The Ritz-Carlton in Manalapan
Manalapan is more than just the setting for the William Hurt/Kathleen Turner classic Body Heat. It is also the former residence of (in)famous boxing promoter Don King, as well as New Age music megastar Yanni! With credentials like these, I challenge anyone to resist the lure of Manalapan.
Admittedly, there isn’t all that much to Manalapan. The population of the town is just over 350 people, but its location in Palm Beach county makes it close to a lot of exciting South Florida action. On top of that, Manalapan is also the site of a Ritz-Carlton Resort â€“ a resort that attracts people of all stripes, and has retained its Mobil 5-star and AAA 5-diamond ratings for quite an impressive amount of time.
The Ritz-Carlton Manalapan has exquisite interiors, decorated in an opulently baroque style. Ornate chandeliers shine onto rich wood furnishings, definitely giving the impression of the palace of a bygone era. The rooms and suites are all fantastic, but I think the best part about the resort is the restaurants and lounges included in the complex (as well as the entertainment provided in these establishments).
The Lobby Lounge is an exquisitely decorated locale that offers high tea and light meals during the day, and great drinks and expensive appetizers at night. The evening feature live music, either a small jazz combo or a single pianist, and the quality of these acts are generally above average (for hotel bar fare).
The Ritz-Carlton in Manalapan has quite a few offerings for fine or casual dining, depending on what you are feeling like. The Grill is my personal favorite, mainly because of it’s prodigious wine list, but also for dishes like their roasted veal tenderloin. Desserts are delicious and inventive, such as the bittersweet chocolate millefeuille, which is absolutely delicious. For a more casual dining experience, try Soleil, which has a fantastic view, though the food isn’t as good as the Grill.
Everyone loves the Ritz-Carlton, and you can find a great one in Manalapan. Remember that a Mirage Limo matches perfectly with any resort experience, transforming a mundane transit experience into a vacation in itself. The Manalapan Ritz-Carlton and Mirage are a combination bound to please.