Ritz-Carlton, Key Biscayne renovates rooms

MIAMI, Florida – October 3, 2008 -- The Ritz-Carlton, Key Biscayne, Miami's only AAA Five Diamond resort, will have a fresh look as of December 2008, with design enhancements to update its 402 guestrooms and suites. Sumptuous touches at the island's only luxury resort include mother-of-pearl wall coverings, colorful silk fabrics, exotic Brazilian hardwood entryways, custom-designed furniture and lighting with jewel-like finials, all designed and created by Kay Lang + Associates and Ernesto Cercas Architects to combine the island's rich history with modern grandeur. New technology includes plasma televisions outfitted with jack packs that allow guest to view input from their MP3 players, laptops and CD/DVD players on the TV display panel.

With a palette of warm sunset colors punctuated by cool water tones, the décor mimics the movement of the ocean, as seen in the rippled patterns and multi-layered texture of fabrics and the wave-like curves of the custom-made furniture. Anchoring each guestroom is one king or two double beds topped with luxurious Frette linens and a tropical batik-inspired throw blanket, in which guests can envelop themselves on the adjacent chaise. Additional oceanic accents include oversized padded teak headboards, woven grass accessories, custom-made pendant sconces and lamps accented with glowing sea glass-like finials. Ceiling fans of wooden leaf-like blades create a natural airflow.

The bathroom is a haven of luxury with a striking mother-of-pearl wall offset by a brushed silver mirror. A complementing mother-of-pearl inlayed mirror in a wood frame hangs over the spacious bathtub, ideal for a rose-petal or Lighthouse bubble bath drawn by the resort's Bath Butler.

Residences incorporate the new décor with a slightly different color palette of blue and green tones. Residence kitchenettes are updated with granite countertops, iridescent glass back splashes and fine wood cabinetry. Living and breakfast area furnishings echo those in the guestroom with plush cushioning and teak and bamboo accents.

Michelle Payer

The Ritz-Carlton Hotels of Miami

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Direct line: 786-470-3424

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