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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.

Connect with catherine.leitner@ritzcarlton.com  

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).

 

 

Connect with rosemary.trigg@ritzcarlton.com

 

10/28/2014

Authentic Wellbeing Experiences at The Ritz-Carlton Spas Worldwide Invigorate and Renew With Regional Traditions and Products

The Ritz-Carlton SpaDiscover local cultures through unique Spa experiences in Hong Kong, Arizona and Istanbul 

London, UK, October 28, 2014 - The Ritz-Carlton Hotels offer a wealth of luxury spa experiences with an authentic sense of place at hotels and resorts around the world. High above Hong Kong, healing jade rollers are used to ease and rejuvenate the eyes, while in the Arizona desert, Hohokam Native American traditions are the inspiration for the resort’s basalt stone massage, and a quintessentially Turkish Hammam cleansing awaits in Istanbul.                  

The Ritz-Carlton SpasTravellers can be sure of a unique experience at each of The Ritz-Carlton Spas where traditions and natural products are woven into the therapies and rituals for a truly authentic treatment. From Asia to the Americas, each Spa creates a refuge from the pace of everyday life, tailoring the experience for every guest with personalised signature treatments.

Soaring above Kowloon, The Ritz-Carlton Spa by ESPA is a relaxing haven in the heart of bustling Hong Kong. East meets West in the therapies available which include indigenous healing lava shell and Chinese massage techniques in the Spa’s signature treatments. The Radiance Jade Facial revitalises and brightens tired skin and incorporates semi–precious jade stones to ease the eyes and melt away the stresses of everyday life.

The Ritz-Carlton SpaIn the heart of the Sonoran desert in Tucson, Arizona, The Ritz-Carlton Spa, Dove Mountain uses ancient therapeutic rituals to push away the stresses of the modern world. Many of the eco-holistic therapies available at the luxury resort use locally gathered gems, plants or stones. The Hohokam Stone Massage uses mineral-rich basalt stones found in Salt River, Arizona. They are collected locally and are believed to assist with physical and mental healing as well as having the natural properties to retain heat for this therapy.

Istanbul straddles two continents and is a tantalising blend of European and Asian cultures. The traditional Turkish Hammam at The Ritz-Carlton Spa is a cleansing ritual of scrubbing, soaping and massage which refreshes and invigorates leaving a sense of renewal. The process includes a steam bath followed by an exfoliation with a “kese” glove and natural soap, then cleansing with fresh water and a body massage. Hammam therapists are local specialists either with a strong family tradition or a wealth of experience in the country’s best hammams. The Hammam rooms at the hotel’s spa incorporate overflowing marble basins, brass taps, bright ornate tiles and refracted light from stained glass windows reflects in the water, creating a relaxing sanctuary.

In Japan, the anti-oxidant properties of the local green tea from the Uji region of Kyoto are an essential element in the Ryokucha Serenity Ritual at The Ritz-Carlton Spa in Kyoto. Hotel Arts Barcelona’s beach front setting inspired the 43 Sea Experience which includes sea shells used on pressure points to release energy, followed by relaxing in the light sea breeze on the outdoor terrace high up above the Mediterranean.  Six Senses Spa at Sharq Village & Spa incorporates traditional Qatari design features and a labyrinth of weaving pathways, cascading fountains and lush greenery, creating a sense of inner peace and wellbeing.  The treatment rooms are inspired by a traditional Qatari environment with heated stone massage beds, mud baths and private majlis meeting areas.

The Ritz-Carlton Spas reflect the rich natural and cultural heritage of their locations and bring them to life through signature treatments for guests to discover and enjoy.  Reservations may be made by calling the spas directly, or by requesting a service online from the hotel’s website.

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 rosemary.trigg@ritzcarlton.com

10/07/2014

Design a Classic Travel Poster With the Ritz-Carlton App

Ritz-Carlton postersApp Now Allows Creation of Personalized, Shareable Travel Posters

Chevy Chase, Md., October 7, 2014 – The Ritz-Carlton knows the value of a photo is not only its aesthetic quality, but in the memory that it prompts. Enhancements to the luxury hotel company’s app went live today, allowing the creation of personalized travel posters on smart phones and tablets to all Ritz-Carlton App users.

The beautiful island sunset you just enjoyed over a glass of wine can now be personalized with a travel stamp, custom frame and caption and instantly uploaded to Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. The Ritz-Carlton is renowned for the importance it places on creating indelible memories for its guests.  Providing a digital tool to curate a memory-evoking travel poster is an extension of a commitment to make every travel experience at each Ritz-Carlton hotel or resort a special moment.

“A picture is worth a thousand words and a beautiful way to hold on to the memories we want to preserve” said Ed French, Chief Sales and Marketing Officer, The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. “Our guests can now curate their own images with special filters, effects, the ability to crop, to add destination titles, stamps and to create vintage-style posters that capture their favorite travel memories. They will then be able to share their posters across social media channels, or save them to a personal on-device camera roll, storing the travel memory forever.”

The steps to create a travel poster are simple. Upon opening The Ritz-Carlton App, users should click to open the travel posters feature. From there, select the option to access a photo from the album or take a photo. A photo editor tool provides 48 destination stamps, stickers, frames, effects and cropping tools. When completed, the ability to add a caption and post to Facebook, Twitter or Instagram is at the click of a button.

Guests are also encouraged to share their poster across social channels using #RCMemories for the chance to have a signature travel moment captured by The Ritz-Carlton and shared on the brand Instagram channel, or on ritzcarlton.com/yourmemories, which displays photos of captured moments as they are shared by guests on Twitter and Instagram and tagged with #RCMemories.  As travelers share their personal experiences at Ritz-Carlton hotels and resorts, The ‘Your Memories’ page displays inspiring, dynamic, mosaic-like wall of images that is continuously refreshed.

Capture the beauty of the world as you travel. Show what you saw and experienced. Those moments — your moments — are the ones you'll want to share and remember.

The Ritz-Carlton App is available for immediate download by visiting www.ritzcarlton.com/app.

Destination stamps include:
Americas - Arizona, Half Moon Bay, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Lake Tahoe, Palm Springs, California, Colorado, Florida, Naples, Miami, Orlando. Georgia, Maui, New Orleans, Boston, St. Louis, New York City, Philadelphia, Dallas, Washington, DC, Toronto, Cancun

Europe - Vienna, Berlin, Lisbon, Canary Islands, Moscow, Istanbul, Barcelona

Middle East - Bahrain, Israel, Oman, Qatar, Riyadh, Dubai, Abu Dhabi

Asia Pacific - Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Sanya, Chengdu, Bangalore, Kyoto, Tokyo

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

09/22/2014

The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. Adds One Bal Harbour to Florida Portfolio of Hotels

The Ritz-Carlton Bal Harhour guestroomThe Ritz-Carlton Flag is Raised Today in Bal Harbour, Miami

Chevy Chase, Md. – October 2, 2014 –The Ritz-Carlton Bal Harbour, Miami officially becomes the tenth property in the hotel company’s award-winning Florida portfolio.   

The 18-story glass signature designed tower overlooks the beautiful Atlantic Ocean and Intracoastal water way and sits on five sumptuous acres of landscaped gardens and 750-feet of white sandy beach in the ultra-exclusive neighborhood of Bal Harbour. The neighborhood is best known for its upscale shops and restaurants and the close proximity to South Beach.

All of the 124 elegant contemporary designed suites, including a magnificent 2,800-square-foot penthouse suite, have spectacular ocean-front views and feature European wood cabinetry and granite countertops, stand-alone egg-shaped tubs in bathrooms, expansive living and large terraces with unparalleled views.

“We are very excited to partner once again with the ownership groups of The Ritz-Carlton, South Beach; the Lionstone Group, an entity of the Lowenstein Family and Flag Luxury Group, LLC led by Paul and Dayssi Kanavos said Herve Humler, president and chief operating officer of The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company. “The hotel has already earned a reputation as of one of Florida’s most desirable and unique locations and adding The Ritz-Carlton service excellence to the spectacular surroundings should transform The Ritz-Carlton Bal Harbour, Miami into one of the world’s most sought after places to visit.”

A centerpiece of the resort is the 10,000 square-foot waterfront spa; a sanctuary promoting renewal and revitalization. Ten private treatment suites complete with ocean views, a serene waterfront terrace and a reflecting room for pre-and post-treatment relaxation in addition to a state of the art fitness center, are available to hotel guests and residents in the community.

A spectacular European-edged outdoor swimming pool, a beautiful beach and luxury cabanas with private hot tubs provide multiple options for guests wishing to enjoy the Florida sunshine and fresh ocean breezes in a tranquil setting. Savory bites are served at the resort’s fabulous restaurant and pool bar & grill.

For meetings and special events, the hotel provides a variety of venues for every occasion from business groups to destination weddings with 2,400 square feet of indoor space and an additional 3,400 square feet of outdoor terraces. The meeting and entertainment rooms are fully equipped with state of the art audio visual equipment and are capable of accommodating 110 guests.

Humler noted “Florida continues to offer tremendous potential to the luxury traveler and the opening of The Ritz-Carlton Bal Harbour, Miami is a key strategic move to expand our presence across a region beloved by Ritz-Carlton guests.”

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).

About Lionstone Group
Miami-based Lionstone Group has a 50-year track record of owning, developing, leasing, and managing hospitality and residential properties throughout South Florida.  Lionstone’s property and development portfolio includes distinctive projects such as The Ritz-Carlton, South Beach; EPIC Residences & Hotel; and the first Virgin Hotel located in Chicago. For more information, visit www.lionstone.net.

 

About Flag Luxury
Having planned and completed over $4 billion of hospitality, retail, entertainment and residential projects, Flag Luxury is a leader in its industry. Notable recent projects include The Ritz-Carlton, South Beach; The Ritz-Carlton, Coconut Grove and Residences; The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club and Spa Jupiter; The Shelborne Wyndham Grand South Beach; The Wyndham Orlando Resort; I Shops Retail Orlando; I-Drive 360 Orlando entertainment and retail complex; the Harmon Retail Center on the Las Vegas Strip; and The Ritz-Carlton Shops South Beach. Flag Luxury currently has over $1 Billion of new projects in its pipeline in New York City, Miami and San Francisco.

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09/16/2014

The Ritz-Carlton Crafts Picture Perfect Memories as Largest Luxury Wedding Atelier in Asia Pacific

Ritz-Carlton weddingsHong Kong, September 16, 2014 - Wedding planners at The Ritz-Carlton are redefining the art of the wedding atelier by curating artisanal luxury wedding shows fuelling the dreams of couples looking for an intimate affair or a lavish dream wedding that would rival royalty.

In Asia-Pacific alone, The Ritz-Carlton creates more than 2,000 luxury weddings each year, making The  Ritz-Carlton the largest luxury wedding atelier and host in the region.  Each wedding is elegantly choreographed in opulent detail with handpicked artisans, resulting in picture perfect memories. Some senior wedding planners alone have orchestrated over 500 weddings each.

These real weddings from around the world can now be seen in the first Chinese edition of The Ritz-Carlton Weddings magazine which was launched this month. Romantic weddings featured include the Princess Bride, the story of a Chinese couple who created their very own Royal Wedding at The Ritz-Carlton, Tianjin, which recreated an enchanted forest in the hotel’s ballroom and a horse and carriage ride around the old city quarter. Extraordinary destination weddings include underwater weddings in Phulay Bay, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve in Krabi, Thailand while venues with dramatic skylines of Hong Kong and Shanghai have also been created for couples looking for a white wedding in the sky.

“Creating milestone moments and transforming dreams into reality have always been the hallmarks of a Ritz-Carlton dream wedding,” said Michelle Caporicci, Regional Vice President – Sales and Marketing in Asia Pacific. “Many couples look for themes that fit their personalities while balancing the needs of their respective families, which our wedding planners help them to navigate. The wedding fairs we create in each of our hotels are the first step to help them imagine their dreams.”

“The Ritz-Carlton Wedding Magazine has always been a way for couples and their families to showcase the latest trends and ideas. Having a Chinese edition for the first time is a major step in showcasing international and regional trends in language,” she added.

Curating wedding shows with the right luxury artisans and partners and sharing stories of some of our couples is one way to inspire brides and their families. On ritzcarlton.com, couples can use a wedding planning checklist to dream about every detail, and then a wedding specialist flawlessly brings the event together.  From the creation of invitations and favors to florists, talented couturiers, photographers, lingerie and jewelers, The Ritz-Carlton Wedding Fairs bring these dreams to life in dramatically staged themed showcases that put couples in their wedding. 

“Bringing weddings to life through shows and the wedding magazine displays the creativity of our ladies and gentlemen and the artisans who work with us and showcases the unforgettable memories we help to create,” she said.

About The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, LLC
The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C., of Chevy Chase, Md., currently operates 86 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 ainslie.cheung@ritzcarlton.com