LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - (August 21, 2008) - Leading luxury travel network Virtuoso has awarded The Ritz-Carlton, St. Thomas its prestigious Best of the Best Award in the category of Best Family Program. The Best of the Best Awards, presented to world's finest hotels, were revealed during a gala dinner at Virtuoso's 20th annual Travel Mart, held August 17-22 at the Bellagio in Las Vegas. More than 3,200 select travel advisors and preferred suppliers participated in the travel industry's top networking event.
"The concept of luxury travel and the hotel experience that affluent consumers seek has evolved over the years and, even now, continues to redefine itself," said Albert Herrera. "What remains constant about our Best of the Best Award recipients is their spirited enthusiasm, singular passion for delivering an unparalleled experience and an unwavering commitment to serving both the client and our Member travel agencies. We are proud to recognize The Ritz-Carlton, St. Thomas for its excellence in family programs," he added.
The Best Family Program category recognizes hotels and resorts that create a family-friendly environment with special programs and activities for kids of all ages, from creative activities and services to educational endeavors and active adventures. The Ritz-Carlton, St. Thomas won for their unique "pirate treasure hunt," an afternoon of sailing where the crew of the resort's 53-foot catamaran welcome guests aboard to search deserted islands for buried treasure. "We are always looking to provide innovative experiences for our guests, and the pirate treasure hunt on the Lady Lynsey is just one activity at the resort that's sure to provide lifelong memories," said Marc Langevin, General Manager, The Ritz-Carlton, St. Thomas.
Virtuoso is a by-invitation-only organization comprising over 300 agencies with more than 6,000 elite travel specialists in 22 countries in North and South America, the Caribbean, Australia and New Zealand, as well as over 1,000 of the world's best travel providers and premier destinations. As a Best of the Best property, The Ritz-Carlton, St. Thomas will be featured in the September/October issue of VIRTUOSO LIFE magazine.
About The Ritz-Carlton, St. Thomas
Overlooking the turquoise waters of Great Bay, The Ritz-Carlton, St. Thomas is a secluded hideaway on a 30-acre beachfront estate with breathtaking views of the Caribbean Sea and neighboring islands. As part of the recent $40 million renovation, the resort offers a variety of luxurious amenities including lavishly designed presidential suites and guest rooms; four distinctive ocean-front dining choices; a new boutique spa; a 53' luxury catamaran, the Lady Lynsey; and for those visiting by sea, the resort offers moorings, allowing guests to access this ultimate lifestyle destination by sea or air. The acclaimed resort continues to garner distinguished accolades from top publications such as Conde Nast Traveler and Travel and Leisure.
For further information and reservations, please call (800) 241-3333, access the web site at www.ritzcarlton.com or contact a travel professional.