FrontRunners: Ritzy Renewal

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The Ritz-Carlton, Naples (, reopened to guests last October after a two-month renovation that has returned the resort—one of the original Ritz-Carltons—to its venerated place in South Florida society. The beachfront retreat (Ritz-Carlton also operates an inland golf resort in Naples) opened in 1985 as the brand’s fifth hotel. Long a setting for high-class functions, sun-filled family vacations, and romantic couples’ retreats, the property closed for the first time to complete its rapid and far-reaching refurbishment. In addition to restaurants, a ballroom, and other public spaces, the project saw the redesign of the 450 guest rooms, which have been stripped of outmoded ornateness in favor of a more casual mix of beach-inspired fabrics and shades. Sweeping views of the Gulf of Mexico remain a highlight, as do the expansive pool areas, the aquarium-lined children’s center, and the beachside Gumbo Limbo restaurant and bar, which, with its front-row sunset vistas, offers an ideal setting for celebrating the rebirth of this definitive Florida resort.


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