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01/28/2015

The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. Tops List of AAA Five and Four Diamond Properties

The Ritz-Carlton MumbaiWith 24 Five Diamond Winners and 20 Four Diamond Winners  

CHEVY CHASE, Md. – January 28, 2015 – The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C., led the 2015 American Automobile Association (AAA) Five and Four Diamond awards with 24 hotels earning the Five Diamond rating and 20 hotels earning the Four Diamond rating, including two of the newest additions to the portfolio, The Ritz-Carton, Rancho Mirage in Palm Springs, California, and The Ritz-Carlton Bal Harbour, Miami

“We are proud to once again have the recognition by AAA with 24 Ritz-Carlton hotels and resorts earning the five diamond rating.  The exemplary service that our hotels continue to provide validates the commitment of our ladies and gentlemen to making our customers care and comfort their highest mission,” said Herve Humler, president and chief operating officer, The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company.

Hotels in the United States, Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean were rated by the AAA inspectors who anonymously visit thousands of properties each year, carefully reviewing everything from guest room cleanliness to quality of service. Each year, more than 28,000 luxury hotels are reviewed and just 0.4 percent make it the on to the AAA Five Diamond list. “Attaining the Five Diamond Rating is an impressive accomplishment and a point of great pride for these top hotels”, said Michael Petrone, director, AAA Inspections & Diamond Ratings. 

A complete list of AAA Five and Four Diamond Ritz-Carlton Hotels includes:

Five Diamond Hotels
The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island
The Ritz-Carlton, Atlanta
The Ritz-Carlton, Battery Park
The Ritz-Carlton, Boston Common
The Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead
The Ritz-Carlton, Cancun
The Ritz-Carlton, Central Park
The Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte
The Ritz-Carlton, Denver
The Ritz-Carlton, Fort Lauderdale
The Ritz-Carlton, Georgetown
The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, Naples
The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman
The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua
The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel
The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe
The Ritz-Carlton Lodge, Reynolds Plantation
The Ritz-Carlton, Marina del Rey
The Ritz-Carlton, Montreal
The Ritz-Carlton, Naples
The Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco
The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota
The Ritz-Carlton, Toronto
The Ritz-Carlton, Washington D.C 

Four Diamond Hotels
The Ritz-Carlton, Aruba
The Ritz-Carlton, Bal Harbour, Miami
The Ritz-Carlton, Coconut Grove, Miami
The Ritz-Carlton, Dallas
The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain
The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay
The Ritz-Carlton, Key Biscayne
The Ritz-Carlton, Los Angeles
The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans
The Ritz-Carlton, Pentagon City
The Ritz-Carlton, Philadelphia
The Ritz-Carlton, Phoenix
The Ritz-Carlton, Rancho Mirage
The Ritz-Carlton, San Juan
The Ritz-Carlton, South Beach
The Ritz-Carlton, St. Louis
The Ritz-Carlton, St. Thomas
The Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner
The Ritz-Carlton, Westchester

About The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, LLC
The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C., of Chevy Chase, Md., currently operates 88 hotels in the Americas, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and the Caribbean.  More than 30 hotel and residential projects are under development around the globe. The Ritz-Carlton is the only service company to have twice earned the prestigious Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award which recognizes outstanding customer service. For more information or reservations, visit the company web site at www.ritzcarlton.com, and for the latest company updates, visit news.ritzcarlton.com.  The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ:MAR).

Connect with Allison.Sitch@ritzcarlton.com

01/27/2015

The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. Announces Plans for New Urban Resort in Petaling Jaya, Malaysia

The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. logoChevy Chase, Md., – January 27, 2015 – The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. plans to open its second luxury hotel in Malaysia in one of the fastest growing catchment areas known as the Petaling Jaya Golden Triangle, within a development named Empire City.

In a signing ceremony, the agreement was officially sealed by Dato’ Ng Yee Teck (Group Managing Director of Mammoth Empire Holding Sdn Bhd) representing MEH; Mr Kevin Chen for The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company; and Ms Natallie Leong for Knight Frank Sdn Bhd.

The development is scheduled to be completed in 2016. 

Herve Humler, President and Chief Operating Officer, The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company said; “We are delighted to have been chosen to manage such a unique property in Malaysia.  This hotel will be a welcome addition to our growing Asian portfolio.”

Dato’ Ng said “Empire City is a sustainable project that will give a great boost to the Malaysian economy, igniting business and service trade opportunities while offering numerous job opportunities and lifestyle enhancements for Malaysians, particularly those residing in the Klang Valley.” Empire City spans 30 acres and will be built in phases with completion targeted for 2016. The components of the development include over 2.5 million square feet of retail space; 1.2 million square feet of office space; and a world-class Ritz-Carlton hotel.

“Empire City is proud to accommodate one of the most prestigious hotel brands in the world,” said Dato’ Ng. The new Ritz-Carlton will be a 53-storey building located on a 4-acre site. It will be one of the tallest buildings in the area.

The Ritz-Carlton, Petaling Jaya will be designed according to The Ritz-Carlton design standards for which the company is known and will have 288 luxurious guestrooms and suites.

About The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, LLC
The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C., of Chevy Chase, Md., currently operates 87 hotels in the Americas, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and the Caribbean.  More than 30 hotel and residential projects are under development around the globe. The Ritz-Carlton is the only service company to have twice earned the prestigious Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award which recognizes outstanding customer service. For more information or reservations, visit the company web site at www.ritzcarlton.com, and for the latest company updates, visit news.ritzcarlton.com.  The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ:MAR).

Connect with Allison.sitch@ritzcarlton.com

 

01/22/2015

For the Ultimate Private Escape, The Ritz-Carlton Offers a Global Collection of Luxury Villas & Cottages

Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve .jpg.docMore Than 7 Locations to Choose, From Dream Beaches to Jungle Retreats.

CHEVY CHASE, January 22, 2015: Private beaches, backyard barbeques, temperature controlled outdoor pools, pine forest surrounds and magnificent views – the villas and cottages at The Ritz-Carlton hotels around the world tastefully bring together the exquisite and the personal.  Spacious and abounding in character – be it in design, history or services – these exclusive accommodations offer a cozy getaway from the pack, with customary Ritz-Carlton services always at hand.

From the luxurious insouciance of 1930s South America to French Chateau sophistication, the villas and cottages are throwbacks to the golden age of hospitality and provide city-weary travelers a private hideaway to experience peace and quiet on their own terms.

Along the shores of Southwest Thailand’s Andaman Sea, tiny, emerald-colored islands rise and fall from turquoise waters with such splendor and symmetry that they appear like the tails of mythical, powerful beasts. At this place where the Krabi River empties into Phangnga Bay close to the island of Phuket, Krabi looms as a still undiscovered wonderland where nature and spirituality harmoniously blend into one. Rising above are Phulay Bay, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve’s Ocean Pavilions, which are perched above the rest of the resort to offer panoramic sea and garden views. The stand-alone hideaways are where low-rise architecture and precisely-positioned landscaping ensure discretion and privacy.

Today’s time conscience traveler can retreat and reconnect in a special selection of properties within the luxury tier. With China gaining in prominence as a top leisure destination globally, the villa life at The Ritz-Carlton, Sanya goes to the heart of the luxury experience with eight quaint abodes, featuring spectacular views of the oceanfront, gardens or mangroves. Expansive spaces, a picturesque setting and a distinct local vibe make the villas an experience worth cherishing and returning for.

From the island life of Sanya to the lush greens of Abama in Tenerife, the villas ooze personality as a cozy retreat for families, friends, couples or honeymooners to enjoy the grand Ritz-Carlton setting with the familiar comforts of a home. The secluded villas at The Ritz-Carlton, Abama are nestled in lush tropical gardens with private swimming pools. Along with an array of benefits which include complimentary buggies for the entire duration of a stay.

For an authentic Middle East experience and winter sunshine, the Venetian-inspired villas of The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal, overlooking the spectacular Sheikh Zayed Mosque, respectfully reflect the proportions and design aesthetics of the mosque on the one hand and the quaint atmosphere of a Venetian village on the other. The villas present an indulgent experience for guests – from a traditional Arabian breakfast served on the spacious villa terrace or in the adjacent olive grove to elegant soirees hosted on the villa lawn.  

A landmark in Bahrain, known for its lush grounds and outstanding dining, The Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain has also scored points amongst regional travelers with its South American-style villas. With layout and aesthetics straight out of a Hunter S Thompson novel, the villas dotted across the shoreline of the hotel allows Middle Eastern travelers to step out of the desert into a tropical resort paradise.

Lakeside cottages in the deep south of the United States are everything that you would expect from a rural retreat in Georgia. With views across the still Lake Oconee and the scent of fresh pine, the cottages at The Ritz-Carlton, Reynolds Plantation provide a quiet that is only disturbed by the crackling of wood-burning fireplaces.

Down on the shores of the Caribbean, barefoot elegance is found at Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve,located on the cherished island of Puerto Rico. The luxury resort is an intimate retreat offering a true sense of place, blending Laurance Rockefeller’s novel environmental design philosophies and modern yet minimal décor. Originally erected in the 1920’s, the villas of Su Casa, the storied building, now serve as an exclusive four-bedroom VIP accommodation overlooking the ocean. Paired with towering palm trees, expansive gardens, a private infinity edge pool and a spacious cigar veranda, the hacienda has been fully restored, preserving its legendary heritage and serene beauty.

“Depending on the location of each villa or cottage, there are limitless opportunities for guests to enjoy authentic indigenous experiences and surrounds. We have tried to create destinations within a destination, offering a warm cocoon of calm and comfort that will be a home away from home, whilst giving them window into a different way of life,” stated Hervé Humler, President and Chief Operating Officer, The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, LLC.

About The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, LLC The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C., of Chevy Chase, Md., currently operates 87 hotels in the Americas, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and the Caribbean.  More than 30 hotel and residential projects are under development around the globe. For more information or reservations, visit the company web site at www.ritzcarlton.com, and for the latest company updates, visit news.ritzcarlton.com.  The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ:MAR).

Contact:
Contact:  Sarah Walker-Kerr 
Regional Director, Public Relations MEA  
sarah.walkerkerr@ritzcarlton.com
+971 (0) 56 216 0815

01/21/2015

The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company Recognised As “Best Upscale Hotel Brand” At Business Travel Awards 2015 In London

The Ritz Carlton Hotel Company LLCLONDON, UK - January 20, 2015: The annual Business Travel Awards took place in London last night and The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company was recognised as “Best Upscale Hotel Brand”.


Organised by Buying Business Travel magazine, over 1,300 people attended the glittering event at The Grosvenor House Hotel for awards in 22 categories.

These highly-valued awards recognise and celebrate the achievements of the travel industry's leading businesses, teams and individuals who performed outstandingly in their field over the last 12 months. An independent panel of judges, made up primarily of respected senior business travel buyers, reviewed and marked each entry to identify those worthy of winning.

The Ritz Carlton Hotel Company LLC“We are delighted to receive this award from UK based Travel professionals who send their well-travelled clients to hotels all around the world and are honoured that they have chosen to recognise The Ritz-Carlton as the Best Upscale hotel brand” said Herve Humler, President and Chief Operations Officer of The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company.

 

The Ritz Carlton Hotel Company LLCThe Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company continues to expand its global portfolio with five hotels opened over the last eighteen months in business destinations such as Almaty, Herzliya and Tianjin introducing the luxury brand to travellers in new markets. The company currently operates 87 hotels in the Americas, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. More than 30 hotel and residential projects are under development around the globe.

About The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, LLC
The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C., of Chevy Chase, Md., currently operates 87 hotels in the Americas, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and the Caribbean.  More than 30 hotel and residential projects are under development around the globe. For more information or reservations, visit the company web site at www.ritzcarlton.com, and for the latest company updates, visit news.ritzcarlton.com.  The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR).

Contact:
Rosemary Trigg    
Tel + 44 207 0127323   + 44 7557 804936
Email: rosemary.trigg@ritzcarlton.com

12/17/2014

The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. Shines Bright Across Global Culinary Scene

Michelin Stars Michelin Stars 113 Michelin Stars across eight restaurants and six hotels for 2015

CHEVY CHASE, Md. – December 17, 2015 -The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C earned 13 coveted Michelin Stars for 2015, across eight restaurants in six hotels within Asia and Europe, reaffirming the luxury hotel company’s status as a leader in culinary excellence and innovation.  From Abama to Barcelona, Wolfsburg to Osaka and Tokyo to Hong Kong, leading Ritz-Carlton restaurants competes on the global stage amongst the world’s finest dining establishments.

“All accolades belong to the Ladies and Gentlemen who bring service excellence to life in our restaurants every single day. They work with such dedication and passion in an environment in which constant evolution and creativity is essential. We are honored to have been recognized globally by such an esteemed, well-reputed organization,” said Rainer Zinngrebe, Vice President Food & Beverage for The Ritz-Carlton.  

The world of three Michelin Star restaurants is extremely small, with a little over 100 restaurants in total around the world. One of which is ‘AQUA’ at The Ritz-Carlton, Wolfsburg in Germany. Aqua retained three stars for its modern European cuisine, crafted by the celebrated Chef de Cuisine, Sven Elverfeld.  The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong also retained Michelin Stars across two of its signature restaurants.  ‘Tin Lung Heen’ maintains two stars for its traditional Dim Sum, created by Michelin-starred Chef Paul Lau Ping Lui, served amidst a spectacular view from the 102nd floor.  Whist the equally dramatic ‘Tosca’, with its Romanesque décor and ambience, retains one star for its unique mix of innovation and tradition combined to create Italian gastronomy under Chef Pino Lavarra.

Host to two of the acclaimed starred restaurants is The Ritz-Carlton, Abama, a luxury resort in Tenerife, Spain. ‘M.B’, the signature Michelin Star restaurant of the renowned Basque chef Martín Berasategui, famed for his inspired interpretations of Spanish cuisine, earned its original Michelin Star in 2010, and was awarded a second in 2014.  Hot on its gastronomic heels is the one Michelin-starred ‘Kabuki’, with Spanish chef Ricardo Sanz at the helm, combining traditional Japanese influences with contemporary western techniques and ingredients indigenous to the Canary Islands, to create sublimely creative Japanese cuisine.

Michelin Stars Reconfirmed for 2015:

AQUA, The Ritz-Carlton, Wolfsburg - 3 Michelin Stars
M.B., The Ritz-Carlton, Abama - 2 Michelin Stars
Enoteca, The Ritz-Carlton, Barcelona - 2 Michelin Stars|
Tin Lung Heen, The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong - 2 Michelin Stars
Kabuki, The Ritz-Carlton, Abama - 1 Michelin Star
La Baie, The Ritz-Carlton, Osaka - 1 Michelin Star
Il Ristorante, Bulgari, Tokyo - 1 Michelin Star
Tosca, The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong - 1 Michelin Star

About The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, LLC
The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C., of Chevy Chase, Md., currently operates 87 hotels in the Americas, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and the Caribbean.  More than 30 hotel and residential projects are under development around the globe. The Ritz-Carlton is the only service company to have twice earned the prestigious Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, an award that originated in 1987. Its purpose is to promote the awareness of quality excellence, recognize quality achievements of companies and publicize successful quality strategies. The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company won the award in 1992 and 1999. For more information or reservations, visit the company web site at www.ritzcarlton.com, and for the latest company updates, visit news.ritzcarlton.com.  The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ:MAR).

Contact: 
Sarah Walker-Kerr|
Regional Director of Public Relations           
sarah.walkerkerr@ritzcarlton.com
+971 (0) 56 2160815                                            

12/05/2014

The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company Becomes First Founding Partner of IMPACT 2030

IMPACT 2030 2To be introduced at the United Nations on “International Volunteer Day” Friday, December 5.

Chevy Chase, Md., December 5, 2014 - The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company has become the first Founding Partner of IMPACT 2030: The Global Initiative for the Advancement of Corporate Volunteering. IMPACT 2030 will be introduced at the United Nations on Friday, December 5, 2014 on “International Volunteer Day” where The Ritz-Carlton and the fellow Founding Partner companies will showcase the meaningful difference their employees are making IMPACT 2030locally, nationally and internationally through corporate volunteering.

IMPACT 2030 is a global private sector led collaboration created to mobilize corporate volunteers to contribute to achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. The Initiative’s partner companies recognize that a commitment to corporate volunteering — when used in concert with the United Nations, peer companies, and philanthropic and nonprofit organizations — is a powerful tool to address critical social and environmental issues and inspire the private sector to positive action. The focus areas for The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company’s social and environmental responsibility program, Community Footprints, are hunger and poverty relief; child well-being; and environmental responsibility, and are key components of the company’s culture of corporate social responsibility.  

IMPACT 2030 1“Through IMPACT 2030, the power of many will be the force that will allow us to make a significant impact,” said Herve Humler, President and Chief Operations Officer of The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company. “In communities where we do business, we will be collaborating with corporate partners and other stakeholders to help address critical issues”. He is joined at the United Nations on International Volunteer Day by Sue Stephenson, the company’s vice president of community footprints and Vice Chairperson of the Executive Committee for IMPACT 2030, to recognize and celebrate the dedication and impact being made by Ritz-Carlton employee volunteers.

On the day, the Community Footprints teams at The Ritz-Carlton hotels and resorts across the globe will participate in volunteer activities in their communities. Through the combined efforts of all of the Ladies and Gentlemen, the Community Footprints teams will reach out to 100 communities in 28 countries and territories throughout the world on this day.

A sample of the Community Footprints projects that The Ritz-Carlton Ladies and Gentlemen are participating in with their local partner community organizations on International Volunteer Day include –

  • At The Ritz-Carlton, Dubai International Financial Center, planting and helping conserve the Ghaf tree, a rare desert plant species of culture and ecological significance. 
     
  • At The Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco, volunteering to renovate FamilyHouse, a center supporting children and families in a low-income community in the cancer treatment and recovery process.
     
  • At The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong, preparing and distributing over 1,200 lunch boxes in support of Hong Chi Association, a non-profit organization in Hong Kong that helps people of all ages with intellectual disabilities and their families.
     
  • At The Ritz-Carlton, Berlin, the hotel’s Ladies and Gentlemen will host interview skills classes for young students at Bildungswerk-Kreuzberg, helping them improve their social skills and guide them through mock interviews.
     
  • At The Ritz-Carlton Corporate Office in Chevy Chase, Maryland, the team will participate in a Succeed Through Service literacy coach program to help the young students at Cardozo Education Campus improve their reading skills. 

About The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, LLC
The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C., of Chevy Chase, Md., currently operates 87 hotels in the Americas, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and the Caribbean. More than 30 hotel and residential projects are under development around the globe. For more information, or reservations visit the company web site at www.ritzcarlton.com. The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ:MAR).

Connect with allison.sitch@marriott.com

 

11/21/2014

The Ritz-Carlton, Aruba Celebrates First Anniversary

The-Ritz-Carlton-ArubaLuxury Resort Commemorates Milestone

Aruba, November 21, 2014 -This week, The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C.,  the iconic leader in luxury lodging centered in inspiration to capture, create and inspire life’s most memorable journeys, proudly celebrates the one year anniversary of The Ritz-Carlton, Aruba. Situated on the island’s pristine Palm Beach, the highly anticipated luxury hotel officially opened its doors one year ago today, ushering in a new era of luxury travel to one of the Caribbean’s most vibrant destinations.

“We are thrilled to celebrate our first anniversary, which represents a significant milestone for our hotel and the destination,” said Steven Redkoles, general manager of The Ritz-Carlton, Aruba “I couldn’t be more proud of the success that our hotel has experienced thus far but am even more excited to see what the future holds. We are confident The Ritz-Carlton, Aruba will continue to inspire luxury travelers from around the world to visit and experience all that this extraordinary destination has to offer,” he added.

As part of the first anniversary celebrations, The Ritz-Carlton, Aruba hosted a Community Footprints program to showcase the luxury resort’s appreciation and commitment to the island and local community, which plays an integral role in the hotel’s continued success. To help engage and inspire the island’s youth in the hospitality sector, the Aruba resort partnered with a local children’s organization to invite a group of 15 students on a guided tour of its facilities, movie screening, specialty dinner and an interactive culinary demonstration by Executive Chef Stephen Toevs.

Guests and locals can participate in the celebration by dining in one of the hotel’s three specialty restaurants, each reflecting the island’s oceanfront backdrop and spirit of the destination. A curated anniversary menu will be featured throughout the weekend in Madero Argentinian Grill, Solanio and Les Crustaces, featuring a blend of fresh island cuisine and traditional favorites.

To celebrate The Ritz-Carlton, Aruba’s first anniversary, guests are invited to enjoy the hotel’s Comfort You package which offers daily breakfast for two at Solanio and a $100 daily resort credit to experience the resort’s celebrated amenities. Reservations can be made by visiting www.ritzcarlton.com/aruba or by calling +1 (297) 527-2222. Connect with us on www.facebook.com/ritzcarltonaruba and share your memories with travelers from around the world via #RCMemories.

About The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, LLC
The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C., of Chevy Chase, Md., currently operates 87 hotels in the Americas, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and the Caribbean. More than 30 hotel and residential projects are under development around the globe. For more information, or reservations visit the company web site at www.ritzcarlton.com. The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ:MAR).

Connect with catherine.leitner@marriott.com 

11/20/2014

10 Thanksgiving Tips and Trends from The Ritz-Carlton

TurkeyHoliday Inspiration from Hotels Across America 

Chevy Chase, Md., November 20, 2014 -
Thanksgiving is a time to gather with friends and family, whether at a Ritz-Carlton luxury hotel or resort, or around the dining table of your own home.  From table décor and creative menu items, to what to do with your leftovers, the Ladies and Gentlemen of The Ritz-Carlton around the Americas have compiled a list of Ten Tips and Trends for creating a Ritz-Carlton Thanksgiving, no matter where you are.

  1. Enhance Your Table Décor

Visit local farm stands and markets for new table decorations and arrangement inspiration. You will find countless amounts of pumpkins, gourds, corn stalks, apples, and hay bales that can add a special touch to your Thanksgiving décor. 

  1. Hollow out a Pumpkin

After scooping the filling out of the pumpkin for a delicious pie, the Special Events team at The Ritz-Carlton New York, Battery Park suggest filling the outer shell with ice to use as a wine or champagne chiller, or with flowers to create a vibrant autumn centerpiece. 

  1. Try Tapas

Leave the knives and forks behind and try a variety of small, tapas style appetizers. Chef Jose at The Ritz-Carlton, Pentagon City suggests mini caprese salads, composed of fresh mozzarella, basil, and tomato drizzled with a balsamic vinegar reduction. It’s the perfect small bite for mingling guests.   

  1. Perfect The Traditional Turkey

Simplify your Thanksgiving routine by letting the turkey thaw to room temperature before placing it into the oven.  Executive Chef Frank Kassner at The Ritz-Carlton, Boston Common also suggests cooking the turkey at a low temperature until the leg is about 155F, then turning the oven to 375F for the last ten to fifteen minutes to crisp the skin.

  1. Create A Signature Cocktail

Serve a personalized cocktail for mingling with family and friends before dinner. “The Turkey Trot,” an infamous cocktail at The Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes is the perfect example. With a hint of honey, orange, and spice, this festive sour complements all of the wonderful Thanksgiving dishes and flavors.  

  1. Put a Twist on a Classic Dish

The turkey is always the center of attention at a dinner table, but never complete without the stuffing. This year try stepping away from the traditional dish, a suggestion made by Chef Mathew Hiebsch at The Ritz-Carlton, Philadelphia who created a chorizo and clam stuffing to complement his sage, rosemary, and thyme turkey rub.  

  1. Warm The Dessert

When the Turkey comes out of the oven, turn it off and place your pies in. Take the time to enjoy your meal so that when dessert is served, they will be perfectly warmed! For another classic Thanksgiving dessert, try the Sweet Potato Cranberry Tart with Maple Pecan Crumble Topping from The Ritz-Carlton, Westchester.  

  1. Sample Different Pairings

Wine-glassesThe lead Sommelier, Petra Polakovicova, at The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay suggests a light Beaujolais red wine with dinner. The bold flavors of the red berries, cranberries, light violets, and dried herbs accent the peppery taste of a traditional turkey. She also recommends an off-dry Chenin Blanc from France, a wine with just a little sweetness to complement the classic Thanksgiving sides, but still has the right acidity to cut through the salty Turkey skin. If you are looking for something a little sweeter, an older Chenin Blanc develops very complex flavors of bruised apples, nuts, and honeysuckle, pairing nicely with all elements of the dinner.  

  1. Make Something New

The holidays are the perfect time to sample a new dessert recipe, like this one from                   The Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte. This Sweet Potato Cheesecake incorporates subtle hints of nutmeg and ginger to accent a sweet marshmallow topping and creates a wonderful finish to any Thanksgiving dinner.  

  1. Take Post-Thanksgiving Relaxation Time

Post Thanksgiving relaxationAfter all of the Thanksgiving frenzy (and indulgences), enjoy your leftovers beyond the last slice of pie and use ingredients for an at-home facial. Try this rejuvenating pumpkin facial recipe from The Ritz Carlton, Half Moon Bay Spa. The pumpkin is a powerhouse ingredient that helps to recover fatigued skin and stimulate renewal just in time for the holiday festivities! 

Share your holiday memories with The Ritz-Carlton by using #RCMemories on Twitter and Facebook and for more at-home recipes, tips, and trends, explore The Ritz-Carlton Pinterest boards for inspiration.

About The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C.

The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C., of Chevy Chase, Md., currently operates 87 hotels in the Americas, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and the Caribbean. More than 30 hotel and residential projects are under development around the globe. For more information, or reservations visit the company web site at www.ritzcarlton.com. The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ:MAR).

Connect with allison.sitch@marriott.com

11/14/2014

Dorado Beach, A Ritz-Carlton Reserve Hosts Inaugural Creative Exchange Event

Group Photo at Su CasaLiterary Summit: State of Publishing Industry.

Puerto Rico, Nov. 14, 2014 – The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C., the iconic leader in luxury lodging centered in inspiration to capture, create and inspire life’s most memorable journeys, recently hosted the debut “Literary Summit” as part of the newly formed “Creative Exchange,” a ground breaking program designed to convene the world’s most pre-eminent influencers in the creative arts including film, fine arts, culinary, music, writing and more.

Dorado-Beach,-a-Ritz-Carlton-ReserveThe inaugural Creative Exchange event, hosted exclusively by Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve, focused on the state of the publishing industry by bringing together an intimate group of the country’s most acclaimed writers, editors and publishers. The one-of-a-kind program was designed to foster creative and meaningful discussion, allowing the industry’s pre-eminent thinkers the highly unique opportunity to gather together and connect candidly in an exchange of ideas. With a robust program including discussions facilitated by world renowned political influencer, Reza Aslan, and legendary writer Phil Caputo, the time was filled with substantive conversation on the craft of writing, publishing and the future of the industry. 

"I found this experience to be invigorating. It’s unusual for writers to convene and discuss common issues in depth – The Literary Summit offers this opportunity very easily,” said participant and acclaimed author of The Kills, Richard House.

The Creative Exchange will host signature events throughout the year exclusively at Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve, in an effort to create an inspirational haven for thought leaders in art, science, music, writing, theatre and film. 

“We were thrilled to host such an exceptional group for our very first Exchange,” said Graeme Benn, vice president of sales and marketing for The Ritz-Carlton Hotels of the Caribbean and Mexico. “The transformative nature of Dorado Beach is an ideal setting for the sharing of ideas and instilling creative inspiration. We are hopeful that this unique program will continue to flourish for many years to come.”

Additional participants in the summit included famed young adult novelists Naomi Novik and Neal Shusterman; Tyson Cornell, founder of Rare Bird Books, and editorial director at Publishers Weekly, Jim Milliot, among others.

The ideal choice for a small group retreat and situated on 1,400 acres of the former Laurance Rockefeller estate, Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve is an intimate refuge offering a true sense of barefoot elegance, blending Laurance Rockefeller’s novel environmental design philosophies and modern yet minimal décor. Created as an open-air enclave infused with references to the surrounding natural landscape and diverse culture, Dorado Beach is a true luxury sanctuary designed to allure the world’s most discerning travellers through a bevy of one-of-a-kind lifestyle experiences.

Reservations can be made through travel professionals, on www.ritzcarlton.com or by calling 800-241-3333.

For more information, visit http://www.ritzcarlton.com/en/Reserve/DoradoBeach/Default.htm

About The Reserve
The Reserve brand extension features signature, one-of-a-kind boutique resorts located in choice settings around the world, each with a distinctive personality and sense of place. Dorado Beach in Puerto Rico joins the idyllic Phulay Bay Ritz-Carlton Reserve in Thailand, which sits at the edge of the Andaman Sea. A refuge from the expected, Reserve is for travelers seeking to discover a singular location and peerless resort that, through its design and services, has a distinctive personality that blends together the culture, history and heritage of its setting. The Reserve brand extension will be distinguished from other award-winning Ritz-Carlton resorts by offering guests’ exotic, hand-selected “hideaway” destinations globally; a relaxed, casually elegant atmosphere; and an even greater level of individualized service through a higher staff to guest ratio.

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10/31/2014

A Night Of The Arts At The Ritz-Carlton, Vienna, Featuring The Works Of Klimt And Schiele And A Private Performance By Star Pianist Marialena Fernandes

The Ritz-Carlton ViennaVIENNA AUSTRIA October 31, 2014 - The Ritz-Carlton, Vienna will host A Night of the Arts on 4th December 2014 exclusively for members of The Ritz-Carlton Rewards program. This unique occasion will feature a one-of-a-kind look at the works of 19th century Austrian painters Gustav Klimt and Egon Schiele in partnership with international fine arts resource MasterArt Society and a private performance by star pianist Marialena Fernandes. The evening will be complemented by an intimate four-course dinner prepared by Executive Chef Andreas Mahl and luxury overnight accommodations with a view over the Ring Boulevard. MasterArt Society brings together renowned art professionals, affluent collectors and investors, as well as the world’s leading entrepreneurs – bound together by a passion for beauty, an interest in prestigious cultural events, and an unrelenting desire to acquire the very finest in art. 

 

Born in Mumbai, India, Marialena Fernandes gained the Licentiate Diploma of the Royal Schools of Music in 1967. After graduating in Psychology from Mumbai University and winning a prize at the Bicentennial Piano Competition of Ludwig van Beethoven, she was awarded a scholarship for further musical education at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna, where she received her Diploma in Piano and Chamber Music Performance with unanimous distinctions and a Magister Artium (Master of Arts) degree in Musical Education. Fernandes has given solo recitals and played in chamber music and orchestral concerts in most European capitals as well as the U.S., Australia, Africa and Asia. Nowadays, she is an artistic director and international program curator of crossover projects incorporating classical, jazz and world music, with an emphasis on improvisation. She has also initiated several projects focusing on women composers and gender themes. In June 2013, Fernandes completed her doctoral thesis and obtained the title Doctor of Philosophy.  

 

Exclusively available to members of the hotel reward program, The Ritz-Carlton Rewards®, a unique art exhibition of the works of Austrian painters Gustav Klimt, most famous for painting The Kiss, and Egon Schiele, provided by Wienerroither & Kohlbacher Fine Art Gallery of Vienna will be available for exclusive viewing. During the four-course epicurean experience by Executive Chef Andreas Mahl, Andrea Glanninger-Leitner, a renowned art historian, specialized in Pre-Raphaelite works, Symbolism  and Secession Art focusing on Klimt and Schiele will address attendees. As a memento of this experience, each couple will receive a memorable gift from Vienna.

 

Access to this special event at The Ritz-Carlton, Vienna is available to Rewards members at €865 per couple and includes:  

 

  • Luxury overnight accommodation in a Premium Room with a view over the Ring Boulevard
  • A sumptuous breakfast buffet, internet access and parking
  • Cocktail reception and four-course dinner prepared by Executive Chef Andreas Mahl
  • Fine wine selections with each course
  • A private performance by star pianist Marialena Fernandes
  • A private art exhibition and an address by an expert on the work of Klimt and Schiele

 

A dinner only experience, excluding overnight accommodation is also available for €430 per couple and includes valet parking.

 

Members of The Ritz-Carlton Rewards may secure reservations by calling Ms. Gilla Hellmuth at

 

+43 1 311 88 119104 or by emailing reservations.vienna@ritzcarlton.com. To become a member of The Ritz-Carlton Rewards, please visit http://www.ritzcarlton.com/en/Rewards/Default.htm.

 

For further event details, please visit http://www.ritzcarlton.com/en/Rewards/Promotions/Night-of-the-Arts-Vienna.htm.

About The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, LLC
The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C., of Chevy Chase, Md., currently operates 87 hotels in the Americas, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and the Caribbean. More than 30 hotel and residential projects are under development around the globe. For more information, or reservations visit the company web site at www.ritzcarlton.com. The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ:MAR).

 

 

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