Small Luxury Hotels of the World has added five new member hotels in The Americas region to its global portfolio, bringing the luxury hotel brand’s membership to more than 330 hotels in 58 countries around the world. Ranging from a brand new, exclusive resort in the Dominican Republic to a charming country estate with 265 acres of rolling hills in Virginia and a Chateau in Canada, the hotels share the common characteristics of ultra-luxury, comfort and a dedication to personalized service. “In looking for new members we scour the region for the best of the best. We want to find hotels that will provide our discerning guests with not only the comfort they are used to but unique and memorable experiences. With these five new members we have certainly done that,” commented Lee Ann Gamble, Director of New Business Development for The Americas.The new joiners, which are rigorously evaluated and inspected prior to acceptance into membership, bring the SLH flag to new destinations for the luxury brand including Middleburg, Virginia; Sante Fe, New Mexico; Punta Cana, Dominican Republic; Myrtle Beach, South Carolina; and Quebec, Canada. Information and reservations for the new members can now be obtained by visiting www.slh.com, calling toll-free 800 525 4800 or through a travel counselor utilizing the GDS code LX for LuXury. The new members are as follows:
The Goodstone Inn & Estate extends the brand’s presence along the east coast to Middleburg, Virginia. Although the property is only an hour outside of Washington, DC and 30 minutes from Dulles International airport, this country estate located on 265 acres set against the Blue Ridge Mountains transports guests to a place of tranquility and privacy perfectly lending itself to romantic getaways or even corporate retreats. While residing on property in either a comfortable room or the confines of one of the private homes, guests can enjoy hiking, canoeing, horseback riding or just simply relaxing with a glass of wine.
Offering a similarly charming experience is the Inn of Five Graces in Sante Fe, New Mexico. Here the Orient and the Old West meet to provide a unique atmosphere where interlocked honey-walled adobe courtyards line up against the dazzling colors of the Sante Fe sky. The Inn boasts twenty-two guest suites all odd and mysterious, but deeply luxurious. A suite winds around on itself, leading from room to hidden room featuring ceilings thatched with woven straw. Astonishing bathrooms feature cavernous rounded tubs which are crowned by vivid tile mosaics made from bowls and urns from days past. Guests enjoy continental breakfast of freshly homemade baked goods daily. The Inn’s attentive staff arranges lunch and dinner at one of Sante Fe’s many culinary outlets including several Mexican-inspired restaurants.
SLH extends their reach into the highly sought after destination of Myrtle Beach, SC with the addition of the new Marina Inn at Grande Dunes. Part of a larger 2200 acre development situated between the inter-coastal waterway and the Atlantic Ocean, The Marina Inn offers the intimacy of a 66 room luxury inn while providing guests access to the vast amenities of South Carolina’s newest luxury waterfront resort community. Oversized rooms are appointed with custom mahogany beds, flat screen televisions, sitting areas, Jacuzzi tubs, marble bathrooms and soothing views of the marina from the rooms’ private balconies. Guests of the Mediterranean style Inn have access not only to the Ocean Club, a private Cabana Club, but a 4,000 sq. ft fitness facility, tennis courts and two new golf courses, one of which is an award-winning course designed by pro-golfer Nick Price. In addition to the Inn, The Marina Village boasts quaint storefronts of boutique shops, a free standing spa, art galleries and a waterfront boardwalk. For those guests arriving by private yacht, The Marina will provide floating docks and house a total of 149 slips.
Chateau Sacacomie sits midway between Montreal and Quebec City on a pristine lake allowing guests to explore outdoor pursuits during all four seasons with a special emphasis on the lake in the summer and snow in the winter. The property, due to open in winter of 2006, will be of exceptional quality and be regarded as the best resort in Quebec. The hotels 58 rooms are a minimum of nearly 500 square feet in size and provide guests stunning lake views from a private balcony. Other amenities highlighting the hotel’s dedication to a five-star experience are flat screen televisions, wireless internet access, custom made beds with pillow top mattresses and bathrooms with heated marble floors and large jetted tubs. Further adding to guests’ pampering will be a 3,500 square foot signature spa with 8 treatment rooms, a full health spa and an indoor salt water pool.
A new property that will change the landscape of luxury resorts in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic is the 55 room Sivory resort set to open December 1st. The oversized rooms decorated in a relaxing Balinese style feature private gardens, most with ocean views, that offer complete privacy out of sight from other guests. The hotel is illustrating their attention to detail from the start with custom made furnishings handpicked in Indonesia and Europe. Breaking away from the traditional all-inclusive format in Punta Cana, Sivory will offer 3 a la carte restaurants offering International cuisine, seafood and Asian fusion.