MARCO ISLAND, FLA. — Following a $320 million renovation, the Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort, Golf Club & Spa has converted to a 726-room JW Marriott property, it was announced Dec. 3.
“This brand conversion brings to fruition years of planning, dedication and hard work, and I could not be more pleased,” said Rick Medwedeff, general manager of the resort.
Leading the culinary program is executive chef Eric Vasta, who most recently held the post at JW Marriott Marquis Dubai. Culinary programming will include private sommelier-led wine tastings and chef’s table experiences at signature restaurant Ario, helmed by chef de cuisine Gerald Sombright.
Beachside gastronomic activities include fish-grilling classes, rum tastings and private dinners. JW Marriott Marco Island features Spa by JW. Guests can customize their spa experience, choosing from a variety of menu options from full-service treatments to express spa services that start at a 12-minute entry point and are bookable without an appointment. Additional spa services include daily beach yoga and weekly spa events.
Slated to open in the fall is a 94-room, adults-only tower offering a rooftop pool, restaurant and 12,000-square-foot indoor entertainment centre. Devised by Florida-based design and architecture firm, Edge of Architecture, Inc., the new tower will offer views of the Gulf of Mexico. Once completed, the resort will offer 100,000 square feet of event space and 810 guestrooms and suites.
In 2015, the resort began phase one of a three-phase makeover and brand conversion project, including expanded pool decks, a refurbished lobby, a new porte-cochere and a revitalized front entrance. The second phase, which concluded on Dec. 31, 2016, unveiled new guestrooms and culinary offerings, including the addition of two new signature restaurants, Ario and Maia, and a new beachfront tiki bar, Kane.
Other amenities at the Balinese-styled resort include four pools and two championship golf courses, the Rookery at Marco and Hammock Bay Golf & Country Club. The property is located 20 minutes south of Naples and a 50-minute drive from Southwest Florida International Airport.