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Flee the cold at the Ritz in Naples, FL
So, why does all this matter?
I stayed at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, and it was one of the few times in my life I've actually felt relaxed. I'm not a golfer-at all-but I understand the courses are fantastic. Called Tiburon, they 36 holes are named for Greg Norman, whose nickname is the English equivalent (Shark).
A heads up from course pro Roger James: the second and seventeenth holes on the "Black" course (as opposed to "Gold") are the toughest. I'm happy to take his word for it.
Over at the Ritz-Carlton Beach Resort, on the other hand, I felt right at home in the spa. The beach is probably the big draw, but it's not really my style. Soak in the salt bath for a while, as I did, and you'll feel like nothing outside that tub matters. Follow it up with a massage, and you'll probably book an extra night at the hotel.
So, on a day like today, I couldn't think about anything but sitting on that hotel room balcony with a glass of wine next to me and a cigar in hand. If you need a fast getaway for the nasty winter months, remember that there are some corners of Florida that cater to adults.