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8 Evening Activities at Ritz-Carlton Resorts Worth Staying Up For

Article by Celeste Sepessy 10.19.2016

From bioluminescent bays to desert stargazing, the world’s offerings are sometimes best seen at night. Explore some of our favorite evening activities below.

1. Swim in Bioluminescent Waters in Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico’s three bioluminescent bays give travelers a glowing show. These shallow bays are home to hundreds of thousands of microscopic dinoflagellates that transform the water into a brilliant blue-green when swirled. Just 30 miles east of The Ritz-Carlton, San Juan is Laguna Grande, where you can kayak through mangrove channels to see the waters shine.

bioluminescence from glowing plankton in tide line on beach, with stars above, and ship lights on horizon

2. Help Release Baby Turtles in Cancun

From July to November, sea turtles make their way to Cancun’s beaches to bury their eggs. Turtle Guardians at The Ritz-Carlton, Cancun move the eggs to a safe nest at Turtle Camp to protect them from predators. Some 60 days later, travelers can be a part of the magic and help volunteers release the newly hatched turtles back into the ocean. 

sea turtle baby just hatched and running to the ocean at a beach in Mexico

3. Stargaze in the Desert

Known as one of the premier stargazing spots in the world, the Southwestern desert offers a one-of-a-kind view of the heavens, free from light pollution. At The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain and The Ritz-Carlton, Rancho Mirage, travelers can scope the skies from their own suites, or head to the desert for a guided stargazing session.

Saguaro cactus and stars near Tucson, Arizona.

4. Explore Evening Waters in St. Thomas

Sunset views are unparalleled aboard the Lady Lynsey, The Ritz-Carlton, St. Thomas resort’s 53-foot luxury catamaran. Start your journey with dinner on St. John, then enjoy a starlight cruise with your favorite cocktails and transparent views of the constellations. If you’d rather be under the water than over it, try a guided night snorkel of the Caribbean Sea.

A long dining table and fireside seating area set up near a large tree at the ocean’s edge

5. Learn about Balinese Culture

Eco-exploration is brightest at night at Mandapa, A Ritz-Carlton Reserve, in Bali. Learn to make traditional Jajan Bali — bite-sized sticky rice balls covered with coconut — or stroll through organic gardens and discover the native Balinese cacao. Mini-explorers will love the on-site Night Safari, where they’ll hear age-old Indonesian stories and admire the nocturnal wildlife.  

Evening descends on the candlelit, open-air pavilion

6. Roast S’mores in the Sierra Nevada

Learn the art of the s’more overlooking the largest alpine lake in North America at The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe. After a day of tennis, fly-fishing or hiking (or all three), find your favorite fire pit to get roasting. Your mountain adventure couldn’t have a sweeter ending.

7. Enjoy the Nightlife in the Heart of Miami’s South Beach

Miami sizzles day and night! Build your own mojito with a view at DiLido Beach Club at The Ritz-Carlton, South Beach. Pair the cocktail carafe with local scallops and oysters from the raw bar. For dessert? The evening’s sunset and spectacular people-watching.

Beach club at The Ritz-Carlton, South Beach

8. Relax Fireside in Georgia’s Scenic Lake Country

As the sun sets, romance ignites at The Ritz-Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee. Enjoy a personal chiminea bonfire while relaxing lakeside in Adirondack chairs — with champagne in hand. The evening features a private dinner and a setting that is simply magical.

Plan Your Stay in These Destinations

  • Rancho Mirage

    Location Rancho Mirage, California

    Experience A desert oasis perched on a 650-foot bluff with mountain vistas.

    Discover The Ritz-Carlton, Rancho Mirage, a scenic luxury hotel in Palm Springs, CA, located on a 650-foot bluff overlooking a desert valley.

  • Dove Mountain

    Location Marana, Arizona

    Experience A luxury wellness resort that heals through eco-holistic remedies.

    • World-class hiking and mountain biking
    • Spa therapies honed by ancient remedies
    • #1 Spa in Arizona by readers of Condé Nast 
  • Lake Tahoe

    Location Truckee, California

    Experience Ski-in/ski-out luxury resort located mid-mountain on Northstar California.

    • Ski Valet and Mountain Concierge
    • Family-friendly winter activities
    • Spacious luxury suites and residences
  • South Beach

    Location Miami Beach, Florida

    Experience A Revival of South Beach Luxury & Glamour

    • Set within a restored Art Deco hotel
    • Oceanfront location on Lincoln Road
    • Outdoor wedding and event spaces
  • St. Thomas

    Location St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands


    • Luxury accommodations with sea-view terraces
    • Redesigned infinity pool and family pool with slide
    • Aquatic center with snorkeling, catamarans and paddle boarding

  • Cancun

    Location Cancun, Mexico

    Experience A luxurious retreat along Mexico’s Mayan coastline.

    • AAA Five Diamond Awarded resort & restaurants
    • Ancient Mayan therapies at Kayantá Spa
    • Culinary Center & interactive cooking classes
  • Bali, Ubud, Mandapa

    Location Bali, Indonesia

    Experience A sanctuary set among rolling hills, a river and rice terrace.

    • Discover hidden templates and lush forests
    • Romantic, private dining experiences
    • Wellness programs for mind, body and soul
  • Reynolds, Lake Oconee

    Location Lake Oconee, Georgia

    Experience Enjoy fishing, waterskiing, jet skiing, paddle boarding & more

    • 75 miles from Atlanta on 30 acres of shoreline
    • Lakeside cottages, championship golf, locally inspired cuisine
    • Recently renovated infinity pool and spa
  • San Juan

    Location San Juan, Puerto Rico

    Experience A resort offering a peaceful retreat near Old San Juan.

    • Eight beachfront acres in Isla Verde
    • El Yunque Rainforest inspired spa therapies
    • Al fresco dining with local flavors