APR 2018

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⎜ ConventionSouth ⎜ A P R I L 2 0 1 8 w w w . c o n v e n t i o n s o u t h . c o m 56 F L O R I D A outdoor event space. In fall 2018, Curio Collection by Hilton is set to unveil Baker's Cay Resort in Key Largo (formerly the Hilton Key largo) upon comple- tion of a multimillion-dollar re-imagination. The 13-acre, 200-room resort will include 17,000 square feet of meeting space with ex- ecutive boardrooms, outdoor sanctuaries, a grand lawn and two expansive ballrooms, two swimming pools with a waterfall grotto and a winding nature trail. The 60-acre, 170-suite Ocean Pointe Suites reopened in March with a restored private beach and an over-the-water gazebo for in- timate events.. Additionally, Dolphin Point Villas opened in early December 2017 for small corporate events and yoga retreats. The new resort includes six stand-alone villa homes and is adjacent to Dolphins Plus where guests can swim with dolphins. Also in Key Largo, the 14-acre, 144-room Playa Largo Resort & Spa, which opened in fall 2016 as the Upper Keys' first new-build resort in 21 years, offers 40,000 square feet of meeting space and a 6,000-square-foot ballroom. Islamorada Amara Cay Resort has been up and running since December and offers guest rooms, a zero-entry pool, and Tiki hut bar and restau- rant, all overlooking the ocean. It's a gorgeous spot that's popular for small meetings, special events, corporate retreats and incentive travel, according to General Manager Miguel Waldo. Meeting space includes "The Glass Bowl," accommodating 50 guests, and several outdoor spaces. Additionally, Islamorada Resort Co.'s 150- unit Postcard Inn Beach Resort & Marina is scheduled to reopen in phases, beginning this month with 14 new cottages, Ciao Hound Ital- ian Kitchen & Bar and Tiki Bar. Islamorada Resort Co.'s 63-unit Pelican Cove Resort is partially reopened with 42 units and six-acre 54-unit La Siesta Resort & Marina is open. The 27-acre, 214-unit oceanfront Cheeca Lodge Resort & Spa reopened March 30, hav- ing undergone a $20 million renovation with a rebuilt 525-foot-long wooden fishing pier, redesign of its main lobby and all rooms, 4,600 square feet of function space, spa with seven treatment rooms and refurbished nine-hole golf course. A new pool and Tiki bar open in May. Chesapeake Resort has reopened 20 gar- One of Miami Beach's most iconic hotel properties, the Eden Roc Miami Beach has undergone a $250 million enhancement proj- ect, which includes a comprehensive upgrade of the property, which was designed by re- nowned architect David Rockwell. As part of the project, 206 of the 621 guest rooms were converted to become Nobu Hotel, an inno- vative hotel within a hotel concept, that has achieved Five Diamond status for its super luxury offering. The upgrade also includes a refreshing renovation to all 415 spacious Eden Roc guest rooms and suites (including a number of new amenities and new brand experiences), and the addition of the Nobu Miami Restaurant, an acclaimed offering by world-renowned Chef Nobu Matsuhisa. Additional dining outlets, Gitano (a beach bar concept) and the farm-to-table Malibu Farm restaurant, will debut later this year. The hotel's meeting spaces bring together modern and classic aesthetics, with indoor and outdoor venues spanning more than 70,000 square feet of recently redesigned space. There are two classic ballrooms, newly remodeled ballrooms, and numerous meeting rooms that are perfect for boardroom meetings and brainstorm sessions. A new banquet and catering menu, de- signed by Executive Chef Thomas Buckley, features Japanese-fusion and American dishes inspired by Nobu and fresh, organic, locally sourced offerings by Malibu Farm. Additionally, a number of team building exercises help captivate and motivate groups to reach their potential by engaging in cre- ative and customizable activities. These include scavenger hunts, charitable activities, athletic competitions, water adventures, culinary classes, a sailing regatta and beach olympics. Overlooking world-renowned Miami Beach and located on prestigious Million- aire's Row, Eden Roc, designed by famed architect Morris Lapidus, first came to fame in the 1950s as the host to Hollywood greats like Elizabeth Taylor, Katharine Hepburn, Lauren Bacall, and Humphrey Bogart. In 2008, a $250 million expansion and resto- ration of the historic resort included adding 282 rooms and the newly reenergized Es- encia Wellness spa (a 22,000-square foot luxurious destination for pampering with 18 treatment rooms) and two restaurants. n B R E A K O U T S P O T L I G H T : Eden Roc Miami Beach Contact: Spa Garden

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