The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club Receives Meetings Focus Magazine’s “Best of the South Award”

GolfSWFL reports The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club has received Meetings Focus magazine’s prestigious “Best of the South Award,” which is given annually to the finest meeting properties in the South, as selected by the magazine’s readers. The resort is the only property in SWFL to capture the acclaimed award this year. The award was presented to Jason Parsons, general manager of the 317-room resort, which is Southwest Florida’s only resort directly on the beach with an on-site championship golf course, a world-class spa, and an award-winning tennis center. The 125-acre resort features 34,000 square feet of meeting and event space, and many beautiful outdoor venues.


Considered one of the most prestigious awards in the meetings industry, Meetings Focus magazine’s “Best of the South Award” is given only to those hotels and resorts that provide the highest level of service and have the finest meeting and event facilities in the South. The award is determined by votes from corporate and association meeting planners that book programs in the South. Selections were based on the quality of the meeting space; guest rooms; guest services and amenities; food and beverage service; the efficiency and helpfulness of the staff; the availability of technical equipment; recreational facilities and activities; and overall value and service. The winning hotels and resorts are recognized in the September 2013 issue of the magazine.

“We are truly honored that our resort and staff are again recognized with this prestigious award,” said Parsons. “It reflects that The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club is a great choice for meetings, incentive programs, and conventions. Not only does the resort feature an incredible location, but we have newly renovated and enhanced facilities, first-class on-site recreational offerings, and an outstanding staff.”

A consistent recipient of many of the meetings industry’s highest honors, the resort offers a variety of venues for meetings and receptions. The resort features 34,000 square feet of meeting space, most with an impressive view overlooking the championship golf course. Venue options at the resort include the 6,283-square-foot River of Grass Ballroom, the new Gulf-view ballroom The Everglades Room, the 2,457-square-foot Mangrove Ballroom, and such scenic outdoor venues as the Watkins Lawn.

Continually enhancing its already impressive offerings the resort completed its latest $5 million phase of renovations in January 2013. This phase included the opening of The Everglades Room, the complete renovation of the remaining guest rooms in the resort’s Florida Wing, and the complete renovation of the resort’s Gulf-side meeting rooms and pre-function space.

This $5 million latest phase of improvements follows $40 million spent by the resort over the last five years. That multi-phase project included the renovation and remodeling of the other guest rooms and suites, the renovation and expansion of The Sunset Beach Bar & Grill, and the addition (in 2010) of a beautiful new beachfront pool complex (with two new pools).

Rich in family hospitality and tradition, The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club has resided on the SWFL coast in Naples since 1946. Owned and operated by the Watkins family for three generations, the resort is close to the city of Naples’ only beachfront restaurant, HB’s on the Gulf.  The resort is further complemented by an array of casual dining options, retail shops, beach rentals, and complimentary kids club. 

Groups and guests can experience the area by taking tours of the Everglades, Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens, Corkscrew Swamp, The Botanical Gardens, or the Conservancy Nature Center. In addition, boat and fishing trips can be arranged at the hotel. Other leisure activities can include Naples’ outstanding museums, theatres, and art galleries.

The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club is an ideal destination for meetings, conventions, incentives, and special occasions of all kinds.  The resort, which is situated just blocks from Naples’ renowned shopping districts of fashionable 5th Avenue South and historic 3rd Street South, is located at 851 Gulf Shore Blvd. North in Naples. 

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