SOURCE: The Ritz-Carlton, Naples

The Ritz-Carlton, Naples

December 03, 2010 13:53 ET

The Ritz-Carlton, Naples Celebrates 25 Years of Excellence

NAPLES, FL--(Marketwire - December 3, 2010) - On Dec. 4, 1985, The Ritz-Carlton, Naples opened its doors to travelers near and far. Fast forward 25 years, and the now-celebrated resort has become one of the world's most recognized destination resorts, and it is set to mark a major milestone this season with its 25th anniversary.

"The establishment of The Ritz-Carlton, Naples is one of the most significant reasons that Naples has become the paradise it is today," said Florida State Sen. Garrett Richter. "It is widely recognized as the finest resort in the world, and that reputation has motivated discerning travelers to visit Naples for decades."

The Ritz-Carlton, Naples has been recognized internationally with countless industry awards. Most recently, it was awarded the 2011 AAA Five-Diamond and 2011 Forbes Five-Star designations, both of which the resort has received for 22 consecutive years. The Ritz-Carlton, Naples is the only resort in Florida to have both of these prestigious industry designations, and it's one of only two resorts in the nation to have received the Five-Diamond and Five-Star awards for as many consecutive years, behind the historic Broadmoor.

"From day one, it was our dream to create memories that would live for generations," said Edward V. Staros, vice president and managing director of The Ritz-Carlton Resorts of Naples and one of the founding fathers of The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company. "Our caring, diverse ladies and gentlemen put that philosophy into practice and have become the cornerstone of the resort's success."

In addition to introducing millions of travelers worldwide to the beauty of Naples, the resort served as the catalyst that helped launch The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company in the mid-1980s. The luxury Naples resort was the fifth Ritz-Carlton property to open and the second resort in the brand's portfolio. In 2010, The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company was ranked as the No. 1 luxury hotel brand in North America for guest satisfaction by J.D. Power and Associates.

"The Ritz-Carlton, Naples quickly became synonymous with a new standard of product and service excellence," said Paul Westbrook, senior vice president, brand management, the luxury segment for Marriott International Inc. "It has been a benchmark property for our brand from day one, and many of our talented leaders have had their 'passports' stamped with years of service at this legendary resort."

Located on Southwest Florida's Gulf Coast, The Ritz-Carlton, Naples offers stunning views of the Gulf of Mexico, innovative dining experiences, a luxurious, 51,000-square-foot world-class spa, two heated pools, a high tech entertainment lounge, an interactive environmental children's program and a wide selection of beach activities and water sports. In 2010, the readers of Travel + Leisure magazine voted The Ritz-Carlton, Naples as the No. 1 beach resort in Florida. Visit the resort's website at www.ritzcarlton.com/naples, or call 800-241-3333.