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The Renaissance World Golf Village Resort In Jacksonville/St. Augustine, Florida Receives “2013 Certificate Of Excellence” From TripAdvisor

. . . Prestigious Award Is For The Top-Performing 10% Of All Businesses Worldwide On TripAdvisor; The Resort With No Resort Fees

JACKSONVILLE/ST. AUGUSTINE, FL (June 2013) – The Renaissance World Golf Village Resort in Jacksonville/St. Augustine, Florida, has received the prestigious “2013 Certificate of Excellence” from TripAdvisor, which is given to businesses that consistently earn high ratings from TripAdvisor travelers. The esteemed award places the resort in the top-performing 10% of all businesses worldwide on TripAdvisor, which is the world’s largest travel website. TripAdvisor features over 100 million candid reviews, opinions, and photos of hotels, restaurants, attractions and more, by travelers. The website assists customers in gathering travel information, posting reviews and opinions of travel-related content, and features interactive travel forums. 

Located within the lush 6,300-acre World Golf Village, The Renaissance World Golf Village Resort has been a consistent winner of many other honors too. This includes the AAA Four-Diamond rating, which is an honor achieved by less than 4% of the AAA approved properties. The resort also received Association Meetings magazine’s “2012 Inner Circle Award,” where it was one of only 40 resorts or hotels in the United States chosen to receive the award. Other honors recently bestowed on the resort include Smart Meetings magazine’s prestigious “Platinum Choice Award,” Successful Meetings magazine’s acclaimed “Pinnacle Award,” Meetings & Conventions magazine’s sought after “Gold Key Award,” and Corporate Meetings & Incentives magazine’s prestigious “Paragon Award.” 

Not resting on its laurels the resort completed many enhancements in 2011, which included the opening of the Villagio Italian Grille; the opening of The Resort Shop, which serves a full menu of Starbuck’s coffees, pastries, breakfast fare, sandwiches, soups, salads, wraps, and desserts, as well as souvenirs; the expansion of its outdoor event space La Terrazza; the addition of a fountain called La Piazza; the addition of a picturesque gazebo; and the expansion of its pool deck with new seating areas. 

These enhancements follow a $10 million resort-wide renovation that was completed in 2008, which included the complete remodeling of guest rooms and suites, a dramatically-renovated lobby, newly-remodeled guest room corridors, and an expanded fitness center with state-of-the-art equipment. The resort also boasts a dramatic nine-story atrium lobby, which features a Colonial/Asian theme with lush foliage and a colorful 7-story modern hanging sculpture that is reminiscent of open Florida skies. 

Recreational options at the resort include two championship golf courses: the popular Slammer & Squire (just steps from The Renaissance Resort), and the renowned King & Bear (co-designed by Arnold “The King” Palmer and Jack “The Bear” Nicklaus). 

Guests also have access to four additional golf courses within 15 minutes of the resort, for a total of 108 holes of golf. Additionally, the resort features a sauna, pool, hot tub, and full-service concierge. Guests are an easy walk to the World Golf Hall of Fame, which is the ultimate destination for the celebration of golf’s greatest players, with fun interactive exhibits, and historic golf artifacts. Also within an easy walk are The World Golf Hall of Fame’s 18-hole real grass putting course, a 132-yard Island Challenge Hole, an IMAX® 3D Theater, and the Walk of Champions. In addition, guests can take golf lessons at the renowned PGA TOUR Golf Academy. 

When visiting the resort, guests have the opportunity to take fun eco-tours and chartered fishing trips, enjoy exceptional shopping at two large outlet malls, and explore historic St. Augustine. 

To make it easy for its guests to enjoy the area, The Renaissance World Golf Village Resort provides a complimentary shuttle for individual guests (based on availability) to and from historic downtown St. Augustine. The service enables guests to easily visit such sites in St. Augustine, which was founded in 1565, as the historic Castillo de San Marcos fort, The Fountain of Youth, and shopping on the charming, brick-paved St. George Street. Additional options in downtown St. Augustine include the Old Town Trolley Tour, The Old Jail, The St. Augustine History Museum, The Spanish Quarter, The Oldest Wooden Schoolhouse, Flagler College, Whetstone’s Chocolate Factory, Lightner Museum, and a variety of water activities. 

For information on The Renaissance World Golf Village Resort, where resort guests always benefit from no resort fees and complimentary self-parking, or for reservations, call 888-740-7020 or 904-940-8000, or visit

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PR Contact: Karen Lamonica at (407) 788-7070, ext. 208, or NOTE: High-resolution photos of the resort may be downloaded from . Or, photos of the resort are available by contacting Karen Lamonica.