Resort Report: The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain

The Ritz-Carlton Dove Mountain in Marana

Located on 850 acres at the base of the Tortolita Mountains, The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain is located close to Tucson yet secluded amid the spectacular high desert landscape. The hotel appeals to both adventurous travelers and guests who seek the a calming escape. A morning hike can be followed by fresh juice made from oranges you picked along the way and an energizing massage can be booked after a round of intense golf.


Choose from 209 rooms and 44 suites and casita suites, which reflect the soft elegance of the Arizona desert, blending indigenous-inspired textiles, natural materials, and earth tones with mountain views enjoyed from a private terrace. Casitas, secluded amid the Tucson desert, offer living spaces and residential touches.

In-room amenities include:

  • Luxurious robes
  • High-speed wireless internet
  • 4k Ultra HD televisions
  • Coffee and tea making center
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Complimentary overnight shoeshine
  • Feather beds with down duvets
  • 400-thread-count linens
  • 100% goose down pillows
  • Spacious closets
  • Separate shower and marble bathtub


If you enjoy tennis or golf, you’ll want to bring your clubs out to the Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course (host of the PGA every year since 2009!) or pick up a racquet at one of the four tennis courts with The Plexicushion System.

The resort also offers three swimming areas - the Turquesa Pool with Infinity entry, the Aventura Pool with splash pad and 235' water slide (the longest one in Tucson!), and Spa Serenity Pool (an adults-only venue with a 10-foot tanning island).

Hiking and biking are obvious recreational choices since the Ritz sits at the base of the beautiful Tortolita Mountains. Essentially, you're "in the middle of nowhere" so there are plenty of wide open spaces to explore and enjoy.

An on-site fitness center offers daily classes - including yoga, Zumba, barre, Pilates, and water aerobics.


Kids won't feel left out with the signature "Ritz Kids" program. This family-friendly resort offers weekend activities tailored for families alongside the Ritz Kids Ranger Program, which shares lessons on health, history, and the environment through fun games, experiments, and activities.

When you check-in, kids have their own check-in area with a step stool and crayons. They even receive a scavenger hunt and photo walk map, which they can return to the concierge desk for a special prize!

The pool areas are among the best in the Tucson area for small children. The Aventura pool features a simply designed splash pad and multiple "shallow zones" between 1 and 3-feet. Older kids will zip down the water slide with squeals of laughter.

Before or after swimming, kids can enjoy time in the brand new Roadrunner Arcade gaming room. 

For an additional $99 per night, you can opt for an in-room camping experience which includes tent set-up, a picture book about the southwestern desert, and a keepsake stuffed desert tortoise.


What fun things are there to do within 10 miles of the resort?

The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain is a destination on its own located in a secluded part of Tucson. However, there is plenty to explore beyond the resort, too, including national parks, luxury shopping, spring training baseball, rodeos, art galleries, museums, and more within a 30-50 minutes’ drive. 

If you do have the urge to see the sights, consider the following options.


There are a variety of different dining options on-property at The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain.

CORE Kitchen & Wine Bar features "true American cuisine that is approachable, innovative, and inspired by Sonoran and regional influences."

Ignite is an upscale bar and lounge with a seasonal menu featuring local ingredients. Ignite enthusiastically supports local farms and farmers.

Located at The Golf Club, Cayton's Restaurant is a casual clubhouse restaurant that focuses on rustic and refined cuisine rooted in Southern Tradition.

Turquesa Latin Grill offers Latin fare and locally inspired plates served poolside along with premium tequilas, hand-crafted margaritas, and signature cocktails.

TO GO coffee shop offers specialty coffees together with freshly baked goods.

All of the on-property restaurants offer a children's menu. The meal includes a light snack, entrée, and kids’ beverage.

Great restaurant options to consider off property include: Vero Amore, Harvest Restaurant, and Nana's Kitchen. Again, the Ritz is in a very private location. Expect to drive 30-50 minutes to most area attractions and restaurants.


What is the best month/season to visit?

Weather-wise, your best bet would be to enjoy the heavenly winter and spring months – November through May.

That said, you can enjoy better rates in the warmer months.

What is "peak season" for the resort? Average peak season rate?

Peak season includes portions of the fall and winter/spring, with March being the busiest month. Rooms run between $299 and $479 per night.

What is considered the "off-season"? Average off-season rate?

Off season is primarily summer – July and August in particular. Room rates vary, but begin at $199.


Can I host an event or have my wedding at The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain?

Yes! The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain has over 40 different event venue combinations available, ranging from grand ballrooms to convenient meeting rooms to spectacular outdoor lawns marked by the silhouettes of towering saguaros, colorful wildflowers, and vast, starry night skies.


  • ADDRESS: 15000 N. Secret Springs Drive, Marana
  • PHONE: 520-572-3000
  • PEAK SEASON: Spring and Winter (especially March)
  • OFF-SEASON: July and August
  • PARKING: Complimentary self-parking; Valet Parking is also included in the Resort Fee for overnight guests. For local residents coming to dine, parking is provided at no charge.
  • WIFI: Complimentary as part of the Resort Fee
  • RESORT FEE: $50/day. Includes: overnight valet parking, unlimited and enhanced guest room high-speed Internet access, daily group fitness class located in Movement Studio, access to golf driving range and putting green (club rental included), unlimited use of specialized mountain and road bikes, recreation activities, Desert Friends Experience, family board games, bocce ball, horseshoes, unlimited use of tennis courts (equipment rental included), evening mixology class, selection of daily newspapers, 24-hour use of computer and printing services in Business Center.
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