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Bored by the Luxury Hotel Experience? Ritz-Carlton Might Have a Remedy for That

Photos Credit: The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company

Around the world, Ritz-Carlton resorts and hotels are known for the elegance, grandeur and exemplary service. But what may be lesser known is that their portfolio also includes a collection of prestigious villas and cottages in spectacular destinations. The brand has placed some of their most unique accommodations in Thailand, China, Spain, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Georgia and Puerto Rico. What you’ll get at these properties is most definitely a Ritz experience, but with an even more intimate feel.

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“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 of Ritz.

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The villas and cottages were created as private hideaways for city-weary travelers who could escape to their own private retreats while still being able to enjoy five-star service and amenities. At The Ritz-Carlton Sanya, Yalong Bay in China, guests can choose from one of five villa options ranging from one- to three-bedroom residences. The 1,401- to 3,950-square-foot villas include private plunge pools, 24-hour butler service, and views looking out onto the gardens, mangroves or Yalong Bay. 

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Nestled on the shores of the Andaman Sea, Phulay Bay, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve’s two Ocean Pavilions range in size from 721-square-feet to 936-square-feet. Each offer private outdoor baths, verandahs with lounge beds and views of either the garden or ocean. The villas, designed by architect Lek Bunnag, boast Thai décor and include 24-hour butler service; LCD televisions with satellite, DVD and sound systems; and complimentary high-speed Internet access.

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Back in the states, the Lakeside cottages at The Ritz-Carlton, Reynolds Plantation provide a quiet destination deep in the rural south. The secluded two- and three-bedroom cottages, viewing out onto Lake Oconee or the golf course, feature residential-inspired amenities such as wood-burning fireplaces, full kitchens, complimentary Wi-Fi, and separate living and dining areas.

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What's great about these villas and cottages is that they give you a nice break from hotel crowds, but you still get the same high-level of five-star treatment. Like their larger sister properties, each location includes the distinct services afforded to all Ritz-Carlton hotel guests. These residences also give you a good sense of your destination through their décor and design, while still providing that comfortable home-away-from-home feel.

Nicolle Monico

Nicolle is an award-winning writer and Travel Editor using her expertise in the industry to write about luxury travel around the world. You can find her daily searching the web for the latest trends, best new hotels and most beautiful destinations to visit and share with her readers. She's been featured on The Huffington Post, Hard Assets, AMD Entertainment and Remy Martin. In 2014, she was vo...(Read More)

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