Marco Island

Explore a world of paradise with the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine at Marriott's exclusive Marco Island resort near Naples, Florida. This world-class Marco Island resort is situated on three miles of pristine beachfront property and offers an exhilarating retreat from the ordinary.

The resort features a lavish spa with Balinese-influenced treatments, two private 18-hole championship golf courses, and spacious accommodations with premier amenities, technology upgrades, and views of the Florida Gulf Coast.

Close your computer, silence the pager, pack up your family, and head to beautiful and sunny Marco Island for a relaxing "wellness weekend” hosted by Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine. This weekend event is open to all alumni, resident graduates, faculty, and friends of the Boonshoft School of Medicine.

Marriott resort

The $125 registration fee per person includes:

  • Friday night luau on the beach
  • Daily breakfast buffet
  • Saturday night dinner in Naples, including transportation
  • Continuing Medical Education
  • High-speed internet
  • Shelling excursion

Make your hotel reservation — Discounted rooms are almost sold out!

Family shopping at the mallMarco Island Marriott Beach Resort, 400 S. Collier Blvd., Marco Island, Florida 34145—$269 per night (Thursday-Sunday)

The resort is almost sold out, but we have a limited number of rooms left in our block at the significantly discounted rate of $269 per night. To secure a room, contact Nicki Crellin at (937) 245-7628 or rather than calling the hotel.

Travel Information

  • Fort Myers (RSW) 45 miles
  • Miami (MIA) 102 miles
  • Fort Lauderdale (FLL) 116 miles

Helpful Hint: Rent a car from Hertz to get to the hotel from the Fort Myers airport. Turn your car in at the Marriott upon arrival at no additional fee.

Book your extra activities early, this is peak season!

Call (239) 394-2511 and ask for the concierge. 

Additional activities include:

  • Golf
  • Off shore and backwater fishing
  • Bicycle rental
  • Paddleboarding
  • Waverunners
  • Parasailing
  • Everglades excursion
  • Segway tour and more!
W.E.L.L. Itinerary

7–9 p.m.

Tennis Tournament*

2–4 p.m.

Shelling in Ten Thousand Islands on a private charter, Calusa Spirit 
(limit 49 people)


7–10 a.m.

Breakfast buffet at Tropiks

7:30–10:30 a.m.


9:30–10:30 a.m.

CME for kids

11 a.m.–1 p.m.

Tennis Tournament*

2–4 p.m.

Shelling in Ten Thousand Islands on a private charter, Calusa Spirit
(limit 49 people)

6:30–10 p.m.

Luau on Tiki Beach


7–10 a.m.

Breakfast buffet at Tropiks

7:30–10:30 a.m.


5:30 p.m.

Dinner in Naples at the home of Joseph (‘85) & Merrylee Kandel
(bus leaves hotel at 5:30 p.m.)


7–10 a.m.

Breakfast buffet at Tropiks

*Additional fee applies, see the registration form.

W.E.L.L. Activities

Friday Night Luau On Tiki Beach

Hosted by Marjorie Bowman, M.D., M.P.A., dean of the WSU Boonshoft School of Medicine

You will be greeted at the luau by hula dancers. Enjoy music, food, and drinks throughout the evening while connecting with alumni, friends, and their families. Hula dancers will perform the traditional Tahitian Otea dance to the sound of Tahitian drums. Dressed in beautiful costumes, the performers will entertain you with high-energy dances from Hawaii, Tahiti, Samoa, and New Zealand. The show will end with an exciting and dangerous fire knife dance—sure to be a thrill for everyone!

Saturday Night Dinner in Naples

Jospeh and Merrylee Kandel invite you and your family to their home in Naples for a Saturday evening reception and dinner. Joseph is a 1985 graduate of the Boonshoft School of Medicine. Don't forget to bring the kids’ swimsuits! Transportation to and from the hotel will be provided.

Daily Breakfast Buffet at the Hotel

Enjoy a morning breakfast buffet at Tropiks made with only the freshest ingredients in this family-oriented restaurant located on the lower level. Breakfast vouchers will be provided upon arrival.

Shelling Excursion

Experience the relaxing and cool Gulf waters aboard the Calusa Spirit! This 49-passenger power catamaran departs directly from the sugar sand beach of the Marriott and will transport you to a whole new world—the Ten Thousand Islands! This ecosystem is comprised of thousands of mangrove estuaries, and is full of beautiful and unique wildlife. The Calusa Spirit calmly navigates the backwaters in search of dolphin, manatee, and bald eagles—and upon arrival at Cape Romano, explore the secluded beach in search of the most ornate seashell treasures! This exclusive excursion will be offered on Thursday and Friday at 2 p.m.


Continuing Medical Education (CME)

Wright State University (WSU) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. WSU designated this live activity for a maximum of 5.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Additional Activities


Call (239) 394-2511 to make your golf reservation.

The Rookery at Marco—7,200 yards, Robert Cupp Design, Tifeagle Greens, home of the Rookery at Marco Golf Academy. Gracing its tranquil surroundings at more than 7,200 yards in length, the resort’s private course blends brilliantly with its native topography and intrigues players as it playfully twists through wetlands and estuaries.

Hammock Bay Golf Club—6,900 yards, Jacobsen Hardy Design, seadwarf Paspalum grass, greens and fairways. The course, designed by Peter Jacobsen and Jim Hardy, is a par 72 Championship golf course. Hammock Bay Golf Club opened in 2004 and is nestled among the surrounding beauty of the Ten Thousand Islands.

Tennis Tournament—$30

Register for this activity online. Further information will be provided to those who sign up for this activity as we get closer to the weekend event.

A tennis tournament will be held February 6, 7–9 p.m., and February 7, 11 a.m.–1 p.m. This activity is being coordinated by Paul Koles, M.D., Chair of the Department of Pathology at the Boonshoft School of Medicine. We plan to have a combination of mixed doubles, men’s doubles, and women’s doubles. Making friends and having fun is the goal, serious competition is optional! Players of all skill levels are encouraged to participate. 

The Spa—prices vary

To make a reservation, contact the spa concierge at (239) 642-2686 or visit (see this PDF for spa details)

The Spa at Marco Island Marriott offers guests the utmost in a relaxing and individual spa experience. This Balinese-style health spa, offers a luxurious enclave of tranquility surrounded by broad beaches and a calming sea. 

Tiki Tribe Discovery Day Camp—$70 per child

Register for day camp directly with the hotel by calling (239) 394-2511.

Ages 5–12
Hours: 10 a.m.–3 p.m.
Kids get the chance to become wildlife explorers in a small, nurturing day camp setting. 

Campers are led by Marriott-trained activity coordinators in activities where they receive individualized attention while participating in swimming, crafts, sports, nature lessons, video games, and back of the house tours!


For more information, please contact Nicki Crellin, associate director for advancement at (937) 245-7628 or

Marco Island, FL