The Ritz-Carlton has announced its first ever ‘Grand Tour’, a luxurious four-day driving exploration of the region through curated bespoke experiences in partnership with the Italian automotive brand, Maserati.
A carefully selected group of regional tastemakers will embark on a journey from Abu Dhabi to Muscat, traveling the region’s most drivable roads and taking in some of its most breathtaking vistas as they discover legendary hospitality at The Ritz-Carlton hotels and resorts along the way.
Throughout the trip, guests will be immersed in brand experiences that showcase the service delivered by The Ritz-Carlton’s famed Ladies and Gentlemen, the best that the destination has to offer and access to local artisans.
“The Ritz-Carlton is where memories are made and revisited. We, therefore, wanted to create a journey of discovery that weaves through our hotels, awakening different sensorial experiences along the way and inspiring lifelong memories,” says Candice D’Cruz, vice president Luxury Brands, Middle East and Africa, Marriott International.
“Our guests are purveyors of fine taste. So, it ‘s important that we work with like-minded partners and develop programming that allows them to indulge in meaningful experiences accentuated by remarkable surroundings and a shared passion.”
Guests of The Ritz-Carlton Grand Tour will be able to drive a fleet of luxury automobiles courtesy of Maserati, including the Quattroporte, Ghibli, GranCabrio and the newly introduced Levante Trofeo and GTS.
The drive will begin in the UAE’s capital at The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal, travelling north through The Ritz-Carlton Dubai, The Ritz-Carlton Ras Al Khaimah, Al Wadi Desert and finally arriving at the legendary Al Bustan Palace, A Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Muscat.
Along the way, guests will be treated to a host of memorable encounters including high octane motor-sports at Yas Marina Circuit, a sunset cruise on a private yacht, a ride on the world’s longest zip line, falconry shows, stargazing and some of the finest gastronomical delights in the region.
The voyage will be set against a backdrop of astonishing mountainous views and coastal cruising from the Arabian Gulf to the Sea of Oman. The Ritz-Carlton Grand Tour takes place in the second week of October by private invitation only.