We wrote a story not long ago that reservations were being taken for a January opening of The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal. However, the mammoth hotel actually just opened its doors on March 12th. The 532-room luxury resort is the first Ritz-Carlton hotel in Abu Dhabi and the company's ninth property in the Middle East.
Today the Ritz-Carlton, Naples announced it’ll be shutting its doors from July 25 through September 30 for renovations. However, all's not lost for those traveling to this gorgeous region of Southwest Florida. The Marco Island Marriott (which is about 20 minutes away from the Ritz) is offering displaced guests (and anyone who'd planned on staying at the other hotel) the "Marco Ritzy Too" package while the other hotel is closed. This way one can maintain Ritz style (it's a Marriott sister company) by staying in their 11th floor Terrace Penthouse Suite. This sweet set-up has a stunning view of the Gulf of Mexico that can be seen from the suite’s wrap-around terrace. It's like living in an apartment with separate dining room, living room, kitchen, and double shower (shown above). Oh, and there's 24/7 butler service as well to tend to spa appointments, tea times, dinner reservations and the like.To book the $1300 a night package, call 800-437-43 or online and use promo code P42.
[Photos:Turks and Caicos Real Estate Services/Ritz-Carlton Hotels/Chanize Thorpe for HotelChatter]