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Nouveau Naples

Jürgen Frank A chunk of coral in a blue glass bowl atop the Vaughan Benz dining table at the Naples Grande Resort & Club.

Photo: Jürgen Frank

THE MASTER BEDROOM The Naples Grande Resort & Club's designer, Robert Barry, had Vaughan Benz and the Fong Brothers Company manufacture much of the furniture, including an altar of luminous serenity: • a sleek, backlit headboard of whitewashed oak, which emits an eerie, vaguely radioactive glow at night. • The platform bed is topped with a plush Simmons mattress dressed in 300-thread-count Fili D'Oro linens. • Unfortunately, the brushed-nickel lamp, flanked by the obligatory Voss water bottle, has to be moved much closer to the bed for reading.

THE SUITE LIFE • The bungalow suite's living room, with casual beach house conceits, is a Mercer-esque tone poem in organic minimalism; the wooden sofa bed—all hard edges and narrow cushions—is, alas, profoundly uncomfortable. • In the bathroom, we loved the luxurious 12-inch-square rain-shower fixture, and the Golden Door spa robes were as soft as an embrace. The downside: an awkwardly low polished-chrome–and–faux-leather stool set at a dimly lit vanity. Worse, half of the bungalow bathrooms won't have tubs, the primal indulgence of any good hotel suite. • A complex chunk of coral in a blue glass bowl atop the Vaughan Benz dining table is a nod to the easy, breezy, let's-wander-the-beach vibe of Florida—perfect for a Naples hotel. • In the bedroom, a print of an Anna Mathes homage to palm fronds is one of the few obvious references to the Sunshine State in the 1,100-square-foot suite, and very attractive indeed. • A room service presentation of an asparagus, anchovy, and tomato crostini on white china with sculptural salt and pepper shakers rests atop a Fong Brothers Company table made from vinyl strips woven together to resemble rattan— the triumph of artifice, something of a Florida art form. • The living room patio looks out over a courtyard pool area adorned with tropical foliage and more faux-rattan furnishings; it's a little Melrose Place–meets–The Golden Girls for us, though not a deal-breaker. Nonetheless, this bungalow—one of the 50 rolling out from June through the winter season—reflects the quiet (and casual) side of minimalism that's a rarity in these parts.

Naples Grande Resort & Club, 475 Seagate Dr.; 800/247-9810 or 239/597-3232; www.naplesgranderesort.com; one-bedroom bungalow suites from $799.

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