NAPLES, FL (May 2013) – Sarah Cardenas has been named Group Sales Manager at The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club in Southwest Florida. In her new position, she is responsible for sales efforts for the 125-acre beachfront resort to the association and corporate markets, with a focus on the Northeast U.S. region. The 317-room resort, which has spent more than $45 million in impressive renovations and enhancements over the last five years, 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. A consistent recipient of many of the meetings industry’s highest honors, the resort features 34,000 square feet of meeting and event space, and many beautiful outdoor venues.
Prior to her new position, Cardenas served as Catering and Conference Services Manager at the resort for the past four years. Her extensive experience also includes working for Marriott and Hilton hotels in many departments including seven years as a Catering Manager, three years as a Guest Services Manager, and five years as a Front Office Manager. Originally from England, she came to the United States on a hospitality internship. She holds a degree in Hotel Management from University of Huddersfield in England. She may be reached at or 239-435-4368.
“Sarah is the perfect addition to our sales team,” said Director of Sales & Marketing Charles Mullins. “She has been with the resort since 2009 as Catering and Conference Services Manager, where she has done an outstanding job. Clients love working with her, and she is a wonderful resource for planners interested in conducting a meeting or program at our beautiful beachfront resort.”
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 a new Gulf-view ballroom named 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).
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 2,457-square-foot Mangrove Ballroom, and such scenic outdoor venues as the Watkins Lawn and the Ocean Lawn.
Rich in family hospitality and tradition, The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club has resided on the Southwest coast in Naples since 1946. Owned and operated by the Watkins family for three generations, the resort is home 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 time activities can include Naples’ outstanding museums, theatres, and art galleries.
The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club is a perfect destination for meetings, conventions, incentives, weddings 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. For additional information, call (800) 237-7600 or (239) 261-2222, and visit .
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PR Contact: Karen Lamonica at (407) 788-7070, ext. 208, or . NOTE: Photos of the resort may be downloaded from . Or, high-resolution photos of the resort and of Sarah Cardenas are available by contacting Karen Lamonica.