The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain, AZ Named To Conde Nast Traveler 2012 Gold List
The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain has been named for the first time to the Condé Nast Traveler Gold List, achieving the reader-based accolade less than two years after its opening as southern Arizona’s newest luxury resort.
The 253-room property’s golf, spa and adventure offerings have led to its inclusion on the 2012 Gold List and to an exceptionally high score in the list’s Activities category — a leading indicator in the selection of more than half of the new hotels added to the 2012 Gold List. With a score of 96.4 out of 100 points for Activities, The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain becomes Arizona’s top-rated activities resort and one of the top five activities destinations in the western United States.
One of 34 new U.S. hotels and resorts named to the 2012 Condé Nast Traveler Gold List, The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain takes advantage of a spectacular high Sonoran desert setting north of Tucson to offer an array of activities for travelers of all ages. From 27 holes of Jack Nicklaus signature golf to one of the world’s top ten-ranked spas and an outdoor adventure program featuring hiking, mountain biking, outdoor exploring and desert flora and fauna programs, The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain has designed an activities menu which honors the majestic local surroundings while addressing all ages, fitness levels and travel preferences.
The resort’s three swimming pools include one with a 235-foot water slide and another offering a private spa setting complete with a mid-pool tanning island. Outdoor choices at The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain are highlighted by weekend dive-in movies, Cosmic Slide parties, stargazing, children’s programs, tennis, riding and ranch activities, and opportunities to enjoy rare views of ancient Native American petroglyphs located directly on the property. Added aquatic highlights include Splash Dining, presented to guests seated at in-the-water tables. The legs of guests, servers, Chef, tables and chairs are all immersed during Splash Dining’s unique dinner experience.
Adding to the year-round property’s calendar of events are cooking classes, nightly s’mores experiences at one of the resort’s 30-plus fire pits, weekly wine classes and tasting sessions, and group classes in the arts of margarita blending, salsa and chili creation.
Thanks to its high-desert setting at an altitude above that of most Southwest destinations, The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain offers the region’s only Ritz-Carlton resort experience and an average summer temperature that can be ten degrees cooler than that of other resort locations in the region. The property’s activities program is offered year-round and is complemented throughout the year by special overnight packages for golfers, spa aficionados, groups, couples and families.
About The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain
Nestled in the high Sonoran Desert between Phoenix and Tucson, The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain is an invigorating playground where the adventurous can explore the lush desert along the Tortolitas Mountains and majestic Saguaro forest. The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain features a 253-room luxury resort, Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course, destination spa with infinity-edged serenity pool and tanning island, family and group activities, multiple restaurants, a 235-foot water slide, and luxury homes at the nearby Residences. Accessible from both Phoenix (PHX) and Tucson (TUS) international airports, the property also features adventure programming and world-class hiking, and it is host to golf’s annual WGC-Accenture Match Play Championships. For reservations, please call 800-241-3333, visit The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain site or contact a travel professional. The hotel may be reached directly at 520-572-3000.
About The Residences at The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain
With views of the Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course set among towering Saguaros, the initial residential phase will have 110 highly-customized Ritz-Carlton Residences offering a fluid series of indoor and outdoor spaces to be enjoyed year-round. The first phase of The Residences will deliver 72 single-family homes and 38 villas, along with many golf-frontage homesites and 16 exclusive custom estate homesites. Construction of The Residences incorporates high-end residential features such as wood and stone flooring, custom closet fixtures, special wall finishes and the finest appliances, all included in the base price. More information is available at www.theresidencesdovemountain.com or by calling toll free (877) 451-7205.
About The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain Community
The Ritz-Carlton community in Marana, Arizona includes a resort, spa, and golf club featuring Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf in addition to The Residences at The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain. Encompassing 750 acres within the Dove Mountain master-planned community, the new Ritz-Carlton is the ultimate in luxury vacationing as well as luxury living in the high Sonoran Desert. The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain is designed to be a casually elegant yet sophisticated resort, featuring a 17,000 sq. ft. spa, and 250 luxury guest rooms, including 24 individual casita suites. Guests enjoy spectacular views of the Tortolita Mountains and historic petroglyphs carved into mountainsides from 300 BC to 1,400 AD by the Hohokam Indians. The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain also has magnificent views of four other surrounding mountain ranges comprised of the Tucson Mountains, the Santa Catalinas, the Rincons and the Santa Ritas. A variety of luxurious meeting spaces includes three ballrooms ranging from 2,100 sq. ft. to 9,000 sq. ft., as well as five individual meeting rooms. Three restaurants, from gourmet to casual, will serve sustainable, regional and organic cuisine with Southwestern influences.
About The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club, Dove Mountain
Opened in January 2009, The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club, Dove Mountain is an essential component within The Ritz-Carlton community in Marana’s high Sonoran Desert. Twenty-seven holes of golf and the 45,000 sq. ft. clubhouse complex currently comprise The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club, Dove Mountain, with an additional nine holes of golf proposed in the future. The club’s Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf emphasizes playability and aesthetic appeal while still posing a significant challenge to the world’s best golfers, who are tested by the layout during the World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championships each February. For further information, call (520) 572-3500.