by Carrie Calzaretta
The Ritz-Carlton, Naples offers great views of the Gulf of Mexico, beautiful sunsets and three miles of beaches. The Ritz goes out of its way to quietly welcome children, making it a chain many families (who can afford it) return to year after year. Their Naples location is no exception, with plenty on the agenda for the little ones and a prime spot to boot.
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- Nature's Wonders sanctuary
- Three miles of white sandy beaches
- Seven different dining options
- Water Sports
- Children Programs
- Onsite Dining
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The resort has 450 guest rooms, with 35 suites. Many suites and guest rooms have individual balconies with views of the Gulf of Mexico. Amenities include a 32-inch LCD flat-screen television, DVD players and AM/FM clock radio with CD player. Bathrooms are equipped with marble vanities, tub/shower, telephone and Bvlgari bath essentials. Each guest room also contains a personal coffee/tea maker, fully stocked mini bar and an in-room safe.
I came to this resort for a Business Convention, and it was nothing but fabulous! Super relaxing, beautiful grounds, and great food. The room was beautiful, (recommend gulf-view) very clean, and housekeeping did a wonderful job each day cleaning the room and supplying the room with fresh towels and toiletries, even came by at night to drop off chocolates and turn down the room! The pool staff and poolside service was EXCELLENT! Shout out to Watson at the Pool for remembering my name, and reserving poolside chairs each day, remembering i love to be in the sun! Poolside service was very attentive! Terrazza for breakfast will not disappoint! The french toast was to die for!!! Could not go in the water on the beach because of the red tide, which was a bit disappointing, but not the hotels fault. I would highly recommend this resort, it was truly a beautiful place, and the staff makes you feel so welcome!
Joined my husband for a quick weekend before a business conference. Once again, the Ritz-Carlton exceeded our expectations. Every single employee delivers the best customer service. We were excited to upgrade our room at check in for an ocean view. Beach and pool service spot on. Room service, seriously delicious, relaxing and made to order. Shopping assistance. Poolside restaurant, yummm. Terrezza for breakfast, recommend the menu option. Limo service is so easy. I HAVE to give a special shout out to Concierge Rebecca. She seriously saved the day and changed my life when she found a personal shopper in the small town where my dad lives. It made his 83rd birthday extra special and I was able to do all of it from my phone! Thank you, again, Ritz-Carlton. We’ll be back!
In addition to the stunning beach, the resort has two heated outdoor pools with sundecks and a whirlpool, beach chairs and umbrellas, and numerous water sports including parasailing and kayaking. During the summer, The Ritz offers a variety of free family activities like a morning bird walk with a naturalist and guided beach tours.
A unique family activity at The Ritz-Carlton, Naples is its educational Nature's Wonders sanctuary, open to children 5 years old and up from Thursday to Sunday. It houses nine aquariums, including two touch tanks where kids can hold live turtles and starfish. The remaining tanks showcase Florida's reef and offshore ecosystems and are home to spiny lobsters, jellyfish, baby alligators and an iguana. The sanctuary has a small lab with microscopes, slides and Petri dishes for exploring beyond what the eye can see; and a Nature Vision Theater where National Geographic specials, Discovery programs and Disney movies are shown. Depending on the season, The Nature's Wonders program provides hands-on, interactive learning and fun in an assortment of nature-themed activities including observing wildlife, the mangroves, sea turtle nesting, alligators, dolphins and beach combing. There are nature walks, boat rides, guest speakers and field trips. Costs is $110 per person for a full day and $60 per person for a half day program.
The supervised Ritz Kids program is for children 5 to 12 and offers a variety of activities including games, crafts, swimming at the pool, tennis, and even golf. The full-day program costs $65 and includes lunch, while the half-day is $40 and includes a snack. On Fridays and Saturdays, extended-hour childcare is available for an additional fee. Kids can take part in an afternoon craft, and in the evening, parents can have a romantic dinner alone while the kids have fun watching movies having dinner and doing arts and crafts under the supervision of the Ritz-Carlton's staff. Nanny and babysitting service are also available for a fee.
Families traveling with kids receive a POLO (Protect Our Little Ones) safety kit, which includes a nightlight, tub spout cover, first aid kit with children's aspirin, Band-Aids, thermometer and diaper rash ointment, and safety plugs for sockets.
Older kids and grownups with love the Tiburon Golf Course designed by Greg Norman, tennis courts, and fitness center with state-of-the-art equipment and a variety of classes including: group cycling, Pilates, kickboxing, aqua energy, and yoga. Moms will love the 51,000-square-foot spa with 30 treatment rooms.
There are seven different dining options at the resort, most of which welcome kids. The Poolside Cafe overlooking the two pools is perfect for lunch or a light meal, and has salads and sandwiches. The Terrace is a family-friendly Italian style restaurant with a children's menu which serves breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Gumbo Limbo offer casual Caribbean cuisine and is open daily for lunch and dinner. The Lobby Lounge has a nice selection of wine, hors d'oeuvres and daily entertainment for grownups, and kids can visit for the daily Peter Rabbit tea. H20 is a healthy choice; located at the spa you'll find protein shakes, fruit smoothies, muffins and wraps. The Grill steakhouse has nightly piano music and is a great for a date night.