The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, Naples
What it is
An expansive red-roofed gem with two Greg Norman-designed golf courses and a spa that truly spoils you.
What it isn't
Set directly on the beach. But you’ll likely prefer your lush reprieve (and gratis resort shuttles will ferry you to the seafront Ritz-Carlton Naples a mere 10 minute drive away).
What we think
Do you know those people that have everything? Meet the resort that has everything. And we mean everything. Glass-blowing with artist Conrad Williams? Check. Three pools—plus cabanas complete with butlers? Check. USPTA tennis pros that will perfect your serve on their Har-Tru courts? Check. Our favorite amenities might just be the free 45-minute photo shoot with their pro photographer—just you, the fam, and the sea and sand as the backdrop. Guest rooms are enormous (starting at 470-square-feet) and done in a tranquil palette of whites and tans, plus luxe touches you might not expect in a resort of this size (100% goose down pillows; Asprey toiletries; marble bathrooms; private balconies practically tailor-made for sunset cocktails).
You're here because
The resort has its own on-staff conservationists that helm Nature’s Wonders, where guests from five and up will deep-dive into aquatic life with the help of their 11 shark, eel, turtle and ‘gator-stocked aquariums.
You’ll admit it: you didn’t exactly feel 19 when you got off the course this morning. Thankfully, the resort’s already figured out an antidote: the Golfers Relief treatment in the spa, where you’re massaged down like Rory McIlroy himself. Afterwards, when you’ve taken a quick steam and sauna, you realize something: you are your best self, right now. You’ve never felt better.
Restaurants & Bars
Lemonia - American bistro
The Poolside Grill - Al Fresco
Bella Vista Lounge
Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens
ICE - Interactive gaming and 3-D entertainment lounge
Nature's Wonder Kids Programs
C’mon- Golisano Children’s Museum of Naples
You’re only a 25-minute drive from the Southwest Florida International Airport here, but you may as well be on a different planet—set amid pristine wetlands, lakes, and verdant rolling golf courses.