My wife and I spent a week at this wonderful resort in October, 2011. Due to flying from Toronto (and only being able to fly non-stop due to a fear of flying), we landed in Phoenix and picked up our rental car for the drive south. The benefit to landing in Phoenix was that we had the chance to stop for lunch at Los Taquitos (as seen on Diners, Drive-ins and Dives). Fantastic lunch!!!
After an enjoyable drive south through the desert, we drove up the mountain to the resort and were greeted like visiting royalty. We were brought up to our room on the 4th floor overlooking Ignite (the restaurant on the patio), the pool and, in the evenings, the Native American flautist in the hills (not to be missed). Beautiful room, comfortable bed, HUGE bathroom.
We had booked a package with breakfast every day and a $100 per day resort credit. The breakfast package gave you the option of having the full buffet daily...great choices...something for everyone (my wife LOVED the chilequiles). The resort credit was put to very good use at the onsite spa. Wonderful atmosphere, attentive staff and, best of all, use of the spa pool area. Very relaxing and not crowded.
We were at the resort starting on Canadian Thanksgiving (Columbus Day) but, once Tuesday rolled around, we felt like we had the place to ourselves. I cannot say enough about this resort. A number of other reviewers have comments (negatively) about the remoteness of this location. That was our favourite part of the hotel. We were looking for relaxation and quiet and we found it.
My wife and I make it a "policy" to never go to the same place twice on vacation (too many places to see in the world). RC Dove Mountain may be the exception to the rule!!!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain is Tucson's newest luxury resort, introduced December 18, 2009. Nestled in the high Sonoran Desert against the Tortolita Mountains,featuring a destination spa, adventure programs that can restore your soul, world class hiking, Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf, indoor and outdoor dining including True American Cuisine at CORE Kitchen and Wine Bar, and richly appointed accommodations in a striking canyon setting. This resort is a place where adventure and a gracious spirit come to life. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Ritz-Carlton Dove Mountain Hotel Marana