NAPLES, FL (December 2012) -- The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club has received the prestigious “Platinum Choice Award” for 2012 from Smart Meetings magazine. The award recognizes the best meeting hotels and resorts in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico, as determined by votes by the magazine’s readers. Winners were chosen based on the highest industry standards for ambience, amenities, guest services, meeting space, restaurant and dining facilities, staff attitude, technical support, recreational activities, breadth of resources, meeting packages, marketing support, and convention facilities. The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club is one of only two hotels in Southwest Florida, and one of just nine hotels and resorts in Florida, to receive the award this year.

The award will be presented to Jason Parsons, general manager of the 317-room newly renovated 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. Winners are recognized in the magazine’s December 2012 issue, and on the magazine’s website

“The Platinum Choice Award is one of the most prestigious awards in the meetings industry,” said Parsons. “We are very pleased to receive the award, and particularly proud that we are one of just two hotels in Southwest Florida to receive the honor. It reinforces that The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club is a great choice for meetings, incentive programs and conventions.”

Not resting on its many laurels, the resort is on target to complete its latest phase of renovations and enhancements by the end of 2012. This $5 million phase includes the opening of a new Gulf-view ballroom that will feature spectacular panoramic views of the Gulf of Mexico, and which will be Naples’ only beachfront ballroom. This phase also includes 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. When the guest room renovation is complete, all of the resort’s 317 guest rooms and suites will have been renovated and remodeled over the last three years.
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, enhancements to the golf course, the renovation and expansion of The Sunset Beach Bar & Grill, and the addition of a beautiful beachfront pool complex (with two new pools, two new whirlpools, a new pool bar with food service, new restrooms, new locker facilities, and a new pool shop).

In this latest phase, the resort will open The Everglades Room, a new beachfront ballroom that will feature a wall of windows that will provide incredible panoramic views of the Gulf of Mexico. The 5,000-square-foot ballroom will be dedicated for corporate events, banquets, weddings, and social events. Located where the resort’s Everglades Dining Room (which served breakfast) was situated, the beautifully-enhanced Everglades Room will feature dramatic vaulted ceilings covered with rich draped fabric.

At the end of 2012, the resort also will debut two completely renovated Gulf-side meeting rooms. One of the rooms will be 1,097 square feet, and the other will be 1,159 square feet. The renovation of the adjacent pre-function space also will be complete at that time too.

A recipient of many other meeting industry awards too, 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 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, 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 1,000 feet of white-sand beach, an array of dining options (including The Seminole Store that serves deli sandwiches, ice cream, and wonderful desserts), multiple bars (including the popular Sunset Beach Bar & Grill), retail shops, beach rentals, and a 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, and special events 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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