Laidback Luxury: Top Ways to Indulge in Naples & Marco Island
Pamper yourself with golf, shopping, dining and more in Naples, Marco Island and the Everglades.
Imagine aromatic scents wafting through the Spa at The Ritz-Carlton, Naples as you drift off during your Balinese massage. There’s a low, soothing interlude playing in the background and you’re completely at ease – especially after that Organic Seaweed Leaf Wrap.
Later, you may decide to break par at LaPlaya Golf Course, or perhaps sip a glass of chardonnay from the Tommy Bahama balcony overlooking Third Street South – just another day in the life of a Naples visitor.
On Marco Island, start with an unhurried stroll along Tigertail Beach followed by a dip in the Gulf of Mexico. Should you find yourself a little too sun-kissed after your time outdoors, get soothing comfort with the Sunburn Relief Therapy Wrap at The Spa at JW Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort. The spa offers a full menu of services, from massages and body treatments to hair, makeup, waxing and manicure/pedicure services.
Add some historic island charm to your getaway with a visit to Olde Marco Island Inn and Suites. Circa 1883, this upscale hotel is home to an elegant French restaurant, Bistro Soleil, known for decadent dinners. Or, try Petit Soleil for breakfast or lunch – the nearby cafe is known for crepes (both savory and sweet) and promises sunshine on every plate.
Play Golf on Prestigious Courses
Ice tea in hand and a tee in the ground – that’s how a golf getaway begins in Naples, Florida, one of the top-ranked golf destinations in the world. For manicured fairways and perfect greens, visit Eagle Lakes Golf Club, where you'll also enjoy an abundance of wildlife including a pair of American bald eagles. For a more challenging course, try the championship par-72 Naples Grande Golf Club.
Play like a professional at Tiburón Golf Club – home to the PGA Tour’s QBE Shootout and the LPGA CME Group Tour Championship, this club offers two courses (The Gold and The Black) designed by golf legend Greg Norman. After a day of great golf, head to the 19th hole, Sydney’s Pub, for some light bar food and a cool refreshing drink.
Enjoy Artful Luxury in Naples
For the art lover seeking respite in Naples, there are numerous cultural outlets in the area. For an all-encompassing look at both local and international work, visit The Baker Museum at Artis—Naples. Sculpture lovers rejoice at the museum’s lobby, which proudly showcases a signature piece by renowned glass artist Dale Chihuly. The museum’s collection also features miniature houses, complete with furniture—even tiny books—and a captivating collection of 1960s prints with an Asian aesthetic. Depending on the exhibition schedule, you may catch first-rate traveling exhibitions from major collections, such as the groundbreaking Loves Stories from the National Portrait Gallery, London.
Adjacent to the museum is Hayes Hall, a 1,477-seat performing arts hall. A venue for the Naples Philharmonic, the hall sets the stage for national and international stars as well.
For a less formal scene, head to Third Street South. You’ll find everything from tribal South African art to a Rauschenberg original in this area’s local art galleries. After your stroll, stop by one of the many restaurants for a culinary masterpiece and live music.
Seek Retail Therapy at High-End Shops
Naples' legendary shopping offers the best in retail therapy, and the Waterside Shops showcases this with an elegant interpretation of an outside mall. Waterfalls and pools form the core of this upscale collection of boutiques anchored by Saks Fifth Avenue. Here you can choose between a wardrobe designed for resort lounging from Calypso St. Barth or prepare for an exquisite evening of dining and entertainment in a more formal ensemble from BCBG Max Azria.
The Village on Venetian Bay is another high-end shopping destination on Naples’ famed waterway. You’re sure to find an irresistible ensemble in Simply Natural or something sparkly across the way at Pearl Jewelers. If you still haven’t quenched your shopaholic thirst, head to Fifth Avenue South for an extensive selection of shops and boutiques carrying everything from women’s apparel to pet accessories. Also a popular dining district, be sure to fuel your shopping cardio at one of the many restaurants like the trendy Bar Tulia, or stop for a spot of tea at Brambles English Tearoom (and don't miss their gift shop!).