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Unexpected Delights at Ritz-Carlton Hotels and Resorts

Article by Melissa Liebling-Goldberg 07.30.2018

Discover hidden on-property treasures, from secluded gardens to extraordinary experiences guided by local experts. Revel in moments of wonder at these sun-drenched resorts around the world.

A cool ocean breeze, warm sand, a cold drink — a luxurious beach vacation is its own reward. But add on Michelin star-quality food, eco-adventures on land and in the water, and secluded rainforest spas, and your getaway transforms into something more meaningful. Find out how The Ritz-Carlton can take your resort experience to levels you never dreamed possible.

 

Laguna Niguel, California: Natural Treasures Along the Coast

Lush vegetation and wildflowers cover a hill overlooking the beach.

You are never too young — or too old — to be amazed by nature. Start your day at The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel with an 8:30 a.m. tour of the on-property garden, where the resort's executive chef will show you the fruits, vegetables and herbs he handpicks for the day's meals. Move out onto the water for a whale-watching excursion, arranged by your concierge, to see the majestic blue whales and humpback whales that use Dana Point as their visual market for migration. Make sure to keep your eyes peeled for local dolphins as well. End your day watching the sun dip over the ocean from your perch sipping cocktails and eating innovative small plates at 180blu.

 

Sarasota, Florida: A Private, Beachside Sanctuary

The sun sets over the ocean, filling the sky with vibrant orange hues.

In Sarasota, Florida, an out-of-the-way white-sand beach nestled on the Gulf of Mexico awaits you at the Beach Club on Lido Key. A complimentary shuttle will whisk you from The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota to the beach club, where you can relax by the shimmering pool and take in the ocean view or head straight for an umbrella-covered chair in the sand. Take a break in the afternoon for a signature cocktail at the classic Lido Key Tiki Bar, which is a Sarasota landmark. Make sure to get back to the resort to enjoy The Sunset Celebration, where guests gather on the beach to watch the famous Sarasota sunset with its flashes of green mixed into vivid oranges and pinks.

 

Abama, Spain: Starry Nights in the Canary Islands

A couple gazes up at the Milky Way together.

Delight all your senses with the Michelin Stargazing Party at The Ritz-Carlton, Abama. The hotel's concierge will arrange a private picnic from the hotel's own Michelin-starred restaurant M.B. that you can enjoy under the clear starry sky on the beach. An expert astronomer will join you to guide you through a once-in-a-lifetime stargazing journey, teaching you about the constellations and the path of the nighttime sky.

 

Cancun, Mexico: An Epic Culinary Journey

A bartender slices up fresh grapefruit, orange and lime.

Take a break from the legendary beaches of the Mayan Riviera to learn how to bring a little local flavor home with you. The Culinary Center at The Ritz-Carlton, Cancun offers hands-on cooking classes to master local Mexican dishes — everything from margaritas to dessert. (You can also study Italian dishes, if that's more to your taste buds). If you'd rather watch cooking than actually do it yourself, you'll enjoy the Chef's Table experience, where you can enjoy a front row seat to the chef creating a meal inspired by a city or state within Mexico. The menu will change monthly so you'll always be surprised.

 

Bali, Indonesia: A Peaceful Spa Oasis

A villa with a private deck and infinity pool looks out over the ocean.

If your idea of ultimate relaxation can be found in a spa, consider a retreat that is secluded into a lush garden overlooking the Indian Ocean. At The Ritz-Carlton, Bali, it's all about alone time spent in nature at the luxurious spa. Each of the four villas looks out onto beautiful greenery while offering the ultimate in privacy as you receive treatments inspired by the ocean and local healing secrets. After your treatment, continue unwinding in the Bathing Pool, set into jungle-like foliage and inspired by Balinese Hinduism bathing rituals.

 

Herzliya, Israel: Swirl and Sip in the Mediterranean

A woman raises her glass of white wine over a spread of fresh vegetables, meats and cheese.

The oenophiles will want to reserve their spot at a wine tasting dinner at the Herbert Samuel restaurant inside The Ritz-Carlton, Herzliya, where the seaside location provides for fresh catches of the day served in an elevated Mediterranean style. Try carefully selected wines from each of Israel's five wine-producing regions, which have been growing vines since ancient times and have garnered a new respect among wine connoisseurs in recent years. All this, plus you'll have mesmerizing views of the Mediterranean Sea and the marina out of the panoramic windows of the restaurant. Finish your night with a final glass of wine on the private balcony of your room — all rooms have balconies with Mediterranean Sea views.

 

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Plan Your Stay in these Destinations


  • Laguna Niguel

    Location Dana Point, California

    Experience Style and sophistication in Dana Point.

    • A true Southern California Surf experience
    • Delicious dining for discerning palates
    • A Top 100 spa resort by Condé Nast Traveler
  • Sarasota

    Location Sarasota, Florida

    Experience A waterfront respite in downtown Sarasota.

    • Coastal cuisine and cocktails at Jack Dusty
    • Tom Fazio-designed championship golf course
    • Exclusive use of The Beach Club on Lido Key
  • Abama

    Location Tenerife, Spain

    Experience A beachside retreat where sea, land and resort blend seamlessly.

    • Overlooks the brilliantly blue Atlantic
    • 13 restaurants and bars to experience
    • A 72-par, Dave Thomas golf course
  • 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

    Location Bali, Indonesia

    Experience Beautiful cliff tops overlooking the Indian Ocean and white sands.

    • Tropical paradise with lush landscapes
    • Spacious cliff top villas with private pools
    • Exotic dishes made with local flavors
  • Herzliya

    Location Herzliya, Israel

    Experience A luxury hotel experience at the foot of the Mediterranean sea.

    • Guestrooms reveal seaside views
    • Most elegant Kosher restaurant in Herzliya
    • An authentic Turkish Hammam spa