You cannot earn or redeem points when staying at the three Ritz Reserve properties. This makes no sense whatsoever. Why would the Marriott/Ritz build brand loyalty, and then exclude the best they have to offer.
On the earning side - what is the issue here? Does it cost more for the hotel to be a part of MR? Every other hotel in the system has figured out the cost, why can't these three properties? Just charge a bit more per night.
On the redemption side - MR already has inflated point redemption rates, why not just create a separate category for these three hotels at like 100k per night? Again, there has to be a number that makes sense.
I love the Dorado Beach location, but lack of participation has me looking elsewhere. If I am going to pay $1,200 a night plus a $100 resort fee per night, I sure would like to earn points on that?
Future Reserve properties in Panama, Morocco and Los Cabos will just make it more frustrating.