"It is a pleasure to announce Phillip's promotion to general manager," said Mr. Champion. "He is a superb hotelier who vividly understands the nuances of the luxury market. Phillip is a tremendous resource to this remarkable resort, uniquely situated to provide water access to Naples Bay and the Gulf of Mexico."
Phillip Starling was most recently director of operations for Marenas Resort, Benchmark's Personal Luxury property located inSunny Isles Beach, Florida. Prior to joining Benchmark Hospitality International, Mr. Starling served as general manager for The Grove Isle Hotel & Spa, located in Coconut Grove, Florida. He has held senior-level leadership and management positions for hotels and resorts throughout Florida, Georgia and Kentucky.
Originally from the US Virgin Islands, Phillip Starling received his Associates Degree at Valencia Community College of Orlando. He is a Certified Hospitality Housekeeping Executive through the American Hotel & Lodging Association, and is a United States Army veteran, having served in Germany. He resides in the Naples area with his family.
The 20-acre Naples Bay Resort is ideally situated on the Gulf of Mexico in southwest Florida. Part of Benchmark Hospitality's exclusivePersonal Luxury Resorts & HotelsSM, guests at the Four Diamond property can select from a choice of luxurious accommodations, including The Cottages, 108 two- and three-bedroom villas; and The Hotel, which features 65 designer-furnished, one- and two-bedroom suites and 20 guest rooms. Restaurants include Olio on Naples Bay, Bonefish Grill and Bluewater Bar & Grill.
Recreation facilities include a spa and fitness center; full-service tennis center with six lighted, Har-Tru courts, pro shop and lessons; Pilates, aerobics and yoga classes; lagoon-style, lazy river, children and lap pools; and private cabanas. The resort's 97-slip marina incorporates a Yacht Club, waterfront pool, ship's store, fuel dock and rental boats, including 22-foot Kayot and 24-foot Everglades boats.
Naples Bay Resort is located at 1500 Fifth Avenue South, Naples, Fla. 34102 and is operated by Benchmark Hospitality International.
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