NAPLES, FL (October 2012) -- The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club has received Meetings Focus South 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 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 South 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 50 winning hotels and resorts are recognized in the September 2012 issue of the magazine.
“We are very honored that our resort and staff are again recognized with this prestigious award,” said Parsons. “It shows that The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club is an exceptional choice for meetings, incentive/recognition programs, and conventions. Not only does our newly renovated resort feature an incredible location, but we have first-class on-site recreational offerings to appeal to any group, and an outstanding staff that provides first-class service.”
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 2,457-square-foot Mangrove Ballroom, and such scenic outdoor venues as the Watkins Lawn.
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Not resting on its many laurels, the resort completed an impressive multi-phase $22 million renovation in 2011. This included a complete renovation of guest rooms and suites, a refurbished golf course, and a renovated and expanded Sunset Beach Bar & Grill.
To further showcase all of the changes made, the resort recently unveiled a new website at which is filled with interactive resources and features that are designed to help meeting planners. This includes resource manuals and brochures, room and suite layouts, menus, and the online RFP form.
Rich in family 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, this 317-room 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, a beachfront pool complex with two swimming pools, and complimentary kids club. 
Groups and guests can experience the area by taking tours of the Everglades, 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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