The 196-room Four Seasons Nevis will
begin a $10 million renovation in August, to be completed by the
end of the year. A new pool will be added, as well as a 120-seat
restaurant by the golf course. In addition, the resort's two luxury
suites will be redecorated, and soft goods will be replaced for
some guest rooms.
The Hotel Caruso, an Orient-Express
Hotel in Ravello, on Italy's Amalfi coast, has reopened following a
five-year, $30 million restoration. The property has 54 guest
rooms, two restaurants and event facilities for up to 200.
The Seattle-based Dow Hotel Co. has purchased the Doubletree Hotel
Bellevue (Wash.) from the Hilton Hotels Corp. for $48.5 million.
The 353-room hotel, to be managed by Dow, will be substantially
renovated and reflagged as a Hilton franchise. The property
includes a 35,000-square foot exhibit hall, multiple ballrooms and
six meeting rooms.
Vail Resorts Inc. has sold the Vail
(Colo.) Marriott Mountain Resort & Spa for $62 million to
DiamondRock Hospitality Limited Partnership. The 285-room property
will continue to be managed by Marriott International. The hotel
offers 16,500 square feet of meeting space. DRH also has completed
the package purchase of four other hotels for a total of $315
million. They are the 985-room Los Angeles Airport Marriott; the
504-room Renaissance Worthington in Fort Worth, Texas (which is
managed by Marriott); the 316-room Atlanta Marriott Alpharetta; and
the 453-room FrenchmanÕs Reef & Morning Star Marriott Beach
Resort on St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands. These properties
also will continue to be managed by Marriott.
Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group will
manage a yet-to-be-built, 114-room resort on Grand Cayman, to open
in 2007. The property, to be called the Mandarin Oriental, Grand
Cayman, will include 4,500 square feet of meeting space, an
18,000-square-foot spa with 11 treatment rooms and four spa-themed
The Convention Industry Council
announced its 2006 Hall of Leaders inductees on June 23. The
winners are Bill Boyd, CITE, CMP, CMM, president and CEO of Sunbelt
Motivation and Travel, Inc.; Bob Dallmeyer, president of R.D.
International; Virginia M. Lofft, former vice president and
publishing director of Primedia Business, The Meetings Group
Magazines; J. Frank Poe, director of the City of Dallas Convention
& Event Services Department; Mickey Schaefer, CAE, president of
Mickey Shaefer & Associates, LLC; and Carl C. Thompson,
executive director of the Society of Government Meeting
Professionals. The inductees will receive their awards Aug. 20,
2006, in Boston in conjunction with the American Society of
Association Executives' annual meeting.
Spanish hotel chain Sol Melia will
assume management of the Royal Palm, a Crowne Plaza Resort, in
Miami's South Beach district, on July 1. During renovations that
will finish up by the end of the year, the hotel will keep its
current name. When renovations are completed, the hotel will be
called the Melia Royal Palm. Proposed changes to the 417-room
property include a new signature restaurant, a second pool and an