The Seminole Tribe of Florida has opened a new 99-room hotel at its casino and entertainment complex in Immokalee just northeast of Naples featuring modern décor with a fresh Florida feel.
The entire Seminole Casino Hotel Immokaleecomplex is now 175,600 square feet, up from its previous total of 75,600 square feet. The casino floor expansion now totals more than 51,000 square feet, with more than 1,300 slot machines and 38 live table games. The Seminole Casino Hotel Immokalee is the only gaming destination in Southwest Florida with slot machines or table games such as blackjack and baccarat. The 99-room hotel features 19 suites and 80 deluxe guestrooms on four stories, plus a swimming pool with adjacent private Seminole Chickee cabana huts.
The Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort, Golf Club & Spa has completed the first phase of a $250 million transformation that will ultimately result in its rebranding to the first JW Marriott Beach Resort in the continental U.S. The resort now has 716 newly renovated and enhanced guestrooms, new dining options, a re-imagined lobby and lots of amenities while work continues on a new resort tower. When all work is complete, the resort will debut on January 1, 2017 as the JW Marriott Beach Resort Marco Island. The new tower will feature celebrity chef driven restaurants, new meeting space, a luxurious new pool deck and much more.
The new Hyatt House Naples/Fifth Avenue is under construction along the picturesque Gordon River section of Naples Bay with a targeted opening date of March 1, 2016. Naples architect Matt Kragh designed the 186-room property with an Old Florida feel featuring an all-white exterior plus parapets and cornices. The hotel will have 3,315 sq. ft. of meeting space and a dock/marina complex. Opening is projected for March 1, 2106.
LaPlaya Beach & Golf Resort has announced that the million-dollar overhaul to their world-class meetingand event space is officially complete including extensive enhancements to both the Vanderbilt and Bayview Ballrooms and Terraces, community spaces surrounding the conference center, as well as the restrooms and famous “lantern lane.” No details were spared revamping the resort’s extravagant event space, boasting spectacular waterfront views, while protecting the legacy and charm of this luxury beachfront resort.
The Key West Express offers regular fast boat service to Key West from Marco Island between December and April with some limited service for part of the summer.
The Keewaydin Expressis a new water shuttle offering water taxi service from a variety of Marco Island locations to Keewaydin Island’s expansive, deserted beaches, which are accessible only by boat.
The Naples Bay Water Shuttle provides low-cost and convenient water taxi service from multiple Old Naples Waterfront locations that are home to some of the area’s most popular restaurant and bars.
Salt Island Seaplanesis offers flights from Naples Municipal Airport to Key West aboard a Cessna 206 amphibious seaplane from October through April. The plane takes off from Naples and then lands on the water in Key West 55 minutes later. Since the plane flies different paths than larger commercial craft, you will see areas of the Keys those flying or driving traditional routes will never see. And the on-water landing will add to your adventure while saving you the hassles of airport crowds and security. Flights are available daily except Wednesday and major holidays during the peak season of October 1 through April 30.
New and Hot on the Cuisine Scene
D’Amico and Partners continues to elevate the cuisine scene in Naples. The Continental American Provisions and Craft Bar is the newest addition to Third Street South in the Old Naples section of downtown. Hand cut steaks use only the finest Prime, Wagyu and Piedmontese beef and a variety of fresh seafood rounds out the menu. A 30-seat craft cocktail bar and live entertainment seven days a week has made it popular with both locals and visitors. The Lurcat Catering division of D’Amico recently opened the Fogg Café at Naples Botanical Garden, as well as taking charge of the garden’s group catering needs. Fogg Café features a creative menu using local, sustainable and seasonal products, some of which is grown right on site at the botanical garden.
The chic new signature restaurant at the newly expanded and renovated Inn on Fifth in downtown Naples is Avenue5 with executive chef John Welch supervising the creation of cutting edge American cuisine. D’Amico also recently opened Fogg Café at Naples Botanical Gardens, featuring
Downtown Naples’ Osteria Tulia, with interior design resembling an exquisitely-restored old world Italian farmhouse, established itself in its first year as one of the busiest and most popular restaurants in Naples. It’s the perfect setting for innovative peasant-style dishes from locally-popular chef Vincenzo Betulia. The newBar Tulia gastropub next door opened in early 2014, serving chef-driven food and craft beers and cocktails nightly until midnight, providing a welcome addition to the late night dining scene.
Another new hot spot in downtown Naples is 7th Avenue Social, providing delicious dining and live entertainment into the early morning hours.