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Trip Report RC Dove Mountain Trip Report, Plus Comparison to 4S Scottsdale

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We just returned from an absolutely stunning trip to the Ritz Carlton Dove Mountain outside Tucson, Arizona. We went to celebrate our 10th wedding anniversary and had an amazing time. This resort is tranquil, relaxing, calm, and secluded, and was everything we wanted in this escape. This trip was not for sightseeing, but instead for relaxing, and we fully planned on enjoying the amenities of the resort. Yes, as others have said, it is isolated and it is tough to get anywhere. However, this was a main selling point for me as I did not want to be in the middle of town. I felt like the resort was dropped into the middle of this gorgeous canyon and we felt very small in the middle of nature. I found a wonderful summer deal that included a $50 resort credit per night and breakfast was also included. Very worthwhile!

The hotel itself was beautiful with a wide open air lobby that overlooked the pool area. Each room had a balcony, which we enjoyed many times. The rooms are not huge but very well appointed. There are three restaurants (Core, Ignite, and Turquesa) and two pool areas (lower and upper). There is a gorgeous spa, a golf club (where a professional tournament is held), tennis, a fitness center with group fitness classes, and over 25 miles of hiking trails right at the resort. We also were able to borrow mountain bikes one morning and ride around the area. There is a free and convenient shuttle service that provides transportation between the golf club and the resort (less than 2 miles away).

There are plenty of activities right at the resort. We did two hikes on the trails, plus a morning guided walk through the ranger station located right at the hotel. This was a fun tour that provided us with knowledge about petroglyphs, plants, and wildlife all at the resort. We took out the bikes one day, we golfed at the wonderful golf club, we had dinner at the golf club's restaurant, Cayton's, which had gorgeous sunset views and wonderful food. I went to the spa for one of the special summer offerings and enjoyed my time there. The pool area has an upper section and a lower area with a waterslide, which was perfect for families.

Our only bad experience came at one of the restaurants, Ignite, which is also the lounge right off the lobby. We ate there two nights and found the food decent, not great, and the service was atrocious. So slow and not knowledgeable about the menu. The pool restaurant (Turquesa) was excellent, as was Cayton's for dinner. We had the breakfast buffet at Core each morning and it had an excellent array of choices for both the cold and hot buffet.

There were also some little touches that we appreciated, like champagne and dessert in our room for our anniversary, and a beautiful flute player who plays on the surrounding mountain at sunset each evening. The staff was very good, with the exception of Ignite, and service was what you'd expect at a RC. We had a wonderful time!

We've also visited the Four Seasons Scottsdale and thought several times about which resort we liked better. You can't go wrong with a stay at either property. I think the Four Seasons is smaller, a little more intimate. The rooms are separate casitas as opposed to a traditional hotel room, which I liked. The Four Seasons had group fitness classes for a charge, and also had a smaller spa. Both have golf and tennis. The pool area is nice at the 4S and pool service was better, but it is not as large as at the RC. The 4S is located right next to Pinnacle Peak, which is a great hike, but that is the only hiking option right next to the resort. Service I probably give the nod to the 4S, as we never had an experience like we did at Ignite. I would say that if you like a smaller, more intimate, service oriented experience, you would prefer the Four Seasons. if you are into more activities and keeping busy, the Ritz Carlton would be more your style. Both have wonderful summer specials that make each very reasonable! We have enjoyed both properties immensely and would love to return to each!

Please let me know if you have any questions!

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