Eco-friendly Naples Beach Hotel gets ‘Green to Gold’ award

By Lee Stephens….

Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club

The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club has received the prestigious Green to Gold Award from the Economic Development Council (EDC) of Collier County for “best exemplifying green leadership.” The award was presented to resort president Michael Watkins and general manager Jason Parsons during the EDC’s 27th annual Excellence in Industry Awards.

The Green to Gold Award is presented to an organization that exhibits leadership in advocating the sustainable management of resources and the stewardship of the natural environment.

The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club, a participant in Florida’s Green Lodging Program, incorporates an array of environmentally- friendly initiatives into its operation. Initiatives include a comprehensive resort-wide recycling program — including glass, paper, aluminum, plastic, ink jet printer cartridges and items from renovation projects. The resort also utilizes “green sealed” cleaning products, has an energy-saving air conditioning system, utilizes energy-efficient lighting, has an advanced hydro-grid watering system for the Har-Tru courts at its Watkins Tennis Center, purchases from local vendors whenever possible, uses Energy Star-rated equipment and features an on-site Orchid House program.

“We’re proud to be recognized with this honor,” said Parsons. “It is very important to our core values to be environmentally-friendly, so we’re particularly pleased to be recognized for these endeavors.”

This honor follows other recent awards presented to the resort, including Successful Meetings’ prestigious Pinnacle Award, MeetingNews Magazine’s Planners’ Choice Award and Meetings South’s Best of the South Award.

Continually enhancing its already-impressive offerings, the 319-room resort completed a $22 million renovation in 2010. The multiphase project included the renovation of guest rooms and suites, and the addition of a new beachfront pool complex. Newly remodeled accommodations now feature cool tropical color linens, fabrics and carpeting; flat-panel televisions; patio or balcony (with a view of the Gulf, golf course or the lush resort interior); coffee maker; and refrigerator.

The new beachfront pool complex features two pools, two whirlpools, a pool bar with food service, restrooms, and locker facilities, as well as a pool/ recreational shop. Picturesque tall palms encircle the complex, which is further complemented by direct beach access.

In addition to being renowned for its location and complete resort offerings, The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club offers 34,000 square feet of meeting, event and convention facilities. The Clubhouse overlooks Naples’ original golf course and features the 6,283-squarefoot River of Grass Ballroom; the 2,457- square-foot Mangrove Ballroom; up to 7 additional breakouts; and spectacular indoor/outdoor pre-function space. Oceanside affords three additional meeting venues including the 3,640-square-foot Sunset Terrace, as well as the Ocean and Watkins Lawns with over 8,000 square feet of beachside event space. A fullservice business center, audio-visual by AVI, wireless high-speed internet and a professional conference service planning team round out the meeting amenities.

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