The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain, has set a new standard for desert luxury in the United States, having been named this week to the Forbes Travel Guide 2018 Verified Lists of the World’s Most Luxurious Hotels and World’s Most Luxurious Spas. Announcement of the coveted dual ranking notes that only eight properties in the world, including The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain, have earned a Verified List position in both the hotel and spa categories — with just three in the U.S. achieving this recognition for both hotel and spa. Two of the dual U.S. winners are located on the east coast, while The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain, claims the only western-based double ranking.
Forbes Travel Guide’s new Verified Lists are compiled from data gathered by the company’s incognito inspectors, who stay at the properties and evaluate them on up to 900 rigorous objective standards used to determine the guide’s annual Star Ratings, which were most recently announced in February. The new Most Luxurious winners are the top 2018 performers in the specific standards that reflect detailed attention to the list’s level of sumptuous comfort, as well as luxurious choices and conveniences afforded to guests. Fifty-eight hotels in 17 countries have earned the new Forbes Verified List designation, representing the top six percent of 1,017 Star Rated hotels in performance on standards related to luxury. Just 30 spas in six countries have won the award, out of 269 Star Rated spas worldwide.
“This dual Forbes honor for our hotel and spa acknowledges a stellar team effort, and we are thrilled to be included,” said Liam Doyle, Area General Manager, The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company. “Our newly-unveiled resort transformation should further elevate the Forbes Five Star experience, helping to raise the bar on authentic desert luxury in the United States. We are excited to share this stunning new resort experience with guests.”
The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain property transformation was unveiled this fall and includes a floor-to-ceiling makeover of its 253 guest rooms and 44,000 square-feet of meeting space, all inspired by the resort’s highly evocative Sonoran Desert sense of place. As part of the renovation, fourteen ground-level Fireside Mountain View Guest Rooms were introduced, each outfitted with its own outdoor fire-pit and lava rocks — and each presenting s’mores as a nightly turndown amenity. Highlights of the reimagined Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain include:
Guest Room Innovations
Meeting, Conference and Wedding Space
Dining, Wellness and Recreation
Interior design changes to the enhanced Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain, were conceptualized and implemented by Studio Z of Scottsdale, Arizona, and contractors and crews bringing the property changes to life were almost exclusively from in and around the Tucson area.