Best Club Lounges In Naples: Ritz Carlton Beach Vs Golf Resort


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This article reviews club lounges in the hotels in Naples with the best club or executive lounges. Book a standard room at the InterContinental in New York, Paris, or London, which partner with our luxury travel concierge, and you will get a guaranteed room upgrade and free club lounge access. This free access has got to be one of the best hotel deals in New York, Paris, and London.

Unfortunately, there isn’t an InterContinental in Naples, so we cannot offer free club lounge access via our concierge here, but we can share the best hotel club lounges in Naples, and our luxury travel concierge will help you get extra free benefits such as free breakfast, free room upgrade and VIP benefits at these hotels.

The most luxurious hotels in Naples include The Ritz-Carlton, Naples, the Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, Naples, the La Playa Beach & Golf Resort Hotel, a 15-story boutique hotel with 189 rooms and a beachside vibe, Inn on Fifth, a chic boutique hotel on Fifth Avenue South in downtown Naples, with a rooftop pool, Naples Grande, which is secluded by protected wetlands, with a relaxed, sub-tropical ambiance, Lemon Tree Inn a little Naples hideaway, Edgewater Beach Hotel, directly on the beach of the Gulf of Mexico with a pool and great sunset views.

None of these hotels has a club lounge except The Ritz-Carlton, Naples, and the Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, Naples, but don’t worry, ‎book any of these hotels via our luxury travel concierge and you will get our free benefits.

When deciding which hotel to choose for your stay in a city like Naples, it is sensible to consider the extra extras a hotel club lounge provides. Offerings usually include complimentary drinks and snacks throughout the day, breakfast in the morning, and evening cocktails with canapés. Often , the evening food and drink offering is more than enough to replace the need to go out for the evening. The clubrooms themselves are often a little bigger and offer more luxurious facilities than standard rooms, with more space, plus they are often on higher floors with better views.

Finally, executive and club benefits are great for early check-in / late check-out as you can often stay in the club lounge room with all the benefits in the afternoon if you have a late flight. Conversely, you can use the club lounge and executive facilities from early in the morning if you arrive early and your room isn’t ready.

I have compiled a list below containing the club lounges available across luxury hotels in Naples. I list the ones I consider to be the best at the top. Both Ritz-Carlton’s in Naples have Club lounges, which are the best hotel choices in the area. The Ritz-Carlton Naples Golf Resort is ten minutes away by car or resort shuttle from The Ritz-Carlton Naples Beach. Whichever Ritz-Carlton resort you choose, the shuttle between the resorts means that you can enjoy all the amenities of each resort, so you won’t miss out on one by choosing the other.

1. Ritz-Carlton Naples Beach Resort

The Ritz-Carlton Naples Beach is an impressive five-star with soaring floor-to-ceiling windows and chandeliers. It is ideal for families, weddings (there is a marvelous Vanderbilt Ballroom), and conventions. It is much larger than the golf resort up the road and more impressive.

They say Marvel at the stunning views from one of the private balconies at The Ritz-Carlton, Naples, with three miles of immaculate beach to explore. Here on the Gulf of Mexico, guests are pampered with championship golf, the 2017 Best of the Best award-winning family program, a world-class spa, two swimming pools, an array of beach activities, and seven distinctive restaurants. Each of the resort’s 450 guestrooms and suites offers Frette linens and a private balcony for stunning Gulf views. As for the golf, tee off on the Tiburon Golf Course, designed by Greg Norman. The 51,000 ft² spa is a welcome retreat with 33 treatment rooms.

Pros of the Ritz-Carlton Naples Beach Resort include:

  • Stunning Gulf of Mexico views from your room
  • Gorgeous beach reached by a wooden walkway
  • Super pool with water slides for the kids
  • Excellent spa and fitness center with its many exercise classes
  • Drop-off, supervised kids’ club for those aged 5 through 12 years & children’s scavenger hunt. Excellent activities are included in half and full-day sessions. Animal education with real-life animals, along with snacks and crafts to take home are all included
  • For teens there is a video game room at the Beach Resort
  • Beautiful sunsets

2. Ritz-Carlton Naples Golf Resort

The Ritz-Carlton Naples Golf Resort feels like a country club. It seems to appeal to the older generation who like to enjoy golf or treat their families, including the kids, to a slice of country-club-style luxury in a golf setting. A nice touch is a cart of cocktail samples during happy hour and a gelato cart.

Pros of the Ritz-Carlton Naples Golf Resort include:

  • More peaceful, smaller resort
  • More personal service
  • Better value (usually cheaper)
  • Golf
  • Nice family suites
  • Padded playroom for kids
  • Video game stations, a small movie theatre, and a playground for young children
  • Golf and excellent golf tuition for kids and adults
  • Tennis courts
  • Golf resort views
  • “Camping Out” package for your children, which is basically a tent set up in the room with a space book and activities, a star-producing night light, and a telescope

Which is Cheaper?

In fact, the rates at the Ritz Golf Resort tend to be around half the Ritz-Carlton Naples Beach Resort, and their family suites are incredibly comfortable. This may be because of the room size. A large, club-level suite at the Golf Resort is around the same in size as a guest room with two double beds at the Beach Resort.

Which Has The Best Pool?

Both Ritz-Carlton Naples resorts offer family pools. The Beach Resort is more crowded as it is much larger but has the beach, too, where you can enjoy a beach cabana with a snack basket, suntan lotion, aloe vera gel, magazines, an ice bucket, and fruit. A nice touch at the Beach Resort is a poolside glassblower on weekends to assist guests in making a special keepsake, and the pool has a waterslide and tropical surroundings. The Golf Resort pool has loads of pool toys but no beach.

Best For Wellness

The Golf Resort has its own fitness room, but the wellness features are much better at the Beach Resort. Several fitness classes are offered each day, mostly for a fee of around $25 USD, including spinning and pilates classes. The Beach Resort has the best spa, which has just had a facelift. It is huge, with treatment rooms, a cafe, a mineral pool, a terrace, and a large boutique.

Best For Sunsets

The west-facing location of the Ritz-Carlton Naples Beach Resort offers spectacular sunsets overlooking the Gulf of Mexico.

Best Rooms

The beach resort rooms were refurbished in 2013, with yellow curtains reflecting the beach, sunshine, and blues bringing the ocean inside. Rooms have two double beds, not queens, or upgrade to rooms with two queen beds named “Large.” For families of three, the King rooms have a chaise that can be pulled out to form a twin bed.

A large, club-level suite at the Golf Resort is around the same in size as a guest room with two double beds at the Beach Resort, so the Beach Resort rooms are larger.

Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort offers rooms with two double beds, and adjoining rooms are available. King rooms contain a twin sleeper sofa for a third person. Balconies tend to have golf course views.

Ritz-Carlton Naples Beach Resort Club Lounge Review

The club lounge feels intimate and cozy when compared to other resorts in Florida, such as the Ritz-Carlton Orlando. It offers 5 meals daily and an excellent breakfast with three hot stations with bacon, scrambled eggs, and pieces of French toast or pancakes. There’s a cold buffet of smoked salmon, charcuterie, fruits and yogurt, and muffins, croissants, and bread. There are also gluten-free options. A Nespresso machine can be used for coffee.

At lunch, there’s bread, deli meat, and sliced cheese to make sandwiches, wraps, small sandwiches, chicken, and salad.

The club lounge champagne is Pommery and is available in Brut and Rose throughout the day, as are soft drinks and cookies (5 different types). There are sunset views from the lounge if you don’t want to go to the beach.

In the evening, there are hor d’ouvres and chef-prepared dishes.

Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort Club Lounge Review

The club lounge at the Golf Resort is only open for the high season from around the end of December through the end of May. It offers five meals daily and an excellent breakfast with hot stations with bacon, scrambled eggs, and pieces of French toast or pancakes. There’s a cold buffet of smoked salmon, charcuterie, fruits and yogurt and muffins, croissants, and bread. There are also gluten-free options. The offering is very similar to the other Ritz resort.

It doesn’t have a fancy coffee machine, but breakfast was just as good. The hosts remember your preferences. They offered my almond milk and stevia for my coffee the following morning without asking.

The golf resort’s dinner buffet is more impressive than the beach club lounge, with more mains and a guitarist.


The Ritz-Carlton Naples Beach Resort Gumbo Limbo is the highlight for its sunset views and early evening for drinks on Vanderbilt Beach. Dishes include seafood, salads, and burgers.

Mezzo is probably your best pick at the golf resort, with Mediterranean-influenced cuisine and a guitarist playing luxury resort-style tunes.

Both resorts also have an excellent “Grill” with nice seafood and meat dishes and a kids’ menu too.

Both the Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort and the Ritz-Carlton Naples Beach Resort are excellent hotels. Your choice depends on your budget and preference for golf over the beach and the sunset. We prefer the beach resort as we like to dip our toes into the surf as the sunsets. Both club lounges are excellent, although the food at the golf resort is more extensive if you don’t want to pay to eat out.

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