Florida Marriott undergoes renovation


PONTE VEDRA BEACH--Renovation on 160 villas at the Marriott at Sawgrass here is expected to be completed by the end of the year, according to a spokesperson.

These villas will have full kitchens and are designed for families and others who have booked extended stays.

In keeping with the resort's informal sports theme, guest rooms have a more relaxed decor. Egret desk lamps have three-way light switches to help provide a user-friendly setting.

The renovation follows several upgrades of the 4,800-acre, 348-room resort's facilities, according to Chris Bracken, director of marketing.

Although the Sawgrass Marriott has obvious appeal to families, meetings are responsible for up to 75% of its business, Bracken said. The Sawgrass Marriott has 40,000 square feet of meeting space. An expansion will add another 8,000 square feet this year. Groups of up to 700 can be housed at the property, with discounts of up to 20% available, according to Bracken.

Another recent renovation was made at the Cabana Club, which guests use for ocean access. A $1 million upgrade included a face-lift of a more formal Oceanview restaurant and the casual Sea Porch. One of the hotel's most memorable features is the 70-foot-high atrium lobby and an outside waterfall.

The Sawgrass Marriott offers guests 99 holes of golf, featuring the scenic yet very difficult 17th hole of the Tournament Players Club (TPC) course. Each year divers retrieve 100,000 golf balls from the waters surrounding it.

Although guests can book tee times at the TPC, the resort's Valley course is well-maintained and less crowded. The Valley has water on each hole.

The resort also features 19 tennis courts with four different surfaces, including grass courts. Guests pay $15 to play all day if they wish.

The resort also has horseback riding on the beach, children's programs, three pools and 2.5 miles of beach. Many guests visit nearby St. Augustine and the Castillo de San Marcos National Monument, which overlooks Matanzas Bay.
Marriott at Sawgrass
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