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The Ritz-Carlton, Naples, is an excellent choice for families with children. Besides a long list of beach activities and seasonal events, this Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star hotel offers quite a few programs and hangout spots designed with kids in mind.
Nature’s Wonders is an environmentally focused program led by certified Florida master naturalists that gives kids ages 5 to 12 the chance to discover nature through hands-on programs. The Nature’s Wonders facility includes an eco-sanctuary filled with 11 aquariums and a kid-sized lab filled with microscopes and lab coats. Nature’s Wonders programs are held daily from Thursday to Sunday, and expand to full weeks during the resort’s annual, accredited summer camp.
Eye Wonders, a program offered at The Ritz-Carlton, Naples’ sister property — The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, Naples — is also open to kids ages 5 to 12, and guests of both resorts can enjoy either program. Eye Wonders’ interactive programs include stargazing, learning about lights and lasers, and sampling astronaut food.
If your kids are at least 8 years old and want a great spot to play video games, vue (an acronym for “virtual user experience”) is just for them. This fully stocked entertainment lounge includes Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Nintendo Wii consoles, all hooked up to 40-inch Samsung LCD TVs. There’s also a Blu-ray player, a top-of-the-line sound system connected to high-definition TVs and an iMac computer station. Events such as Wii bowling tournaments take place regularly.
If your child is celebrating a birthday at The Ritz-Carlton, Naples, both vue and Nature’s Wonders facilities can be reserved for his or her special day.
As for special meals, a kids’ meal plan is also available for guests of the resort. The daily plan, for children 12 years old and younger, includes breakfast, lunch and dinner at select eateries throughout The Ritz-Carlton, Naples.