Marco Island, FL: Marco Beach Ocean Resort

Kategorie: Americas

As of June 2011

“From the moment you are greeted beneath the porte cochere and enter the beautiful Mediterranean-styled lobby and then venture out to the sugar-sand beach and azure waters of the Gulf of Mexico, you know your visit here will be nothing less than extraordinary.

A boutique 98-all suite resort, Marco Beach Ocean Resort offers an intimate environment found in its 83 one-bedroom and 15 two-bedroom suites. All feature a balcony with views of the shimmering Gulf of Mexico or a terrace with views of tropical gardens.

Marco Beach Ocean Resort brings excellent service, lodging and a variety of dining options to Marco Island, including Sale e Pepe authentic Italian Cuisine with an extensive wine list recognized by Wine Spectator. You can also rejuvenate your mind, body and soul at our Spa and Fitness facilities.

Every suite offers marble showers and vanity tops, kitchen with granite countertop, Gilchrist & Soames amenities, quality linens, multiple telephone lines and cordless phone, iPod docking station, flat screen TVs, keyless entry and wireless internet access.

Designed to exceed the expectations of our guests, our amenities set the standard by which others are judged. The meticulously trained staff, including a Chef Concierge have a single goal – to anticipate and attend to your every need and desire.

Shaped by the tides and shifting sands of countless millennia, Marco Island in sunswept Southwest Florida is surrounded by the tourmaline waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Whether you are on vacation or attending an executive retreat or wedding, the resort will surely prove unforgettable.

The “Gateway to the Everglades” and the largest of Southwest Florida´s legendary Ten Thousand Islands, Marco island is just minutes from the arts, dining, golf, entertainment, and shopping of downtown Naples – Florida´s most sophisticated small city.” (by Marco Ocean Beach Resort)

Reading this before approaching the Marco Beach Ocean Resort for a Site Inspection I set my expectations high. Would this resort be able to meet those?

First of all I drove past. I missed the driveway to the hotel. There was no big fancy sign. Nothing spectacular that drew my attention. This magnificent hotel building just seemed to be another *home*.

I turned around and tried a second time. Eventually I arrived.

And wondered where the doorman was or any other employee as nobody waited outside to greet arriving guests.

I entered the amazing and breathtaking lobby and then ventured on a Site Inspection which was as unusual as the hotel I was visiting now.

(Photos by A. Schulz – World Travel Promotion)

The hotel was built in 2002 and entirely renovated by beginning of 2010. The description which I quoted above exactly reveals the interior and exterior of the hotel. It is elegant, sophisticated but not snobby. You walk through the corridors, outside and through the beautiful landscape and towards the ocean. You enter the bars and restaurants. This is not a usual five star hotel. This is something else. Something intriguing. A place that gets under your skin. Take a look into the faces of the employees and you will recognize that they all like to work here, that they all like to cater to the needs of their guests. Have a look at the grand rooms. Feel the atmosphere. Touch the magic light that illuminates them from inside out. Let this magic light carry you away into pleasure, quietness and style.

“Each suite features a spacious living room, bedroom, and custom-designed furnishings. State-of-the-art sleep systems with feather beds and comforters are showcased, as are marble-clad bathrooms with separate enclosed showers. Floor-to-ceiling glass doors lead to water-view balconies and garden-terrace patios.” (by Marco Ocean Beach Resort)

Step out on this balcony and enjoy the magnificent view of the beach and the ocean. Take a deep breath. Relax. Unwind. You finally have arrived.

“The main attraction at Marco Beach Ocean Resort is a five-mile stretch of white-sand beach fronting the Gulf of Mexico. Beach attendants are at guests´ beck and call with food and beverage service. Watersport vendors offer opportunities for sailing, parasailing, jet skiing, nature cruises, and shelling expeditions to nearby islands. A rooftop, heated swimming pool and whirlpool spa offer additional downtime retreats. An on-site spa offers treatments, steam rooms, and saunas, while a fitness facility features state-of-the-art equipment. Guests have privileges at nearby golf and tennis centers. Posh shops and galleries are located on Marco Island and in nearby Naples.” (by Marco Ocean Beach Resort)

During the site inspection I not only had a look at the suites or the Grand Ballroom but also checked on the restaurants on site. And I was deeply impressed with the setting of the Toulouse Lounge and Sale e Pepe.

[…] You could be entering a Tuscan villa rather than a modern building. A stone staircase leads you into a sumptuous, dramatically lit bar area which, with its long gleaming bar, backed by a huge Toulouse Lautrec style mural, could fit well in a New York gentleman´s club. The main restaurant, with its intricately carved, buttery stone walls, mosaic marble floors and tables dressed with starched white tablecloths, sparkling stemwear and adorned with single red roses, can only be described as simply elegant. It is incredibly beautiful. Divided into several separate dining areas, each room offers stunning views of Marco´s picture-perfect white sand beach. They can only be surpassed by the vista from the expansive terrace, where you can enjoy cooling sea breezes while watching the sun sink into the deep blue waters of the Gulf of Mexico. An impossibly romantic scene […].” (by *Reprinted from January 2010 edition of The Marco Review*)

Sale e Pepe – Authentically, passionately Italian: Overlooking the Gulf of Mexico, Sale e Pepe offers authentic Italian cuisine in surroundings of aged stone, marble floors and hand-painted frescoes. Enjoy this dining experience in a choice of settings, from candlelit formal in The Dining room to resort casual in The Saletta or alfresco on The Terrace. (by Marco Ocean Beach Resort)

Marco Ocean Beach Resort: An impossibly wonderful hotel, which I can highly recommend.

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