March 19, 2013
/PRNewswire/ -- The iconic five-diamond, five-star Ritz-Carlton,
is announcing an unprecedented summer 2013 refurbishment, the first of its kind in the resort's 27-year history. This project will be one of the largest resort renovations within The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company's portfolio. Refurbishments will include a complete overhaul of all 450-guest rooms, suites and corridors, three dinning outlets, Artisans the "princess ballroom," as well as various structural, mechanical and engineering upgrades throughout the property.
During the expansive two-month project,
set to commence on July 24, 2013, the resort will not be accepting any guests,
a first in its history. While the resort is being re-mastered its sister property, The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, located just 10 minutes down the road, will be open and fully operational. Guests staying at the Golf Resort will have beach access via the complimentary resort shuttle to Vanderbilt Beach, with full Ritz-Carlton beach services and amenities as well as beachfront dining at Gumbo Limbo restaurant.
"The decision to cease operations for the first time in the resort's 27-year history is a true testament to our ongoing commitment to product and service excellence," said
Edward V. Staros
, Vice President, Managing Director of The Ritz-Carlton Resorts of
and one of the original founders of The Ritz-Carlton brand. "Our goal was to avoid any guest inconvenience during this timeframe. When we reopen our doors on
, we look forward to delivering on this commitment by continuing to provide a world renowned level of luxury coupled with all the modern amenities expected by today's global traveler."
Interior designers, Wimberly Interiors are responsible for the new guest rooms, which will resemble a luxurious, residential beach home. The effect will bring the beauty of
indoors, with warm blues, greens and greys inspired by the
Gulf of Mexico
and its surrounding landscape. The Ritz-Carlton sophistication will play into the design with clean lines and upscale fabrics that will appeal to both traditional and modern tastes.
On the culinary front, three of the resort's restaurants will be fully re-mastered by
-based design agency Blue Plate. The Sushi Bar, to be rebranded The Bar, will get an extended balcony, providing additional outdoor seating with
Gulf of Mexico
and sunset views. The Bar interior will be divided to allow for cozier areas while also creating an open space ideal for small events and entertainment. The lounge menu will be revamped to include sushi, small bites and creative cocktails.
The Terrace will reopen as Terrazza, an Italian eatery serving three meals a day. A new glass atrium with fully retractable doors will provide a seaside cafe feel with indoor and outdoor seating. The popular breakfast buffet will remain, but Terrazza's new menu and design will make it a hot spot where guests and local residents alike will enjoy a casual lunch or Italian dinner.