Overnight in Naples: A Hotel to Spoil You
Discover enticing ways to relax and rejuvenate at Naples' Inn on Fifth
WHEN IT COMES TO HEALTH AND WELLNESS, A WEEKEND AWAY FROM ALL THE THINGS THAT WEAR YOU DOWN IS ONE BEAUTIFUL WAY TO RENEW YOUR BODY AND MIND. THINK ABOUT HAVING A MASSAGE AND FACIAL, DINING ON THE TASTIEST HEALTHFUL FOOD PREPARED BY TOP-NOTCH CHEFS AND SLEEPING ON A THICK MATTRESS COCOONED IN SOFT 100-PERCENT COMBED-COTTON SHEETS.
You’ll find this and more at the Inn on Fifth and Club Level Suites in downtown Naples. In fact, it’s the perfect getaway, whether you spend the weekend or just visit for one blissful hour.
CHECK IN FOR THE WEEKEND
Sitting in the heart of historic Naples on Fifth Avenue South, the 119-room property offers an extraordinary blend of luxury accommodations, from spacious suites overlooking the pedestrianfriendly avenue to poolside rooms and a rooftop oasis. Then there’s the elegant Spa on Fifth and the new Avenue5 restaurant, both designed to cater to health-conscious guests looking to escape, indulge and unwind.
Enjoy a brief backyard vacation and book an overnight stay. Rooms are dressed in a palate of warm grays, creamy whites and crisp black with bold splashes of red. Plush pillow-top beds wrapped in the most comfortable smooth cotton sheets and the room’s black-out curtains all but guarantee that you’ll sleep like a baby, feeling totally refreshed in the morning. Soft bathrobes are a bonus and encourage lounging around in the room. And if there’s anything you need, the inn’s attentive professional staff is at your service.
FIND NEW WAYS TO RELAX
Tucked away on the third floor is the Spa on Fifth. In this relaxing environment guests can disappear for an hour or for the entire day. The spa’s interior was inspired by the work of Naples-based Jinx McDonald Designs. Asian influences, including Feng Shui elements and tropical touches, create a tranquil, Zen-like atmosphere.
A number of massage, facial and body treatments certain to soothe the soul range from the traditional Swedish massage to specially created packages, and the services are always tailored to meet the needs of each individual client. When it comes to products, the staff uses the finest all-natural lotions and creams, wholesome botanicals and therapeutic-grade essential oils.
Two of the most popular treatments are the Relax Custom Package and the Restore Custom Package. The two-hour Relax Custom Package starts at $225 and gives guests the option of choosing the Therapeutic Massage or the Traditional Swedish Massage; it also includes an Anti-Stress Facial.
Starting at $340, the Restore Custom Package is a threehour experience that incorporates a Therapeutic Massage with warm oils and a Custom Facial with a Hot Stone Foot and Hand Reflexology Massage. These experiences are just two of four custom packages available, each offering different treatments, lengths of time and pricing options.
“We go to great lengths to tailor [spa] treatments to individual needs and likes, from the type of scent to the amount of pressure and so much more.”
–Judy Neilsen, spa concierge at the Spa on Fifth
“Our custom packages are so popular because they give guests the exact treatments they need,” says Judy Neilsen, spa concierge at the Spa on Fifth. “We go to great lengths to tailor treatments to individual needs and likes, from the type of scent to the amount of pressure and so much more.”
You can think what you want about the health benefits of the “fruit of the vine,” or Vinotherapy, treatments, but no doubt wine enthusiasts will savor the experience. Grape seed and winemaking grape extracts and oils are used to nourish, revitalize and cleanse the skin. The extracts contain some of nature’s most powerful antioxidants—polyphenols and resveratrol— and are rich in collagen, which helps firm the skin and slow down the aging process. The spa’s Vinotherapy treatments include: a Vinotherapy Body Scrub (used in the Renew Custom Package), Vino Radiance Exfoliating Facial, and the Pinot Noir Vinotherapy Detoxing Wrap.
The spa menu features nine different facials—some starting as low as $120—for guests who want to regain a healthy, youthful glow. According to Neilson, all facials utilize dfi Aging products, which are vegan and contain no soy, gluten, parabens or GMOs. Treatment options include the Spa on Fifth Anti-Aging Facial, Rejuvenating Anti-Stress Facial, Deep Pore Cleansing Facial, and Skin Firming Facial, among others. Gentlemen favor the Aromatherapy Renewal Facial with hand and foot reflexology, which releases pressure and stress within the body and improves blood flow.
Hotel guests can enjoy a variety of Spa on Fifth massage treatments in the comfort and privacy of their own guest room for a small additional charge. Massage options include Swedish Light Relaxation Massage, Therapeutic Massage (offering medium pressure), and deep tissue massage. The Hot Stone & Harmony massage and Reflexology Hand & Foot massage are two other popular choices. For those who want a little more indulgence, hot stones can be added to any massage for $20. The spa also has a private couples treatment room for romantic retreats and quality time among girlfriends or mothers and daughters.
More healthful body treatments with a twist include the Dead Sea Salt and Mineral Mud Scrub, an Australian Lime Green Tea Body Wrap, and a Chocolate Raspberry Brown Sugar Scrub. Guests can enhance their treatments with a variety of add-ons, such as an Aromatherapy Hand and Foot Exfoliant ($20), 30-minute Aromatherapy Full Body Scrub ($60), and Décolleté and Hand Rejuvenator ($55). The Spa on Fifth also offers ear candling and waxing services.
When guests arrive at the spa, they are escorted to a locker, complete with plush robe and slippers for use during the visit, and then the waiting area where they can relax with a glass of wine or water. Guests also have access to the sauna and steam room before and after treatments. Each spa guest receives the personal assistance of the spa manager and concierge, who can make suggestions for activities, dining and more in Naples. The concierge will even make reservations upon request.
SPOIL YOUR TASTE BUDS TOO
After a day at the spa, plan on dinner at the Inn on Fifth’s upscale Avenue5 restaurant. Located on property, the new $3 million restaurant features exquisite food, a vintage glam ambiance and a breathtaking island bar. World-renowned Jeffrey Beers International’s design team created a stylish, yet inviting, atmosphere by blending a luminous, light and airy
Avenue5’s menu was developed using California cuisine style, a type of cooking utilizing fusion and incorporating freshly prepared local ingredients. California cuisine typically features food low in saturated fats and high in fresh vegetables and fruits.
palette with colors of the sunset. The restaurant’s centerpiece is the gorgeous island bar, which seats 19 guests and is perfect for socializing, entertaining and relaxing with friends.
Avenue5’s culinary team brings decades of experience to the kitchen. The menu was developed using California cuisine style, a type of cooking utilizing fusion and incorporating freshly prepared local ingredients. California cuisine typically features food low in saturated fats and high in fresh vegetables and fruits. The team has worked diligently to create dishes with clean, fresh flavors that take advantage of natural ingredients whenever possible. They use vegetables, such as onion puree and carrot puree, as thickening agents rather than making a roux from flour and butter.
Additionally, Avenue5 chefs expertly pair acid flavorings with certain fish and meat dishes. One prime example of this method of cooking is the yellowfin tuna. Tahini (paste made from ground sesame seeds) is brushed on the tuna and cooked in a sweet soy vinaigrette with a champagne base. Two other healthy menu choices are the blackened red snapper, served with tostados and pineapple-pepper relish, and the Scottish salmon, accompanied by a sweet pepper jam. These items use the natural sugars in the vegetables rather than adding sweeteners. Guests looking to watch their diet will enjoy the a la carte menu from which they pick their own sides, including steamed asparagus and roasted root vegetables.
Avenue5 chefs use sustainable and local seafood whenever possible and organic and non-hormonal meats from farms that provide traceability back to the original source. Guests enjoy grass-fed beef from Estancia Beef, “naked bird” chicken from Joyce Farms and more. They also work with local farmers to obtain the freshest produce and micro greens.
“We’re always looking for ways that we can grow and source more locally,” says Avenue5’s executive chef John Welch. “Over
time, we’ll continue integrating more locally sourced products and introduce new items to the menu.”
Consistently the restaurant showcases the best available ingredients, allowing them to shine with simplicity and elegance on the menu. There’s an array of appetizers, soups, salads and raw bar selections, and guests find delectable items such as duck confit crepes, native Maine lobster bisque and jumbo asparagus salad. For entrees diners can choose from various cuts of meats, chops, local vegetables, and seafood from Florida and Maine, including Maine lobster.
Among the specialties are char-broiled vegetables, diver sea scallops a la plancha, seafood risotto, and surf and turf. A la carte meat and seafood options include 100-percent Heritage Berkshire two-bone pork chop, a 24-ounce Braveheart 30-day-aged cowboy steak, sea bass and the three pound Main lobster. Creative sides like garlic cheese fries, char-grilled mushrooms and lobster mac and cheese can be added.
If you decide to pair wine with dinner, you’ll have 300 choices, including wines from Europe, South America, Australia and America. Craft beers are available by the glass or the bottle, and Avenue5’s signature drinks include barrel-aged cocktails and herb-based drinks.
The restaurant serves lunch and dinner seven days a week and accepts reservations only for dinner.
For more information or to reserve a table for dinner at Avenue5, visit the website Avenue5Naples.com or call 239-403-7170. For additional information or to make an appointment at the Spa on Fifth, visit innonfifth.com/spa-on-fifth or call 239-280-2777.
From the Inn on Fifth’s prime location on Fifth Avenue South in downtown Naples, guests can explore the surrounding boutiques and art galleries on foot.
A weekend at the Inn on Fifth allows for pampering time at the hotel’s Spa on Fifth; the popular couples massage is sure to make your visit memorable.
Avenue5’s chefs beautifully plate the diver sea scallops a la plancha, served with applewood bacon and fingerling potatoes.
Counterclockwise from top: The new Avenue5, with its sophis
ticated appeal, has raised the bar for luxury dining on Fifth Avenue South; the restaurant’s succulent 3-pound lobster; the island bar has become a see-and-be-seen spot on the avenue.