The readers of Condé Nast Traveler recently heralded Naples, Marco Island and the Everglades as a winning combination, placing three area properties in the Top 100 Reader’s Choice for Mainland U.S. Resorts.
Naples’ Ritz-Carlton Beach Resort and its sister, Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, ranked 14th and 18th respectively, with the Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort, Golf Club and Spa coming in at number 70.
Boasting beautiful Gulf beaches and mysterious wetlands, The Paradise Coast is also an up-market haven replete with dining venues that delight gourmands, haute couture boutiques, championship golf courses and signature spas that please even the most pampered of the upper crust.
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Escape to a peaceful retreat and renew balance, tap your potential and find ultimate sanctuary at the Golden Door Spa at Naples Grand Beach Resort. This exceptional Florida spa resort draws influence from Japanese architecture, yet artfully blends it with modern design. Or, unwind at The Spa on Fifth at The Inn on Fifth, a feng shui –inspired oasis with sensual treatments that will literally melt away your cares.
Don’t miss the ongoing trunk shows at Marissa Collections in downtown Naples, one of Vogue’s Top 25 Warm Weather Shopping Destinations. Other meccas for fine finds include the Waterside Shops, Third Street South and Fifth Avenue South, west coast Florida’s versions of Rodeo Drive. These shopping hotspots are lined with a fashionable mélange of stylish boutiques, chi-chi shops and trendy galleries.
Superb, locally owned restaurants present menus ranging from fresh seafood to mouthwatering steaks and ethnic specialties. Many also offer irresistible sides of spectacular sunset views. Just one in downtown Naples is Sea Salt, included as one of Esquire magazine’s 20 Best New Restaurants for 2009. Another of numerous culinary jewels in the Naples’ crown is Truluck’s Seafood, Steak and Crab House. A semi-casual, yet cosmopolitan restaurant, it’s open for dinner seven nights a week. The restaurant specializes in freshly-harvested stone crabs and seafood as well as tender, juicy thick-cut steaks. It also features more than 100 wines by the glass and a reserve wine list.
Among numerous area hot spots is the glitzy Burn by Rocky Patel. Located at the stylish Mercato, Burn offers an evolution in luxurious lounge experiences and a sanctuary for those who enjoy fine cigars, fine wines and premium spirits.
And there’s more. As the temperatures rise, so do the opportunities. The Paradise Coast sizzles in the summer with thousands of dollars in savings. The new Paradise Coast Preferred Pass is your ticket to luxury for less, available at www.paradisecoast.com/deals.
With so much to offer, it’s no wonder that Condé Nast Traveler readers prefer the Paradise Coast, citing copious reasons for its superior standing. Come… discover your own.
Written by Lisa Codianne Fowler for VisitFlorida.com.