NAPLES, FL (October 2016) -- The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club has received another prestigious honor, as it has been named a winner of Smart Meetings magazine’s celebrated “Platinum Choice Award” for 2016. The highly esteemed award recognizes excellence in service and amenities among meeting hotels and resorts in the United States, Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean. The award will be presented to Jason Parsons, general manager of the 319-room, AAA Four-Diamond 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 flexible indoor meeting space, along with spectacular outdoor and beachfront venues. 

Not resting on its many laurels, the resort continues to enhance its facilities. The resort has spent $50 million in impressive renovations and enhancements over the last few years, which included the installation of beautiful new glass balconies in its main Tower Building in November 2015 to showcase the gorgeous Gulf views. The resort’s latest enhancement is a dramatic renovation – almost reinvention -- of its championship golf course, which is being redesigned by golf icon and acclaimed course designer Jack Nicklaus and noted course architect John Sanford. The new course, which will be open to the public, will open and be fully operational on November 17, 2016. 

Winners of the “Platinum Choice Award” were determined by votes by the magazine’s readers, which consists of meeting and incentive professionals. Selections were made based on excellence in ambiance, amenities, breadth of resources, facility quality, guest services, meeting space and packages, recreational activities, restaurant and dining options, and technical support. A complete list of winners appears on the website, and the winners will be recognized in the December 2016 issue of Smart Meetings magazine. 
“We are very proud to receive this prestigious recognition from Smart Meetings magazine,” said Parsons. “Receiving this award reinforces what an outstanding choice The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club is for meetings, conventions and incentive travel programs, and how well our dedicated and skilled staff caters to groups both big and small. It also reflects the great appeal of our newly renovated facilities, outstanding amenities, and our resort’s truly beautiful beachfront setting.”

This latest recognition follows such other honors recently bestowed on the resort, which includes Incentive magazine’s “Platinum Partners Award,” and Successful Meetings magazine’s “Pinnacle Award.” 

Rich in hospitality and tradition, The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club has resided on the Southwest coast in Naples, Florida since 1946. Owned and operated by the Watkins family for three generations, the resort also features: 1,000 feet of soft white-sand beach; a world-class spa; a fitness center; the Mary C. Watkins Tennis Center with six Har-Tru courts; Beach Kids Club, a complimentary daily recreational program for children ages 5 to 12; retail shops; beach rentals; and multiple restaurants and lounges.

Situated just blocks from Naples’ renowned shopping districts of fashionable 5th Avenue South and historic 3rd Street South, the resort is also within minutes of shopping at Venetian Village, Waterside Shops, Bayfront and Tin City. Guests and groups can also experience the area by taking tours of the Everglades, Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens, Corkscrew Swamp, The Botanical Gardens, or the Conservancy Nature Center. Boat and fishing trips can also be arranged at the hotel. Other leisure time activities can include Naples’ outstanding museums, theatres, and art galleries.

Guests and groups always benefit from no resort fees, complimentary self-parking and valet parking, and complimentary access to the resort’s fitness center. The resort is located at 851 Gulf Shore Blvd. North in Naples, Florida. For more information, or for details on the resort’s summer group promotion, contact the resort at (800) 237-7600 or (239) 261-2222, and visit . 

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