunch is provided. Also, a "kids' night out,"
consisting of dinner, a movie and games, is available on Friday and
Saturday evenings. Baby-sitting can be arranged for a fee.
Through Sept. 26, nightly rates start at $165 for guest rooms
and $230 for suites. Rates are per room, double. For more details,
call (800) 237-7600 or log on to www.naplesbeachhotel.com.