Why You Should Love Tucson? Well my number one answer is because Dove Mountain is there! Head to Tucson after finding the perfect hotel at Hotels.com and you are only a short drive or Uber to one of my all time favorite places in the world. I love it so much that I have been there 3 times – the last time was on my birthday! 

BUT wait there is more – Dove Mountain has it’s very own Ritz Carlton Dove Mountain! Yes one can stay in this luxury hotel with an amazing luxury spa and walk right out the door to hike Dove Mountain at a moment’s notice. We hiked at least twice a day while staying there. 

If you’re looking to stay outside of Dove Mountain in other Tucson areas, you can find great accommodations that offer spa-like amenities

Now you know I love wellness and spas. Just take a look at this bucket list experiences for wellness warriors. BUT the The Ritz-Carlton Dove Mountain offers so much more right onsite than any other place in the world. The bonus is that you don’t have to go far for anything. 


Why You Should Love Dove Mountain…drum roll please….


Forbes Five Star

The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain is celebrating the receipt of a prestigious global award for 2019, as Forbes Travel Guide has announced that the luxury resort will again carry a coveted Five Star rating throughout this year. The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain is one of only two hotels in Arizona, and the only full destination resort in the southwestern United States, to achieve Five Stars for 2019. It also remains the only property in southern Arizona to hold a Forbes Five Star rating and, additionally, is newly ranked by Forbes as one of the eight most luxurious hotel/spa properties in the world.

The 850-acre adventure, spa and golf resort is commemorating this year’s repeat Forbes accolade with the introduction of a new Spring Getaway rate. Starting at $299 USD per night, the limited-edition Spring Getaway rate is offered on select dates in March, April and May, based on availability. 


“I am deeply grateful to our resort’s stellar team of ladies and gentlemen, who continue to bring a new and increasingly memorable luxury travel experience to the desert Southwest,” said Liam Doyle, Area General Manager, Western Region, for Marriott Luxury Brands. “With our property renovation unveiled just a few months ago, The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain continues to seek ever new ways to delight and inspire our guests – who remain at the heart of everything we do.”

Forbes Travel Guide Verified Lists of World’s Most Luxurious Hotels and World’s Most Luxurious Spa

The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain has set a new standard for desert luxury in the United States, having been named today to the Forbes Travel Guide Verified Lists of the World’s Most Luxurious Hotels and World’s Most Luxurious Spas. Announcement of the coveted dual ranking notes that only eight properties in the world, including The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain, have earned a Verified List position in both the hotel and spa categories — with just three in the U.S. achieving this recognition for both hotel and spa. Two of the dual U.S. winners are located on the east coast, while The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain claims the only western-based double ranking.

“This dual Forbes honor for our hotel and spa acknowledges a stellar team effort, and we are thrilled to be included,” said Liam Doyle, Area General Manager, The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company. “Our newly-unveiled resort transformation should further elevate the Forbes Five Star experience, helping to raise the bar on authentic desert luxury in the United States. We are excited to share this stunning new resort experience with guests.”



The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain is pleased to announce the arrival of Ranger Ainsley, a people-loving Labrador retriever who has become its official Guest Ambassador. A member of the resort’s Ritz Kids Rangers team, the two-year-old pup is now officially on the job, welcoming guest arrivals and accepting hugs from visitors of all ages.

Ainsley was adopted from Canine Companions for Independence®, a non-profit which grants highly trained assistance dogs to military veterans and children and adults with disabilities.  The organization provides two full years of training for each service canine, with just a small percentage of these trainees actually making the cut and receiving assignment to an individual in need. The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain has partnered with CCI as a community service partner and, related to this support program, was able to adopt Ainsley — who has joined a team of desert critters calling the resort home. 

Goofy, engaging, kind-hearted, sweet and playful, Ranger Ainsley has undergone mandatory Ritz-Carlton orientation and, like all members of the team, has learned where he can and can’t go (kitchens, dining areas and swimming pools are off-limits). He has also been allowed to experience a variety of resort specialty offerings from In-Room Dining to a popular In-Room Camping tent experience created just for kids.

Available for guest photo ops and serving as an official Lobby Greeter and taste tester for the pet-friendly resort’s specially curated canine menu, Ainsley also will participate in Ritz Kids reading sessions presented in the Ranger Station Monday through Friday from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Activities in this educational and entertaining station allow guests to interact personally with the resort’s fascinating abundance of animal life. From a beloved desert tortoise to gentle reptiles and fuzzy furry crawlers, critters at the Forbes Five Star Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain are nurtured in their own special habitat and are introduced to resort guests during daily Meet Our Desert Friends gatherings.

The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain Names Steven Szenasi General Manager

Award-winning hotel executive Steven Szenasi has been named General Manager of The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain, the Forbes Five Star/AAA Five Diamond destination resort located just north of Tucson, Arizona. Szenasi will oversee all aspects of the 253-room, 850-acre property, which has been a favorite among family and adventure travelers, spa enthusiasts, golfers, wedding couples and meeting visitors alike since it opened in late 2009. 

I Could Go On but…..

I could go on but I think you get the picture. It is time for you too to discover the region of Tucson and enjoy it as much as I do! Who is ready? 


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