I just returned from my first and certainly not my last visit to this incredible Ritz carlton. the hotel is right in the marina ,city area of sarasota with all the expected amenities of a RC . This place is so quietly elegant and understated and totally relaxing. The Jack Dusty dining is right on the marina overlooking an incredible pool and was one of the most relaxing ways to start your day in Sarasota. The wait staff was so attentive, suggesting items and so welcoming. I spent over 2 hours at breakfast each morning , tucked in with all my NYC papers and oodles of coffee just appeared.The hotel has an hourly shuttle to their Beach Resort Club on Lido Key that leaves hourly (with a stop at St. Armand's circle for shoppers) and they have figured out how to take all the hassles out of shuttle service making it seem like you have never left the gracious RC service. I went my last day and realized if i had gone day 1 I probably would never have left the beach and seen any of Sarasota.
The pool there was even more lovely than the city venue pool but the beach was the star. Set with all the amenities and great staff I spent hours just swimming in the 90+ degree Gulf waters, watching the occasional school of dolphins and assorted fish. Didn't want to leave to even eat and lunch service was not only delicious but quick and friendly. friends met em there and all i did was tell the beach staff their names and they arrived and said they were welcomed like they also were RC guests. I can't wait to rerun to explore more of this part of Florida and bring my family. this RC is a definite return always on my growing list of rite carlton properties around the world. the Kid's service was a big plus for families with all age kids. Oodles of ocean / pool toys for all ages and of course the ritz Kid's program. Back in the city facility the gym was small but so complete and great daily programs. I have to return just to see the fabled GREEN FLASH sunset at the Beach Facility.