I am potentially helping all of the adult only travelers right now who don't want to vacation around infants. Full disclosure with this review, some of what I learned on vacation is from my own inexperience traveling with a child and from my lack of real research into what the hotel or location would have to offer for a one-year-old. Overall the Ritz is of course the Ritz--beautiful and grand and service-oriented.
We returned from a 4 night stay this past week. As so many have stated, the staff at the Ritz cannot be surpassed--we were treated with the utmost kindness and respect. The staff also showed sincere interest and affection for our child. Never once were we made to feel out of place. The beach was really calm and pretty, and easily accessible from the hotel. We ate at Terrazza for breakfast daily and ordered great food from the menu; we were greeted daily by Miranda who went out of her way to accomodate us and our baby. We had continued great experiences at the Sandbar with bartenders Ken and Natalya. All food was good. We did not get to eat at the lobby bar, H20, or "Dusk" so I can't comment on those locations.
We came to the Ritz because of its reputation for being extremely family friendly. My regret is not looking into what we could do with an infant. My reason for 4 stars: There is a kid's club area that every staff member told us to check out, (Nature's center I think) but it is closed during the day so that only older children can attend pre-paid programs--they offer one hour as an open house for anybody but it is from 4:30-5:30 pm which is a terrible time at least for our child who is napping or eating during that hour. There is no other play room, playground, or play area where we could take our younger child. There is a playground about a mile up Vanderbilt Beach Rd that we drove to one day.
Also the room we had, while really pretty, was a small room. We did have an ocean front which was really nice especially when were grounded in the room. I had the desk moved over slightly and had 2 chairs removed so we could put the crib in the corner and have some space otherwise. Another reviewer had mentioned there is only one sink in the bathroom--normally this wouldn't be an issue, and it wasn't major, but we were sharing our small bathroom counter and sink to make a half of it a bottle cleaning station. My spouse and I took turns--while the baby napped one of us would sit on the balcony (morning only--too hot in the afternoon) while the other would hang on the beach. I think a suite or club level would be more ideal so you could have your child in a separate room and still relax, but these are of course more expensive.
Finally, I thought Naples was pretty--but not immediately convenient for exploration. We drove to the 5th/3rd street area each night after our baby went to bed (don't worry we had an awesome sitter) and we had a great time sitting and walking--but for anyone who doesn't realize, it is about a 15 minute drive and what I imagine would be an expensive taxi. I loved dinner at Sea Salt and wish I had
So lessons learned--a beautiful hotel with great service--would be great for couples or ladies weekend particularly if you want to beach and relax and maybe go out one night. May also be good if my child was older and could take advantage of the kids club during the days. Please feel free to message me if you have any specific questions about traveling with an infant.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located on the pristine white sands of Southwest Florida’s Gulf Coast, The Ritz-Carlton, Naples is a Five Star, Four Diamond beach resort that appeals to today’s sophisticated traveler with an array of pampering amenities. With stunning views of the Gulf of Mexico, the resort offers a variety of innovative dining experiences, a luxurious, 51,000 square-foot world class 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. Only three miles from the beach resort and accessible by a convenient hotel shuttle, the 295-room Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort is ranked as the #1 golf resort in Florida by Conde Nast Traveler magazine and as one of the 15 best luxury golf resorts in North America by Golf Digest. The golf resort is home to a pair of 18-hole signature Greg Norman golf courses at Tiburon and hosts the annual PGA TOUR Franklin Templeton Shootout. ... more less
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