Marriott provides sneak peek at improvements


In a year and a bit, the letters JW will appear in front of the Marriott resort name on Marco Island, following massive renovations and additions put at $250 million.

On Wednesday, management hosted a sneak peek at some of the recently completed phase 2 projects. They included a gym (featuring treadmills with screens that emulate national and worldwide routes), the already bustling Maia casual restaurant, an example of a newly renovated guest suite, and a colorful frozen yogurt bar that serves guests using the two pools at the resort.

Welcoming media representatives and some local dignitaries, sales and marketing Director Bob Pfeffer used the term "The Art of More" for the resort, which was later echoed by Rick Medwedeff, general manager.

"We dreamed about having a product you're proud to sell," Pfeffer said.

After a 90-day close, the resort opened Aug 1, sporting an expanded main pool deck, a redesigned and spacious lobby with "pod" check-ins and check-outs, and the casual restaurant. The more formal restaurant, the Ario, is due to open Oct. 1.

Upon completion in January 2017, the resort will elevate to complete JW Marriott status with the addition of 94-room adults-only lanai tower on the property's south side. A rooftop pool, a celebrity chef restaurant and a 12,000-square-foot indoor entertainment center will debut with the opening of the tower.