THE RITZ-CARLTON, LANGKAWI, MALAYSIA

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I arrived at the Ritz-Carlton, Langkawi a few days after their official opening. Although there were some teething problems which were to be expected, I had a very pleasant stay. I stayed in a Rainforest Deluxe Room which was a generous 75 sq. metres in size, with a living area, a balcony and an oversized bathroom. The decoration is tasteful and fits well in a remote jungle setting.

Upon arrival, I was checked-in at the arrival lounge and then taken by electric buggy to the Dahlia building which hosted 9 suites.

The hotel offers 3 food and beverage outlets. The high-end Chinese restaurant Hai Yan; the Langkawi Kitchen serving Malay, Chinese and Indian cuisine; and the Beach Grill serving western and eastern dishes, mainly seafood. The menu choices at the Beach Grill were quite limited and comfort food (beach resort favourites) such as club sandwiches or spaghetti dishes etc. was unfortunately missing. However, all the food that I tasted at the resort was delicious.

The hotel had a nice private, clean, sandy beach with plenty of lounge chairs, all of which were unfortunately not equipped with sun umbrellas yet.The pool is beautifully situated overlooking the beach and the bay.

The Ritz-Carlton, Langkawi opened during early October 2017 and all the staff members that I met were eager to please, charming and helpful.

The resort is set in an emerald jungle and its design is inspired by a Malay fishing village. The contemporary Ritz-Carlton SPA is offering various treatments in private settings which are shaped like local Bubu fish traps.

The Ritz-Carlton, Langkawi offers luxury accommodation and the renowned Ritz-Carlton service. It’s a beautiful place in the Malaysian rainforest.

 

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SHARQ VILLAGE RESORT AND SPA, RITZ-CARLTON, DOHA, QATAR

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On my arrival at the Sharq Village & Spa resort, I was escorted directly to my room where the check-in procedure was completed efficiently. I was assigned a room in Villa 8 overlooking the main pool with good views over the resort which reminded me very much of a Morrocan village. The buildings were low rise and in oriental style, white and very different from typical big-city resorts. Everything was very clean and the resort grounds had beautifully manicured gardens.

The Sharq Village & Spa resort offers 2 swimming pools, a jacuzzi and 300 metres of private beach frontage.  The beach is taken care of by  an enthusiastic and helpful beach attendant. He keeps the beach impeccably clean at all times, ensures that guests always have enough towels and offers plenty of free ice-cold water to his guests. The main pool area has some waterfalls and a swim-up bar which is quite popular all day long. The staff at the pool are very attentive and  ensure that everyone feels always at ease, being with an excellent service, a chat or just checking back from time to time to see if everything is all right.

The room was spacious in oriental style with a large bathroom with bathtub, a rain shower and a toilet. The room also had a Nespresso coffee machine, a kettle for tea and plenty of drinking water. The bed was very comfy and the room lighting system was flexible. There was a working desk (with a multi-type electric power plug, which I greatly appreciated) and a nice balcony.

The hotel offers several food outlets including an award winning Persian restaurant, a shisha bar and a cigar lounge. All the food outlets I tried were  excellent. The food choice available was plentiful, everything tasted  delicious, and the service was attentive and friendly.

The resort has a fantastic Six Senses Spa which offers luxury spa treatments including massages and Turkish bath (hammam). A large gym is also available on site.

This hotel offers all that a resort style property needs to offer. Spacious rooms, nice swimming pools and a private beach. All the staff members that I met were warm, charming and attentive. They strive to make the guest feel at home and they do this with great success. I would recommend this hotel for a vacation style stay as well as for business people since the airport and downtown Doha are both not far away and easily reachable.

 

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THE RITZ-CARLTON, ISTANBUL, TURKEY

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I arrived at the Ritz-Carlton Istanbul around noon time and was quickly checked-in by the friendly front desk staff.

I was incorrectly assigned a partial Bosphorus view room instead of a full front view room as I had booked. The issue was resolved quickly and my bags were moved to the correct room while I had an enjoyable lunch at the Bleu Lounge.

The hotel is elegantly decorated and its lobby and restaurants are tastefully furnished. The lobby is a lively place where people meet, have coffee together or socialise generally.

The room was stylish and offered a wonderful view over the Bosphorus and the city of Istanbul. The bathroom was nice and had a large shower, bathtub and a separate toilet.

My room was equipped with a small minibar and an Illy Espresso coffee machine. The shoe shine service was efficient and fast.

Breakfast at the Atelier Lounge was a nice experience with lots of local and international specialities. The chef who was taking care of the egg station was a friendly lady who offered stand-out service.

Dinner at the Atelier Lounge was equally pleasant, offering a splendid view of Istanbul by night. I had a pasta dish and a meat dish. Everything was delicious and the service was excellent.

The Spa at the Ritz-Carlton is located in the lower floor and offers an indoor swimming pool, a sauna with relaxing areas, a turkish bath and a gym.

My only disappointment was that the outdoor area with the swimming pool was closed. Unfortunately they close for winter season. However, the weather was pleasant and warm in the afternoon and I think the area should have been opened.

The staff members that I met were all friendly and professional.

Whilst there are many luxury hotels in Istanbul I would return to the Ritz-Carlton Istanbul any time.

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THE RITZ-CARLTON, HONG KONG

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The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong is a five-star luxury hotel, located in the International Commerce Centre, West Kowloon, Hong Kong.

I have always wanted to stay in the world’s tallest hotel and watched the construction of the ICC during my frequent visits to Hong Kong. 

The hotel offers 312 rooms and suites as well as several restaurant outlets.

After our arrival at the street level lobby we were greeted by a staff member who escorted us directly to the main lobby on the 103rd floor. The express elevator took about a minute to reach to the main lobby level and is reputed to be the fastest elevator in Asia.From there we were escorted to the Club Lounge for check-in. We were invited to have some food and drinks while the credit card and passports were processed. The Club Lounge is a fantastic venue. It offers six daily meal presentations including breakfast with an omelette station and full bar service all day. The staff are truly professionals and they keep the huge lounge tidy and pleasant at all times which left a very positive impression.The lounge is beautifully decorated and offers a wonderful view over Kowloon. There is a car available for free transportation within Kowloon and it’s available for all hotel guests on a first come first served basis. 

Arrival at the Victory Harbour View suite was an unforgettable experience. A stunning view combined with a luxury suite that offered a separate bedroom, and a corner with a lounging area from where to enjoy the fantastic view. The suite offered a minibar, a Nespresso machine, fresh fruit and home-made chocolates. I was pleasantly surprised to receive an ice-bucket with a bottle of sparkling water and a few bottles of Coke zero which is probably on my file as a favourite drink! Really thoughtful and perfect service from Ritz-Carlton. Every aspect of the suite was well thought out (usually I find power outlets to be misplaced or the design to be impractical etc.) The hotel offers free Wi-Fi on all floors including the restaurants, the Club Lounge, the fitness centre and pool area etc.

The hotel’s other facilities were equally impressive, including the swimming pool and the fitness centre which are located on the 118th floor. The swimming pool area is stunning and features nice lounge chairs as well as two jacuzzis, one of which was located outdoors and the other in an indoor lounging area. It goes without saying that the hotel has its own SPA as well. 

The restaurants are a story of their own. There is the world famous Ozone bar (highest bar in the world) which is consistently mentioned in travel magazines and guides. There is Tosca, the Italian restaurant with one Michelin star as well as the famous Tin Lun Heen with two Michelin  stars and Cafe 103 on the 103rd floor. 

The service at the hotel was excellent. Every staff member I met was sincere and well groomed. They interact with the guests a lot and always try to anticipate the needs and do their best to offer impeccable service.. They go above and beyond in making your stay enjoyable and memorable.

In conclusion, I would say the Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong is a stunning property and most certainly the best hotel in the city. The bird’s eye view from the hotel is just unbeatable and the service is amongst the best I have ever experienced anywhere.

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THE RITZ-CARLTON, NAPLES, FLORIDA, U.S.A.

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Arrival at the Ritz-Carlton Naples was very warm and I was escorted immediately to the Club Level Lounge where check-in took place. The lounge is a fantastic place to undwind and get 5  diffrent meal presentations per day as well as personalized concierge service and  a very personal service all the staff which were extremly charming and pleasant at all times.

The club level room had a great view of the gulf of mexico with a balcony offering a wonderful view over the hotel grounds, swimming pools, the white beach and the magnificent sunsets.

The hotel offers 450 rooms, including 35 suites and 70 club level rooms. There are 7 dining experiences offering everything from easy poolside eating to The Grill elegant dining venue. There is a high-tech entertainment lounge as well as a kidz club. A spa with over 30 treatment rooms, a great gym and beach house for rent are also available.

The beach is fantastic and endless and clean. Regular dolphin swim-by’s were to see in the morning which was great.

The Ritz-Carlton Naples is a fantastic place for taking a vacation in Florida on the gulf of mexico. Its chic, but top-modern at the same time and it’s best feature is probably the staff. They were are all very helpful, warm and lovely. Their interaction with the guests is simply just great.

There are lots of surprises from the staff, such as thank you chocolates for “beeing a fan” on facebook, to a clean washed car upon departure or getting a travel map from the lounge concierge without having asked for one and a package of warm house made cookies to make the long drive a bit sweet. A great experience.  Price range is on the higher side, but if you are up for some luxury, i can highly recommend the Ritz-Carlton Naples in Florida.

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THE RITZ-CARLTON, BUDAPEST, HUNGARY

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Smooth taxi ride from Budapest Airport to the hotel. Friendly helpful doorman and warm greetings at the front desk with a smart checkin. The hotel is brand new in a historic building which was built in the 18th century. The location is in the buisness center of the town, right on Ersezebet ter adjecent to the “fashion street” .

The design is in a very modern style, lots of beige colours with plenty of blue elements which are representing the Danube river. The suite I was given was yet unused and I was the first guest ever residing there. It was tastefully designed, with a small “kiosk” type minibar featuring a Nespresso maker, a minibar and a small souvenir shop. There was a separate guest toilet and the master bathroom was equipped with a bathtube as well as a shower. The shower itself was a bit on the smaller side, given the size of the suite. Plenty of towels and luxury amenities were also available. The bed was very comfy with plenty of pillows. (Pillow menu is available)

The bar on the main level has street access and is an attraction of its own. Nice comfortable lounge chairs where you can overlook the busy street outside or have a peaceful conversation or a drink at the bar.

Breakfast is served in the main lobby under a crystal dome. You can find your basics on a buffet while drinks and egg dishes and other specialities will be served to your table. The restaurant is a bistro style place, with modern furniture but hip staff which are dressed in all jeans uniforms. There is a large indoor seating as well as a cute small patio for outside dining overlooking the busy fashion street. I had a steak with a salad with a soup and it was all excellent.

After the soft opening of the hotel there will be also a SPA available as well a club level featuring a lounge and separate checkin/out desks customly-built for the modern exclusive traveller.

I can highly recommend the Ritz-Carlton in Budapest. A nice luxury hotel, away from the tourist crouds but still in a great location from where you can reach everything in minutes

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THE RITZ-CARLTON HOTEL, DUBAI, UAE

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I stayed in 1 bed-room suite on the club level at the Ritz-Carlton Financial Center Dubai. The suite was very spacious with a separate toilet in the living room area, a nice writing desk and a separate table to sit near the coffee maker which was a Nespresso machine and a choice of different coffees and tea’s and a kettle for hot water.

The bedroom was very cozy with all electric curtains and a separate TV. There was a walk-in dressing room and a oversized bathroom. It contained a big shower stall which included a rain shower as well as 6 massage outlets including a little bench to hold onto. A bathtub which was bigger than in most hotels and again a separate toilet, also xl-size.

Amenities were all top notch and I did not miss one thing in this beautiful suite.
The club lounge is a world of it’s own. A full bar service is available all day, including some bar chairs, a restaurant-area and some sofa’s to linger in. There was a constant choice of snacks and meals, serving breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, light dinner and sweets. Everything was top quality and replenished frequently. A wonderful oasis in busy Dubai.

The hotel is located in Dubai’s financial district, conveniently accessible to most business buildings, the Dubai metro, the Dubai Mall and many more places. Travel time to/from airport was only about 15 min.

There are several restaurants and bars at the Ritz-Carlton, including a coffee shop, Café Belge, a outdoor shisha lounge, a great steak house and a indoor and outdoor bar.

I had a very delightful stay and i would like to praise all the staff members working there. Each and everybody seemed to really care about their guests and gave me a very welcoming and comfortable feeling. I felt great being taken care of by such nice ambitious staff members and will certainly return there on my next stay.

I would recommend this hotel to all business travellers and people who like to stay in Dubai downtown.

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