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$80 Million Marco Island Marriott Resort, Golf Club & Spa Renovation Project Unveiled

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MARCO ISLAND, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--March 10, 2004--An $80 million renovation of the Marco Island Marriott Resort, Golf Club & Spa, including a 24,000-square-foot Balinese Health Spa and new 10,000 square-foot ballroom with beachside terrace, will captivate the senses of planners, attendees, and guests from around the globe. The complete renovation is funded by the owner of the property, Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company, (Mass Mutual). Mass Mutual's Adviser for the project is Cornerstone Real Estate Advisers, Inc.

All 727 guest rooms and suites boasting private balconies were renovated and designed in soothing and muted tones of the island's environment. The Tiki Pool features majestic waterfalls and a children's slide surrounded by lava rock formations and exquisite landscaping. A complete $7.5 million enhancement of the property's Audubon-endorsed Rookery at Marco golf course complements the generous fairways. This tropical oasis has now become even more intriguing under the redesign of famed golf course architect Bob Cupp, Jr. Additionally, a complete redesign and renovation of the resort's vaulted atrium lobby, 20,000 square-foot Islands Ballroom (formerly the Grand Ballroom) and signature restaurants, Kurrents and Tropiks are electrifying.

Even prior to the renovation project, more than 28,000 subscribers of Conde Nast Traveler recognized the resort as one of the world's best places to stay, placing the resort on the prestigious 2003 Gold List. With 60,000 square feet of versatile meeting space on two levels, large or small groups can be expertly accommodated. The resort's dedicated team of event organizers can help create memorable, creative events inside, poolside, or beachside. Over the years, the island property has proudly been the recipient of numerous other prestigious awards and honors, including: Successful Meetings' Pinnacle and Ace Awards, Meeting and Conventions Gold Key, Gold Tee and Gold Platter Awards, Corporate Meetings & Incentives' Paragon and Golden Links Awards and Corporate & Incentive Travel's Award of Excellence and Greens of Distinction.

Marco Island Marriott Resort, Golf Club & Spa showcases seven restaurants and lounges, two outdoor pools, children's wading pool, whirlpool, wave runner, catamaran, kayak and sailboat rentals. For information, or reservations call 800-438-4373, or

CONTACT: Nadine DeGenova Public Relations, Altamonte Springs, Fla. Nadine DeGenova, 407-682-2625
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