On April 1, Bermuda's first new resort in 37 years, Tucker's Point Hotel & Spa, opened in Tucker's Town. The property is part of the Tucker's Point Club, a collection of luxury residences and amenities, and offers 88 rooms and suites as well as ample meeting space. Guest rooms are decorated with classic British-style furnishings and artwork, yet they feature modern amenities like complimentary Wi-Fi and flat-panel TVs.
The property also features a 12,000-square-foot spa with 10 treatment rooms, a 1,900-square-foot fitness center, and a croquet lawn. Groups have a private dining option in the Wine Room at the hotel's Point Restaurant. A 5,000-square-foot conference center provides multiple meeting rooms, a business center, complimentary Wi-Fi throughout, and an IT support staff.
Guests of the resort also enjoy access to all Tucker's Point Club facilities, including an 18-hole Rulewich-designed championship golf course, pro shop, pools, restaurants, and tennis courts. Getting groups in and out is not a problem either. The resort offers transportation to and from the Bermuda International Airport, located just 15 minutes away.
Myrtle Beach, S.C.
The News: The property's new 14,000-square-foot conference center was completed in January 2008.
Specs: 385 guest rooms, 48,000 square feet of total meeting space, tennis, indoor and outdoor pools, fitness club, multiple restaurants, and a par-72 championship golf course located across the street
Extra: Guests have access to all amenities at sister property Kingston Plantation.
The Fontainebleau Resort
The News: The Fontainebleau has reached its full complement of signature restaurants with the opening of Hakkasan, the first North American outlet for legendary Chinese chef Alan Yau.
Specs: The 1,504-room resort offers 107,000 square feet of indoor meeting space, 51,000 square feet of outdoor meeting space, and a 40,000-square-foot spa. Its other notable dining outlets include Gotham Steak by Alfred Portale of New York City's Gotham Bar & Grill and Scarpetta by James Beard Award recipient Scott Conant.
Timeline: Hakkasan opened in May 2009.
Extras: All restaurants are available for groups: A popular option is a dine-around followed by an outdoor dessert party.
Boca Raton Resort & Club
Boca Raton, Fla
The News: Hilton Hotels Corp. has announced that the resort has joined the Waldorf Astoria Collection. The property is fresh from $220 million in renovations.
Rosewood Sand Hill
Menlo Park, Calif.
The News: Sited on 16 acres a mile west of Stanford University, the Craftsman-style Rosewood Sand Hill opened in April.
Specs: 123 guest rooms, including 31 suites; 13,000 square feet of meeting and event space, including a 2,800-square-foot ballroom that accommodates up to 300 guests
Extra: The 17,000-square-foot Sense, a Rosewood Spa, offers 13 treatment rooms.
The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain
The News: The new resort is scheduled to open in late 2009. The Jack Nicklaus Signature golf course and 50,000-square-foot clubhouse have recently opened.
Specs: The resort will have 250 guest rooms, three ballrooms, five meeting rooms, five dining options, a fitness center, and a full-service spa with indoor and outdoor treatment rooms.
Sè San Diego
The News: The new property opened last December.
Specs: The 184-room hotel features more than 20,000 square feet of meeting space, including a two-story grand ballroom. Also on site is a 32-seat private screening room, a business center, the Sè Spa, and a rooftop pool deck.
Ojai Valley Inn & Spa
The News: A two-year, $90 million renovation added rooms and updated the entire property.
Specs: 308 guest rooms, 20,000 square feet of meeting space, 18-hole championship golf course, tennis center, three pools, a 31,000-square-foot spa with 28 treatment rooms, and four restaurants
JW Marriott Hotel & Resort at Coco Beach
Rio Grande, Puerto Rico
The News: The hotel is scheduled for a 2011 opening.
Specs: The $250 million hotel will feature 371 guest rooms, a 17,775-square-foot spa and fitness center, casino, executive lounge, and 24-hour room service. The property will also offer 20,919 square feet of meeting space, including a 12,000-square-foot ballroom.
Moon Palace Casino, Golf & Spa Resort
Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
The News: The latest addition to the Palace Resorts line of all-inclusive luxury properties completed a soft opening in January, with additional facilities scheduled to open throughout 2009.
Specs: 1,791 guest rooms, a spa, 13 pools, 11 restaurants, seven bars, a theater, a lazy river, a nightclub, a 45,000-square-foot casino, and a convention center with more than 60,000 square feet of meeting space
Extra: Once complete, Moon Palace Casino, Golf & Spa Resort will be the largest resort in Punta Cana.
Rio Mar Beach Resort & Spa, A Wyndham Grand Resort
Rio Grande, Puerto Rico
The News: The property is undergoing a $40 million renovation over the next two years, which will include upgrades to guest rooms, public areas, restaurants, and golf courses.
Specs: The 627-room resort has 48,000 square feet of function space, a 7,000-square-foot casino, two 18-hole golf courses designed by Tom and George Fazio and Greg Norman, a 7,000-square-foot spa and fitness center, 11 restaurants, and an international tennis center.
The Westin Le Paradis Beach & Golf Resort
The News: The new property is scheduled to open in 2011.
Specs: The 192-room resort will include more than 23,000 square feet of function space, encompassing two ballrooms, six conference rooms, and two outdoor pavilions. The resort sits on 554 acres with a one-mile coastline and will feature a Greg Norman golf course.
Rancho Mirage Resorts
Rancho Mirage, Calif.
The News: Five meeting resorts have banded together and are targeting. Westin Mission Hills Resort & Spa, Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa, The Hilton Garden Inn, The Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa, and, scheduled to open in 2010, The Ritz-Carlton, Rancho Mirage will collectively offer 141,500 square feet of meeting space and 2,174 guest rooms.
Extra: An additional 16,400 square feet of meeting space is available at the Annenberg Center for Health Sciences at the Eisenhower Medical Center. The Center offers high-definition videoconferencing services.
The Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., has named James Gelfand director of group sales. He was most recently vice president of sales, marketing, and revenue development at PGA National Resort & Spa in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.
Benchmark Hospitality International has appointed Denise Benoit marketing director at Lansdowne Resort in Leesburg, Va. She was previously president of her own company, Benoit Marketing, for 10 years.