Ritz Carlton with kids?


I was a bit dubious pulling up to the grand entrance of the Ritz Carlton Sarasota. Everyone seemed to be elegant- donning heels and suits, emerging from shiny Benzes. I was immediately put at ease, however, as the friendly staff greeted our boys with nothing but warmth. ( Despite our lack of seer sucker and bow ties!)

Since it was Easter they offered pictures with the Easter Bunny and let the boys pick out multiple gifts from a treasure box.
CE848FE6-9A1A-490E-9B5F-2CD74D2F3789Our boys swam at the onsite pool and lounged in the hot tub.

They were never bored with an seemingly endless stream of games: life-size chess and checkers, pool, air hockey, ping pong…

5BE99036-AADA-4516-8260-A0308B04F8C8Andy and Brady took a peaceful kayak ride down the channel. (The Ritz also had paddle boards.)
9722AA13-75CD-426C-99A7-3B0FD35638E5Colby successfully caught a big catfish off the deck with poles the hotel provided.
Our family  enjoyed our amazing balcony view.
EBA521E6-5D2F-4A0E-AB51-AD43B527E76DAnd lost our worries in the sunsets.
18F3D097-B04E-4311-8941-4BA46EA600D8We took full advantage of the Ritz’s private beach club*,where a friendly lollipop toting staff was always there to greet us.
999DCED3-9FF9-4F1E-9DAD-5A599F214663The pool, which seemed to be constantly abuzz with excitement, provided hours of fun and a little sunburn on the side.
There were lemon water stations and aloe vera by the pump. Poolside lunch, and umbrellas to offer shade. Someone was always coming by to refresh your ice or primp your head pillow.
1D7E6BDA-ABE2-43AE-9930-F62822DAE254The water was perfectly turquoise and there were boogie boards for little boys to borrow.
9F475818-D9C4-4219-9C89-EC9EEA4ADE66We came back to our rooms happily exhausted, to chocolates on our pillows and more treasure box gifts.

The Ritz did not disappoint the adults either-

Welcome glasses of champagne
F302C96A-4EEF-4761-B171-1754951F3F00Copies of the latest Afar in the room,
Free morning ice coffee,
A bottle of my husband’s favorite wine, and a concierge who got us in front of a 30 person waitlist at a nearby restaurant.


If the Ritz Carlton wasn’t wonderful enough already, it’s location made it perfect.
37FF7254-055F-4713-8578-5C5BB4474E32A gorgeous palm tree lined bridge for jogging or pushing strollers, a little downtown  teeming with local shops and restaurants, and a marina filled with boats to ogle at.
A8D8ED14-87F1-4B3B-A198-32AF9CCEB944Will we be back? With or without the kids the answer is simply, “Of course.”

54CEDDE8-2CD7-4631-95A8-88F2EE672D44Whoever you are, wherever you are, go somewhere to make sunshine memories with your family!



Stay: Ritz Carlton Sarasota
*The beach club is a quick 3 mile drive, with valet provided as well as luxurious locker rooms. There is also a free hourly shuttle provided by the hotel. 

In addition to eating at the hotel here are some local (kid friendly) recommendations: 

Breakfast: First Watch


Lunch: Rico’s Pizzeria; Tamiami Trail

Dinner: Marina Jack’sPhillippi Creek Oyster Bar*
B56B3B63-B723-40E3-80A4-8F17F217AEEA*Best paella ever!

Dessert: Settimi’s Gelato

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