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The Ritz-Carlton Naples reopened

Updated: Jul 31, 2023

With elevated accommodations and expanded culinary experiences



A beloved social hub in Naples for decades, the sophisticated new lobby of The Ritz-Carlton, Naples features an ornate Lobby Bar and Signature Champagne Tasting Experience created in partnership with Master Sommelier Eylse Lambert.

 

The Ritz-Carlton, Naples reopened on July 6, following an extensive renovation and expansion that elevated the iconic resort's guest experience to new heights. The legendary resort on Florida’s renowned Gulf Coast revealed the Vanderbilt Tower, an all-suite addition to the property including a new Ritz-Carlton Club Lounge, along with a new lobby and Champagne Bar, and three dining experiences. Re-imagined outdoor recreation spaces including pools, bungalows, and cabanas along with renovations and upgrades to all of the resort’s guest rooms completed the full transformation.


"We were thrilled to announce our opening date and looked forward to welcoming back our Ladies and Gentlemen as we prepared for our first guests to check in this July at our new resort,” said Mark Ferland, General Manager of The Ritz-Carlton, Naples. "Our goal was to create an even more exceptional guest experience, and we were confident that our new additions would exceed expectations."


As part of the reopening, The Ritz-Carlton, Naples anticipated that 80% of its hourly Ladies and Gentlemen and more than 95% of the management team would return. In addition, the resort was hiring more than 300 Ladies and Gentlemen in support of both The Ritz-Carlton, Naples and The Ritz-Carlton, Naples Tiburon. Those interested in working for The Ritz-Carlton can find more information and benefits listed on the company's website at https://careers.marriott.com/the-ritz-carlton-careers/.


A major highlight of the renovation is the addition of the Vanderbilt Tower, an all-suite tower that provides spacious accommodations for multi-generational trips and extended stays. The crown jewel of the new tower is the new Ritz-Carlton Club Lounge, featuring upgraded appointments, a direct view of the Gulf of Mexico, a dedicated full-service bar, a media room, exclusive programming, and five daily culinary presentations.


The newly designed arrival experience of The Ritz-Carlton, Naples features an ornate lobby bar inspired by decades of celebrations. Complete with a Master-Sommelier designed Champagne Tasting Experience, the bar features a menu of more than fifty curated champagnes and sparkling wines.

Featuring a vegetable-forward menu rooted in the vibrant food culture of the Mediterranean Sea, Sofra, presents signature dishes created with authentic spices and paired with natural wines. Signature elements, such as barrel-aged feta, add depth to familiar ingredients as pushcarts present hand-pressed olive oils and freshly baked flatbreads tableside.

 

Foodies will rejoice in the three new dining experiences available to guests, including Sofra, a new vegetable-forward restaurant inspired by the shareable, flavorful plates of the Eastern Mediterranean. Moka also debuts offering a wide variety of coffees made from hand-picked beans selected in partnership with a third-generation roasting family. A third restaurant concept to be announced later this year will bring a unique culinary experience to further complement the resort’s beloved restaurants, including The Grill and Gumbo Limbo.



Guests will also enjoy a revamped poolside experience, which includes a resort pool for families, an adult pool, lap pool, and hot tub. Ten fully-enclosed, air-conditioned bungalows with cascading doors provide the ultimate in poolside comfort and luxury, each with its own private bath, television, entertainment system, and service bar for refreshments. Additionally, ten cabanas will be added to the pool area, each with plush seating, ceiling fans, and televisions, serving as a luxurious home base for outdoor relaxation.


Finally, each of the resort’s 474 guestrooms and suites have been updated with a design that exudes casual elegance and timelessness that honors the resort’s legacy of coastal sophistication. More spacious layouts in both guestrooms and suites and public spaces provide further options for families, groups, and extended stays.


Guests can also anticipate many of the core experiences and traditions The Ritz-Carlton, Naples has become known for including sunsets at Gumbo Limbo, iconic coastal luxury experience, and the unmatched level of service and hospitality of the Ladies and Gentlemen of The Ritz-Carlton.

For more information about the resort or to make a reservation, please visit ritzcarlton.com/naples or call 239.598.3300.


 


About The Ritz-Carlton, Naples

Located on the pristine white sands of Southwest Florida’s Gulf Coast, the Forbes Five Star, AAA Five Diamond, Ritz-Carlton, Naples appeals to today’s sophisticated traveler with an array of pampering amenities. With 450 guest rooms and suites—all with stunning views of the Gulf of Mexico—the resort offers a variety of innovative dining experiences, a luxurious, 51,000 square-foot Ritz-Carlton 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. Currently undergoing a full resort transformation and evolution, guests can expect 92 new suites, sprawling Ritz-Carlton Club Lounge, and dramatic enhancements to the lobby, meeting and event spaces, and all existing guest rooms and suites when completed in July 2023. Consistently, readers of Travel + Leisure and Condé Nast Traveler magazines rank The Ritz-Carlton, Naples beach resort among the best in Florida, the U.S., and the world.


About The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, LLC

The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C., of Chevy Chase, MD., part of Marriott International, Inc., currently operates more than 100 hotels and over 45 residential properties in 30 countries and territories. For more information or reservations, visit the company website at www.ritzcarlton.com, for the latest company updates, visit news.ritzcarlton.com and to join the live conversation, use #RCMemories and follow along on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ:MAR). The Ritz-Carlton is proud to participate in Marriott Bonvoy, the new name of Marriott’s travel program replacing Marriott Rewards®, The Ritz- Carlton Rewards®, and Starwood Preferred Guest® (SPG). The program offers members an extraordinary portfolio of global brands, experiences on Marriott Bonvoy Moments and unparalleled benefits including earning points toward free hotel stays and nights toward Elite status recognition. To enroll for free or for more information about the program, visit MarriottBonvoy.marriott.com.


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