The wait for the opening of the Rancho Mirage Ritz-Carlton is finally over, and I can say with certainty, it has been well worth it. Fellow blogger Diana Dodge and I were thrilled to be among the gathering of invited guests for the official ribbon-cutting and ceremonial key exchange on opening day, Thursday, May 15. Ritz-Carlton President and CEO Herve Hemler, President of owner-developer Kam Sang Co. Ronnie Lam, and Rancho Mirage Mayor Iris Smotrich all spoke about the hard work and dedication it took to make this long-gestating project a reality. But it was Ritz-Carlton Rancho Mirage General Manager Doug Watson who really revved up the crowd with his heartfelt praise for his startup team, and his excitement of the resort’s prospects for setting new standards for hospitality in the Palm Springs Valley.
Tours were given 0f this beautiful property, and suffice it to say that all attendees were suitably impressed by the gorgeous views of the surrounding Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains, the three pristine pools, the manicured grounds, and even more so by the plush 244 guestrooms, each appointed with the finest hotel linens and bath amenities that money can buy.
The reception in the State Fare Bar & Kitchen whet the appetites of the opening day invitees with a wide selection of taste treats that Executive Chef Bruno Lopez insists are only the tip of the culinary iceberg. The beautifully appointed restaurant and bar, and the gorgeous terrace-with-a-view will be a highlight for both hotel guests and valley visitors.
There’s even more to see on future visits, like the Ritz-Carlton Spa, the Air Pool Bar, the banquet rooms, and the Ritz Kids facility (complete with a movie theater). And coming this fall, 16 spa suites will be added, along with the highly anticipated Edge Steakhouse.
I, for one, can’t wait to show off Rancho Mirage’s premiere hospitality, dining, and entertaining venue to all my friends. And I know my pal Diana feels the exact same way. We’ll be sure to keep you informed of all the goings-on at The Ritz. www.ritzcarlton.com