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The Registry Resort & Club in Naples, Florida Relaunched as
Naples Grande Resort & Club Following Multi million Upgrade

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(Naples, FL -- October 18, 2005)  In late December, The Registry Resort & Club located in Naples, Florida, will relaunch with a new name and redesign, officially unveiling the first of many significant enhancements now underway at the property.  A favorite destination of discerning travelers since 1986, the property will be known as Naples Grande Resort & Club.  The resort’s multi-million dollar renaissance will feature a new banquet facility as well as a redesign of the lobby, lounge and bungalows and enhancements to the rooms and suites, created by world-renowned designer Robert Barry of Barry Design.  A signature restaurant and spa will also be added in coming months.  All of these upgrades will further solidify Naples Grande Resort & Club as one of Florida’s premier resort destinations.

One of the first components of this magnificent refurbishment is the addition of a new banquet facility that will debut in late 2005.  A sprawling 5,700 square feet, the new banquet facility will be available for the most casual to the most special of events.  Overlooking the pool area, the banquet facility will feature floor to ceiling windows on two sides, offering sweeping views of the tropical landscape and mangrove preserve.  The facility’s ceiling will be sprinkled with unique fabric lights that will evoke the mood of the blue waters just outside and create a soothing feel throughout.  Guests will also have the luxury of customizing the facility’s lighting to create any desired mood or setting.  Touches of aqua, taupe and celery green will adorn the walls and furniture while the floor pattern will extend outside to the Sunset Deck, lending the space a true indoor-outdoor feeling.  A fire pit bordered by a relaxed seating corner will be added to the outdoor area to provide guests with a cozy haven to enjoy during the cooler winter season. 

Slated for completion in December 2005 is the resort’s impressive and spacious lobby, which is being done in two phases to preserve the guest experience.  The new lobby will maintain the architectural integrity of the original space yet feature a fresh, more modern look with clean lines and an updated color palette.  The space, featuring soaring ceilings that range in height from 12 to 35 feet, will be opened up as well as simplified allowing for relaxed and seamless arrivals and departures.  Guests will move freely from the entrance to the reception after walking through the grand doors of the resort.  To the left and right of the lobby, glass alcoves are being added that will create intimate seating areas for guests to unwind or meet colleagues, friends and family.  These glass alcoves will be draped in white fabric, reminiscent of casual, elegant beach cabanas.

A monochromatic palette of warm beiges will accentuate the lobby’s natural grandeur and ambiance.  In an interesting juxtaposition of color, the new reception area will be highlighted by a dramatically backlit, edgeless carved glass wall whose color will subtly morph from Hermes-orange to a vibrant shade of red.  Additionally, a unique new fountain will be situated in the new lobby.  The one-story fountain, consisting of two 20-foot rings, will offer the soothing sounds of its cascading waters and resonate throughout the space.

A significant enhancement within the new lobby will be the reconstructed lounge and restaurant area.  Walls, which in the past had separated these areas from the lobby, have been removed to create an open, seamless space that transitions into the new adjacent catering and banquet facilities.

Each of Naples Grande Resort & Club’s 395 recently refurbished, luxuriously appointed guestrooms and 29 tower suites offer incredibly spacious balconied accommodations overlooking the Gulf of Mexico.  Ranging from 545 to 1,835 square feet, all guest rooms and suites feature a luxurious take on Floridian style while exuding the casual, comfortable elegance germane to the resort.  Custom designed furniture, luxurious fabrics and accessories such as silky window treatments, plush carpeting, and sumptuous bedding enrich each guestroom and suite. Oversized closets with plantation louvered doors, granite-topped dry bars and decorative wood molding further enhance the accommodations.  Expansive bathrooms in the guestrooms include five-fixture arrangements with dual vanity sinks, an oversized tub and separate glass-enclosed shower with stone and marble finishes. All suites feature separate living areas, dining areas that accommodate eight, spacious patios and an extra half-bath. 

The Bungalows, located separate from the main resort are also being completely refurbished by Bob Barry and slated to open in late 2006.  These 50 spacious and luxurious bungalows will feature design elements of relaxed gray, beige, and green.  With beautifully simple lines, the Asian-inspired bungalows will complement the furniture combinations of bleached and dark woods, highlight the richness of the materials used, and add a new level of warmth and comfort for guests to enjoy.

For golf aficionados, guests of Naples Grande Resort & Club are extended exclusive access to the private, championship 18-hole Rees Jones-designed Naples Grande Golf Club.  Celebrated for his work designing and restoring many PGA tournament courses, Jones’ design incorporates Naples' indigenous vegetation and offers a variety of height variations and tee placements to accommodate all skill levels.  Personal golf instruction can be arranged at Naples Grande Golf School, staffed with PGA-certified instructors.

Equally exceptional tennis facilities abound at Naples Grande Resort & Club.  Rated among Tennis Magazine’s 50 Greatest U.S.  Tennis Resorts, Naples Grande Resort & Club boasts 15 Har-Tru courts, five of which are lighted for evening play.  A full range of professional services are offered, including an exclusive matchmaking service through the tennis concierge, daily clinics, private and group lessons, special member tournaments and a children’s camp.

The “backyard” of Naples Grande Resort & Club features 23 waterfront acres that incorporates the best of Southwest Florida’s natural wonders.  The beach at Clam Pass, in addition to its soft, alabaster sand and tranquil Gulf waters, offers guests an array of non-motorized water sports including snorkeling, sailing, windsurfing, canoeing and kayaking.  In the resort’s own mangrove estuary, accessible via seaside boardwalk, or open-air tram, guests can enjoy the lush variety of foliage and animal life.   Naples Grande Resort & Club also offers five swimming pools, three with whirlpool spas, and the Mangrove Mountain 100-foot waterslide.  The main pool area, located on a sun deck overlooking the mangroves, features natural rock formations and private cabanas with butler service.

Naples Grande Resort & Club will continue its year-round children's program in which families combine fun and games with educational and ecological experiences.  Children ages four to 12 can share in daily activities supervised by trained childcare counselors.  Additional child-friendly, organized activities include scavenger hunts, aqua aerobics, arts and crafts and nature hikes, face-painting, star and penny diving, trivia contests, water volleyball, sidewalk art, wacky water races, beach shelling excursions, as well as weekend "Kids' Night Out" events and "Dive-In" movies at the main swimming pool. 

ABOUT LXR LUXURY RESORTS:

LXR Luxury Resorts is a portfolio of 23 independent properties dedicated to creating an experience of luxury, a sense of ease and endless pleasure.  LXR resorts are distinguished by a style and spirit that captures the unique qualities of their setting, whether the urban chic of a city like New York or the beauty and charm of an island like Puerto Rico.  All LXR Luxury Resorts offer elegant surroundings, attentive service, guest privileges at private golf clubs and rejuvenating spa programs.  LXR Luxury Resorts are located throughout the United States and Hawaii as well as in Puerto Rico, Jamaica, and London.  LXR also owns the renowned Golden Door Spa brand and its four spas in the U.S.

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Contact:

Naples Grande Resort & Club
www.luxuryresorts.com
(800) 247-9810

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Also See: Jean-Jacques Pergant Named President of Blackstone Affiliate Responsible for Operations of the Boca Raton Resort & Club; Josephe Berger Will Oversee Resorts Naples and Fort Lauderdale / December 2004
The Blackstone Group to Acquire Boca Resorts in Deal Valued at $1.25 billion, including Debt / October 2004

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