Golf course, suites to be upgraded at Doral

The Doral Golf Resort & Spa in Miami is renovating its Blue Monster course this summer. The course will see a resurfacing of the greens and an overall upgrade and refurbishing. The Spa at Doral will also refurbish its 48 suites. A highlight of the upgrade will be the addition of new flat-screen TVs. The Doral is also working on a new $25 million, 60,000-square-foot Legends Ballroom, slated to open in early 2007.  Loews' little ones

Loews Hotels has teamed up with Fisher-Price to offer a program for children, Loews Loves Little Kids Presented by Fisher-Price. The program, which will be offered at the Portofino Bay Hotel and the Royal Pacific Resort at Universal Orlando, will include baby and toddler play classes, baby and toddler play equipment and toys. 

So long, smoke

The Radisson Suite Beach Resort on Marco Island has made all of its 233 rooms and suites smoke-free. Daniel Meys, the hotel's director of operations, said that even guests who smoke have been asking for smoke-free accommodations.

Beachfront refurb

The Harbor Beach Marriott Resort & Spa in Fort Lauderdale will undergo a $55 million renovation, including a refurbishment of all the guest rooms; the project is expected to be completed by Sept. 1. The refurbishment includes new beds with Marriott "revive" bedding and flat-screen TVs.

In 2007, the property will double its ballroom space, with a 15,000-square-foot ballroom. The Harbor Beach will move its Cascades restaurant from poolside to an oceanview terrace with a view of South Florida's largest private Atlantic beach. The Riva restaurant will also be moved to a more prominent space in the hotel.

Another renovation

Marco Island Marriott Resort, Golf Club & Spa in Marco Island is undergoing a $150 million renovation that is expected to take three years. The hotel has added a Balinese spa, redesigned the Rookery Golf Course at Marco and refurbished the 32 Lanai suites and the Island and Capri ballrooms.

A new clubhouse featuring the Steakhouse at the Rookery is planned for a summer opening. The North and South Tower guest rooms, the 15 penthouses, the lobby and gift shop are all slated for upgrades. The Quinn pool is being redesigned, and a beachfront Italian restaurant will be added.

Storm safety site

The Monroe County Tourism Development Council, which markets the Florida Keys, has upgraded its Web site with enhanced information sections on visitor safety and hurricane preparedness. Visit

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