Wyndham Embark on $37-Million Expansion

LAS CROABAS, Puerto Rico. April 30, 2003. Wyndham International (AMEX:WBR) has announced the ground-breaking of a $37-million expansion program at Las Casitas Village—A Wyndham Luxury Resort in Las Croabas, Puerto Rico located adjacent to Wyndham El Conquistador Resort & Golden Door(R) Spa. The project is particularly noteworthy considering that Las Casitas Village has won AAA`s Five Diamonds for six consecutive years and is the only `Five Diamond` resort in Puerto Rico. The project, Phase II of the original master plan, will add 67 luxury villas to the existing 90 as well as two swimming pools, one of which is a stunning new infinity pool.

The new facilities, which will be built on seven acres of land next to the existing resort, are a joint venture between Wyndham International and The Interlink Group, a Puerto Rican-based real estate development company. Interlink was the development partner for the first phase of Las Casitas Village, which opened in 1994.

“We are very pleased to have begun this expansion program at Las Casitas Village,” commented Fred J. Kleisner, Wyndham`s chairman and chief executive officer. “The new facilities, which will be complete in June 2004, will continue to embrace the exacting standards for intimate luxury so coveted by our guests and residents.”

The architects and designers of the original resort are also returning to complete Phase II. They are Thomas Marvel Architects, interior design firm Jorge Rosello & Associates, and landscape architect firm EDSA. The talents of these firms have led to improvement on near perfection—with larger living and bedrooms as well as balconies, marble bathrooms and Italian Snaidero kitchens with granite tops. Of the 67 new units, there are 17 one-, 25 two- and 25 three-bedroom villas. The ambience will mirror the charming, pastel-shaded exteriors and flower-lined paths of the originals, with picturesque courtyards and fountains throughout. A new reception center will unite the new facilities with the existing village.

Guests and residents of the new facilities will enjoy the services and amenities for which the resort is renowned. These include private around-the-clock butler service; dedicated concierge; rooms personalized to individual preferences prior to arrival such as favorite foods and beverages stocked in the kitchen and age-appropriate toys for the little ones; private check-in and resort transfer by limousine; twice daily housekeeping service; nightly turn-down service and more.


The majority of the new villas will overlook the ocean with the remainder offering scenic views of the Arthur Hills-designed golf course. They will be available for individual sale and may become part of a voluntary resort program for nightly guests. There are already options on 44 of the units, half by original Las Casitas owners, providing a convincing testament to the success of the project. The fully furnished villas range in price from $400,000 to $800,000.

Las Casitas Village is situated just above Wyndham El Conquistador Resort & Golden Door Spa, at the highest point of a scenic 300-foot bluff. The property provides a harmonious balance between the sumptuous splendor of an upscale resort with the intimate, inviting comforts of home. Guests indulge in an enclave setting reserved exclusively for guests of Las Casitas, with all the shared recreation and lively attractions of Wyndham El Conquistador literally steps away.
Wyndham Luxury Resorts are prestige properties that offer discerning travelers exceptional accommodations in dramatic, natural settings, coupled with highly attentive service and the finest in golf and spa amenities. The Luxury collection includes The Boulders Resort & Golden Door Spa and The Lodge at Ventana Canyon in Arizona; Carmel Valley Ranch and the Golden Door(R) in California; The Cabins & Penthouses at The Peaks in Colorado; Grand Bay Hotel Isla Navidad near Manzanillo, Mexico; Las Casitas Village in Puerto Rico; the Kelley House and The Harbor View in Martha`s Vineyard; and the Great Eastern—A Wyndham Luxury Hotel in London.

Wyndham Luxury Resorts are owned and managed by Dallas-based Wyndham International, Inc. For reservations, call your travel planner or Wyndham Luxury Resorts at 888/472-6229.

CONTACT: Wyndham Hotels & Resorts, Kathleen J. Casper, 800/441-0418 ext. 145, [email protected] or Middleton & Gendron , Bill Keen/Lisa Herbst, 212/980-9060, [email protected]