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Putting on the Ritz – Naples

Vanderbilt Beach Rd is a reminder of a bygone era when the rich and famous pioneered the sort of luxury in this area that I will experience for my weekend at the Ritz-Carlton, Naples.

Checking in at the Ritz Carlton, Naples, Stefanie glances at my ID and welcomes me, walking a few steps to her right and pulling my room keys from an Expected Check-in box, I turn 180 degrees and pour myself a Gulf Coast Sunset , one of the hotel’s signature drinks, a non alcoholic , fruit based version of their Naples Sunset. Less than 2 minutes later I am elevating to the hotel’s top floor , the Club Level, for a long weekend on Florida’s Gulf Coast.

The welcome fruit basket and bottle of wine are a wonderful touch, but at this hour, I grab a handful of grapes and an apple before heading off to put my feet in the snow white sand, which 14 floors below my room’s picture window, separates the green foliage from the blue Gulf water.




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