Vail Cascade Resort and Spa will re-open as Hotel Talisa, Vail

December 13, 2016

Hotel Talisa, Vail
(Photo courtesy of Hotel Talisa, Vail)

Vail Cascade Resort and Spa in Colorado will re-open in early 2017 as Hotel Talisa, Vail. The hotel’s new name Talisa is derived from the Native American name translating to “beautiful water,” and pays homage to the Southern Ute Indians, who are natives of the Rocky Mountain area.

The hotel, which has 285 guest rooms, will remain under the management of Two Roads Hospitality. Laurus Corporation, a private real-estate investment and development firm, will oversee the hotel’s extensive renovations. The upgrades include re-imagined guestrooms that will have unique textiles and design details, artistic lighting, free standing soaker tubs in spacious five fixture baths with sweeping mountain and creek views. In-room refreshment centers with delicacies beloved in the Swiss and Italian Alps will greet guests upon arrival or after a day of exploration.

In addition to downhill and cross-country skiing and snowboarding, guests of Hotel Talisa can take part in a wide array of year-round activities,  including mountain biking, kayaking, hiking, snowmobiling, and snowshoeing.  The resort will also launch the kid’s club Talisa Tykes; a pet-friendly program that includes specialty dining menu and in-room pet amenities; and private car and shuttle service to Vail Village and surrounding areas.

Hotel Talisa will include three culinary venues, each sourcing ingredients from local ranchers and farmers: a three-meal restaurant named Gessner; a fireside bar and lounge with a “Après Everyday” social hour; and the Market, a café style market

Following the hotel’s grand opening, the Spa at Hotel Talisa will open and offer treatments such as mountain mud baths and body scrubs infused with botanicals found near Vail Mountain’s storied hiking trails. There is also a 58,000-square-foot adjoining athletic club and more than 40,000 square feet of meeting and event space.

Air Canada adds non-stop flights from several U.S. cities for 2017

December 7, 2016
Air Canada

Air Canada is adding new non-stop services from six U.S. cities,  beginning in the spring of 2017.

The airline will offer non-stop flights from these routes:

  • San Antonio, Texas to Toronto (daily, as of May 1, 2017)
  • Memphis, Tennessee to Toronto (daily, as of May 1, 2017)
  • Savannah, Georgia to Toronto (six times a week, available May 1 to October 15, 2017)
  • Phoenix, Arizona to Vancouver (daily, as of May 1, 2017)
  • Denver, Colorado to Vancouver (twice a day, as of May 18, 2017)
  • Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas to Montreal (daily, as of May 26, 2017)

Existing winter-only service from Phoenix to Vancouver is expanded to now operate year-round.

UPDATE: On December 20, 2016, Air Canada began offering non-stop service between Toronto and Port of Spain, Trinidad.

Marriott Hotel opens in Ithaca, New York

December 7, 2016

Ithaca Marriott Downtown on the Commons
(Rendering courtesy of Ithaca Marriott Downtown on the Commons)

Ithaca Marriott Downtown on the Commons has opened at 120 South Aurora Street in Ithaca, New York. The hotel, which is a joint venture between Urgo Hotels & Resorts and Ensemble Hotel Partners, is a 10-story building with 159 rooms.  The hotel has a newly renovated pedestrian indoor and outdoor mixed-use development and entertainment district anchoring the downtown core, the hotel is less than a mile from Cornell University and about one mile from Ithaca College.

Ithaca Marriott Downtown on the Commons is managed  by Urgo Hotels & Resorts. The hotel has 2,320 square feet of meeting and event space. The largest is the Gorges Ballroom, which can hold 175 for receptions.

Wailea Beach Resort – Marriott, Maui unveils $100 million transformation

December 6, 2016

Wailea Beach Resort - Marriott Maui
‘Ohi Pool at Wailea Beach Resort – Marriott Maui (Photo courtesy of Wailea Beach Resort – Marriott Maui)

Wailea Beach Resort – Marriott, Maui has revealed its $100 transformation. The changes to the Hawaii resort include a re-imagined arrival experience; six new dining options, including Humble Market Kitchin by Roy Yamaguchi; three new distinct pool environments; and 547 redesigned rooms and suites; and the modernization of all indoor/outdoor meeting and event spaces, fitness center and spa.

Here are details about the changes at the resort:

Redesigned Rooms

Each room now has new furnishings and enhanced in-room technology, including personal device mirror-casting, custom music streaming, and personalized Netflix and Hulu content. Every room has an outdoor lanai (balcony), while 62 ground floor rooms feature extended lanais, offering guests a seamless indoor/outdoor living experience.

Dining Destinations

Humble Market Kitchin by Roy Yamaguchi has an internationally influenced, Hawaiian-inspired menu. Perched on one of the highest points at the property, the resort’s signature restaurant offers indoor/outdoor dining, panoramic ocean views and a design influenced by the surrounding mountains and enchanting sea.

Kapa Bar & Grill is for guests who want to gather poolside with captivating views of the ocean. The menu, is inspired by Hawaii’s natural and sustainable resource. The vibrant bar and lounge features entertainment amenities such as billiards, shuffleboard, gaming stations and large screen TVs.

Whale’s Tale is a casual beach bar that offers morning and afternoon refreshments  and evening craft cocktails.

Mo Bettah Food Truck and Nalu Pool Bar have grab-and-go options, kid-friendly favorites and local treats, such shaved ice and poke.

Pool Amenities

Nalu Adventure Pool is a new, two-acre pool complex offers a fun-filled experience for families and kids of all ages. This pool area has four water slides, two of which measure 240 feet and 325 feet respectively, with the latter dropping five-and-half stories and measuring as the longest water slide of any resort in Hawaii. There is also new interactive splash zone, with water guns, spraying sea mammal sculptures and bubblers.    Nalu Adventure Pool has Dive Pool, a distinct space for scuba certification, diving, snorkeling and other water-sports instruction.

Maluhia Serenity Pool, for adults only, has over-water private cabanas, casabellas for two and luxury chaise lounges. The iconic space holds multi-level pool decks and presents unobstructed panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean.

‘Ohi Pools: The resort’s two new oceanfront pools have two whirlpool spas and numerous ocean-view cabanas surround the pools and present an ideal way to reconnect with the water.

Meeting and Event Space

New and modern event spaces offer 30,000 square feet of indoor meeting and function space, along with 72,000 square feet of outdoor event space, including the Makai Oceanview Ballroom. Each event space has enhanced Wi-Fi and a dedicated team that can customize audiovisual needs for each event.