Sneak Peek: The Ritz-Carlton, Naples, Florida

Things are looking up at the Ritz-Carlton, Naples, following a face-lift this summer of the grande dame on Florida’s Vanderbilt Beach.

Why Go: Firmly established as the social center of Naples, Fla., the 450-room hotel has stood its ground on Vanderbilt Beach since 1985. The property embarked on its largest renovation ever, closing for two months and reemerging on October 1 with new rooms, suites, and restaurants, and back-of-house improvements throughout.

What to Expect: The Ritz-Carlton is a favorite in Naples for its beachfront location, two pools, spa, and Club Level accommodations. The new furniture and decor, chosen to make the stately high-rise feel more like a beach house, have lightened up the hotel’s feel overall. There are three new dining outlets to try: a sushi and cocktail bar, a grill specializing in surf and turf, and an Italian restaurant.

How to Get There: The closest airport is Southwest Florida International, just 25 minutes by car. You can drive in from Miami or Fort Lauderdale in about two hours. (239.598.3300, www.ritzcarlton.com)

Photo by Didi Lotze
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