Ben has put together a couple of posts recently with his thoughts on the best Ritz-Carlton resorts in the U.S. and internationally:
- 6 U.S. Ritz-Carlton Properties I’d Redeem 3 Complimentary Nights At
- Best International Ritz-Carlton Properties For Redeeming Complimentary Nights
As I was going through and compiling the list of all Ritz-Carlton hotels by reward category, there were a handful of hotels that I wasn’t previously familiar with, or looked particularly interesting, so I figured I’d highlight a few of them.
In keeping with the previous posts, these are in no particular order. If you’ve stayed at any of these please let me know your thoughts in the comments!
Where? If you’re only familiar with the major German transit hubs, you might not have ever heard of Wolfsburg. It’s a modern city by European standards, founded in 1938, so the history and architecture is rather unique.
Wolfsburg is also the site of the main factory for Volkswagen, who also operates a massive complex with automotive and science museums. The Ritz-Carlton Wolfsburg is attached to the Autostadt, and while I’m not generally a fan of amusement-park-type hotels, this looks pretty fun, and the architecture seems quite different.
Also, full marks for the miniature VW Beetles in the bathroom.
The Penha Longha Resort is located in the coastal hills outside Lisbon, Portugal. The hotel is located within a National Park, and is built on the site of an old palace (which was in turn built on the site of an old monastery).
While the rooms themselves don’t look particularly interesting (though they certainly seem crisp and modern), the property looks gorgeous.
There’s a golf course on site, beaches within a few miles, and you’re only about 30 minutes away from Lisbon itself.
There are actually two Ritz-Carlton properties in Doha, Qatar. The Ritz-Carlton Doha is on the far end of the city, beyond even the St. Regis. It looks like a lovely property, and I certainly wouldn’t hesitate to stay there, but it’s the Sharq Village Ritz that intrigues me. Sharq Village is located between the airport and Doha city, so it would be comparatively more convenient for a one-night stay.
The rooms and suites (and really, the entire property) seems borderline-overdone in a style somewhere between Moroccan and Arabian Nights-inspired.
It might be a little Epcot-y in person, but it’s certainly not cookie-cutter. I just booked a stay here for later this year, so will be sure to report back!
I love the Palm Springs area (I was married there, so am a bit biased), and there are tons of fantastic boutique hotels in the desert. Ben has had fantastic stays at The Parker, for instance, and there are many others. Many of the resorts, however, are a bit dated, at least in my experience.
The Ritz Carlton is more recently renovated, and is set on a hill above the city. The views are incredible.
Rancho Mirage is an easy drive from Los Angeles or San Diego, and this looks like a great place to get away on a dreary weekend in the coastal cities.
All the East Coast readers are probably about to make fun of me, but please remember that I have lived all but three years of my life either overseas or West of the Rocky Mountains. I had never heard of Lake Oconee prior to this. I don’t know if it’s actually a place that people go, but now I just want to row across the lake, play on a rope swing, or curl up in one of these chairs with a cup of tea and a Mark Twain novel.
Though I am a little concerned that the local tourism board highlights “a beautiful gaol from 1807” as one of the fun things to do in the area, as that’s not generally how one describes incarceration facilities.
But sitting by this pool looks great.
Speaking of great pools, check out the Ritz-Carlton in Tenerife.
Beyond that, the setting is exquisite, and the Canary Islands are stunning.
Of course, they can also be crowded and touristy, so it’s worth doing a bit of research when planning your visit. But the property looks lovely, and not as sterile as a typical golf resort, and I think I’d enjoy the hotel.
I know everyone is excited about the Chase Sapphire Reserve these days, and it’s certainly a great card, but I’m pretty thrilled with my new The Ritz-Carlton™ Card. I feel like I’ve been in a bit of a rut lately with the usual SPG and Hyatt hotels, so it’s been fun to “shop” some different destinations.
While many chain hotels can be a bit bland, there are always exceptions, and some of these hotels look really fun!
Do you see any Ritz-Carlton properties that seem especially intriguing?