For first-time visitors to Mediterra on Livingston Road, just two miles north of Immokalee Road in North Naples, the community initially conveys a sense of completeness. Lushly landscaped streetscapes, soothing water features, a majestic clubhouse that anchors the community’s amenity core, and luxurious residences set against golf course, preserve, and water views all speak to Mediterra’s award-winning history. Yet, even for all its unmistakable grandeur and industry acknowledgements, Mediterra is a place that is still becoming, a place that continues to expand its amenity and home choices to create a more thoughtful, more relaxed approach to luxury living that reflects the preferences of homebuyers who crave livability, fun, and personal connections over the formality of their parents’ country club lifestyle.
The Collier Building Industry Association (CBIA) has named Mediterra recipient of its Sand Dollar Award for Community of the Year an unprecedented 11 times. The Club at Mediterra has been designated as a Top 50 Platinum and Distinguished Emerald Club. The Emerald Club designation puts Mediterra in the top 5% of all country clubs in the world. The Club was named recipient of an Aurora Award for Best Residential Development within the Southeastern United States and is number 49 on the Top Tier Club list. No other club in Collier County is included. Mediterra has also been named the “Best Place to Retire in Florida” and 10th best in the world since 2014 by Best Retirement Destinations. The Club at Mediterra was named one of the healthiest Club’s in the United States and was the first private residential Club to be honored with a “Green” certification. The Club is home to the world’s first golf course to be recognized as an Audubon Silver Sanctuary.
Mediterra’s amenities offer the possibility of living a healthy, active lifestyle. The grand 25,000 square-foot Mediterranean-style clubhouse is a favored gathering place offering formal and informal dining, the Tavern outdoor lounge experience, and an inviting outdoor open-air terrace with firepits that overlooks the 18th holes of the community’s two Tom Fazio-designed championship golf courses that weave their way along sparkling lakes, wetlands, and nature preserves. The clubhouse offers an engaging atmosphere where informal attire, including jeans, is always welcomed. Under the direction of Carmen Mauceri, a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America and winner of the American Culinary Federation Award of Excellence and Chef de Cuisine for a Presidential Dinner, The Club at Mediterra’s dining options offer a varied menu with unique concepts that include a “doctor’s orders” menu with a selection of healthy items.
A 24,000 square-foot clubhouse expansion started in 2018 and will expand the covered outdoor terrace and outdoor lounge areas that have become increasingly popular with Mediterra’s residents. In addition, 7,000 square feet of existing clubhouse space will be enhanced as part of the initiative that is being undertaken without a member assessment.
Mediterra’s Sports Club is situated adjacent to the clubhouse at the community’s piazza. A fitness center that was expanded by 3,000 square feet last year is outfitted with state-of-the-art equipment and offers fitness classes ranging from aerobics to Zumba, wellness programs, personal trainers, aesthetic services, three spa rooms, and a swimming pool with a sunning deck and smoothie bar. The Club’s tennis program is acknowledged as one of the top programs in the country. Tennis facilities include a dedicated tennis pro shop and eight Har-Tru tennis courts, including a spectator court. Three pickleball courts with a Laykold masters’ gel surface that reduces the force of impact by 17 percent have oversized perimeter areas that allow each court to stand alone. More than 700 members enjoy competing on the Club’s bocce ball courts. Historically themed parks and water features that are unique to Mediterra are connected by nearly eight miles of walking and biking trails.
The 10,000 square-foot Mediterra Beach Club on nearby Little Hickory Island is the community’s Holy Grail. No other luxury golf course community in Southwest Florida can match the beach experience available to Mediterra residents. The Beach Club conveys “the magic of the beach” with colors reminiscent of the sand and water and South Beach casual elegance. The bar area has a sporty feeling with large screen televisions. The Beach Club’s wine bar is overseen by Mediterra’s two sommeliers. An extensive wine list includes 20 wines for $20 per bottle. Carmen Mauceri oversees the Beach Club’s culinary team of executive chef Chris Fragolaand sous chef Shane Dorey both of whom are certified chefs de cuisine. The chefs vary the menu on a regular basis while retaining the diners’ favorites, such as seared ahi tuna with a glass-noodle stir fry and a smoked-chicken pasta offering with sun-dried tomatoes. In addition to casual indoor and al fresco dining, the Beach Club offers an elevated swimming pool with an expansive sundeck and cabana service for beach chairs and umbrellas that enhance members’ enjoyment of the Club’s pristine beach and the Azure-toned waters of the Gulf of Mexico.
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