The Ritz-Carlton, Naples is undergoing a summer 2013 refurbishment, the first of its kind in the resort’s 27-year history. This project will be one of the largest resort renovations within The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company’s portfolio. Refurbishments will include a complete overhaul of all 450 guestrooms, suites and corridors, three dinning outlets, Artisans the “princess ballroom,” as well as various structural, mechanical and engineering upgrades throughout the property.
During the two-month project, set to commence on July 24, the resort will not be accepting any guests, a first in its history. While the resort is being re-mastered, its sister property, The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, located 10 minutes down the road, will be open and fully operational. Guests staying at the Golf Resort will have beach access via the complimentary resort shuttle to Vanderbilt Beach, with full Ritz-Carlton beach services and amenities as well as beach front dining at Gumbo Limbo restaurant.
The Ritz-Carlton Resorts’ property in Naples is eyeing to reopen its doors on Oct. 1.
Interior designer Wimberly Interiors is responsible for the new guestrooms, which will resemble a residential beach home. The effect is expected to bring the beauty of Naples indoors, with warm blues, greens and greys inspired by the Gulf of Mexico and its surrounding landscape. The design will feature clean lines and upscale fabrics.
On the culinary front, three of the resort’s restaurants will be fully re-mastered by New York-based design agency Blue Plate. The Sushi Bar, to be re-branded The Bar, will get an extended balcony, providing additional outdoor seating with Gulf of Mexico and sunset views. The Bar interior will be divided, while also creating an open space for small events and entertainment. The lounge menu will be revamped.
The Terrace will reopen as Terrazza, an Italian eatery serving three meals a day. A new glass atrium with fully retractable doors will provide a seaside café feel with indoor and outdoor seating. The breakfast buffet will remain.
The Grill steakhouse and specialty restaurant will continue as a classic establishment with new contemporary accents to the furnishings and décor. The Grill’s mahogany touches on the walls and floors will remain.
The resort’s Artisans “princess ballroom” will be brightened with soft silvers, whites and light greys to resemble a jewel box. Taking a cue from diamond wedding bands, new chandeliers will be added to the space and a restructuring to areas of the floor plan will help to expand the room while enhancing access to the resort’s numerous outdoor event venues.
This re-mastering coupled with the investments over the past 10 years including a new lobby and lobby concept “Bites” as well as enhancements to other public spaces including 20,000 square feet of meeting space, is being eyed to solidify the resort’s position as the social center of Naples.