Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort, Marco Island
Marco Island , Florida
Tel: 239 394 2511
Tel: 800 438 4373
Concierge.com's insider take:
Even adults can go back to summer camp at this 732-room monster resort that's a destination in itself. It sits on a three-and-a-half-mile white sand beach, and while its decor isn't anything to write home about, it does have six restaurants, including beachfront Quinn's, casual Tropiks, and sophisticated steak and seafood dinner spot Kurrents. There are guided WaveRunner excursions to the Ten Thousand Islands mangrove estuary, half-day Everglades adventures, manatee-watching charters, shelling cruises on a six-passenger catamaran, kayaking, and Saturday night movies at the swimming pool. A $187-million face-lift in 2007 added a 24,000-square-foot spa, poolside cabanas, and a new clubhouse for the hotel's golf course, the Rookery at Marco (which is seven miles away on the mainland).