Travel Tidbits – May

Remastering the Ritz
The iconic five-diamond, five-star Ritz-Carlton, Naples is undergoing  Beach exterior
an unprecedented refurbishment, the first of its kind in the resort’s 27-year history.

The new guest rooms will resemble a luxurious, residential beach home, with warm blues, greens and greys inspired by the Gulf of Mexico and its surrounding landscape. On the culinary front, The Sushi Bar will be rebranded The Bar, with an extended balcony, providing additional outdoor seating with Gulf of Mexico and sunset views. The Terrace will reopen as Terrazza, an Italian eatery serving three meals a day. A new glass atrium with fully retractable doors will provide a seaside café feel with indoor and outdoor seating. The Ritz Carlton
Grill steakhouse and specialty restaurant will continue as a classic
establishment with new contemporary accents to the furnishings and décor.

During the expansive two-month project, set to commence on July 24, the resort will not be accepting any guests until the transformation is unveiled on October 1, 2013, when the resort welcomes its first guests following the re-opening.

For travelers looking for luxury, elegance and value this summer, The
Ritz-Carlton experience remains available at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, Naples, located just 10 minutes down the road. Guests staying at the Golf Resort have beach access via the complimentary View from club level
resort shuttle to Vanderbilt Beach, with full Ritz-Carlton beach services and amenities as well as beachfront dining at Gumbo Limbo restaurant.

With rates starting at $229 per night, The Summer Beach Package includes: overnight accommodations at the golf resort, complimentary children’s meal with purchase of an adult entree, complimentary daily breakfast for two in the resort’s restaurant Lemonía, complimentary use of beach chairs and umbrellas at
Vanderbilt Beach, $50 nightly resort credit, wireless Internet and valet parking.

The Summer Beach Package is available May 1 through October 31, Spa Garden
2013 at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, Naples and is subject to availability. This rate cannot be combined with any other offer, advance reservations are required and rates do not apply to groups. Rates listed are per room, per night, single or double occupancy, and exclusive of taxes, gratuities and other charges unless otherwise noted. Resort credit cannot be used toward room rate, tax, resort fee, gratuities, golf, tennis, or purchases at John Craig. Resort credit cannot be reimbursed or exchanged if not used. Credit must be used during stay.




Go West, Stay Cool
Horsemanship is at the crux of the C Lazy U experience, and as such, C Lazy U is offering a very unique yoga and riding program for the second consecutive year — The Julie Goodnight riding and yoga retreat for women. Located at the headwaters of the Colorado River and in the shadow of Rocky Mountain National Park (just 90 miles from Denver), C Lazy U is an true retreat from the stresses of everyday life.

C Lazy U offers a selection of 38 rustically-elegant cabin accommodations. All guest rooms boast beautifully-crafted western and southwestern style furnishings, and most feature stone fireplaces, refrigerators, sitting rooms, balconies, and some, a jetted tub. In cooperation with Julie Goodnight, the riding and yoga clinics take place May 17-20 and October 11-14, 2013. The internationally-respected trainer and clinician, Julie Goodnight, teaches riders how to be their horse’s leader and master their equestrian skills through understanding horse behavior. C Lazy U’s clinic is developed for riders of all levels, from beginners to advanced riders. In tandem with the riding program, attendees will also enjoy yoga from instructor Ellen Mesaros, teaching Anusara yoga. In their free time, participants are encouraged to indulge at the “Lazy U” spa for world-class massages, facials and more. The ranch will also offer a ranch riding adventure for adult riders of all levels September 19-23, 2013 (4 nights), in cooperation with Julie. All three weekends feature discounted rates for world-class accommodations with programming, riding, and yoga (during the yoga weekends) included. Some participants will bring their own horses and others will work with one of the Ranch’s 175 horses.

St Julien Hotel & Spa Bon Vivant Package
Known for its health-conscious citizens and multitude of outdoor pursuits, Boulder’s premier hotel, St Julien Hotel & Spa is offering guests the opportunity to embrace Boulder’s Bon Vivant lifestyle with the new, Bon Vivant Boulder package. Featuring an array of activities for those interested in embracing the Boulder lifestyle of living well, this two-day, two-night package starts at $866 per couple.

Upon check in on Friday, you’ll enjoy a 5-course tasting menu at Jill’s Restaurant, then move to the outdoor Terrace, and enjoy a bottle of champagne with live music which is offered nightly in the summer. Then, Saturday is kicked off with a Boulder-style breakfast on Jill’s patio, followed by a guided walk and tour of the Boulder Farmer’s Market with executive Chef Laurent Mechin. You’ll receive a basket to fill up with ingredients for a cooking class and meal planning session with the hotel’s nutritionist and Chef that afternoon. The day will conclude with a Banjo Billy’s tour of Boulder. Sunday morning will include a morning yoga class followed with a juicing demo in the Hotel’s garden. The Bon Vivant package is offered over most weekends April through November 8, 2013. Two-night minimum. Packages will be limited and based on hotel availability.



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