Texas, Puerto Rico hotels upgrade key spaces

Two large-scale hotels are renovating key ancillary spaces: In Dallas, the Ritz-Carlton is upgrading its spa, while a Marriott resort in Puerto Rico has just finished reworking its meeting facilities.


The Ritz-Carlton, Dallas, is renovating its 12,000-square-foot spa. Lead by design firm ForrestPerkins, renovations commenced on Nov. 5 and are scheduled for completion in January.

Inspired by parks and gardens woven through the city of Dallas, the design concept blends sophistication with natural elements to reflect the hotel’s urban surroundings. The transformation will include the redesign of the reception and retail areas, upgrades to the nail spa and hair salon, elevated men’s and women’s relaxation lounges, a new spa dining lounge and the addition of one more treatment room. 

The spa doors will have handles forged out of natural bronze resembling natural tree branches, and a sculpted trellis will have flowers and textured vines. The trellis will be hand-crafted by local artist Larry Whiteley, who is known for his nature-inspired artistic pieces. This area will feature light fixtures influenced by flowers found in local Dallas gardens. Lilac and fuchsia will serve as the main accent colors throughout the project, nodding to the lilac blooms and orchids nearby.

“We’re excited to elevate The Spa offerings to deliver another five-star amenity to match the property’s five-star service,” said Scott Studstill, spa director of The Ritz-Carlton, Dallas. “We’re grateful to have such a dedicated, loyal following and are working tirelessly to perfect the in-room suite spa experience to ensure impeccable service while we reimagine The Spa. We look forward to unveiling the transformed space in the new year, as it will be an idyllic, luxury escape to nature.”

While the renovation is underway, the hotel will offer an in-room suite spa experience, complete with six treatment rooms, a nail and hair salon, an exclusive spa boutique and a luxury spa menu.

Puerto Rico

The San Juan Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino in Puerto Rico has reimagined its ballroom and foyer area after undergoing a $2.9 million renovation financed by development firm XLD Group. 

The renovation evokes the island by adding tropical accents, along with clean lines and subtle detailing. Its core design concept, created by Hospitality Design Guild, aims to reflect the casual elegance of the destination lifestyle with a color palette that reflects the color of sand, white-bleached shell and the teal of the ocean. The ballroom walls are covered in raffia texture with a touch of metallic shimmer. Caribbean art and design elements are configured to resemble and enhance this bespoke environment.

“The new 7,000-square-foot Grand Ballroom will enhance the natural charm of the destination with its wood elements, a combination of organic textures and abstract art installation to homage the Puerto Rican landscape,” said José González, general manager at San Juan Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino.

The resort has 14,000 square feet of meeting space for inspiring business meetings and social functions. Consisting of three separate zones, the foyer is designed for check-in, cocktail events and coffee breaks. The adaptable prefunction area is adjacent to an oceanfront terrace with a multipurpose lounge.

The venue is also equipped with a lighting design system using LED-RGB technology, multiple modern seashell-shaped chandeliers, new audiovisual arrangements and a new Wi-Fi conference system.