The Garden of the Gods Club, at the foot of the Rocky Mountains in Colorado Springs, Colo., is now under the management of Destination Hotels & Resorts. Long a private club, set on a mesa offering remarkable views of the red rock spires that comprise Garden of the Gods Park, the facility is now actively courting corporate group business. It offers 120 rooms, suites, and cottages, a variety of meeting rooms, fitness facilities, and gourmet dining. The championship 27-hole Kissing Camels Golf Course is part of the club complex.
The Ritz-Carlton, Toronto Hotel and Residences will open in 2003 as Canada's tallest residential building, at 60 stories. The 228-room hotel will be part of a skyscraper that also houses corporate suites and private residences. The first seven floors will feature the lobby, ballroom, meeting space, and restaurants, while a luxury spa and fitness center will take up the 36th and 37th floors.
Westin Innisbrook Resort in Palm Harbor, Fla., has renovated its renowned Troon Golf Institute, expanding the practice area to 15 acres and adding new amenities, including an indoor teaching facility and 1,500 square feet of tented space at the driving range. Located 25 minutes from Tampa International Airport, the resort has 700 suites, 72 holes of golf, 11 tennis courts, and 65,000 square feet of meeting space.
MGM Grand Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas recently renovated the 4,200 rooms in its Grand Tower. The redo is part of an overall effort to transform the 115-acre resort complex into "The City of Entertainment." Each of the tower's rooms was redesigned to replicate an MGM Studios bungalow. Other recent projects include the 380,000-square-foot tri-level Conference Center, which offers two ballrooms and up to 50,000 square feet of pre-function space; the 22,000-square-foot Studio 54, MGM Grand's nightclub; and the 6.6-acre Grand Pool and Spa complex, which includes a 1,000-foot-long flowing river. The resort has a total of 5,034 rooms and suites.
Norwegian Cruise Line has contracted with Mandara Spa to provide spa and salon services aboard the entire NCL fleet. The new NCL Spa Experience will emphasize wellness and pampering and will feature in-spa treatments, in-stateroom treatments, on-deck massages during port days, and de-stress treatments on the beach during private island visits in the Caribbean and South Pacific.
Hilton, Cancun-Style The Lobby Bar of the Hilton Cancun Beach and Golf Resort - under a towering atrium and hundreds of feet of live, hanging foliage - is the perfect spot to relax after the flight at a welcoming cocktail reception. Outside, the hotel's architecture sets it apart from other beach resorts on the Cancun hotel strip: It was built in the image of a three-tiered Mayan pyramid, allowing all 426 guest rooms panoramic views of the ocean. The resort offers 30,000 square feet of meeting space spread out among 16 banquet rooms that can accommodate 2,000 guests.
Seven cascading, interlocking swimming pools and two Jacuzzis beckon from the Hilton's manicured 250 acres, as does the 600-yard white-sand beach. A diver's and snorkeler's paradise, the barrier reef parallel to this coast is home to 2,500 different species of marine life. Recreational options at the Cancun Hilton include a fitness center and aquatic sports center. Daily excursions take Hilton guests to the Mayan ruins at Tulum and Chichen Itza, Xcaret and Xel-Ha Ecological Parks, and other attractions.
Golfers will marvel at the 18th hole of the Hilton's championship course, which winds around the El Rey Mayan ruin - when they're not checking out the iguanas, peacocks, and other wildlife they're likely to see during the round.