. . . AAA Four-Diamond Resort Added To “ALHI Beach Collection,”
“ALHI Golf Collection” and “ALHI Historic Collection”
WASHINGTON, DC (February 2014) – The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club, which recently completed more than $45 million in renovations and enhancements, has been accepted into the exclusive portfolio of Associated Luxury Hotels International (ALHI). In addition to becoming the newest Member of ALHI’s worldwide portfolio of AAA Four- and Five-Diamond quality hotels and resorts that specialize in serving the meetings and incentive marketplace, the AAA Four-Diamond Southwest Florida resort becomes the newest addition to the “ALHI Beach & Island Collection” specialty segment since it is directly on Naples’ beautiful beach. It also becomes the newest offering in the “ALHI Golf Collection” with 18 holes of championship golf on-site, and the “ALHI Historic Collection,” as it has been a landmark resort in Naples for more than 50 years. The ALHI Global Sales Organization (GSO) sales force throughout North America now provides authorized and dedicated GSO services and sales support to companies and organizations interested in conducting meetings, conventions, and/or incentive/recognition programs at the 125-acre resort.
The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club joins as ALHI’s only Member in Southwest Florida, and its fourth property on Florida’s west coast, joining: the sophisticated InterContinental Tampa, offering 323 rooms in Tampa’s upscale Westshore district; the legendary and newly renovated Loews Don CeSar Hotel on scenic St. Pete Beach; and Saddlebrook Resort in Tampa/Wesley Chapel, with 95,000 square feet of meeting space, as well as on-site golf, fishing, and spa.
The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club is Southwest Florida’s only resort directly on the beach with an on-site championship golf course, world-class spa, and award-winning tennis center. Offering an incredible setting on the pristine white-sand beaches of the Gulf of Mexico, the resort features 34,000 square feet of meeting space plus many picturesque outdoor venues. Not resting on its many laurels, the resort spent more than $45 million in impressive renovations and enhancements over the last six years, which included the renovation of its 317 guest rooms and suites, the addition of a new Gulf-view ballroom, the renovation and expansion of its waterfront restaurant HB’s on the Gulf and its popular The Sunset Beach Bar & Grill, the complete renovation its Gulf-side meeting rooms and pre-function space, enhancements to the golf course, and the addition (in 2010) of a beautiful new beachfront pool complex with two new pools.
Meeting and reception venue options at The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club include the new Gulf-view Everglades Room ballroom, the 6,283-square-foot River of Grass Ballroom, and such scenic outdoor venues as the Watkins Lawn and the Ocean Lawn. The resort provides access to seven miles of white-sand beach, an array of dining options, multiple bars, retail shops, and beach rentals. Rich in hospitality and tradition, The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club has been owned and operated by the Watkins family since 1946. Area recreational options include Everglades tours, boat and fishing excursions, and Naples’ outstanding museums, theatres, and art galleries. The resort is ideally situated just blocks from Naples’ renowned shopping and dining districts of fashionable 5th Avenue South and historic 3rd Street South, and is just 40 minutes from Southwest International Airport (RSW) in Fort Myers.
With the addition of The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club, ALHI’s “Beach & Island Collection” specialty segment for meetings and incentive programs now features 47 distinctive waterfront resorts and hotels in coastal destinations around the world, offering more than 22,800 rooms and suites, and over 1.56 million square feet of meeting space. The “ALHI Golf Collection” specialty segment now features more than 100 championship golf courses, and the “ALHI Historic Collection,” now has 41 hotels and resorts with more than 50 years of heritage.
“We are very proud to add the beautiful The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club to our exclusive portfolio,” said David Gabri, CEO of ALHI. “It is a very special gem that has completed a major makeover, is primed for the national M&I market, and is Southwest Florida’s only beachfront resort to offer championship golf, an impressive spa, and a great tennis center, all on-site. In addition to featuring an amazing beachfront setting, its meeting space and outdoor venues are outstanding.”
Jason Parsons, general manager of The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club, said, “We are very proud to join such a distinguished organization as ALHI. As a family-owned independent hotel, the resort will benefit from ALHI’s 20 Global Sales Offices, and its excellent Global Sales professionals. We are pleased to now be part of ALHI and look forward to working with the ALHI team and serving their discriminating clients.”
ALHI’s 160+ Member hotels and resorts include exceptional Four- and Five-Diamond quality meeting, convention, and incentive resorts on land and sea, incomparable city hotels, exclusive smaller hotels, golf resorts, historic & landmark properties, island destinations, resorts with spas, properties in international destinations, and hotels with world-class gaming and entertainment.
With a worldwide portfolio of over 115,000 rooms and suites and nearly 10 million square feet of meeting space, ALHI provides planners and their organizations experienced Global Sales services with diverse options among its outstanding worldwide member hotels and resorts which specialize in meetings and incentive programs. ALHI provides reliable one-call professional sales assistance and access to their distinctive hotels, resorts, and venues for programs ranging from 10 to more than 6,500. There is no cost to planners’ organizations to utilize the ALHI GSO services, expertise, and account advocacy, as its Members’ dues fund the Global Sales Organization to best serve planners with local professionals.
For a list of ALHI’s portfolio, visit www.alhi.com, and preview details of ALHI’s Membership, including useful information on the 12 defined specialty segments within the portfolio, which are designed to make it easy for planners to identify properties, destinations, venues, and/or ships that will best suit their programs’ objectives, unique desires and specific needs.
On the ALHI website, planners can quickly see details of the properties’ meeting, accommodation, recreational and dining offerings, as well as destination information and “Luxury on Sale” value opportunities. A photo gallery, meeting floor plans and specs, and a location map for each property are also easily available.
ALHI has 20 professionally-staffed Global Sales Offices to serve, with locations in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Kansas City, Louisville, New York City, Orlando, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Richmond, Savannah, Southern California (3), Toronto, Washington, D.C., and Washington (state). Go to www.alhi.com to identify the “ALHI Team” sales professionals in your state/area.
For more information about ALHI, to inquire about any of the ALHI member properties, and/or to acquire a free copy of ALHI’s “2014 Global Sales Guide To Meeting Facilities,” contact your nearest ALHI Global Sales Office, or call the “ALHI Group Desk” toll-free at 866-303-ALHI (2544), and visit www.alhi.com.