Florida’s Southern Gulf Coast offers a great getaway from the daily grind. At the Edgewater Beach Hotel, you wake to magnificent waterfront views, relax or spend the day sightseeing, and end the night with a spectacular sunset. You can work from the hotel, bring the family if you want, focus on your wellness, or relax and unwind—the choice is yours. Edgewater Beach Hotel has the perks of a luxury hotel in a casual setting modern suites, making it a perfect getaway for your Naples, Florida visit.
Thanks to the Opal Collection and Edgewater Beach Hotel for hosting my meals and accommodations. As always, reviews and opinions are 100% mine and unbiased.
The Edgewater Beach Hotel is easily accessible, has a fast and efficient COVID in mind check-in procedure, and a stunning lobby. The cluster of red, orange and yellow hanging lights over the orange contemporary square couch took my breath away!
The hotel’s main restaurant, Coast, and bar sit in the back overlooking the pool deck, and a well-appointed gift shop and top-of-the-line cardiovascular and strength training equipment in the gym are off to the side. Pick up your bagged warm cookies (we had a variety of four types) for an afternoon pick-me-up, or savor happy hour specials at the bar or Reflections pool bar.
One deck down is the main attraction at Edgewater Beach Hotel, double swimming pools overlooking the Gulf. Blue and white umbrellas dot the otherwise blue and white landscape of lounge chairs, seating groups, and inviting, warm water. Palm trees and bird-of-paradise flowers, and a few other colorful blooms accented the pristine scene.
Coast features a signature cocktail and Wellness Wednesday menu. A few items included are:
- Buffalo Cauliflower Bites
- Avocado Tuna Melt
- Pizza Mushroom Caps
- Cilantro Celery Cooler (drink)
- Gingerly Pom Smash (drink)
- Spicy Avo-Keto Margarita (drink)
You can charge your goods to the room for a cashless transaction.
My favorite amenity (besides the pools) was the bike rentals. You sign/pay for them in the gift shop, and are shown downstairs to the bike rack where you have your pick. Helmets and bike locks are available should you need them. We had so much fun riding around the neighborhood and checking out the incredibly beautiful homes and trees.
All of Edgewater Beach Hotel’s rooms face the Gulf of Mexico. They have kitchens, so you can dine in, dine out, the choice is yours. On the third floor, my spacious room had a kitchen (with a granite counter breakfast bar), a dining area, huge living room, an even bigger bedroom, and bath. The kitchen was stocked with a Keurig coffee maker, pots & pans, dishes, utensils, and ultra-modern appliances. Daily housekeeping is available upon request.
The artwork is appealing yet straightforward. A marble-topped credenza lined the living room sectional back and had pretty knick-knacks adding a pop of color and playing into the beach vibe. The sleeper sectional sofa faced the sliding glass doors that led to the balcony or flat-screen TV to the other side. The number of plug-ins, some being HDMI, and iPod docking station were appreciated and used.
Our bedroom had a small closet, full-length mirror, flat-screen TV, wicker chair, and matching nightstands with lamps. The bathroom, comprised of two areas, had a glass-enclosed shower and toilet in one part, and great built-in closets and a granite sink in the other. Edgewater Beach Hotel uses signature and NEST brand toiletries, which get a thumbs up from me.
Outside, the deck ran the bedroom and living room’s length and had a table with chairs and two blue rocking chairs for enjoying the views. I watched the beachgoers walk, run, collect shells, and splash in the ocean by day, and families gathered to close the day by sunset at dusk.
One evening, my husband and I enjoyed a meal on the balcony and watched the sunset from our front row seats. Edgewater Beach Hotel is part of the Opal Collection’s stylish and posh home-away-from-homes.
Edgewater’s Self Care Program
Many of the hotel’s guests come for the health and wellness offerings. Edgewater Beach Hotel strives to provide the guest experience the chance to make more health-conscientious choices. The offer illustrated yoga cards, for those who might like to try it but are unfamiliar. You can even borrow a loaner yoga mat! Also available are fitness classes and yoga, and healthy dining options, denoted with a blue symbol on the menu.
The staff can also help arrange:
- Private and group yoga
- Guided mediation
- A customized wellness program
- Holistic nutrition
- In-suite massage
Edgewater has two restaurants. The main one, Coast, is inside the hotel lobby and has a dining terrace, perfect for watching the sunset. Second is Reflections pool bar, which serves little bites, such as fish bites, sliders, and coconut shrimp from their sunset menu from 4:30 PM to near sunset, or choose from an all-day dining one. During happy hour, you can get discounted appetizers and drinks. We had Chips, Salsa, and Guacamole, too.
For breakfast, try the Eggs Benedict or the Coastal Morning plate from Coast. I was excited to see turkey sausage on the menu, which should come as no surprise since Edgewater Beach Hotel strives for wellness and healthy options.
I found the Cauliflower Quinoa Cakes with goat cheese was an unusual combination. It was unlike anything I’d ever tried. The green onions and drizzle of balsamic brought the flavors together nicely.
You can’t go wrong with the Grilled Grouper (blackened) and Macadamia Crusted Snapper for dinner. My grouper came over a bed of Parmesan risotto with grilled asparagus with a Lemon Beurre Blanc sauce. Eddie’s fish was served over zucchini, jasmine coconut sticky rice, and a zesty wasabi Beurre Blanc sauce. Both of these dishes were 10/10 delicious! The Monkeybuntz (a local bakery) for dessert was a tasty option and enough to share. It was a warm cinnamon pull-apart sticky bun with cream cheese frosting and ice cream.
Coast’s menu often changes due to juggling the COVID pandemic and social distancing rules (allowed percentage of tables).
A Unique Feature
Edgewater Beach Hotel is the only hotel I’ve ever stayed at (and we are talking a couple hundred) that offers the full restaurant’s menu delivered to your door. I loved that option! The rooms had a copy of it in a convenient location, and our meal was delivered promptly, with everything we needed, and correctly, which pleased me to no end.
We tried the soup-of-the-day, shared a Caesar salad, and for our main courses, had the Seared Salmon over Forbidden rice and Grilled New York Strip with garlic mash and Brussels sprouts. We preferred the previous nights’ dinner to this one, but they were still delicious, and dining in was really romantic. We finished our meal with a slice of Key Lime Pie—yum.
Guests are steps from the sugar white-sand beach overlooking the gorgeous Gulf of Mexico. The hotel has staff on the beach to set up lounge chairs and rent kayaks and paddleboards. They can also bring food and drinks from the hotel bar and restaurant. The servers are attentive. Consider renting a luxury beach bed, new to me, but I was in love once I did it. A queen-sized mattress (bed) is set up along the coast with privacy shade and lounge chairs.
Eddie and I had breakfast brought down to the beach one morning and enjoyed a beautiful picnic from our day bed’s comfortable setting. It was romantic and delightful. Our picnic had avocado toast, salmon and lox bagels, fresh fruit, yogurt parfaits, bottled water, orange juice, and green smoothies.
Again, Edgewater Beach Hotel stresses a healthy lifestyle and wellness commitment to its guests, and our breakfast checked all the boxes for this idea. The avocado toast was excellent (I eat this often), but the bagel with salmon, capers, cream cheese, red onions, and sliced hard-boiled egg was the basket’s star. I would order this every day if given a choice!
Edgewater’s food isn’t cheap, but the convenience of it all, and food quality justified the price.
What to Do in Naples
The Edgewater Beach Hotel is two miles from the Naples Zoo, which the kids will love, and five from the Naples Botanical Garden, honestly one of the best in the whole state. Visiting Tin City is fun for the entire family or browsing or window-shopping at 5th Avenue South, Naples’ most famous street.
The beaches of Naples are pretty fantastic. They have dunes a few feet out in the water that are great for sitting/standing on. Plus, the sand doesn’t get hot like on the East Coast.
Eddie and I thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the Edgewater Beach Hotel. While I found Naples to be a stuffy community that is all upscale on my last trip, I found things for the average Joe to do on this one. I was impressed.
Edgewater’s family-friendly vibe and feel make this an excellent choice for accommodations when visiting this part of Collier County.
Happy travels to you.
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