By Patti Roth
City & Shore Magazine
Within an easy drive across the Florida peninsula, a luxury beachfront resort is sporting a new name, redesigned spaces and fresh features.
The Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort has become the JW Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort. The rebranding maintains a Balinese-inspired aesthetic and is touted as the first beachfront JW Marriott property in the continental United States.
Some aspects of the $320 million makeover are already in place, including renovated guest rooms and a few new restaurants. For fine dining, ARIO offers seafood, artisanal dry-aged steaks, an international wine list and private wine-tasting room. Also relatively new among seven on-site restaurants is Kane, a tiki bar just steps from the sand with seating designed to savor sunsets, Indonesian and Polynesian-inspired nibbles and a rich respect for rum. Its signature drink, Turtle Season “Lights Out,” is a blend of fruit juices and four rums.
The SPA by JW offers its own pool and a mineral soaking tub. In additional to full-length pampering services, the rebranded spa offers express variations, accomplished in 12-minute or 25-minute sessions. A third tower is being built to accommodate function space, adults-only guest rooms, adults-only outdoor pool on the fifth floor and an entertainment venue with bowling, virtual golf and other activities.
Other features of the resort include access to two private championship courses; three pools, one with cabanas and another with a waterfall and waterslide; fire-dancing entertainment; chickee huts on the beach; suites with a private hot tub and fire pit on the balconies and watersports, including Wave Runner tours into the mangroves where you will see dolphins and other wildlife.
400 S. Collier Blvd., Marco Island, 239-394-2511, jwmarco.com.
Elsewhere on the island, Hilton Marco Island Beach Resort & Spa is showcasing the results of its renovation project. Fresh elements include The Deck at 560 bar and restaurant, offering a Brazilian hardwood deck, indoor and outdoor seating and an elevated vantage point for soaking in sunsets on the Gulf. Other additions include luxury family suites, a grab-and-go shop and a fire pit on the pool deck.
560 S. Collier Blvd., Marco Island, 239-394-5000, hiltonmarcoisland.com.