Hilton Denver Inverness opens for business

April 6, 2017

Hilton Denver Inverness
Hilton Denver Inverness (Rendering courtesy of Hilton Hotels & Resorts)

Hilton Denver Inverness has opened at 199 Inverness Dr West in Englewood, Colorado.

The following is an excerpt from a Hilton press release:

The iconic getaway, formerly known as the Inverness Hotel & Conference Center, will bring a freshly appointed and technologically sophisticated guest experience to the region while also offering all the benefits and high quality service expected from a Hilton resort. Hilton Denver Inverness is conveniently located minutes south of the Colorado capital and offers travelers and local customers alike a retreat with a championship 18-hole golf course, full-service spa and five award-winning restaurants.

For travelers seeking top attractions nearby, Hilton Denver Inverness places guests within steps of many essential Denver experiences, including the Denver Zoo, Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Denver Botanic Gardens, Park Meadow Shopping Resort and Mile High Stadium. There is no better place to spend time outdoors than with Denver’s 300 days of sunshine per year and optimal location as the gateway to the Rocky Mountains featuring many parks and attractions.

Menus for All Taste Buds

Guests and the people of Denver will be coming back for more once they get a taste of Hilton Denver Inverness’ five on-site restaurants, including the robust selection of house infused spirits, original craft cocktails and native microbrews:

  • GARDEN TERRACE: Garden Terrace is a local favorite known for its award-winning Champagne Sunday Brunch, which features more than 100 offerings each week including prime rib and an elaborate shellfish display
  • FIRESIDE BAR & GRILL: Fireside Bar & Grill welcomes everyone to savor authentic Colorado flavor with an emphasis on locally sourced ingredients, and a unique local selection of wine, spirits and beer
  • SPOTTED DOG: Spotted Dog invites travelers to unwind in an authentic pub environment with traditional fare and pub games, including shuffleboard, darts, billiards and more
  • GOLF GRILLE: The Golf Grille offers sandwiches and taste-tempting finger foods along with a thirst-quenching selection of your favorite seasonal beverages
  • ELEVATE COFFEE BAR: Elevate is the perfect place for a working breakfast, a quick lunch or just a lively catch-up session over a latte

Top-Notch Amenities That Will Complete Your Stay

With a 24-hour fitness center, three tennis courts, sauna rooms, two pools (both indoor and outdoor) and a hot tub, guests will feel right at home at Hilton Denver Inverness. The 302-room hotel also offers a full-service spa with seven treatment rooms, steam rooms, a relaxation suite and a private patio. Complete with an Executive Floor Lounge, business travelers and select leisure guests will have access to complimentary breakfast and evening snacks. Golf aficionados looking to hit the links will enjoy exclusive access to The Inverness Golf Club, a championship 18-hole golf course with sweeping views of the Rockies.

A Space for All Meetings

Hilton Denver Inverness offers guests more than 62,000 square feet of high-tech meeting space, and features 43 flexible meeting spaces – all of which are certified by the International Association of Conference Centers (IACC). The hotel can accommodate 500 guests for meetings and 1,000 for social events. Hilton Denver Inverness also houses a 5,400-square-foot ballroom that can be divided into four equally sized rooms. Business travelers will be pleased to find a fully-staffed business center with administrative support services, graphic design and experienced technicians to assist with AV, computer, equipment and production needs.

Hilton Denver Inverness is part of Hilton Honors, the award-winning guest-loyalty program for Hilton’s 14 distinct hotel brands. Hilton Honors members who book directly through preferred Hilton channels have access to instant benefits, including a flexible payment slider that allows members to choose nearly any combination of Points and money to book a stay, an exclusive member discount that can’t be found anywhere else and free standard Wi-Fi. Members also enjoy popular digital tools available exclusively through the industry-leading Hilton Honors mobile app, where Hilton Honors members can check-in, choose their room, and access their room using a Digital Key.

Hilton Denver Inverness is owned by Silverwest Hotels and managed by Two Roads Hospitality.

Diplomat Beach Resort in Hollywood, Florida opens after $100 million in renovations

April 3, 2017

The Diplomat Beach Resort
(Photo courtesy of The Diplomat Beach Resort)

The following is an excerpt from a Diplomat Beach Resort press release:

A new icon has officially taken center stage in Hollywood, Florida, The Diplomat Beach Resort, Curio Collection by Hilton. Emerging from a $100 million transformation, The Diplomat Beach Resort is an oceanfront, experiential destination resort offering a fresh new take on vacationing. From the Atlantic coast to Intracoastal, the reinvented resort pays homage to the hotel’s storied past as a social hub, which began in 1958, with a modern take on design and amenities, including more than 10 new culinary concepts. As part of Curio Collection by Hilton, a global set of remarkable upper upscale hotels handpicked for their unique character, The Diplomat Beach Resort redefines comfort and style with 1,000 re-imagined guestrooms and suites and indoor and outdoor public spaces, bringing the resort’s sunny, beachfront location to life. And, the property’s variety of culinary offerings and programming creates a central hub for the surrounding community, giving locals a new Hollywood destination to call home.

 The Diplomat Beach Resort’s all-inclusive mindset and offerings provides travelers and locals with the ease they seek, whether visiting for business or pleasure, by bringing a collection of experiences together in one place, all set around the resort’s pristine footprint between the Atlantic Ocean and Intracoastal Waterway.
THE HEART OF IT ALL
The Diplomat Beach Resort
(Photo courtesy of The Diplomat Beach Resort)

Nestled between the aquamarine shores of the Atlantic Ocean and the peaceful Intracoastal Waterway, The Diplomat Beach Resort stands at the very heart of Hollywood, Florida. With an ideal location, the property’s transformation caters to those looking for seamless travel and local experiences with easy access to key destinations.

  • 10 minutes from Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport
  • 30 minutes from Miami International Airport
  • 5 minutes from Hollywood’s historic oceanfront Boardwalk
  • 10 minutes from world-class shopping at Aventura Mall
  • 20 minutes from Las Olas Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale
  • 30 minutes from South Beach

ROOM TO RETREAT

The Diplomat Beach Resort
(Photo courtesy of The Diplomat Beach Resort)

With more than 1,000 guest rooms—including a Presidential suite, 515 king rooms and 484 double rooms, with 96 being suites—The Diplomat Beach Resort is the largest hotel in Broward County, offering sweeping views of the Atlantic Ocean or Intracoastal Waterway with an abundance of natural light. Designed by the world’s leading hospitality interior design firm, Hirsch Bedner Associates, the resort’s stylish and thoughtfully designed rooms offer refreshed spaces, befitting the prime beachfront location in Hollywood.  A strong sense of place is weaved throughout, reflecting a sophisticated oceanfront design that nods to the storied history of the Diplomat Hotel of the 1950s. Carefully selected artwork throughout the property highlights the local-regional lifestyle, with modernized spaces harkening back to the hotel’s vibrant past.

All rooms feature unobstructed ocean or Intracoastal vantage points, while most suites boast 180-degree views of the tropical surroundings including a variety of premier suites, the Governor and Presidential suites, each with an individual identity delivering on guest’s needs.  Suites exude a mix of midcentury elements with refreshing ocean tones, creating the perfect backdrop to relax and recharge complete with hand tufted rugs, natural wood furnishings, crisp white bedding backed by driftwood headboards and nautical touches that speak to the location.

Guestrooms at the property depict two separate design schemes: Sunrise and Sunset. Sunrise rooms are modern, vibrant and refreshing with earthy tones that provide a soothing, calm atmosphere accented with blue ocean colors. Tactile rope accents are weaved into bedside lighting and deckchairs, while custom designed carpets recall the organic coral and sand patterns found locally. Vintage artwork reflects the region’s history and streamlined furniture lend to the spacious room layouts. Sunset rooms present a more subtle, modern and organic design scheme with views overlooking the famous South Florida west horizon, giving guests a front seat view to famous and stunning sunsets.

A CULINARY DESTINATION

The Diplomat Beach Resort
(Photo courtesy of The Diplomat Beach Resort)

The Diplomat Beach Resort has a new and simple approach to food: whatever you want, wherever you are. Helmed by Howard Wein of Howard Wein Hospitality, whose expertise in the culinary world brings knowledge and creativity, the resort now offers 10 innovative and surprising culinary destinations.

Unique dishes and drinks highlight ingenuity and variety, using locally sourced ingredients and fresh mixes for cocktails created on-site. Each destination is rooted in strong culinary sensibilities and exudes brand individuality, creating distinct spaces and experiences:

  • Bristol’s BurgersSouth Florida’s best burgers, salads and shakes in a fun, playful space.
  • Candy & Cones – Sweets parlor that makes candy dreams come true, offering candies and innovative house-made ice creams.
  • Counter Point – An extension of Point Royal offering gourmet grab-and-go options, with coffee drinks, juices, house-made pastries, sandwiches and light bites.
  • Diplomat Prime – 1950s inspired, sophisticated steakhouse with steaks aged in-house and a chef driven, seasonal menu with an extensive wine list.
  • Monkitail – Famed Chef and Restaurateur Michael Schulson’s modern Izakaya, coupling sharable Japanese-inspired fare with craft cocktails, sake, and a hidden karaoke bar.
  • Playa – Beachfront Nuevo-Latina restaurant and bar featuring an extensive rum and tequila selection.
  • Point Royal – A Coastal American restaurant featuring Chef Geoffrey Zakarian’s approachable American cuisine complete with indoor/outdoor seating, a large center bar for drinking, and a grand yet modern raw bar.
  • Portico Beer & Wine Garden – Beer, wine and cocktails on tap, and a menu of light Italian fare situated on the Intracoastal Waterway.
  • The Canteen – Supply & trading company offering convenience food and beverage items for hotel guests.
  • The Hotel Bar – A modern take on the classic hotel bar, featuring signature upgraded cocktails from hotels around the world.

A VACATION FOR EVERYONE

The Diplomat Beach Resort
(Photo courtesy of The Diplomat Beach Resort)

The Diplomat Beach Resort is perfect for family-focused guests, providing a variety of activities and amenities meant to create happy, genuine and memorable vacation experiences. Guests and smaller travelers will find unique offerings throughout resort:

  • The Water Works: With two beachfront pools, jet skiing, ocean kayaking, paddleboard rentals, and the property’s newest addition, the Dip + Slide water play area, The Diplomat Beach Resort Hollywood is the ideal destination to cool down. Designed with an interactive water bucket that playfully tips over when full, the area entertains small travelers and is strategically located to give parents a direct line of sight from the lagoon pool, allowing them to relax poolside.
  • Kids Only: From sand castle building and poolside games to bounce houses and behind-the-scenes resort tours, younger guests ages 4-12 are always entertained and supervised at the fun-filled, Diplomat Kids Club.
  • Relax and Recharge: Guests can recharge by melting stress away at the expansive 24-hour fitness center or get pampered at the new, full-service spa overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.
  • Designer Luxury Pool Cabanas by Trina Turk: Exclusively designed for The Diplomat Beach Resort, specialty cabanas created by fashion designer Trina Turk are available for rent on the second floor of the pool deck, providing a relaxing and stylish oasis for the day.

COME TOGETHER AT THE DIPLOMAT BEACH RESORT

The Diplomat Beach Resort
(Rendering courtesy of The Diplomat Beach Resort)

With 209,000 square feet of flexible function and meeting space, The Diplomat Beach Resort, Curio Collection by Hilton continues to serve as the premier location for business travel and large-scale conferences, weddings and milestone celebrations. With recent upgrades in comprehensive technology, transportation services and unbeatable ocean views, travelers and locals can expect thoughtfully designed and unique spaces meant to create memorable meetings, events and weddings:

  • 50,000-square-foot unobstructed Great Hall
  • Four ballrooms, including 20,000-square-foot Grand Ballroom overlooking the Atlantic
  • 39 breakout rooms, ideal for smaller events
  • Outdoor special event areas including the pool deck and 33rd floor lounge space
  • On-site IT and audio-visual support
  • Specialty packages, rates and programming

Viceroy Palm Jumeirah Dubai officially debuts

April 3, 2017

Viceroy Palm Jumeirah Dubai (Rendering courtesy of Viceroy Hotel Group)

Viceroy Palm Jumeirah Dubai (a beachfront resort owned by Viceroy Hotel Group) has opened. Viceroy Palm Jumeirah Dubai is home to 477 rooms and suites, including 352 guestrooms, 85 suites and 40 hotel apartments located across 16 floors. Designed by Yabu Pushelberg and NAO Taniyama and Associates, this Icon Collection masterpiece showcases sweeping, unobstructed views of the surrounding city, from the Dubai Marina to the Burj Khalifa. The hotel is Viceroy Hotel Group’s second foray into the United Arab Emirates.

The following is an excerpt from a Viceroy press release:

Viceroy Palm Jumeirah Dubai’s glass cube structure creates a sense of anticipation. At center, a first-of-its-kind glass cube towers at 15 meters by 15 meters, an engineering feat. The cube seemingly floats in front of the hotel, allowing natural light to flood in and provides a direct view through to the resort’s runway like 60-meter pool, the ocean and beyond.

Viceroy Palm Jumeirah Dubai’s interiors feature clean lines, natural materials and a standout design. Glamorous interiors feature a calming palette of neutral colors alongside Viceroy’s signature teal, with brushed bronze finishes adding a warm glow. Light and dark wood contrasts with layers of marble, creating balance and refinement, while a recurring honeycomb hexagonal pattern runs throughout. Contemporary furniture and rich fabrics similarly contrast with Greek and Italian marbled bathrooms that feature hand cut mosaic tiling and bronze sculptured standalone bathtubs.

Home to eight spectacular food and beverage outlets, Viceroy Palm Jumeirah Dubai is a true feast for the senses:

  • BLVD on One: A vibrant, global brasserie led by executive chef Robert Nilsson
  • Elevate: The 13th floor’s elegant wine bar and hideaway with an unpretentious, youthful vibe
  • Maiden Shanghai: A contemporary, authentic Chinese menu with Cantonese, Sichuan, Shanghai and Beijing influences
  • Quattro Passi: Founder and two Michelin-starred chef Antonio Mellino brings an outpost of his highly-acclaimed London Mayfair institution and Nerano restaurant off the Amalfi Coast offering culinary theater and innovative Italian cooking inspired by the fresh flavors of Campania
  • The Beach Club: Light bites, drinks and seductive tunes
  • The Delisserie: The buzzy, neighborhood cafe with light meals such as Danish open-faced sandwiches and modern high tea
  • The Lobby Lounge: Morning coffee, afternoon tea, and light meals
  • The Pool Bar: Refreshing beverages, innovative mixes, mocktails and cocktails served from this twin outlet located on each side of the 60-meter social pool

Viceroy Palm Jumeirah Dubai’s 1,675 sq. m. spa simultaneously evokes the rolling Arabian sand dunes and golden beaches of Santa Monica. It’s a fitting reflection of Viceroy’s Los Angeles roots, further enhanced by a menu that combines LA infused treatments and holistic, locally-inspired massages and hammam treatments. Topline services include exclusively designed signature experiences with advanced anti-aging offerings from Natura Bisse; cleansing hammam rituals from the traditional marocMaroc line; and reinvented Hammam experiences from Terres D’Afrique.  Fabulous enhancements include treatments with Knesko 24k nanogold technology, a first in Dubai.  Further amenities include fourteen treatment rooms and four open air cabanas alongside a hammam, spa pool, relaxation lounge, Spa Cafe, fully-equipped gym with the latest Artis Collection from Techonogym, personal training services and wellbeing sessions.

Suspended on the 14th floor and featuring panoramic views across the Arabian Gulf, Viceroy Palm Jumeirah Dubai’s 600 sq. m. Vista Ballroom serves as the perfect backdrop for any occasion – from glamorous fashion shows and photo shoots to dazzling weddings and corporate events – and accommodates up to 350 guests. Three fully-equipped meeting rooms with a combined capacity of 245 sq. m. offer views toward the coastline and Burj Al Arab.

Especially for the younger guests, there are enriching and educational experiences at Generation V, Viceroy Palm Jumeirah Dubai’s colorful kids’ club, as well as a dedicated children’s pool for hours of fun in the water. For parents wishing to enjoy a romantic date night, babysitting services are also available.

Excellence Oyster Bay set to open in Jamaica in 2018

March 30, 2017

Photo courtesy of Excellence Group Luxury Hotels and Resorts
An aerial view of Oyster Bay in Jamaica. (Photo courtesy of Excellence Group Luxury Hotels and Resorts)

Excellence Group Luxury Hotels and Resorts will open Excellence Oyster Bay, an all-inclusive luxury resort in Montego Bay, Jamaica, in the first half of 2018. The property broke ground on March 30, 2017. The highly anticipated, $110 million dollar project will be located in Oyster Bay, just 30 minutes from the international airport. The waterfront property will have 325 suites, including 800 square feet junior suites and 2,000 square feet upper suites featuring expansive living spaces, panoramic ocean views, and direct beach access. Additionally, the property will house eight restaurants and seven bars. There will also be a  tennis court and outdoor activities area, luxury spa, and archery range.

Le Blanc Spa Resort Los Cabos set to open in Mexico in fall 2017

March 29, 2017

Le Blanc Spa Resort Los Cabos
Le Blanc Spa Resort Los Cabos (Rendering courtesy of Palace Resorts)

The following is an excerpt from a Palace Resorts press release:

Palace Resorts—the company that sets the standard in five-star, all-inclusive resort accommodations—is pleased to announce the highly anticipated debut of luxurious, Le Blanc Spa Resort Los Cabos in Fall 2017.  The second property comes after the tremendous success of Le Blanc Spa Resort Cancun, the brand’s flagship property and Cancun’s #1 all-inclusive resort as designated by the TripAdvisor community. The resort located on Mexico’s Baja California Peninsula is the second property under the umbrella of Palace Resorts, a hospitality company with over 30 years of experience in the luxury all-inclusive market. This opulent beachfront property will feature the traditional facilities and over the top amenities Le Blanc Spa Resort is known for, including well-appointed designer suites, an award-winning 29,000-square-foot full-service spa with 25 treatment rooms, an incredible hydrotherapy facility, a 3,961-square-foot fitness center and wellness center, juice bars, four plunge pools, gourmet specialty cuisine, butler service, over 14,000-square-foot meeting space, four breakout rooms and much more.

Le Blanc Spa Resort Los Cabos (Rendering courtesy of Palace Resorts)

The 373-room luxury beachfront adults-only resort, will boast whimsical suites, all over 760 square feet, with private terraces, featuring panoramic ocean views. In addition, the resort will feature seven gourmet restaurants and six bars with an extensive wine and beverage program. Incredible amenities at this adults-only oasis will include: A brand new fitness center with top-notch personal trainers, the latest fitness activities including, TRX training, Spinning & Aqua Spinning, Yoga and Pilates, as well as a meditation area, for the ultimate tranquility. The resort will also feature an array of recreational activities; 24-hour personalized butler service, as well as 24-hour in-suite service. Conveniently located just 35 minutes from the Los Cabos International Airport and, 15 minutes from downtown Cabo San Lucas, Le Blanc Spa Resort is an oasis of luxury unlike any other.

Exteriors designed by master architect Roberto Elias and interiorly brought to life by Francois Frossard of Francois Frossard Design (FFD), Le Blanc Spa Resort is a designer’s dream. With an impressive grandesque entrance, seven stories high, Le Blanc Spa Resort is an elegant, yet chic designed hotel, rivaling some of the most modern hotels in the world.

The luxurious resort will be comprised of four buildings that curve toward the ocean and permeate the flair of the local area’s rich soils.  The suites, restaurants, and bars feature ocean views, larger terraces and greater use of open outdoor spaces. The unique flora and fauna of Los Cabos, the climate, the landscapes, and surrounding mountains, played a big influence in the architect’s design of the resort. He wanted to ensure the property was in line with the original brand born in Cancun with its smooth lines, redefined corners, and elegance without complications.

Sophisticated Rooms & Suites

Le Blanc Spa Resort Los Cabos (Rendering courtesy of Palace Resorts)

The interiors of the 373 guest rooms and suites were designed with a tranquil color palette with cool shades of white and plush furnishings.  Suites range from 760 to 1,400, sq. ft. and all feature ocean views. Suites come equipped with, private terraces, comfortable living spaces, a king or two standard double beds, oversized bathrooms with luxurious bathtubs and sophisticated rain showerheads.

Guests can enjoy personal butler service, a nightly aromatherapy menu, a selection of lavish pillows from our pillow menu and the most luxurious of in-room amenities like CHI blow dryers, CHI flatirons and BVLGARI personal products, including an array of luxury bath salts in every room. Suites are also stocked with mini-bars featuring top-shelf spirits, snacks, high definition flat screen SMART TV’s, with Apple TV and gourmet Lavazza coffee makers. Guests will rest on goose down pillows and luxury bedding with 100% cotton sheets, complimentary Wi-Fi, signature beach tote and umbrella.

A Taste of Luxury

Le Blanc Spa Resort Los Cabos (Rendering courtesy of Palace Resorts)

Le Blanc Spa Resort Los Cabos will offer an extensive array of gourmet restaurants sure to please even the most discerning palettes. Featuring cuisines from around the world, Le Blanc Spa Resort will offer foodies the chance to dine on exquisite ingredients with unique presentations and savory bites from around the globe.

The resort’s signature restaurant, Lumiere, is sure to impress with a seven-course French tasting menu, paired with signature wines.  Other restaurant options include:

  • BLANC INTERNATIONAL– Offering a casual dining experience, the all-day dining restaurant will offer scenic views and international cuisine and gourmet Robata Grill featuring a variety of meats, fish & chicken.
  • BLANC ITALIA – An upscale Italian dining experience awaits guests, featuring a refined upscale Italian a la carte menu, with traditional dishes with a modern twist.
  • BLANC ASIA – An eclectic mix of modern Asian fusion mixed with classic favorites, the Asian fused menu will offer an abundance of sushi, modern Thai favorites and traditional dishes.
  • BLANC PIZZA – Gourmet brick-oven handcrafted pizza awaits guests, along with other light bites.
  • BLANC OCEAN – A haven for seafood lovers, the menu will feature fresh catches of the day from the region’s best, traditional grills and Baja California’s best fish. At night, the restaurant will offer classic Mexican cuisine.
  • BLANC CAFÉ – Indulge in delicious, freshly baked goods, as well as unique French pastries, sweets and a variety of coffees, teas & juices.

Guests can also delight in high-end mixology and indulge in unique cocktails at one of the many on-property bars. Featuring an extensive list of carefully crafted libations by the resort’s top mixologists, Le Blanc Spa Resort will set the stage for any mood, with its six different bars including BLANC Stage, BLANC Lobby, BLANC Sol, BLANC Eclipse, BLANC Fire and BLANC Beach.

Le Blanc Spa Resort will also offer guests non-stop entertainment, from special dining experiences, to a gourmet coffee bar, live music, DJ, an incredible fire pit, dubbed Blanc Fire and interactive mixology classes.

An Award-Winning Spa

Le Blanc Spa Resort Los Cabos (Rendering courtesy of Palace Resorts)

BLANCSPA will span more than 29,000 square feet and will feature a hydrotherapy area, hot & cold plunge pools, sauna, herbal steam room, chromo therapy, ice room, relaxation lounge and 25 treatment rooms where guests can indulge in a full menu of exotic and invigorating spa treatments. With unique services, featuring the latest in spa technology trends, the spa will feature ancient local inspired treatments. Other services will include a variety of massages, diamond facials and traditional salon services and more. The spa will also feature a beauty salon, boutique and state of the art fitness center.

Meet in Luxury

Le Blanc Spa Resort Los Cabos (Rendering courtesy of Palace Resorts)

Le Blanc Spa Resort Los Cabos will offer more than 14,000 square feet of space for corporate and social events.  Facilities will include the 8,912-square-foot BLANC CONVENTION, a room that accommodates up to 630 people, with three additional rooms—BLANC BREEZE (2,368 square feet), BLANC WIND (1,370 square feet) and BLANC BOARD (914 square feet).  The resort will offer groups the latest in technology, top-of-the-line audio-visual equipment, and a fully equipped business center, with complimentary WiFi throughout the entire resort.

Leisure Activities

Le Blanc Spa Resort Los Cabos (Rendering courtesy of Palace Resorts)

Le Blanc Spa Resort will offer a variety of leisurely activities, allowing guests the option to unwind in complete relaxation, or get moving! Activities will include stand up paddleboard yoga, live music, karaoke, guided meditation classes, aqua spinning and more.

Giving Back

Le Blanc Spa Resort will also have a local chapter of the Palace Foundation, to ensure the resort is giving back on a local level. The foundation will provide services to the surrounding communities in the region, including health services, scholarship funds, access to medical care, environmental sustainability and will offer guests a part in conservation activities such as the turtle release programs, among others.

Le Blanc Spa Resort is conveniently located 35 minutes from Los Cabos International Airport. Resort guests can also enjoy complimentary self and valet parking services. Rates start at $850 per night for a standard double suite.

Nobu Hotel and Restaurant Marbella to open in Spain

March 28, 2017

Nobu Hotel and Restaurant Marbella
Nobu Hotel and Restaurant Marbella (Photo courtesy of Puente Romano Beach Resort & Spa)

 Puente Romano Beach Resort & Spa and Nobu Hospitality are launching the Nobu Hotel and Restaurant Marbella in southern Spain. Nobu Restaurant Marbella will open in May 2017, while Nobu Hotel Marbella will debut in spring 2018 at the luxurious Puente Romano Beach Resort & Spa on the Golden Mile.

The following is an excerpt from a Puente Romano press release:

Nobu Restaurant Marbella, the first Nobu to open in Spain, will sit at the heart of Marbella’s dining scene, joining Puente Romano’s magnetic gastronomic offering of ten individual restaurants including the two-Michelin star Dani Garcia.

The new restaurant will introduce Nobu’s world-renowned cuisine to the resort’s discerning guests. With a fusion of Japanese cooking and Peruvian flavours, the menu will offer a mouth-watering array of signature dishes including Black Cod Miso, Yellowtail Jalapeño and Tiradito, as well as specialty plates inspired by Marbella itself. Nobu’s signature cocktails crafted by master mixologists will be served in the Nobu Bar and terrace, which will encompass a stylish setting with an electric atmosphere adjacent to the restaurant. Envisioned by Jean-Pierre Martel, one of Spain’s most cutting edge interior designers, in collaboration with StudioPCH Malibu, Nobu Restaurant Marbella will balance comfortable simplicity with natural materials and textures, consistent with the recently refurbished resort’s contemporary aesthetic.

Launching in spring 2018, the new Nobu Hotel Marbella will be distinguished by its bespoke Nobu guestroom design and sensual touches across the elegant hotel rooms. Guests can look forward to priority access to the Nobu restaurant, a private swimming pool, and Natura Bisse amenities. Nobu Matsuhisa’s exclusive in-room dining menu will be available around the clock to serve Nobu dishes to guests of Nobu Hotel Marbella who wish to make the most of the flexibility to dine in the privacy of their rooms or at the edge of the private pool.

Overlooking Puente Romano’s energised gastronomic and nightlife epicentre Plaza Village, Nobu Hotel Marbella will be the perfect destination for both business and leisure guests looking for a lifestyle filled with new and exciting experiences from dusk until dawn; the hotel will reinvent the resort experience with a range of spaces to intertwine work and play.

The launch of the new hotel at the Marbella property will also see Puente Romano Beach Resort & Spa entirely transformed into an all-suites resort: 184 recently refurbished suites set across 27 beautifully designed Andalusian villas, will offer access to the resort’s famous amenities and Six Senses Spa, as well as the new Nobu experience.

Puente Romano Beach Resort & Spa is situated between Marbella and Puerto Banus, just 45 minutes from Malaga airport.

Pandora – The World of Avatar at Disney’s Animal Kingdom announces opening date at Walt Disney World Resort

March 10, 2017

Pandora at Disney Animal Kingdom at Walt Disney Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida
Pandora at Disney Animal Kingdom at Walt Disney Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida (Rendering courtesy of Walt Disney World Resort)

The following is a press release from Walt Disney World Resort:

Pandora – The World of Avatar at Disney’s Animal Kingdom opens May 27, 2017 at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. The all-new land will immerse guests in a mystical world of massive floating mountains, bioluminescent rainforests and breathtaking new experiences.

The largest addition in the history of Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Pandora carries on the park’s tradition of celebrating the intrinsic value of nature, transformation through adventure and a personal call to action.

Based on Oscar-winning filmmaker James Cameron’s record-breaking box-office hit, “Avatar,” the new land welcomes guests to the lush world of Pandora long after the human conflict with the native Na’vi inhabitants has ended. The dramatic daytime beauty of the land transforms to glow by night when bioluminescent flora and intricate nighttime experiences add a dreamlike quality to Pandora.

Pandora – The World of Avatar is a creative collaboration of Walt Disney Imagineering, Cameron and Cameron’s Lightstorm Entertainment.

“We are taking our guests on a journey to this world in an experience that’s as realistic and immersive as possible,” says Joe Rohde, Walt Disney Imagineering portfolio creative executive. “In the movie, the world of Pandora is a setting for the action and characters whose story we follow. Here, guests are the primary characters immersed in an extremely vivid, authentic experience.”

Guests to Disney’s Animal Kingdom cross the park’s Discovery River into Pandora – The World of Avatar and continue along a winding rainforest path for their first glimpse of the land’s iconic floating mountains.

“When guests come across the bridge, they are transferred light-years away, to the Alpha-Centauri solar system and Pandora,” says Jon Landau, “Avatar”  producer, Lightstorm Entertainment. “It’s an otherworldly, fully-themed experience.”

As guests explore the verdant terrain sprawling beneath mountains that appear to float in the sky, they see waterfalls cascading down the mountainside into meandering streams and pools, and they discover two thrilling new expeditions: Avatar Flight of Passage and Na’vi River Journey.

Avatar Flight of Passage launches each guest on an exhilarating, wind-in-your-face experience on a winged mountain banshee over the awe-inspiring world of Pandora. Guests will actually feel the banshee breathe beneath them as they soar through the forest and past floating mountains. What was a rite of passage for Na’vi in Cameron’s film becomes a multisensory experience for guests seeking the ultimate adventure – a faceoff with the most feared predator of Pandora, the Great Leonopteryx.

On the family-friendly Na’vi River Journey, guests travel down a sacred river deep into a bioluminescent rainforest. The eight-seat reed boats float past exotic glowing plants and Pandoran creatures into the midst of a musical Na’vi ceremony. The mystical journey culminates in an encounter with a breathtakingly realistic Na’vi Shaman of Songs who is deeply connected with Pandora’s life force and sends positive energy through her music into the forest.

“The Pandora landscape will be alive with creatures,” Rohde says. “We’re bringing to life everything from the largest creature you might encounter to the most microscopic. Animals will appear out of the underbrush – big Pandoran animals will appear at the edge of the forest and you’ll hear the very complicated calls they issue back and forth.”

The thriving Pandoran landscape conveys intrinsic park messages of the value of nature, transformation through adventure and conservation and stewardship.

The artful storytelling in Pandora continues as guests stop for sustenance at the land’s Satu’li Canteen (pronounced “Sa-too-lee”), a Quonset-hut-style building. The fast-casual restaurant is inspired the healthful bounty of Pandora – wholesome grains, fresh vegetables, and hearty proteins. Guests can grab a drink at nearby Pongu Pongu.

Windtraders is a shopper’s delight where guests can choose from Na’vi cultural items, toys, science kits and more.

Authenticity and realism were drivers in the creation of Pandora, and the result is a world beyond belief.

“The attractions have very deliberate emotional moments crafted into them, the way a good story does, the way a good film does.” Rohde says. “It’s not as simple as just coming to a place that looks realistic. It’s a place that’s been deliberately imbued with the emotions of awe, of wonder, of respect, of harmony.”

Wyndham Grand Ambergris Caye scheduled to open in Belize in 2018

Wyndham Hotel Group

The luxury resort Wyndham Grand Ambergris Caye is scheduled to open in Belize in December 2018.

The following is an excerpt from a Wyndham Hotel Group press release:

Situated along the crystal-clear Caribbean Sea, the 242-key resort’s five towers (housing one-, two-, and three-bedroom hotel and residential suites) feature eleven cascading waterfalls and rise up from sparkling pools connected by bridges and canals reminiscent of Venice. The various waterways create the largest pool of its kind in all of Belize for guests and residents to enjoy.

Wyndham Grand Ambergris Caye—owned by Venezia del Caribe, LTD, and developed by Sandy Point Developments, LTD—will offer a signature spa, a fitness center, multiple restaurants, 7,000 square feet of meeting space, and an onsite excursion center. It puts guests within just yards of Belize’s Barrier Reef, the world’s second largest coral reef system, which runs the length of the country and is just three miles from San Pedro, the island’s only town.

 

 

Grove Resort and Spa Orlando launches first phase of opening

March 13, 2017

(Rendering courtesy of The Grove Resort & Spa Orlando)

The following is an excerpt from a Grove Resort & Spa Orlando press release:

The Grove Resort & Spa Orlando (located at 14501 Grove Resort Avenue in Orlando, Florida) opened its first phase on March 10, 2017, as an expansive, 106-acre destination hotel just minutes from Walt Disney World. Set on Lake Austin, amid a portion of Central Florida’s conservation grounds, The Grove launched with 184 of its 878 residential-style suites that help simplify family and group travel. Spacious accommodations that span up to nearly 1,600 square feet are matched with a standout amenity package that will roll out in stages. Opening with three swimming pools, a spa, fitness center, two bars and lounges, a large-scale grab-and-go, a lakefront pier with watersports, and a children’s game room, The Grove will grow to also include a variety of other dining options and an on-site water park with a dual rider surf simulator, winding lazy river, and multiple water slides.

Myriad activities and residential style accommodations establish The Grove as a destination of its own, building on the benefits of the resort’s prime location near many of the city’s top attractions. Generously sized one, two, and three bedroom suites—each dressed in hues and materials that draw inspiration from The Grove’s natural surroundings—provide all the comforts of home with oversized floorplans that range between 1,264 square feet (117 square meters) and 1,544 square feet (143 square meters). Each features a living and dining area, full kitchen, up to three bathrooms, a screened balcony, and a full-size washer and dryer.

The Grove unveiled the first portion of its amenity package on opening day. Guests arriving through the spring season will be the first to enjoy the resort’s full-service Escape Spa and fitness center; three swimming pools with ample space for both play and relaxation; watersports, paddleboats, and fishing at Lake Austin Pier; traditional cocktail favorites and signature citrus-inspired creations at Zest lobby bar; an elegant, modern atmosphere, live entertainment, and a libation menu featuring craft cocktails and craft beer at Element lounge; and a selection of hot and cold self-serve food, gelato and ice cream, a barista bar, a deli with fresh-cut Boar’s Head meats and made-to-order sandwiches, as well as grocery-style items ideal for stocking the in-room kitchen, at Alfresco Market.

Association, incentive, and corporate meetings, as well as social events, will find a home at The Grove Resort & Spa. With 6,000 square feet of flexible indoor space, and poolside, lawn, and garden alfresco venues for intimate meetings or large groups, the resort accommodates up to 250 people with on-site catering and audiovisual support available.

The resort’s 221-seat, indoor/outdoor restaurant, Valencia, will arrive in late spring. There, guests will dine on Spanish, Italian, and Mediterranean-inspired dishes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The poolside Springs Bar & Grill, serving traditional bites such as hamburgers, chicken wings, and stone brick oven pizzas—all made with fresh, in-season, and locally grown ingredients—will open at the same time.

In fall 2017, the on-site Surfari Water Park will take center stage for families with its interactive water structure, multiple slides, more than 725 feet of lazy river, and a dual rider surf simulator. Also on deck: an indoor entertainment area and Longboard Bar & Grill, an additional poolside eatery located at Surfari Water Park. Additional guest suites are expected to open in late 2017.

The Grove Resort & Spa Orlando is owned by a joint venture between certain affiliates of Westport Capital Partners and BTI Partners, with BTI Partners as the development partner. Houston, Texas-based BENCHMARK, a global hospitality company, manages the property as part of its signature Benchmark Resorts & Hotels portfolio.

Nobu Hotel Ibiza Bay announces June 2017 opening date

March 7, 2017

Nobu Hotel Ibiza Bay
(Rendering courtesy of Nobu Hotel Ibiza Bay)

Nobu Ibiza is set to officially open on June 30, 2017. Here are all the details from a Nobu Hotel Ibiza Bay press release:

Ibiza Bay is designed to be the ultimate playground for grown-ups. The Ibizan style rooms and suites, two private seafront pools, restaurants, spa, boutique, adult and family experiences have been carefully curated to provide guests with the finest, authentic island escape, without ever having to leave the resort.

Ideally positioned on the white sandy beaches of Talamanca Bay, two kilometres north of Ibiza Town (a UNESCO World Heritage site) and a leisurely fifteen minutes’ walk from trendy boutiques and clubs of Marina Botafoch; Nobu Hotel Ibiza Bay offers stunning views of the Mediterranean Sea.

Offering three restaurants and a pool bar, Ibiza Bay is a food lover’s paradise.   There are no fixed agendas; breakfast is served at guests’ leisure and spontaneous lunches blend into vivacious nights.

Savour Nobu Matsuhisa’s signature Japanese fusion dishes, as well as special creations inspired by Ibiza itself at Nobu, the resort’s signature restaurant.  Chambao, in collaboration with El Chiringuito de Es Cavallet is Ibiza Bay’s laidback chiringuito. The freshly prepared seafood is as much of the attraction as the cocktails and beach vibe. At night, Chambao is the place to be for chilled-out parties with family and friends. The Peyote Group is bringing the vibrant spirit of modern Mexico City to Ibiza with its contemporary and refined take on renowned Mexican food.  For those looking for healthy fare, the deliciously wholesome café Celicioso will recharge guests with mouth-watering gluten-free cuisine, nourishing juices and superfood salads.

From the sexy, immersive and fun culinary options to the 152 rooms and suites, every detail at Ibiza Bay has been designed with the guests’ comfort in mind.  Inspired by the colours of the island, rooms are decorated with soft furnishings, natural wood, and artisan ceramics, using a colour palette of whites, golds and blues.  Tasteful details like mother-of-pearl inlay and hand-blown pendant lights lend a lavish yet comfortable feel to the rooms.  Floor-to-ceiling windows and open terraces mean guests will wake to the scent of wild jasmine and fall asleep to the sound of the crashing waves, whilst luxurious Natura Bisse amenities offer pre-and post-beach pampering.

Nobu Hotel Ibiza Bay
(Rendering courtesy of Nobu Hotel Ibiza Bay)

The expansive Presidential and Royal Suites boast grand terraces overlooking the Mediterranean, an outdoor Jacuzzi, sprawling living room and private bar.  Accommodation options vary from Cool and Deluxe rooms to Junior and Grand Suites.

Ibiza Bay brings the first Six Senses Spa to the island.  Mindful journeys, indulgent treatments, a yoga pavilion, state of the art gymnasium, blow dry bar, manicure/pedicure salons and indoor cabins, outdoor roof terraces & beach cabanas allow guests to spa wherever they desire.

Offering unparalleled fun, Nobu Hotel Ibiza Bay’s Kids Club is engaging and exploratory, so much so that grown-ups will want to become kids again. From bohemian foraging sessions to a cookery school and Ibizan inspired programmes; Ibiza Bay’s Kids Club is imaginative and innovative.

Rates start at 490 Euros per night, based on double occupancy.

Nobu Hotel Ibiza Bay is a collaboration between London & Regional, MC Hotels, (the owners of the Marbella Club Hotel, Golf Resort & Spa and Puente Romano) and Nobu Hospitality.

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