We were looking for a rental that had an up-scale feel, be comfortable and spacious, as well as feel like home. This home met those desires. The home was very recently renovated so everything was fresh for us. That was a pleasant surprise. There were also extra personal touches that helped make the experience memorable. The owner was very nice and responsive to any minor troubles we had. She also provided access to her cleaning service which was a plus.
We are golfers so we wanted to be on a golf course we could use. The house is located on the Royal Palms CC course at the approach to number 6 green, on the right. We often sat by the pool and watched golfers go by. Many commented that "our" house was the prettiest on the course. We agree. We never met anyone "from" Naples, so you can't be out of place here. Everyone was friendly and wanted to share stories of getting out of the cold.
Royal Palms offered a discount golf package that was a good value. Tee times in early January were available, but became harder to get the best tee times as we approached February, even during the week. The Royal Palms turned out to be my favorite course of the 7 we tried. Our biggest disappointment was that only full members were allowed to walk the course. There are 5 good courses open to the public within 3 miles.
The one thing that disappointed me about the house was that the pool could not be made warm enough to use. There is a solar heater, and a very small coil heater, but there was not enough heating capacity to warm the water in the cool temps we had. Too many days below 70 deg with cloud cover prevented the system from working well enough. I would suggest the the coil heater be upgraded to a larger unit.