The Luxurious Sarasota Resort Offers Waterfront Views, Luxury Spa, & A Tom-Fazio Designed Golf Course

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Sparkling Gulf Coast views, a Tom Fazio-designed golf course on property, a recently renovated 20,000-square-foot luxury spa, and access to The Beach Club on Lido Key? 

Yes, please!

That’s just what The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota offers at their dazzling oceanfront resort overlooking Sarasota Bay.

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The 276-room luxury property is ideally situated just steps away from every activity designed for the entire family. Whether you come here for a weekend getaway or weeklong stay, there is something to do for everyone.

Its prime location is near nature sanctuaries, arts venues, fishing, watersports, and shopping. The waterfront property, which has been named one of the top golf resorts in the world, also boasts one of the best spas in the country. There are also three lit tennis courts, complimentary kayaks, paddle boards, and bicycles along with an outdoor heated swimming pool and whirlpool on-site.

For little ones in tow, The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota also offers an abundance of children’s recreation programs designed to keep them busy during their stay. If you are looking to relax, head out to The Healing Garden to read a book, or soak in the bayfront views from the Rose Garden.

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Book a stay in one of their spacious suites like the Sarasota or Club Bay View.

Their signature Ritz-Carlton Suite, their presidential pad, offers the most indulgent stay on property with a massive 2,450-square-foot accommodation designed to host up to four guests. The opulent suite boasts a full Italian marble bathroom in the primary suite with soaking tub, dual vanities, and floor-to-ceiling windows providing spectacular waterfront views. 

Standard guest rooms are taken to a new level with a private balcony with marina-facing vistas. The luxurious king bedroom accommodation also features double vanities in the spacious marble bathroom.

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For the ultimate indulgence, be sure to add on access to the Ritz-Carlton Club Lounge located on the eighth floor that includes five lavish presentations daily during set hours featuring breakfast, lunch, a light snack, hors d’oeuvres and cocktails, and desserts and cordials.

Coffee, tea and juice, chips and pretzels, and freshly baked cookies are always available during the Club Lounge operating hours. There is a dedicated concierge located in the lounge available to assist guests with any specialty requests, including favorite cocktail preparations, or provide recommendations of things to do on or off property. 

When it comes to dining, be sure to check out Jack Dusty, the property’s on-site waterfront seafood restaurant. The nautically designed eatery’s name offers a nod to the 18th-century naval store clerk.

Get started with one of their iconic cocktails like The Siren made with your choice of tequila, vodka, or gin, or stick with tradition and order up a classic martini.

Standout starters include smoked fish dip with crispy shallots, and their impressive raw bar selection that included fresh bivalves from Virginia the evening we visited. Other appetizers include Hamachi crudo, ceviche, blistered shishitos, and Jack’s fries made even better when topped with parmesan and garlic aioli.

For main events, a southern staple and one of their most popular dishes, according to our server, is their shrimp and grits filled with smoked shrimp served atop white cheddar grits. A tender New York strip was prepared to our medium rare request and was accompanied by a side of tasty Brussels sprouts, bacon, and balsamic.

Other dining establishments on the property include Lido Key Tiki Bar, The Golf Club Grille, and Ridley’s Porch Beachside Restaurant & Bar for casual fare located at The Ritz-Carlton Members Beach Club just three miles from the hotel.

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Don’t feel too guilty overindulging here.

You can always work off those extra calories with complimentary access to the on-site Wellness Center filled with cardio machines, exercise bikes, stair climbers, treadmills, and strength building equipment.

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The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota seems like it was custom built for relaxing, and their recently opened 20,000-square-foot luxury Spa is further proof. Last fall, the property completed the first phase of a two-part renovation that unveiled a renovated sanctuary with 17 redesigned and updated treatment rooms, a reimagined guest entry, and modernized ladies and men’s locker rooms with lounges.

Book one of their signature treatments like a 50-minute stress relief massage or an age-defying facial that will surely leave you feeling refreshed and rejuvenated.

This summer, the Spa will complete its second and final phase of the renovation that will unveil its renovated healing waters room, sauna, steam room, outdoor relaxation terrace, and new vitality pool.

The Ritz-Carlton. Sarasota is located at 1111 Ritz-Carlton Drive, Sarasota, Florida.

Kellie Speed

Kellie Speed is a freelance writer with more than 20 years' experience writing for a variety of publications, including US Veterans magazine, DiverseAbility and BestReviews. She also contributed to Moon Metro's Boston guidebook published by Avalon Travel Publishing and can be reached at ...(Read More)

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