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August 22, 2017

Supplier News: Marriott Into Irvine; Kimpton, Maui Jim Partner

The new Marriott Irvine Spectrum, Kimpton’s partnership with Maui Jim and a number of new luxury offerings and hotel renovations top this week’s supplier news in the meetings and events industry. 

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Marriott Irvine Spectrum to Open With 13K Square Feet of Meeting Space

Marriott Irvine Spectrum has announced plans for its debut this December with a full-service restaurant dubbed Heirloom, a rooftop bar and lounge, and more than 13,000 square feet of indoor / outdoor meeting and event space. 

Billed as the only full-service hotel in the Irvine Spectrum area, the property will have 271 guest rooms, including 50 Extended Stay suites. The hotel will be within walking distance of the Irvine Spectrum Center entertainment, shopping and dining district. 

Event spaces will include a 5,000 square feet ballroom, 4,000 square foot event lawn, 3,500 square foot open air rooftop bar and event space, and breakout rooms. Rooms will offer views of Saddleback Mountain, Laguna Canyon or Spectrum Center and will include technology features like Wi-Fi, big screen TVs with full connectivity and the ability to stream Netflix and Hulu without charge, convenience plugs, iPhone/iPod docking stations and more. Aimed at business, leisure and group travel, the Extended Stay suites will aim to offer a private residential feel showcasing an open layout design, including full kitchens and spacious living areas.

In terms of food and beverage offerings, the property will include Heirloom, a three-meal “farm-to-flavor” restaurant emphasizing Californian cuisine, as well as a rooftop bar on the 15th floor offering views paired with craft cocktails, wine and local beer. Other amenities will include an M Club Lounge, a Greatroom lobby bar and an onsite Starbucks

In addition to the Irvine Spectrum Center, the hotel will also be near the Orange County Great Park spanning 1,300 acres and the recently debuted 194 acre “Sports Park” with soccer and baseball fields, a playground, and tennis, volleyball and basketball courts. 

Visit marriott.com 

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Planners Can Add Maui Jim Sunglasses to Kimpton Seafire, EPIC Events

Kimpton has added a new option to its “Pick Your Perks” program for meeting planners booking in Florida and the Caribbean

The Kimpton Seafire Resort + Spa in Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands, which opened in November 2016, and Kimpton EPIC in Miami, have announced a new partnership and brand collaboration with Maui Jim sunglasses.

According to a Kimpton news release, Maui Jim's patented PolarizedPlus2 lens technology blocks 100 percent of UV A, B and C rays and 99.9 percent of glare while enhancing color, definition and depth perception in more than 112 different styles of sunglasses that are available worldwide.

As part of Kimpton’s “Pick Your Perks” program, meeting planners who book 100 rooms for a minimum of four nights will have the option to add a private fitting of Maui Jim Sunglasses to their event.

“Kimpton’s Seafire Resort + Spa and EPIC hotel and Maui Jim are a great match,” said Eric C. Jellson, area director of marketing and strategy for Kimpton Hotels in Florida and Caribbean, in a written release. “It’s just the beginning of the resorts’ unique approach, including many exciting and creative options that will take any event to the next level.”

Guests can select a pair of Maui Jim sunglasses, free of charge (one pair per room) – a great poolside accessory. Maui Jim will come onsite and assist each guest in their selection of sunglasses. Each person will choose from a selection of 18 styles and ample inventory.

“Wearing Maui Jim Sunglasses is the best way to see Seven Mile Beach and enjoy the Miami sun. PolarizedPlus2, our patented color enhancing technology, will transform the beauty of each destination,” said Brett Hatch, Maui Jim’s global senior director of corporate gifts. “This is a terrific opportunity to spread Aloha with key industry partner.” 

Visit www.kimptonhotels.com

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Rebranded Wyndham Hotel and Conference Center Wraps Reno

Albuquerque-based Peak Hospitality (Peak) has announced that the Wyndham Hotel and Conference Center has completed a successful rebrand and remodel. Formerly known as the Hotel Cascada, the hotel has undergone a $5 million renovation project that included and upgrade and redesign of its key features.

The new hotel fitness center will be the largest of its kind in Albuquerque and is housed in the space formerly belonging to the historic fine dining restaurant, Delfino’s. In addition to a complete exterior paint job, the entrance to the water park has been renovated and a new sauna has been added. Guests will be greeted by an updated lobby with state-of-the-art hydro massage chairs. Wyndham also completed upgrades to the in-house Altitude Sports Grill, and the hotel’s guest rooms. The Manzanita Grill (formerly Amped Café) will serve American and regional cuisine, serving hotel guests and public for three meals daily. The gift shop area has been updated and will soon feature local vendors and goods.

The hotel, which is located in Albuquerque’s midtown business district, has 30,000 square feet of event space throughout the property across 12 newly renovated meeting rooms and outdoor areas. The Grand Ballroom can be divided into five separate meeting sections, a private hallway and pre-function space. On-site A/V and technical support services, complimentary Wi-Fi, customizable catering menus and packages, and breakfast, lunch, A/V and venue packages are also available. 

The Wyndham and Peak teams will be unveiling the updated property during a private VIP event in mid-September. 

Visit wyndhamabq.com 


Dorchester Collection Rolls Out Luxury MICE Offerings

The Dorchester Collection has announced a new lineup of luxury MICE offerings. Here’s a look at what’s available. 

The Dorchester, London

Planners can throw a private Kitchen Party at The Dorchester for up to 100 guests with a front-row perspective on one of the most highly regarded culinary operations in London, including canapés from the famous restaurants of The Dorchester and 45 Park Lane. Additional options include masterclasses with bar manager Giuliano Morandin, truffle masterclasses with executive chef Henry Brosi and personalized aprons for cooking challenges. (From £22,500 for a minimum of 50 guests.) 

45 Park Lane, London

45 Park Lane’s Media Room, with room for up to 12 participants, can host creative meetings such as cocktail parties, meetings and screenings on Bang & Olufsen equipment, including a 3-D television. Alongside personalized menus by executive chef of CUT at 45 Park Lane, David McIntyre, the hotel also offers wine tasting masterclasses of American wines with head sommelier Matteo Ramazzina. Groups can also get special access to studios and personal tours of the hotel’s art exhibitions. (Price upon application.)

Coworth Park, Ascot

At Coworth Park, Dorchester Collection’s 70-room country house hotel in Ascot, guests can engage in a variety of outdoor experiences. Duck herding is offered for groups of all sizes, where guests are given an introduction to the sport then paired with Welsh collies to guide gangs of Indian runner ducks through an obstacle course. During a masterclass at Guards Polo Academy at Coworth Park, polo manager Ebe Sievwright instructs guests starting on wooden horses and culminating in a final chukka on one of the two polo pitches. Additional group activities include laser clay shooting, archery, falconry, football, croquet, exercise classes and Segway treasure hunts around the Berkshire countryside. (Duck Herding for groups of 10 guests from £80 per person; Half Day Polo Master Class for three hours for individual £400 and for groups up to six people £340 per person; Full Day Polo Master Class for six hours for individual £800 and group £700 per person.)

Le Meurice, Paris

Le Meurice, the historic 180-year-old Parisian palace hotel with 160 rooms, can create a customized buffet in the Salon Pompadour that aims to invoke the spirit of the 18th century. A period banquet menu highlights classic dishes and musical entertainment, with each course accompanied by operatic performances and served by dancers and entertainers dressed in authentic period attire. (Price based on customized event.) 

Hôtel Plaza Athénée, Paris

Hôtel Plaza Athénée’s ballroom is outfitted with A/V technology, function spaces and two breakout event rooms. Creative breaks at the hotel include a customizable “Once Upon A Time” experience for groups to explore Paris with dining and cocktails at the hotel restaurants, strolling on avenue Montaigne, relaxing at the Dior Institut, and more. The hotel also has a Dîner Secret (Secret Dinner) on the first Saturday of every month. It is a dinner in the Haute Couture Room featuring magician Stefan Leyshon. He creates a 3D experience appealing to all five senses using modern magic combined with mind reading and new technologies. The show includes a dinner prepared by Chef Alain Ducasse’s team for tables of two to ten people (€295/person including a cocktail and dinner, with entertainment; duration: 7pm to 11pm; private events can be arranged.) Additionally, groups of up to 12 can enjoy wine tastings led by Master Sommelier Gerard Margeon at La Cave du Plaza Athénée, the hotel’s wine cellar. (Price based on customized event.) 

Le Richemond, Geneva

The 140-year-old luxury lakeside hotel Le Richemond offers 109 guest rooms and customized excursions for groups. Activities in Geneva can be adapted to include watchmaking workshops, electric bike tours of the countryside, luxury picnics prepared by chef Philippe Bourrel, Swiss knife assembly classes, tours of local chocolate factories, lake activities including stand up paddle boarding, and more. (Price based on customized event.) 

Hotel Principe di Savoia, Milan

Guests can combine a stay at Milan’s 301-room Hotel Principe di Savoia with two food-focused experiences. For the Truffle Hunting Adventure, participants unearth white truffles with the help of trained truffle-hunting dogs near the village of Alba in Piedmont, explore the medieval castle of Roddi, have a three-course truffle-themed lunch at Osteria dell ’Arco, tour the Alba Truffle Fair and take a truffle cooking class back at the hotel. An exclusive Wine Tasting Tour of wineries in northern Italy includes two options: a two-hour private visit to the Ca’ del Bosco winery in Franciacorta with tastings of its Cuvée Prestige Rosé and Cuvée Annamaria Clementi Rosé, or a two-hour guided tour of Coppo in Asti winery in Piedmont and the UNESCO World Heritage site underground cellar with tastings including its chardonnay and barbera wines. (Truffle: €750 per person in addition to room cost, for groups of six, Oct – Nov; Winery: starting from €380 per person in addition to room cost, Sept – April.)

Hotel Eden, Rome

Following a major restoration, the newly reopened Hotel Eden offers guests the opportunity to explore the Eternal City with a Retro Car Tour of Rome. Guests can be chauffeured along scenic routes including an ancient Roman road to lakeside Castelli with a view of Roman aqueducts and a stop at the catacombs along the way in vintage classic cars such as Fiat 500, Fiat 600 and Volkswagen Beetle from the ‘60s and ‘70s. (From €500/ per car up to 20 guests; Self-drive options also available from €300.) The 98-room hotel’s three function rooms include Sala Borghese, Sala Ludovisi and Sala Colonna, all of which have been completely refurbished and enhanced. Sala Borghese is the largest meeting room at over 1,000 square feet (94 square meters) and can host small boardroom style meetings, standing cocktail events for over 100 people and private dinners for up to 60.

The Beverly Hills Hotel, Los Angeles

The Beverly Hills Hotel offers guests a customized visit to Malibu Rocky Oaks Estate Vineyards, a luxury estate and winery with steeply terraced grounds that have played backdrop for popular television programs and films. The 208-room property offers an outing for up to 40 guests including helicopter landings, private tours and tastings for lunch or dinner which can be personalized according to the participants or the group. (From $7,000 to $50,000, depending on client preference.) 

Hotel Bel-Air, Los Angeles

Spread across 12 acres in the Bel-Air Estates of Los Angeles, Hotel Bel-Air has 103 guest rooms with 10,000 square feet of combined indoor and outdoor function space, including the Garden Ballroom, the Palm Room, the Front Lawn and Swan Lake. Hotel Bel-Air also offers groups the opportunity to take advantage of the Californian lifestyle and culture. Creative break offerings include surfing lessons for all skill levels, which are available year round at the most popular beaches, as well as guided tours through the J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center in Los Angeles for European art and the J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Villa in Malibu for arts and cultures of ancient Greece, Rome and Etruria. (Surfing: ten people costs $600 and $1,000 for up to 20 people, including all necessary equipment and wetsuits; Getty: price available upon request.)
Visit dorchestercollection.com/en/meetings-events-hotels

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