Randy Metcalf/Explorer Newspaper

Set along the high Sonoran Desert near the Tortolita Mountains, the Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain offers a scenic getaway for locals and tourists, who will find a luxurious southwestern resort experience with their stay.

In addition to the beautiful scenery, the Ritz-Carlton, established in Marana 2009, offers a friendly a well-trained staff that plays a big role in accomplishing the company mission – to deliver the best possible service to its patrons.

“We do a tremendous amount of training,” said Bonnie Crail, public relations director. “It is very important to us to be able to provide the best experience possible. Our staff is very service-focused and we aim to over-deliver on the needs of our guests.”

Guests will find a number of activities to partake in, including swimming, tennis, golf, children’s activities, water sports, fitness, and ranch activities.

The family-friendly resort will likely be a hit with children, who have programs such as the Rangers program, which offers education and exploration in five themed categories, to include the Native American Artisan, Cowboy Adventure, Dove Mountain Explorer, Viva Mexico, and Rangers Night Out.

“Children can go on all kinds of adventures and learn about cultural, historical, animal-related topics,” said Crail. “It is completely broad and encompassing.”

Children also have the option of in-room camping, which is set up by staff upon request.

“We have a wide range of activities that appeal to families,” said Crail.

Adults can enjoy a tequila cart at the pool, and families can enjoy hand-made sushi in the resort lobby on weekends. On Sundays, the resort offers a beautiful brunch. For those looking to take a dip, the resort offers three swimming areas, including a spa – ranked among the best in the world – that has a 10-foot tanning island. Children can enjoy a 235-foot water slide in the kids’ pool.

The golf course, though separately owned, is also among the world’s best, and has continued to play host for Accenture Match Play Championship, in which the world’s top 64 golfers compete each year.

With a world-class experience awaiting, Crail reminds locals that they too can take advantage of the facility without staying in the hotel.

“Locals are definitely welcome, especially for things like dining and our spa,” she said. “That’s not just for the hotel guests who stay there.”

For those wishing to stay overnight, the hotel offers three different room options extraordinary views.

The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain is located at 15000 N. Secret Springs Dr.

For more information, call 520-572-3000.

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