Marco Beach Ocean Resort Recertified as Environmentally Friendly Florida Green Lodge

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The award-winning Marco Beach Ocean Resort, located along the Gulf of Mexico’s famous white-sand beaches, has been recertified as an environmentally friendly destination, receiving a Two-Palm rating from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Green Lodging program.

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The award-winning Marco Beach Ocean Resort, located along the Gulf of Mexico’s famous white-sand beaches, has been recertified as an environmentally friendly destination, receiving a Two-Palm rating from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Green Lodging program.

Known for its stunning Gulf views, intimate environment and personalized service, the 93-suite Marco Beach Ocean Resort was originally certified as a Florida Green Lodge in 2010 and has received the triennial designation since.

The certification recognizes the resort for voluntarily adopting initiatives to conserve and protect Florida’s natural resources.

The Florida Green Lodging’s environmental guidelines are designed to help the hospitality industry evaluate its operations, set goals and take specific actions to continuously improve environmental performance. Eligible properties must address five core standards, including waste reduction, reuse and recycling; water conservation; energy efficiency; indoor air quality; and communication and education for guests, employees and the public.

“The Marco Beach Ocean Resort is committed to implementing green initiatives,” said Jonathan Whitlow, director of guest services at Marco Beach Ocean Resort. “Our beautiful stretch of beach and the Gulf of Mexico are the top reasons guests choose to stay with us. We are constantly improving our practices to protect our environmental treasures.”

Florida Green Lodging properties are required to submit environmental performance data annually and implement a minimum of two new environmental practices. The program not only benefits the environment, it also helps designated properties save money and increase occupancy rates.

Marco Beach Ocean Resort recently completed a comprehensive renovation of its one- and two-bedroom suites. The updated luxury interiors capture the sophisticated essence of the beachfront location with palettes of soft blues and green, warm washed-wood tones and elegant finishes. Additionally, guest suites were updated with Smart TVs featuring complimentary internet access.

Each of the 78 one-bedroom and 15 two-bedroom suites offers a kitchenette, spacious living room, and private balcony overlooking the Gulf of Mexico or lush garden terraces.

Overlooking the sparkling blue waters of the Gulf of Mexico, Marco Beach Ocean Resort is a designated AAA Four Diamond resort for 15 consecutive years, and was ranked No. 16 on the Travel + Leisure 2013 World’s Best Awards List of Top Resorts in the continental U.S. In 2015, the resort was recognized by Conde Nast Traveler as one of the top 25 resorts in Florida’s Gulf of Mexico and Central regions; was named among the top 400 hotels worldwide by Expedia+ members; and was inducted into the TripAdvisor Hall of Fame.

Marco Beach Ocean Resort features a variety of dining options ranging from beachfront casual to authentic Italian cuisine at the elegant, award-winning Sale e Pepe restaurant, which was recognized with its 13th consecutive AAA Four Diamond rating. The resort also offers a spa and fitness center, swimming pool, rooftop garden, and direct access to four miles of the island’s famed sugar-sand beaches. The resort’s location and amenities make it the perfect choice for vacations, destination weddings and executive business meetings.

Developed by the Gulf Bay® Group of Companies, Marco Beach Ocean Resort is located at 480 South Collier Blvd. on Marco Island. Shopping, entertainment and dining are all within walking distance; golf, boating, fishing, kayaking and nature tours are nearby. For additional information or to make reservations, call 239-393-1400 or toll-free at 800-715-8517, or visit marcoresort.com. Aubrey J. Ferrao is President of Gulf Bay Group of Companies.

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