MUCH BETTER. Much, much, much better.
The renovations overhauled all 450 guest rooms, suites, corridors, restaurants, ballrooms and various structural, mechanical and engineering systems. Wimbley Interiors designed the guest rooms to feel like a luxurious residential beach home using hues of warm blues, green and greys, all inspired by the Gulf of Mexico and its stunning sunsets, which can be viewed from the guest room balconies. (All but 11 rooms at the hotel have balconies.)
Elsewhere at the resort, there's a new restaurant, Terraza, which has a "Mozzarella Bar" with fresh smoked mozzarella, artisan burratta and traditional buffalo mozzarella (this new open-air restaurant replaces the old Terrace restaurant.) At the new Dusk restaurant, the cocktail menu mixes Asian ingredients with Western influences to create drinks like the Yuzukoshu Sour, made with Glenlivet 5-year Scotch, Aperol, house-made Sencha green tea syrup, yuzu, pineapple juice and chili, shaken and strained on the rocks.
The lobby's culinary concept, Bites, also got jazzed up. Open from 5pm to 10pm each night, Bites serves "small tastes of popular dishes, such as crab cake hushpuppies, beef short rib sliders and shrimp potstickers."
Rounding out the amenities at the Ritz-Carlton Naples are several pools, including a family pool, access to the nearby Tiburón Golf Course (and the Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, Naples) and a massive spa and fitness center with more than 30 treatment rooms and wellness and nutrition programs.
Rates at the resort are pricey, around $1,000 a night in February. But at least you will get your money's worth in a newly renovated room.
[Photos: Ritz-Carlton Naples]