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Al fresco fine dining at Baleen

Ocean front balconies in the tower

The lush villa style lobby

Stunning poolside landscaping
Windows to the gulf front in chic Baleen
Patterns and textures in the bedroom

Story and photography by David L. Taylor

The exquisite tones of the setting sun over white sandy beaches of the Gulf of Mexico warm the richly appointed LaPlaya Beach and Golf Resort in Naples Florida. From the many luxurious vantage points at the resort to salute the passing of another day the perfect choice is from expansive lanai, where the ringing of a bell announces an evening sunset celebration. From the gulf-front outdoor tables of the notable Baleen restaurant and the lounge the celebration continues into the evening hours. The delectable menu of Baleen, designed by famed chef and restaurateur Robbin Haas, is rich and surprising while never overpowering the flavors of the freshest seafood or other choice selections. The elegantly eclectic décor of the Baleen, like the décor thought the resort is refined and inviting designed to reflecting a distinct “old Naples classic aesthetic” and complimented with contemporary flourishes.

Japanese soaking tubs for after treatments
The Sophisticated traveler will find the tropically landscaped pool area plush and pampering. Ample lounge chairs and private cabanas surround lush lagoon enclaves and four uniquely designed pools connected by cascading water features. The tranquil Spa Blue, features treatments based on the traditions of Indonesia, where the sacredness of the body is treated as a temple to the soul. Treatments often are completed with a soak in a Japanese tub infused with rose petals on a private balcony overlooking the pools.

Golfers will enjoy the LaPlaya Golf Club designed by Bob Cupp. This 18-hole, par 72 golf course again reflects the lushness of design of the resort and is exclusive for hotel guests and LaPlaya club members. The resort offers catamarans, parasailing and wave runners for adventure of the waters of the Gulf of Mexico. For those guest that want to discover the many cultural and natural attractions in the area a personable concierge at the resort will help in planning the perfect outing. You can’t escape the pampering and luxury at LaPlaya Beach and Golf Resort – but then why would you want to?
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