Sophisticated Living Indianapolis

JUL-AUG 2018

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90 Not overly familiar with artisan rum, we thoroughly enjoyed a guided tour through some of Florida's finest, courtesy of Wicked Dolphin Distillery in Naples. We were at liberty to enjoy our adult tastes in food and drink, as there was no shortage of edibles for the kids. Child-friendly in every regard, the Club Lounge offers a buffet of sweets and candies, of which our daughter took full advantage. And for those who think they've seen everything, there is a cookie humidor, which for this seasoned traveler was a first. Featuring oversized selections that include double chocolate, oatmeal raisin and chocolate chunk, it's an Aladdin's cave of temptation for kids. ere were marvelous diversions for the adults and children, separately and together. While Jen and I lounged poolside, enjoying the late afternoon sun and the occasional refreshing beverage, our kids took full advantage of VUE (virtual user experience), a state-of-the-art entertainment lounge featuring their favorite—air hockey—as well as gaming consoles and all manner of amusement that kept them occupied for hours. For youngsters with an outdoorsy inclination but an indoor temperament, it's also possible to organize a campsite in your room, complete with tent, star canopy and pretend campfire. To preserve memories for posterity, sessions with a professional photographer can be arranged. With its proximity to the ocean and access to not one, but two, world-class golf courses designed by Greg Norman at the nearby Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, Naples, a stay at the Ritz practically demands you spend time outdoors stretching your limbs. The beach and golf properties are connected by a complimentary shuttle, so golfers can save energy for carrying clubs if so inclined. Jen and I aren't exactly scratch golfers, but one afternoon we girded our loins and subjected ourselves to a challenging round, made slightly less so by our knowledgeable and patient caddie. We followed it with a light dinner of shrimp and snapper and a couple of cocktails on the patio at Bella Vista, an excellent, relatively casual spot with a lovely view of the 18th hole. It was all good fun, although I do need to work a bit on my swing.

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