North America

Florida – Golfing Mecca

written by | Posted on May 1st, 2010

The Amenities: Here, guests can enjoy a wide range of onsite amenities including a 40,000-sq.-ft. European spa complete with heated outdoor and mineral pools, a salon, cafe and lounge areas; the Health & Racquet Club and nine pools. Additionally, there are seven dining venues on property, serving everything from steaks and seafood to sandwiches and mesquite grilled dishes.

The Scene: Palm Beach offers 47 miles of white sand beaches, as well as numerous activities and attractions for visitors of all ages. Active travelers can enjoy golf, sportfishing and tennis, while culture lovers might want to check out the Flagler Museum—dedicated to the life of oil and railroad tycoon Henry Flagler—or the Lawrence E. Will Museum, which focuses on the settlement and development of the upper Everglades. For shopping, recommend your clients visit The Gardens Mall with stores like Nordstrom, Saks Fifth Avenue and Bloomingdale’s or the PGA Commons, featuring 30 shops, galleries and a spa.

The rates: The Golf Gold package includes accommodations, one round of golf pp per day at all courses except The Champion, daily breakfast buffet pp, free unlimited practice balls and complimentary bag storage during the stay. Nightly rates start at $135 from May 22-Sept. 24 and from $240 from Sept. 25-Dec. 31.

naples The Property: Neighboring the pristine beaches of Florida’s Gulf Coast, the Naples Grande Beach Resort is an award-winning property that blends world-class golf with a serene ambiance surrounded by a 200-acre nature preserve. Recently completing a multimillion dollar renovation, the resort offers 474 newly refurbished guestrooms, including 29 Tower suites and 50 Bungalow suites. Accommodations range from 545 sq. ft. to 1,835 sq. ft. and are complete with spacious balconies, separate sitting and dining areas, expansive bathrooms with dual vanity sinks, oversized tubs and separate glass-enclosed showers, high-speed Internet access and mini-bar.

The Greens: The Naples Grande Golf Club is for members and guests of the Naples Grande Beach Resort and the Edgewater Beach Hotel only. The par 72 course offers 18 holes designed by Rees Jones, measuring a maximum of 7,078 yards. With varied elevations and unique water features, the course relies on the natural surroundings and existing foliage in providing an optimum environment for golfers. A portion of the course was designed around a 30-acre lake that provides a picturesque background for some of the more challenging holes.

It also features a professional practice facility with bunkered target greens, chipping area, bunker area and multiple putting areas, as well as a locker room, pro shop, and dining area. Thirty-minute or 1-hour lessons are available at the Naples Grande Golf School and can be tailored to meet individual and group needs.

The amenities: In addition to golf, Naples Grande offers three pools, a 200-acre mangrove forest and estuary ideal for canoeing and kayaking, watersports like windsurfing and aquacycling, the Golden Door Spa at Naples Grande, and a fully equipped fitness center.

The Scene: Golf aficionados know that Naples is home to some of Florida’s best golf courses, but it’s also a haven for those who love the outdoors. While in Naples, your clients can explore the area’s miles and miles of white sand beaches, or visit nature attractions such as Collier-Seminole State park and Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary. Shopping enthusiasts will want to check out Fifth Avenue South—one of Naples’ most fashionable areas—housing boutiques, antique shops, art galleries, bistros and restaurants. Naples Grande is also located just five miles from the Naples Municipal Airport and near Southwest Florida International Airport.

The rates: The property’s Spring Into Summer offers a complimentary fourth night with a 3-night booking. Rates start at $109 per night and are available through June 30.