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Dove Mountain gets S. Arizona’s 1st 5-star rating

Forbes Travel Guide today unveiled its annual Star Rating list, naming The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain a new Five Star hotel. The 253-room adventure, spa and golf resort near Tucson, Arizona is the latest addition to the prestigious ratings, which have been considered the gold standard in luxury hospitality since 1958. The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain is the only property in southern Arizona to receive coveted Five Star status for 2015.

“These Stars are a worthy and well-deserved tribute to the ladies and gentlemen of The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain,” said Liam Doyle, general manager for the high Sonoran Desert playground. “Thanks to this caring and highly service-focused team, The Ritz-Carlton is attracting year-round travelers to a remarkable desert destination where a return to life awaits. We are also deeply grateful to our treasured guests and neighbors for their friendship and loyalty, and we extend our warmest thanks to them.”

Properties for this award are evaluated anonymously against up to 800 rigorous and objective standards. “Our Star Ratings recognize the finest hotels, restaurants and spas in the world and serve as the most authoritative guideposts for guests seeking exceptional travel experiences,” said Gerard J. Inzerillo, Chief Executive Officer of Forbes Travel Guide. “We’re proud to be associated with the new additions to our global list.”

With a lush high Sonoran desert setting between Phoenix and Tucson, The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain presents year-round blue skies and an authentic southwestern sense of place where guests can escape, play – and return to the youthful joys of life. Highlights include three swimming pools, a 235-foot water slide and splash pad, 27 holes of adjoining Jack Nicklaus signature golf, daily Sunset Vista Cocktail Hikes, guided rock art tours to discover ancient Hohokam petroglyphs, GPS-guided geocaching, morning Nature Walks, Cactus Discovery tours showcasing the rare and ancient Saguaro, astronomer-guided stargazing, and access to miles of scenic and beautiful hiking, cycling and four-wheel drive trails.

An adventure-filled Ritz Kids Rangers program provides younger guests with myriad delights, including indigenous critter meet-and-greets, desert expeditions and even In-Room Camping. A daily highlight for guests of all ages is the property’s signature Spirit of Adventure Celebration, when guests gather to welcome the evening and take in the haunting refrain of a Native American flutist performing from the surrounding Tortolita Foothills. An Arizona spa vacation is also just steps away, as The Ritz-Carlton Spa, Dove Mountain features spectacular open-air design, a private serenity pool with tanning island, spa cabanas, day beds and a roster of treatments inspired by the healing therapies of centuries-old Native American civilizations. For foodies, award-winning restaurants are complemented by weekend sushi in the lobby, the charming Roadrunner Food Truck which plies the resort grounds with holiday weekend ice cream treats and which also raises charitable funds via local food truck rallies, acclaimed wine and spirits experiences, and the destination’s own Dove Mountain Cuvée wine label. A 42-tree citrus orchard sits directly outside of the resort’s award-winning CORE Kitchen & Wine Bar, encouraging guests to pick their own fresh Arizona citrus for memorable morning libations.

Reservations for The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain may be made at 800-241-3333, via www.ritzcarlton.com/DoveMountain, or through a travel professional. Dining and spa experiences, luxury weddings, shared voluntourism/VolunTeaming™ activities, and the resort’s award-winning meetings and events may be requested at 520-572-3000. The scenic high-desert destination in Marana, Arizona is served by both the Tucson and Phoenix international airports.

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AzMPI Announces 2013-14 Board

The Arizona Sunbelt Chapter of Meeting Professionals International (AzMPI) recently installed their 2013-2014 slate of Officers for the chapter.

Officers include incoming President Jill Longfellow,  Enterprise Holdings Inc.; President-Elect Cristin Barr, The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain; Vice President of Finance Penny Allphin, Hassayampa Inn Prescott; Vice President of Communications Chip Headman, Williams & Associates; Vice President of Membership Julia-Isabel Davenport, Maximize Your Publicity; Vice President of Education Susie Molinich, American Express Meeting & Events, and Immediate Past President Donna Masiulewicz, Timeline Meetings & Events.  The Chapter Directors are: Director of Leadership Development Lynne Wellish, Triage Meetings & Events; Director of Fundraising & Special Events Tiffany Higgins, The Tiffany Event; Director of Strategic Alliances Dave Rosenbaum, Carefree Resort & Conference Center; Director of Monthly Programs Lee Smith, Hotel Valley Ho; Director of Recruitment Dave Borsheim, Hotel Palomar Phoenix; Director of Retention Jacqi Marth, Destination and Details; Director of Information Technology Danielle Adams, KCA; and Director of Public Relations and Marketing James Eggimann, The Ritz-Carlton, Phoenix

“We strive to promote excellence within the meeting industry through education, certification, advocacy and business-to-business networking opportunities for our members,” said incoming 2013-2014 AZMPI President Jill Longfellow.  “Anyone who plans or supports meetings in any capacity, whether an administrative assistant or a caterer, can benefit from what AZMPI offers.”

The 375-member Arizona Sunbelt Chapter of Meeting Professionals International was established in 1979.  Meeting Professionals International is the meeting and event industry’s largest association for the $102.3 billion meetings and events industry.  AZMPI offers monthly events providing education, and networking opportunities.  MPI membership is comprised of more than 24,000 members belonging to 80 chapters and clubs worldwide.  To learn more about AzMPI visit www.AzMPI.org or call 602-277-1494.

The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain’s Serenity pool. Photo: Barbara Kraft

Top 5: Southern Arizona Accommodations (Fall-Winter 2012)

The Top 5 Southern Arizona Accommodations — as voted on by Experience AZ readers:

Loews Ventana Canyon Resort

7000 N. Resort Dr.,
Tucson, AZ 85750
(520) 299-2020
loewshotels.com
Features 398 guest rooms, four restaurants and lounges, eight tennis courts, two Tom Fazio-designed golf courses, fitness trails, swimming pools and a full-service spa.


The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain

15000 N. Secret Springs Dr.,
Marana, AZ 85658
(520) 572-3000
ritzcarlton.com
Nestled in the high Sonoran Desert against the Tortolita Mountains, The Ritz-Carlton features a destination spa; world-class hiking; Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf; indoor and outdoor dining, including True American Cuisine at CORE Kitchen and Wine Bar — all within a striking canyon setting.


Canyon Ranch

8600 E. Rockcliff Rd.,
Tucson, AZ 85750
(800) 742-9000
canyonranch.com
Dozens of fitness activities, spa cuisine, wellness consultations in preventive medicine, nutrition, stress management, spiritual awareness, and body and skin care treatments.


JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort & Spa

3800 W. Starr Pass Blvd.,
Tucson, AZ 85745
(520) 792-3500
jwmarriottstarrpass.com
Rich with culture, history and beauty, this resort is complete with world-class spa facilities, nationally acclaimed golf courses, fine dining and award-winning restaurants, and perfectly designed convention and meeting spaces.


Westward Look Resort

245 E. Ina Rd.,
Tucson, AZ 85704
(800) 722-2500
westwardlook.com
Set high in the foothills overlooking Tucson and warmed by an abundance of desert sunshine, Westward Look Resort is a rejuvenating resort environment inspired by the beauty of its pristine natural surroundings.

Experience AZ Fall-Winter 2012

 

Ritz-Carlton, AZRE July/August 2008

Hospitality: The Ritz-Carlton, Paradise Valley


THE RITZ-CARLTON, PARADISE VALLEY

Developer: Five Star Development Group
General contractor: Summit Builders
Architect: HKS Hill Glazier Studio and Peterson Architecture & Associates
Location: Scottsdale Road between Lincoln Drive & Indian Bend Road, Paradise Valley
Size: 110 acres

The $1.5 billion development includes a 225-room Ritz-Carlton hotel, surrounded by a residential community of single-family homes. The Ritz-Carlton project takes up 110 acres of a 123-acre site. An adjoining mixed-use component is still in the planning stages along the Scottsdale portion of the site. The project breaks ground summer 2008, with completion expected for fall 2010. Subcontractors so far include Burton Landscape Architecture, Civtech, Creative Design in Lighting, Fleet Fisher Engineering and Ten Eyck Landscape Architecture. Broker: S&P Destination Properties

AZRE July/August 2008