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For a decadent stay in Saudi Arabia’s magnificent capital, one simply must visit the palatial delights of The Ritz-Carlton, Riyadh – winner of Best Luxury Hotel, Saudi Arabia, 2012

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Ritz-Carlton, Riyadh
 

At the heart of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s capital city is a palatial retreat waiting to be discovered. The Ritz-Carlton, Riyadh is a majestic and elegant oasis located within 52 acres of luxuriantly landscaped gardens, abundant water fountains, Chorisia trees, native palms and 600-year-old olive trees. Splendid amenities include more than six distinctive restaurants and lounges, a lavish Spa and unprecedented service that promises an unforgettable getaway.

The Grand Palace Hotel is situated next to the Diplomatic Quarter and adjacent to the King Abdul Aziz International Convention Centre. It is also conveniently located approximately 30 minutes from King Khalid International Airport and just 10 minutes away from the city centre and major shopping malls.

The architecture, interior design, landscaping and accessories fuse to create a marriage of style and sense of place within the Middle East. All guestrooms and suites are elegantly styled using the vibrant colours and ethnic textures of the region, with subtle touches reflecting the Kingdom’s Arabic heritage. The 493 rooms and suites include 49 exquisitely appointed two-bedroom Royal Suites, each generously measuring more than 425sq m (4,574sq ft).

The Ritz-Carlton Riyadh presents one of the most luxurious suites in the kingdom of Saudi Arabia with the exceptional service and attention to detail that The Ritz-Carlton is world-famous for providing. With Jewel-toned Amethyst, Amber, Royal Blue or Emerald schemes, guests can look forward to getting comfortable in relaxed elegance, while still enjoying the familiar level of intuitive and personalised service one always associates with The Ritz-Carlton.

Lavish suites
The spacious suites offer indulgent luxury and refined comfort, with divided living and sleeping rooms, each suite features a separate office with working station and dining room that can accommodate up to 14 guests and complimentary Aqua Di Parma. amenities along with a variety of new additions including iPod dock, high-speed internet for seamless gaming sessions, luxurious airport transfers, in-room breakfast and a butler service can be made available upon request.

The Ritz-Carlton, Riyadh has 50 one-bedroom, opulent Executive Club Suites measuring 100sq m (1,022sq ft,) ideal for senior corporate titans and political delegates. Executive Club Suite guests also benefit from luxurious airport transfers and the Club lavish experience with five-food presentations and an extensive beverage menu throughout the day.

The Club Lounge access is only available to the Club Room and Executive Club Suite Guests, which ensures a sense of intimacy and privacy. Moreover, The Ritz-Carlton, Riyadh Executive Club Suite package is offered throughout the year and guests can enjoy their stay for two nights with a complimentary third night and late checkout.

Special events
Already host to several weddings even before the hotel opened, the conference and catering team at The Ritz-Carlton, Riyadh is set to accommodate the largest of international summits and social gala events.  The hotel offers more than 5,800sq m (62,000sq ft) of conference space combined, including two colossal ballrooms in a separate wing that are both identical in size at 1,970 sq m or 21,000sq ft each. They are complemented by two vast auditorium-styled theatres with stepped floors and built-in stages, perfect for press conferences and symposium lectures, and a generous variety of smaller meeting rooms. Completing the conference area is the Aubergine restaurant, which caters exclusively for the invited delegates, journalists and accompanying security personnel.

Bridal experience
Modelled on traditional palaces and elegant Arabian residences, The Ritz-Carlton, Riyadh provides stunning scenery as the backdrop for your special day. The dedicated Catering and Conference Services team of The Ritz-Carlton, Riyadh will grant the bride an uncompromising and legendary Ritz-Carlton service in exquisite settings that will satisfy her every desire and help the happy couple to begin their married life knowing that their wedding was a perfect start to their new life together.

Located in a separate wing of the hotel, with a massive sharing foyer perfect for an elegant reception are the two enormous ballrooms; The Ritz-Carlton A&B. The two ballrooms are identical in size but differ in their colour schemes. A variety of royal blue and dreamy pink colours give the bride preference to choose with her wedding planner whatever suites her style and taste. The two ballrooms also have huge chandeliers made of sparkling crystal and elegantly tailored carpets that are specially designed to match each ballroom.

The couple will also be granted a complimentary night’s stay at one of The Ritz-Carlton, Riyadh’s 49 lavish and exquisitely appointed two-bedroom Royal Suites for their first night in addition to an access to a 520sq m (5,600sq ft) Bridal Suite on the day of the wedding. The Bridal Suite specially designed to ensure a sense of privacy and comfort for the bride and her friends and family. It consists of two bedrooms with a spacious dressing area, separate make-up room, and a very comfortable living area. Moreover a special room rate will be offered to invitees and families should they require to stay at The Ritz-Carlton, Riyadh during the wedding day.

Gourmet dining
As befitting a hotel of such imperial stature, guests are offered a selection of gourmet dining venues, including Al Orjouan; the signature all-day dining buffet restaurant featuring Lebanese favourites, and Turquoise; the cigar lounge that will be home to one of the widest selection of Cuban cigars in Saudi Arabia. Presenting an alfresco option is Chorisia Lounge for leisurely breakfasts, lunch or its signature afternoon tea, while Strike offers a fun and stimulating atmosphere for mocktails and smoothies within the 1,000sq m indoor six-lane bowling alley.

Flanking the stunning indoor swimming pool on the ground level, which features garden views from the floor-to-ceiling windows, is Hong; an inspiring contemporary Chinese restaurant. There’s also the Azzurro Italian restaurant that serves authentic delicious cuisine from the old country.

The Ritz-Carlton, Riyadh culinary team will indulge guests with exceptional daily presentations in The Club Lounge; a unique and exclusive retreat for business and leisure travellers where the daily American breakfast starts from 6:30 am, followed by midday snacks. While relaxing, reading or meeting friends guests can  also enjoy Hors d’oeuvres and cocktails starting from 5 pm.

Award-winning service
Since opening, The Ritz-Carlton, Riyadh has numerous accolades for its quality service. These include ‘World’s Leading Palace Hotel’ in the World Travel Awards, 2011 which were held in Doha, Qatar; ‘Saudi Arabia’s Leading Business Hotel’ and ‘Saudi Arabia’s Leading Luxury Hotel’ by the World Travel Awards held in Dubai, 2012. The hotel was also presented with the Gold Awards ‘Best New Five-Star Hotel, 2011’ and ‘Best Conference & Convention Hotel, 2011, at the MENA Travel Awards. Most recently, the hotel won the accolade of ‘Best Luxury Hotel, Saudi Arabia, 2012’, in the Business Destinations Travel Awards.

“It is a remarkable achievement to receive such a valuable awards,” says Jean-Francois Laurent, General Manager of The Ritz-Carlton, Riyadh. “I present these awards to our ladies and gentlemen who have shown exemplary efforts and dedication during the crucial time of opening our hotel”, he added.

Further information: www.facebook.com/RitzCarltonRiyadh; www.ritzcarlton.com

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