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 offers a peaceful getaway in a secluded desert environment. Enjoy a championship golf course, three tennis courts, three pool areas, the longest resort water slide in Tucson, fine dining restaurants, and a fun "activity menu" for the whole family.


Choose from 209 elegant guest rooms and 44 individual and casita suites. The decor is southwestern and upscale, with sandy tones against pure white bedding and backdrops.

In-room amenities include:

  • Luxurious robes
  • High-speed wireless internet
  • 4k televisions
  • Coffee and tea making center
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Complimentary overnight shoeshine
  • Feather beds with down duvets
  • 400-three-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. The resort offers weekend activities tailored for families - Dive-In Movies, Stargazing, and Scorpion Hunts - not to mention the Ritz Kids Ranger Program.

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 - featuring 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 very secluded. If you want to visit some of the Tucson-area attractions, you're looking at a 30-50 minute drive. Fortunately, there is plenty to do on-property.

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


There are six 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.

Sushi Bar & Sake offers "made-to-order traditional Maki rolls and sashimi."

Cayton's Burger Bistro serves gourmet burgers, shakes, and regional craft beers.

The Ritz also has a poolside grill and a coffeeshop with freshly baked goods.

All of the on-property restaurants have the same children's menu. Breakfast is $12 and dinner is $14. 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 mid-April.

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 possible ballroom, meeting room, and outdoor space combinations available.


  • 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
  • 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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