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Ritz-Carlton, Naples, Naples 

280 Vanderbilt Beach Road
Naples , Florida
Tel: 239 598 3300
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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:
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
Overall Score: 90.9
  • Activities: 87.8
  • Design: 92.7
  • Food: 86.7
  • Location: 93.9
  • Rooms: 92.4
  • Service: 90.9

Also appeared in the Gold List in 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005

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

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