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Naples is best known a popular playground for the privileged.

Celebrating the good life is the dominating theme for this destination.

Every sunrise and sunset is a reason for indulgence. And, you won’t find Naples lacking in delightful distractions. From the area’s white sand beaches and crystal clear waters, deliciously divine dining districts, sophisticated shopping and world class water recreation, it is a without a doubt a paradise found. This easily explains why so many millionaires and billionaires call Naples home at least 10% of the time. But be forewarned, when “Season” hits – as early as October – the population nearly quadruples overnight. Snagging a parking spot at the beach or making a dinner reservation can be a real challenge.

But, with the bad comes the good. More people mean more action. Naples comes alive!

There are outdoor events, a robust performing arts and entertainment schedule and lively interaction 24/7 with people watching is at its height!

You can opt to join in with the return migration flock frenzy from late October to April or choose a relaxing and quiet summer sojourn sans the crowds and elevated room rates.

It is a trade-off that should not forget to factor in Florida weather. Remember to book summer vacation travel in early May or late September to avoid the heat and afternoon rain storms.

Fast Fact: In 2011, U.S. News & World Report ranked Naples as the #5 most relaxing beach in the USA and Caribbean.

No matter the season or weather, The Naples Bay Resort, a Four Diamond luxury property, graciously welcomes guests year round.

The property overlooks the Naples Bay Marina. The Tuscan-style architecture and layout is reminiscent of a beautiful Italian Village that one might find on Sardinia’s Costa Smeralda or the Amalfi Coast. The 97-slip marina features a promenade speckled with retail shops and casual eateries. And, just outside the resort complex, travel 3 blocks north to find Tin City, a popular entertainment and dining haunt on the Gordon River, named for its tin-roofed buildings. Once a clam shelling and oyster processing center, Tin City is now home to a cluster of souvenir shops, seafood restaurants and boat tour operators.

Depart Tin City and walk another 15 minutes and you will discover Naples’ famous Fifth Avenue. The Avenue is an engaging epicenter of fabulous food, fun and eclectic shopping upstaged only by its elegant elder, Old Naples on Third Street South, the local high-brow historic downtown district featuring upscale dining, designer boutiques and art galleries. Third Street South boasts its very own Street Concierge, a information booth with maps and friendly staff to help you find your way.

The Naples Bay Resort is a perfect home base for an Naples vacation escape, close to everything but tucked away for a personal, private and a pampered luxury experience.

Upon entering , guests are greeted by a stylish and intimate two-story lobby dressed in marble and mosaic tile, scroll wrought iron railings and a stunning Chihuly-inspired glass chandelier. The ambience is warm and inviting. The attitude is refined with a subtle air of sophistication that makes one always feel special. The attentive staff includes a Personal Luxury Representative, a cross between a butler and a guardian angel, who diligently works to make all your vacation dreams come true.

The resort offers several options for your stay. The main hotel features 65 over-sized suites with galley kitchens and 20 king superior guest rooms. Families or groups may prefer The Cottages, 2-3 bedroom condo style homes ranging from 1,400 to 1900 square feet, which offer a comfortable blend of residential and resort living.

All accommodations have full access to a 15,000 square foot clubhouse complete with fitness center, three pools, tennis center and full service spa.

Resort Highlights & Amenities:

  • Designer décor and accents
  • 65 Suites /20 Superior Rooms/44 Cottages
  • Balconies with water views
  • Soaking tub & separate enclosed shower
  • Hairdryers and signature bath essentials
  • Luxe bedding and pillow top mattress
  • Plush guest robes (Hotel guestrooms & Suites)
  • Two-line telephone per bedroom with voicemail and complimentary local/ toll free calls
  • Wireless internet
  • Iron & ironing board
  • In-room safe & coffee maker
  • BOSE Wave entertainment center
  • Valet laundry service (fees apply)
  • Mini refrigerator provided in Hotel guestrooms
  • Gourmet kitchens & washers and dryers (Suites & Cottages)
  • Full selection of cable channels
  • Large flat screen television in every bedroom and in living room (Suites & Cottages)
  • Pet Friendly with No Fee ( up to 40lbs / $100 refundable deposit/ special overnight comfort packages)
  • Marina with overnight & seasonal slip rental, charter boat services and fleet of recreational rentals from bikes to kayaks
  • Marina Ship Store offering fishing equipment, live bait, boating apparel, snacks and refreshments
  • Resort Shuttle ( Downtown & Beaches)
  • Buffet Breakfast at the Hotel Yacht Club (Daily: 8-11 am)
  • BlueWater Bar & Grille Poolside Restaurant ( Lunch & Snack Menu)
  • Meeting/Conference Space (3,300 square feet)

Room/Suite/*Cottage Rates: Low Season- $159-$309/High Season- $339-$519

*Cottages require a minimum 6 night stay

Location: 1500 Fifth Avenue South; Naples, Florida 34102

40 Minutes south of SW Florida International Airport (RSW)/ 10 Minutes from Naples Municipal Airport/120 Miles west of Miami.

For more information and special promo packages, visit The Naples Resort Website or contact reservations at 866-605-1199.

Best Bets:

  • Naples Botanical Garden: A world-class 170-acre garden paradise featuring cultivated tropical gardens representing plants and cultures from around the globe and restored native Florida habitats. Families will delight in the Butterfly House, Splash Court, Tree House and the children’s garden kid-size exhibits. Daily Guided Tours (November-April).
  • Pure Naples: Cruise and water adventure tour operator offering fishing charters, dolphin/eco-cruises and jet ski/boat rentals. The Pure Naples’ Sunset Cruise is not to be missed. Board the double decker M/V Sunshine for a unique 1.5 hour narrated tour and the best vantage point for checking out mansions, dolphins, bald eagles and more!
  • Audubon’s Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary: A unique 13,000-acre environmental learning center and refuge 30-40 minutes north of downtown Naples. The Gateway to the Everglades. A magical walk on the 2.5 mile boardwalk will awaken the senses. Serenity seekers, nature lovers and birders will be awestruck by Corkscrew’s 500 year old forest of giant bald cypress, wetlands, wildlife and overall bio-diversity. Be sure to bring along a camera to capture the spectacular scenery.
  • Naples Pier: A community landmark since 1888. The pier, a favorite fishing spot (no license required), extends 1,000 feet into the Gulf of Mexico surrounded by an expansive public beach area. Metered street and lot parking nearby. Walking distance to Old Naples Third Street South shops and dining.
  • Naples Trolley Tours: Take a break from driving and explore Naples aboard a vintage trolley. Naples Trolley Tours proudly celebrates 25 years of service this year.  Each tour is full-narrated and a fun adventure for the whole family providing Naples’ history and highlights. Over 100 points of interest are showcased . Want to stop to shop or grab lunch? No worries. The Trolley offers full Hop-on/Hop-off privileges.
  • Mercato: Naples hip shopping and entertainment mecca. Hot spots include The Pub, Blue Martini and Rocky Patel’s VIP Lounge, BURN, a cigar and spirits bar. The complex also includes an upscale movie theater, The Silverspot Luxury Cinema, which offers a mix of independent/art films and general releases.

For complete vacation planning assistance and an event calendar, visit the Paradise Coast Website or call 800-688-3600.

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