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Ritz-Carlton, Naples, Naples

Editor's Pick
Florida, United States, North America: al fresco on Caribbean specialties, like grilled grouper tacos, at beachfront restaurant Gumbo Limbo at
280 Vanderbilt Beach Road
Naples , Florida
Tel: 239 598 3300's insider take:

This hotel makes it onto all the world's best-hotel lists for a few reasons: It's divine, with imported marble floors, antiques, Waterford crystal chandeliers, Oriental rugs, 19th-century European oil paintings, Frette linens, and polished service to match. Located 15 miles north of downtown Naples, the 14-story tower has 450 guest rooms with Gulf views, including 25 suites with balconies. The beachside hotel staff hands out chairs, towels, and ice water; you can rent cabanas, Hobie Cats, kayaks, paddleboats, and catamarans. There are also surfside pursuits, tennis, sports clinics, and eco-walks with the Ritz's own Ranger Randy. Golfers have to head three miles inland to Naples's second Ritz, the newer, less fussy Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, where there's a 36-hole Greg Norman–designed course (2600 Tiburón Dr.; 239-593-2000). But when it comes to spa-going, the tables are turned and it's the golf resort's guests who come here for an impressive regimen of treatments in the 50,000-square-foot spa. (The spa is open only to guests of the two Ritz-Carltons in Naples). Guests can travel between the two resorts by shuttle.

From the readers of Condé Nast Traveler:
Overall Score: 90.9
  • Activities: 87.8
  • Design: 92.7
  • Food: 86.7
  • Location: 93.9
  • Rooms: 92.4
  • Service: 90.9
This "family-oriented resort" has two Italian-inspired towers and Gulf Coast views. "Lovely rooms" come in muted greens, golds, and shades of rose. "The laid-back beachfront spot Gumbo Limbo is on the boardwalk and offers Caribbean-inspired cuisine; order prime meats and seafood at the Grill Room. "Staff are very welcoming." The Nature's Wonders program for kids includes hikes and boat rides.

(450 rooms)
—2011 Gold List

Amenities: Beach, Pool, Spa, Tennis, Water sports

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