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April 10, 2018

Supplier News: New in Atlantic City, Los Cabos




One big opening in Los Cabos and another on the horizon in Atlantic City lead this week's supplier news in the meetings and events industry.

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Ocean Resort Casino, Formerly Revel, Joins Hyatt’s Unbound Collection

Hyatt Hotels Corporation reports that a Hyatt affiliate has entered into a franchise agreement that will see AC Ocean Walk’s Ocean Resort Casino in Atlantic City become part of Hyatt’s Unbound Collection. Ocean Resort Casino was formerly known as Revel, a $2.4 billion resort that opened in 2012 and had to close in 2014 after filing for bankruptcy. 

Hyatt’s Unbound Collection is a collection of unique and independent stay experiences, according to Hyatt. Ocean Resort Casino, which is projected to reopen this summer, is situated on 20 acres of the Atlantic City Boardwalk and, at 710 feet and 60 stories tall, is the tallest structure in Atlantic City. 

The 1,399-room resort will have a 138,000-square-foot luxury casino, 160,000 square feet of indoor meeting and convention space with another 90,000 square feet of flexible outdoor special event space, five swimming pools, including a salt-water pool, a sun deck with cabanas, and distinctive dining from premiere restaurant groups Garces Group and LDV Hospitality and entertainment experiences that will feature lively day and nightclubs and a best-in-class sports bar. The resort will include a 32,000-square-foot onsite location of exhale, Hyatt’s newly acquired fitness and spa brand, which will feature 32 treatment rooms, a mind body studio and retail boutique. The new spa will be the first exhale experience to open within a Hyatt-branded property. 

Ocean Resort Casino was purchased by AC Ocean Walk in January, and has started an extensive hiring program which is expected to bring 2,500-3,000 new jobs to Atlantic City. It will be the eighth hotel in North America to open as part of The Unbound Collection by Hyatt portfolio, which launched in 2016, joining the recently opened Holston House Nashville in Nashville, TN, The Bellevue Hotel in Philadelphia, and Spirit Ridge in Osoyoos, British Columbia. The Eliza Jane in New Orleans is expected to join the portfolio, when it opens this spring. In addition, The Unbound Collection by Hyatt properties include The Driskill in Austin, Texas, Royal Palms Resort & Spa in Phoenix, The Confidante in Miami Beach, FL, Hotel du Louvre in Paris, and Carmelo Resort & Spa in Uruguay

The Unbound Collection by Hyatt has also announced a new hotel development in Hollywood, CA, slated to open in 2019, and that the iconic Grand Hyatt Cannes Hotel Martinez in Cannes, France will re-open in spring 2018 under the brand as Hotel Martinez.

Le Blanc Spa Resort Los Cabos Opens With 14K Sq Ft of Meeting Space

Palace Resorts commemorated the grand opening of Le Blanc Spa Resort Los Cabos with a weekend-long celebration with celebrities and local tourism officials in attendance. Invited attendees received behind the scenes property tours, food and beverage from executive chefs, spa experiences, and more.

The celebratory weekend included a closing ceremony with speeches from Palace Resorts' Executive Vice President Gibran Chapur, among others. The weekend concluded with a dining experience prepared by Executive Chef, Florian Michael Durre, and live entertainment. Le Blanc Spa Resort Los Cabos is the brand's second property, following Le Blanc Spa Resort Cancun, the brand's flagship property.

Meetings and Events

Le Blanc Spa Resort Los Cabos offers more than 14,000 square feet of space for corporate and social events. Facilities include the 8,386-square-foot BLANC SAND BALLROOM, a room that accommodates up to 630 people, with four additional venues – BLANC BREEZE BALLROOM (924 square feet), BLANC WIND TERRACE (2,643 square feet), BLANC TERRACE (3,363 square feet), and BLANC BOARD (659 square feet). The resort offers new technology, audio-visual equipment, and a fully equipped business center, with complimentary WI-FI throughout the entire resort.  

Rooms & Suites

The interiors of the 374 guest rooms and suites were designed with a tranquil color palette showcasing cool shades of white and plush furnishings. Suites range from 760 to 1,400 square feet, and all showcase ocean views. Suites come equipped with private terraces, comfortable living spaces, a king or two standard double beds, and oversized bathrooms.

Guests can enjoy personal butler service, a nightly aromatherapy menu, a selection of pillows from the pillow menu and luxury in-room amenities like CHI blow dryers, CHI flatirons and BVLGARI personal products, including an array of luxury bath salts in every room. Suites are also stocked with mini-bars, snacks, high definition flat screen SMART TV's, Apple TV, and gourmet Lavazza coffee makers. Guests can also enjoy luxury bedding with 100 percent cotton sheets, complimentary Wi-Fi, a signature beach tote, and an umbrella.

Dining

Le Blanc Spa Resort Los Cabos offers a number of gourmet restaurants for guests to choose from. The resort's signature restaurant, Lumiere, offers a seven-course French fusion tasting menu, paired with signature wines. Other restaurant options include:

  • BLANC INTERNATIONAL- Offering a casual dining experience, the all-day dining restaurant will offer scenic views, international cuisine and gourmet Robata Grill serving a variety of meats, fish & chicken.
  • BLANC ITALIA – An upscale Italian dining experience with an a la carte menu of traditional dishes with a modern twist.
  • BLANC ASIA – A mix of modern Asian fusion and classic favorites, the Asian fused menu offers sushi, modern Thai favorites, and traditional dishes.
  • BLANC PIZZA – Gourmet brick-oven handcrafted pizza is available, among other light bites.
  • BLANC OCEAN – This seafood spot offers a menu of fresh catches of the day from the region. During the evening hours, the restaurant offers a special menu of classic Mexican Cuisine.
  • BLANC CAFÉ – Enjoy freshly baked goods along with unique French pastries and sweetscurated by pastry chef, Antonio Bachour. A variety of coffees, teas and juices are also served.
  • MEZZE – Mezze offers a full immersion into Lebanese culture and its traditions, which focus on enjoying food as much as the experience. Mezze offers traditional Lebanese dishes with a unique twist, such as hummus with roasted beet, 48-hour, slowly braised, Short Rib Shawarma and Rib Cap, with Labneh, Kalamata olives and tomatoes, peppermint oil.

Guests can also enjoy high-end mixology at one of the six on-property bars that offer live music, hand crafted cocktails, fire pits, and views of the ocean.

Luxury Spa

BLANCSPA spans more than 29,000 square feet and includes a hydrotherapy area, hot & cold plunge pools, sauna, herbal steam room, chromo therapy, ice room, relaxation lounge and 25 treatment rooms where guests can enjoy a full menu of spa treatments. The spa offers local inspired treatments, massages, facials, and anti-aging treatments. The spa will also feature a beauty salon, boutique, and fitness center with personal trainers on hand, including a state of the art spinning studio.

Leisure Activities

Le Blanc Spa Resort offers a variety of leisure activities for guests looking to unwind or stay active. Activities will include stand up paddleboard yoga, live music, karaoke, guided meditation classes and more.

For more information, visit www.leblancsparesort.com.

Sustainable Venues: Taj Has Highest Number of EarthCheck Gold Hotels

Finally, in sustainable meetings news, Taj Hotels Palaces Resorts Safaris reports that 67 of its hotels have been awarded Gold Certification by EarthCheck, out of a total of 79 EarthCheck certified hotels. EarthCheck is an international leader in environmental benchmarking and certification.

Commenting on the achievement, Dr. P.V. Ramana Murthy, Executive Vice President & Global Head, The Indian Hotels Company Limited (IHCL) said, “We are privileged to be associated with an organization as prestigious as EarthCheck. This certification reflects IHCL’s long standing and unflinching commitment to creating a better environment through sustainable best practices.”

By virtue of the certification program proposed by EarthCheck to manage green initiatives, the certified hotels have achieved a savings of:

  • 925 million mega joules of energy which is equivalent to the energy consumption of approximately 286,000 houses  (a typical of 4 person households)
  • 191,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide which is equivalent to over 64,000 cars off the road 
  • 2.4 billion litres of water which is equivalent to 963 Olympic sized swimming pools 
  • 6 million litres of waste which is equivalent to 182 standard 20 feet cargo containers

The certification program has not only helped to set and achieve targets in reducing the amount of waste, water consumption, emissions and energy, but also enabled the certified hotels to improve its environmental footprint by a considerable 5 percent.


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