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Pitchers and catchers have reported to camps, and if you know what that means, a new package from the Ritz-Carlton, Palm Beach will probably appeal, at least for fans of the Cardinals or Marlins. The hotel has teamed up with Roger Dean Stadium, in Jupiter, Florida, to offer a "Play Ball Package" stacked with family-friendly on-the-field coolness.
The $799 per night rate looks high at first glance, but the hotel is charging north of $600 a night in March. And this package gets you plenty, including four box seats to a game, batting practice from the stands and on the field with home and visiting teams, a behind-the-scenes clubhouse tour, a spot on-field for the singing of the National Anthem (cue easy Christina Aguilera joke), a ceremonial first pitch for one guest of the group, and photo ops in the dugout for kids under 14.
Admit it: You've always wanted to just have a big old pillow fight in a hotel room. The fluffy pillows are just so tempting. But of course, you're an adult and don't really partake in such childish games, not least because you don't need to get hassled by the hotel. But the Ritz-Carlton, Palm Beach not only allows pillow fights, it encourages them with a special pillow fight turndown amenity.
Yes, we know what you are thinking--Ritz-Carlton? Pillow Fight? Having Fun? But this is for real. However, it is restricted to families and is not a way for you to fulfill some age-old teenage dream.
Guests of the hotel and their children can order the Family Pillow Fight, which arms you with 30 brightly colored tiny silk pillows, two sets of little boxing gloves for the kiddies, some game options and a CD to help set the face-smashing mood.
If you've just debuted a $30 million spa in Florida in the heat of a recession, then you've got to be prepared to offer a little something for everyone. At Eau Spa in the Ritz-Carlton Palm Beach, their rainbow range of treatments for both men and women range from the opulent, like the $550 platinum facial, to the more budget-friendly $75 Do-It-Yourself Body Scrub Bar.
The one-of-a-kind Scrub & Polish Bar allows you to not only choose and combine from a variety of fresh body scrubs to suit your mood, but also gives you the freedom to hang out in the spa and its pools, scrubbing off the mucky-muck and emerging refreshed and prime for the Florida sun.
Keep any leftover scrub and remember that this is a DIY treatment (no tipping), and this least expensive Ritz-Carlton Palm Beach spa option seems like a plausible distraction if you spend at least half the day using the facilities to their fullest.
[Photo: Ritz-Carlton Palm Beach]
We didn't think it was possible, actually we truly hoped it wasn't, but we have just possibly pinpointed the least recession-friendly hotel service. Yes, my friends, it's the "Bejeweled Collection" of facials at the brand spanking new Eau Spa in the Ritz-Carlton Palm Beach. Having finally fulfilled every Palm Beacher's dream of having a mega-spa around the corner, Eau is set up to slather spa goers in luxury--literally.
Sign up for the $550 Platinum and Bejeweled Face and Body ritual at Eau, and for the next 130 minutes you'll get a platinum face mask, a platinum chakra cleansing, a 50-minute Ruby and Sapphire Massage, and a witch's brew of Ruby or Sapphire-infused elixir. Will this also magically restore your 401K or your job at AIG? No--but it will guarantee you the freshest face in the breadlines.
Did you know that this year is the 100th anniversary of Mother's Day? Did you even know that Mother's Day is less than two weeks away? Hmm... Well, someone's in a pickle, aren't they?
Lucky for you, The Ritz-Carlton Palm Beach is offering two Mother's Day appropriate packages which are valid through August 15th.
The first, the "Mom and Family Getaway," includes accommodations in two connecting rooms, a welcome gift for Mom and--just so she can be rid of the rug rats for a day--a day membership for two at AquaNuts, a Ritz Kids Club for children ages five to 12, as well as Coast, for 13- to 17-year-olds. Prices start at $489 per night.
If you're feeling really guilty for almost forgetting about Mom, shell out $1,129 per night for the "Pampering Mom Getaway," which includes ocean-front accommodations, 100 roses upon arrival, dinner for two in the hotel's restaurant, with a 100 wine credit and a 100-minute Elemis Aroma Spa Ocean Wrap spa treatment.
Now go book, and don't say we never do anything for you.
Last night, we accepted an invite to a little soiree hosted by The Ritz-Carlton. Apparently--and it is the first day of spring--the Ritz is "in bloom" with new deals and programs. As we swilled a malt beverage, we tried to sort the PR wheat from the chaff. Turns out, something interesting was afoot.
It seems The Ritz-Carlton, Palm Beach really did spend $100k per room to revamp the whole property. It reopened 10 days ago, with a whole new lease on life and wide-open ocean views. The new gimmick is a "resort turndown," which is basically a total change in the atmosphere of the hotel every evening. (The hotel workers must love it.) A big fire pit sets the beach-side bonfire vibe, music starts pumping and the cocktails--ideally--get flowing. The new restaurant also encourages party time with a communal table and a big wine cellar. By the time you get your hung-over self out of bed, the hotel is dressed for the morning.
· Sweet Jesus! RCPB Spends 100 Grand per Room [HotelChatter]