Summer is the season of the staycation in South Florida, and the two-hour drive across Alligator Alley to Naples couldn’t be easier to pull off from Miami. With mangrove estuaries at every turn and the tranquil beauty of the Gulf of Mexico, it’s another world on the west coast. The beaches and downtown district are easy to navigate, so do yourself a favor and check into a hotel that jibes with your style.
If your standards are high when it comes to style and design, Naples Grande Beach Resort (475 Seagate Dr.; 239-227-2182) is your chic home away from home on the Gulf of Mexico. Perched on the edge of Clam Pass Park nature preserve, the hotel’s airy marble and limestone lobby opens up to the Sunset Veranda and down to the expansive pool deck where an oval-shaped adults-only pool is encircled by cabanas and a lagoon-style, family-friendly pool offers a (surprisingly chic) hedge-trimmed waterslide.
Rooms are spacious and plush with oversized balconies and bathrooms in a cool ice blue, cream and silver color palette.
Accessible by an elevated boardwalk, getting to the beach is a discovery worth the journey—by foot or complimentary tram. When you arrive, it feels like a hidden paradise of white sand and aquamarine waters with an open-air Greek restaurant to keep you sated on a day under the sun.
Be sure to enjoy dinner at The Catch of the Pelican (al fresco or in the dining room) where a decadent raw bar, farm fresh salads and prime cuts of meat make for an appropriately luxurious, yet casual meal.
The Deal: Rates from $127. Florida residents receive 10 percent off room rates, 50 percent off valet and $25 resort credit per night.
Fifth Avenue South is downtown Naples’ main artery for dining, nightlife, shopping and gallery hopping in Naples. For those who want to be in the heart of the scene in a chic abode with a Mediterranean Revival exterior and a stylishly edited Art Deco interior, check into the Inn on Fifth (699 5th Ave. S.; 239-403-8777).
Outfitted in red, black and white, rooms utilize luxe materials like marble in the oversized bathrooms, plush velour sofas and tufted leather headboards.
With the white sands of the Gulf of Mexico at the end of the block and a rooftop swimming pool, sun worshippers won’t be disappointed here either.
Enjoy a civilized lunch inside Champagne-colored Avenue 5 restaurant’s dining room with floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the passersby outside.
The Deal: Rates from $154.
If feeling the powder soft sands of the Gulf of Mexico between your toes is a top priority, then the aptly named Edgewater Beach Hotel (also pictured at top; 1901 Gulf Shore Blvd. N.; 239-403-2000), situated directly on the Gulf’s edge, is your destination.
It’s all about the unobstructed views out to sea here, where pink-turquoise sunsets can be enjoyed from the comfort of your private balcony. Dolphin sightings from shore are a regular occurrence and you can get up close and personal with them when launching a paddleboard or kayak directly from their beach.
The all-suite hotel makes for a comfortable and affordable stay for families and groups of friends traveling together where one- and two-bedroom suites with pullout sofas accommodate larger parties.
The Deal: Rates from $199. Florida residents receive 25 percent off room rates and $25 daily resort credit.
With townhouse-style accommodations lining a 97-slip marina and direct access to the Gulf of Mexico, Naples Bay Resort (1500 5th Ave. S.; 866-605-1199) is the perfect hotel for boaters and anglers looking to spend their getaway on the water.
Whether you’re arriving by boat or wish to charter one, nothing beats the convenience of descending from your room onto the deck of your vessel for a day at sea.
With one- and two-bedroom suites and villas, in addition to king-sized rooms, a stay here feels more like a vacation rental than a traditional hotel. Accommodations are extremely spacious and comfortable, but the traditional décor and dark color scheme are in desperate need of an update.
There are a number of restaurants onsite including connoisseur of Southern comfort fare, Chef Art Smith’s 1500 South.
The Deal: Rates from $199. Florida residents save 20 percent.