On our recent trip to Florida, we decided to shake things up and stay in Naples, FL rather than our old stomping grounds, Marco Island, FL. Naples is a wonderful city with many activities to fill your days with shopping, golfing, fishing, and, of course, beaching. We stayed at the Vanderbilt Beach Resort. Located right on the beach, this family-owned hotel sports cozy condos that are well furnished and kept up excellently. The condos really feel like a home away from home for the time that is spent there. For those of you who enjoy your beach time, the beach is either a step away or just across the street (depending on what building you’re staying at). If you are not on the beach, you are across the street with pretty views of the bay. On the beach, towels, chairs, and umbrellas are included with your stay.
If the cozy condos and the stunning sunsets on the beach isn’t enough to convince you to give the Vanderbilt Beach Resort a look, then its restaurant surely will. The Turtle Club is the Vanderbilt Beach Resort’s restaurant that is on the beach. And when I say on the beach, I mean you actually are sitting and eating in the sand! This makes for an experience unlike any other. Lunch and Dinner is served at the Turtle Club, so you could even make reservations twice in a day (and yes, reservations are needed for the Turtle Club). The food is perhaps some of the most amazing food I have ever had, and that’s saying a lot considering how much food I’ve eaten. The food is on another level of elegance and taste. I love shrimp and grits, and the Turtle Club’s lemon grits are some the best grits that I have ever had. Normally, I am not a fan of pan seared grouper, but this grouper was absolutely to die for, and the citrus rice and crab served with it were equally amazing. However, the Turtle Club is pricier than the local diners, so keep that in mind. The food and atmosphere is worth the price, be sure of that!
In addition to having knockout food and atmosphere, the wait staff were friendly and knowledgeable about the menu and were willing to help with any questions we had. Overall, both the Vanderbilt Beach Resort and the Turtle Club recieve the ETT seal of approval. The Resort will be earning a 9/10 for excellent rooms, and the Turtle Club earned an 11/10 for quite possible the best seafood I will ever eat.