LaPlaya Beach & Golf Resort beach

LaPlaya is a luxury beachside resort located in Naples, Florida. Boasting an excellent spa, romantic restaurant, and an 18-hole golf course, LaPlaya offers relaxing getaways in the lap of luxury.

The 15-floor complex spans three buildings, and is ideal for high-class holidaymakers who want to combine beachcombing with other activities. Beach Cabanas can be rented for those who want to maximize their time by the water, while active guests can be recommended a variety of local water-sports and entertainment by the friendly hotel staff.

»LaPlaya Rooms and Suites

LaPlaya Rooms and Suites

All of LaPlaya’s 189 rooms include: personal balconies with outdoor furniture, flat screen LCD TVs with an on-demand film service, coffee makers with coffee and tea, hair dryers, full length and make up mirrors, irons and ironing boards, safes, elegant marble baths with rain showerheads, high-speed Wi-Fi connections, complimentary bathrobes and mini-bar refrigerators.

The beds are also one of LaPlaya’s signature draws, as every room contains four-poster king-sized beds with goose-down pillows, pillow-top mattresses, and Frette linen sheets. Cribs and roll away beds are also available upon request for families vacationing with children, and each room holds a sleeper sofa alongside the main bed, meaning each room can hold up to four occupants.

Décor tends towards contemporary chic and utilizes crisp neutrals alongside nautical green hues to create color schemes that perfectly compliment the waterside views. Some rooms deliberately boast different influences, such as the old-world charm of the teak-furnished Pool View room or the eclectic organic vibe of the Beachfront One Bedroom Suite.

The room’s rate will determine what view your room has, with standard rooms offering views of bustling Vanderblit Bay in the Bay Building (Bay View) or the peaceful Gulf of Mexico (Resort View). With around 600 square feet of floor space and spacious private balconies, even the most economical rooms show off the beauty of the surrounding water.

More expensive rooms include the Pool View type, which overlook landscaping as well as the pools. They are available to be furnished with two queen beds to maximize efficiency, and also offer connecting rooms to allow large families or gatherings easy access to each other.

The Beachfront guest rooms on floors three to eight, and the Beachfront Premium guest rooms on floors nine to fifteen, also offer better views for a higher cost. Both of these room types showcase the sparkling waters of the Gulf of Mexico and its pristine white sand beaches from its windows, but Premium guest rooms come better equipped. They boast a superior whirlpool bathtub in the en-suite bathroom, original artwork, and custom fabrics.

Some beachfront rooms occupy the bottom floor of the buildings. Known as Beach House Lanai guest rooms, the main selling point of these rooms is the extensive private terrace mere steps from the water. Resort, Bay, Pool and Beachfront guest rooms also offer accessible versions for guests with accessibility needs. These are complete with lowered furniture, switches and support bars in the bathrooms, and the multiple lifts in every building make it easy for wheelchair users to get around.

The special suites at LaPlaya are another step up again. The Beachfront One Bedroom Suite is 850 square feet of lavish furnishings, with the décor inspired by the surrounding Florida landscapes. The special PranaSleep mattresses are designed to provide the best night’s sleep that guests have ever had after a long day of indulging in spa treatments, tanning, or golfing.

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»Dining at LaPlaya Beach & Golf Resort

Dining at LaPlaya Beach & Golf Resort

BALEEN Restaurant is LaPlaya’s primary eatery, providing service for breakfast, lunch and dinner between 7 a.m. and 10 p.m. The restaurant sits on the edge of the beach itself, fringed by palm trees and cocktail tables in the sand. The restaurant offers traditional fare with a Gulf Coast twist for breakfast, gourmet sandwiches and salads for lunch and intriguing, explosive flavor combinations in its evening entrees. Besides the standard BALEEN menus, there are also choices for Sunday Champagne Brunch, prix fixe options, and an extensive bar offering classic cocktails and martinis. Another highlight is their cigar selection, offering everything from mild miniature singles to opulent, full-bodied products.

For the more adventurous eaters, Baleen also offers an exclusive fire pit service to guests. The fire pits are set up on the beach during low season (December 1 to April 30) and are available to rent in order to allow intimate, romantic meals next to the Gulf waters. Another option for eating is LaPlaya’s convenient room service (which brings food and drink up to your room) and the innovative Beach Butler service (which brings food and drink to guests on the beach). Gratuities are not required, but much appreciated. Drinking

Baleen Restaurant provides cocktails and alcoholic drinks alongside its food service, while Tiki Bar is open for lunch and snacks on the beach. Open for food till 5 p.m. and for beverages until sunset, all of its fare can be delivered to guests via the Beach Butler service. Available drinks are fairly varied and include beer, wines and fruity smoothies, though the focus is on signature and classic cocktails.

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»The Spa

The Spa

The in-house SpaTerre is a selling point for many guests looking to visit LaPlaya, with its classic 1920s-era wall decoration contrasting with its Asian-inspired furniture and treatments. The boutique spa resort has a stunning variety of day treatments or overnight vacations packages.

Salon services available include nail care, make up artistry, face and depilation, and specific bridal make-up consultations for wedding parties.

SpaTerre’s four specialty Global Rituals are influenced by different practices from around the world. The Javanese Royal Treatment focuses on massage, exfoliation and fragrant soaking tubs, while the Volcanic Earth Clay Ritual features Balinese foot massage and a detoxifying body mask made of volcanic clay. The Thai Herbal Therapy aims to relieve muscle tension and mental stress through aromatherapy and Thai massage, and the Royal Honey Massage is a luxurious full-body treatment for revitalization and harmonization.

Massages on offer have a huge variety to ensure guests can have a choice in how to best meet their needs. Sacred stone massages, pregnancy massages, Swedish massages, and deep tissue massage are among the treatments on offer, or hotel guests can also opt to receive a relaxing massage in-room or at a Poolside Cabana. All massages also come with optional enhancements such as scrubs, soaks or hair treatment, so guests can customize their massage aims.

SpaTerre’s other services include a section called Bodily Indulgences, which aim to meet other health and beauty niches. These aim to exfoliate, detox the body, or help relieve the Florida sunburn depending on which service you opt for. LaPlaya also features an on-site fitness center to work cardio and strength. The high-tech amenities include all the latest work out machines, a full aerobics and yoga studio, and Cybex weight machines alongside a variety of classes to ensure guests can stay healthy.

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»Golf

Golf

LaPlaya Beach and Golf Resort has a stunning 18-hole, par 72 golf course which is available for guests to use (for a fee). The course, which was designed by Robert Cupp, is very nearby and covers an expansive 6,907 yards, surrounded by verdant greenery and pristinely manicured lawns.

It was designed by internationally famous golf course architect Bob Cupp, and features 14 water-side holes to showcase the lakes and water features of the course. It’s the perfect place for keen players to tee off, and the David Leadbetter Golf Academy offers small, private classes to amateurs looking to improve their technique.

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»Weddings & Meetings

Weddings & Meetings

LaPlaya offers event planning for corporate meetings, as well as a variety of venues and special packages for these events. Meeting locations include the Vanderblit Ballroom for large gatherings, the Gulf Lawn for outdoor, casual meetings and even rental of the North Pool for those who combine business with pleasure.

Weddings can be held in the garden, on the beach or beside the pool, and there are many charming areas such as the colonnaded Lantern Lane offering views of Vanderblit Bay, and the Ballroom Terrace offering covered, open air space for wedding receptions.

LaPlaya is located on one of the beaches which endangered turtle sea turtles use for nesting. Every year, the beaches are taken over from May 1 to October 31 as guests share the sands with these majestic creatures. During this time, guests must be sure to close their drapes by 9 p.m. each night and be careful by the sea, and fire pit services are suspended so as not to disturb them.

The hotel is partnered with the Conservancy of Southwest Florida, so guests can learn more about the endangered species. Since the Conservancy of Southwest Florida Monitoring Project started over 25 years ago, more than 200,000 sea turtles have hatched on the beaches around Naples. Summer guests may see these rare creatures, making LaPlaya an exciting spot for nature lovers, too.

9891 Gulf Shore Dr, Naples, FL 34108, website, Phone: 239-597-3123

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