The only real problem with the Ritz Carlton is finding it at night. It was quite an ordeal. Though i arrived with my 2 sons (12 and 10) at 2.30am we were warmly greeted and nothing was too much trouble including a room upgrade. The hotel is certainly impressive.Our room could not have been bettered and the Bulgari soaps and shampoos made a nice touch of luxury at bathtime. The hotel is right on the beach and the amazingly warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico. During the one overcast day in our 7 day stay i tried out the spa and the "Ritz Carlton relaxing massage". Bliss. I was talked into trying a reflexology session which was something i had not tried before.
Beach or poolside the choice is there for the taking. Having said that i do have a couple of gripes. Firstly is paying $25 for an umbrella and sun loungers on the beach which are free by the pool. This fee reduces to $15 after 2pm. Is this strictly necessary though there is no resort fee so often charged at other establishments. Secondly,evening dining. The buffet breakfast is great and though we never had it lunch looked pretty good. Dinner though is something of an extreme. On oneside is the exhorbitantly pricey (even by London standards and a weak dollar) Grill restaurant. Lots of pretentious wood panelling and a rather dull menu. Too much meat and not enough fish.My fillet steak and fois grois was incredibly salty. The portions were just about ok for small English stomachs. The only alternative is the Terrace. Again the menu is dull though what one had was perfectly good esp the Gazpacho. Room service menu was varied but staying in the room is boring and the service add ons costly. The beachside restaurant was better but was only open for our last night. To avoid disturbing the turtles hatching it is plunged into near total darkness which makes dining hard work. Portions far too big. If one was staying for a 2 week holiday one would have to eat out of the hotel to stop culinery terminal boredom setting in after a few days. It was only my children that stopped me heading out during the evening. That said certainly a place to return to.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located on the pristine white sands of Southwest Florida’s Gulf Coast, The Ritz-Carlton, Naples is a Five Star, Four Diamond beach resort that appeals to today’s sophisticated traveler with an array of pampering amenities. With stunning views of the Gulf of Mexico, the resort offers a variety of innovative dining experiences, a luxurious, 51,000 square-foot world class spa, two heated pools, a high tech entertainment lounge, an interactive environmental children’s program and a wide selection of beach activities and water sports. Only three miles from the beach resort and accessible by a convenient hotel shuttle, the 295-room Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort is ranked as the #1 golf resort in Florida by Conde Nast Traveler magazine and as one of the 15 best luxury golf resorts in North America by Golf Digest. The golf resort is home to a pair of 18-hole signature Greg Norman golf courses at Tiburon and hosts the annual PGA TOUR Franklin Templeton Shootout. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Ritz-Carlton, Naples Hotel Naples
- Naples Ritz Carlton
- Ritz Naples
- Ritz-Carlton Naples