NAPLES, FL (August 2015) -- 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 award will be presented to Jason Parsons, general manager of the 319-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 will be recognized in the September 2015 issue of the magazine.

“We are very honored that our resort and staff are again recognized with this prestigious award,” said Parsons. “The ‘Best of the South’ award, like Successful Meetings magazine’s ‘Pinnacle Award,’ which our resort also recently again captured, are two of the most prestigious awards bestowed upon hotels and resorts in the country. Both awards spotlight that The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club is an outstanding choice for meetings, incentive programs, and conventions, and that attendees love the resort. In addition to the resort’s beautiful setting and location, the honors can be attributed to the resort’s 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 Gulf-view ballroom The Everglades Room, the 2,457-square-foot Mangrove Ballroom, and such scenic outdoor venues as the Watkins Lawn.

Not resting on its many laurels, the resort spent more than $45 million in impressive renovations and enhancements over the last few years, which included the renovation of its 319 guest rooms and suites, the opening (in January 2013) of the new Everglades Room ballroom, the complete renovation of the resort’s Gulf-side meeting rooms (in 2013), the expansion and renovation of its popular The Sunset Beach Bar & Grill, and the addition (in 2010) of a beautiful new beachfront pool complex with two pools, two whirlpools, and a pool bar with food service.

Rich in hospitality and tradition, The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club has resided in Naples since 1946. Owned and operated by the Watkins family for three generations, the resort features: 1,000 feet of soft white-sand beach; the 18-hole, par-72 championship golf course; the world-class spa; a fitness center (with complimentary admission for guests); the Mary C. Watkins Tennis Center with six Har-Tru courts; Beach Kids Club, a complimentary daily recreational program for children ages five to 12; an Orchid House, home to over 3,000 tropical plants; retail shops; and beach rentals.

The resort also features multiple restaurants and lounges. This includes: the signature beachfront restaurant HB’s on the Gulf; Broadwell’s, providing panoramic views of the golf course; and the Seminole Store, which serves deli sandwiches, ice cream, gourmet coffees and a variety of freshly baked pizza, pastries and desserts in a café atmosphere. The Sunset Beach Bar & Grill has been recognized as the “Best Place To View A Southwest Florida Sunset,” and was named “Naples’ Best Beach Bar” by Travel Channel.

Guest rooms and suites feature cool tropical color linens, fabrics and carpeting; flat-panel televisions; patio or balcony (with a view of the Gulf, golf course or the lush resort interior); coffee maker; and refrigerator.

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 also 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. Boat and fishing trips also can be arranged at the hotel. Other leisure time activities can include Naples’ outstanding museums, theatres, and art galleries.

Providing a comfortable, friendly atmosphere, the resort is an exceptional tropical getaway. Resort guests and groups benefit from no resort fees, and complimentary self and valet parking. The resort is located at 851 Gulf Shore Blvd. North in Naples, Florida. Contact the resort’s group sales department at (800) 866-1946 or (239) 261-2222, and visit .

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