Kimpton Aertson Hotel offers special meeting package

Kimpton Aertson Hotel features more than 8,600 square feet of flexible indoor and outdoor meetings and events space on its 8th and 17th floors. Music City provides a spectacular backdrop to the spaces on both floors with unobstructed views and F&B menus overseen by James Beard Award-winning chef RJ Cooper, creating an unforgettable experience. All spaces are bright with windows and views of downtown Nashville and direct access to an exclusive outdoor terrace.

Special package:
· Save up to 30% when you only need 6 to 25 rooms, based on availability
· Outdoor rooftop pool, seating area, fire pit and cabanas all located on the 8th floor (where most of the meeting space is located)
· Kimpton-style extras to perk-up your stay

o Hosted wine hour every evening with the GM
o Yoga mats in every room
o Pet-friendly – NO FEES for pets
· Central to famed Nashville live music and other attractions
o Located in Nashville’s Midtown neighborhood, just blocks from Music Row and within walking distance of bars and restaurants
· Complimentary WiFi on all devices

Associated Luxury Hotels International Adds Three New Member Hotels to its Southeast U.S. Collection

Associated Luxury Hotels International (ALHI) has expanded its worldwide portfolio and Southeast U.S. options with the recent addition of three new member hotels. This includes: the 450-room The Guest House at Graceland resort, which opened in October 2016 in Memphis, Tennessee; the oceanfront 404-room Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort on the Northeast Florida coast; and the grand new Hotel Bennett, opening in early spring 2018 in scenic Charleston, South Carolina. The ALHI Global Sales Organization now represents the hotels to the North American and European meetings, conventions and incentive market, according to ALHI’s Chief Sales Officer Mark Sergot.

ALHI features a distinguished portfolio of more than 250 luxury-level and upper-upscale hotels and resorts worldwide, plus 23 luxury cruise ships appropriate for meetings and incentive programs, and Destination Management Companies (DMCs) in 100-plus locations worldwide. All of ALHI’s member hotels and resorts are either independent or are with an independent hotel brand, and specialize in serving the Meetings, Incentives, Conventions/Conferences and Exhibitions/Events (M.I.C.E.) marketplace.

“These three new members are very special and unique in their own way, with terrific appeal to both meeting and incentive groups,” said Sergot. “Located on beautifully landscaped property just a few steps from the gates of Elvis’ renowned Graceland, The Guest House at Graceland is a wonderful new option for planners. Featuring a truly picturesque setting overlooking the Atlantic, Omni Amelia Island Plantation provides world-class accommodations, indoor and outdoor event facilities and on-site offerings. While the elegant Hotel Bennett will open this spring in historic and beloved Charleston. We are proud to showcase these fine properties to meeting professionals, incentive specialists and business executives throughout North America and Europe.”

Inspired by the iconic Graceland Mansion, the AAA Four-Diamond The Guest House at Graceland opened this past fall as the most significant enhancement to Graceland since it opened to the public in 1982, and was the largest hotel project in Memphis in over 90 years. In addition to the 450 beautifully appointed and spacious guest rooms and suites, the resort hotel offers more than 17,000 square feet of meeting space, which includes the 10,700-square-foot Grand Ballroom and a state-of-the-art 464-seat theater which is perfect for group presentations and live events. Known for its warm Southern hospitality, the resort also features two full-service restaurants with indoor/outdoor seating, a lobby bar, an expansive outdoor pool, and a manicured lawn space that can accommodate a 400-person tent for outdoor events. The resort is just three miles from Memphis International Airport (MEM).

Nestled on 1,350 acres at the tip of a barrier island just off the Northeast Florida coast, Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort features 404 oceanfront guest rooms, each featuring a private balcony or patio facing the ocean. The legendary destination resort also offers 80,000 square feet of versatile meeting space, which includes a new 16,825-square-foot ballroom, 13,200 square feet of pre-function space and a new 11,000-square-foot event lawn. In addition, the hotel features 10 restaurants, world-class resort pools, 54 holes of championship golf, a full-service spa, 23 tennis courts, kayaking, paddle boarding, and many other recreational options. The resort is 45 minutes from downtown Jacksonville, and 29 miles from Jacksonville International Airport. Private and corporate aircraft charters also can fly directly to Fernandina Beach Municipal Airport, just four miles north of the resort.

Slated to debut this spring, the exceptional new Hotel Bennett features an ideal location on picturesque Marion Square, the most famous green space in the city, which is the site for such events as the Charleston Wine + Food Festival and the popular Charleston Farmer’s Market. Blending unparalleled luxury with a prominent setting, the grand hotel is located on a historic site that formerly housed the Charleston Library and the original west wing of The Citadel. In addition to offering 179 finely-appointed guest rooms and suites with custom furnishings, the hotel will feature 9,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor event space, which will include a 6,600-square-foot ballroom, a terrace overlooking Marion Square, and event spaces with sweeping city views. Plus, the hotel will have a two-tiered restaurant offering outdoor dining, a rooftop pool, a spa, a retail shop and a lobby bar. Charleston International Airport (CHS) is just 20 minutes away.

The Guest House at Graceland becomes ALHI’s second member hotel in Memphis, joining the world-famous and legendary The Peabody Memphis. Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort becomes ALHI’s fourth option in Northeast Florida, joining the dazzling 193-room One Ocean Resort & Spa, the graceful and stylish 66-room The Lodge & Club at Ponte Vedra Beach and the AAA Five-Diamond, 249-room Ponte Vedra Inn & Club. Hotel Bennett is ALHI’s second member in Charleston, joining the sophisticated 434-room Belmond Charleston Place.

For more information about ALHI, any of its member hotels and resorts or Global Luxury Alliance members worldwide, contact your nearest ALHI Global Sales Office. For specific contacts, go to to identify the nearest “ALHI Team” sales professionals in your area. Or, call the “ALHI Group Desk” toll-free in the U.S. at 866-303-ALHI (2544), and visit .

About ALHI, with 250 Hotels & Resorts + Alliance Members
ALHI, established in 1986, is the leading independent Global Sales Organization serving the meetings and incentive marketplace, providing one-call access for its distinguished membership of more than 250 luxury-level hotels and resorts, which are either independent or are with an independent hotel brand. Hired and authorized by member properties, ALHI features a distinctive portfolio of exquisite resorts, luxury-level city center business hotels, historic grand landmark hotels, lifestyle hotels, and boutique hotels. ALHI’s portfolio also features a Global Luxury Alliance partnership including 23 luxury cruise ships appropriate for meetings and incentive programs, and Destination Management Companies (DMCs) in 100-plus locations worldwide. ALHI offers 21 Global Sales offices in the U.S., Canada and now London, providing extensive Global Sales services, valuable expertise, local connectivity, market intelligence, and account advocacy for meetings and incentive programs of any size and scope worldwide, at no cost to accounts.

Sofitel Singapore City Centre opens as AccorHotels’ 800th hotel in Asia Pacific Ushers in new levels of luxury in the ‘Lion City’

AccorHotels has announced that the highly anticipated Sofitel Singapore City Centre will open its doors in October and will be the group’s landmark 800th hotel in Asia Pacific. Nestled amidst historic shop houses and towering skyscrapers, the 223-room luxury hotel is elegantly designed, reflecting Singapore’s rich cultural heritage with undeniable French flair.

“The unveiling of Sofitel Singapore City Centre marks an important milestone for AccorHotels as we continue to strengthen our presence in the region,” says Michael Issenberg, Chairman & CEO of AccorHotels Asia Pacific. “I am pleased to announce that this flagship hotel is our 800th property in Asia-Pacific and opens at a time when we are focused on strengthening our luxury credentials globally.”

An oasis at the heart of historic Tanjong Pagar, the hotel is strategically situated just 20 minutes from Singapore’s Changi Airport. It will be AccorHotels’ 13th hotel in Singapore and will be shortly followed by a combined 782-room Novotel and Mercure complex which will open on Stevens Road, firmly cementing the group’s position as the largest hotel operator in Singapore.

Guests entering Sofitel Singapore City Centre are welcomed by the shimmering Singapour Je T’aime, a stunning nine-meter chandelier designed by Lasvit. This stunning art installation of glass leaves that whirl through the lobby, comprises 700 hand-blown glass crystals.

Sofitel’s commitment to culture and design is brought to life with an outstanding collection of custom-made furniture and artworks including designer uniforms accentuated with floral prints, evoking the strong botanic theme that runs throughout the hotel.

The hotel’s interiors elegantly juxtapose vibrant rose gold accents with striking design features and botanical motifs, inspired by the sublime geometry of a traditional jardin à la française and the rich green spaces of Singapore, also known as the Garden City.

Guests may choose from 223 well-appointed rooms and suites featuring floor to ceiling windows; complimentary minibars serviced by the hotel’s very own droid butler – Sophie The Robot; Sofitel’s luxurious MyBed; a Handy Phone which provides access to free local and international calls to 10 countries and Wi-Fi on the go; Smart TVs and Bose Sound systems; large soaking tubs with separate rain showers and luxurious Lanvin or Hermes amenities
Sofitel Singapore City Centre offers several dining outlets including Racines, helmed by award-winning Executive Chef Jean-Charles Dubois, which will offer both French and Chinese cuisines prepared by two distinct culinary brigades across four open kitchens for a truly interactive culinary experience.

Following the tradition of barrel-aged cocktail-making and the simple sophistication of martinis, 1864 (homage to the foundation year of Tanjong Pagar’s docking industry) aims to provide the perfect after-work vibe. This bar will also be the home for the timeless ritual of Champagne sabering. Guests can enjoy Sofitel’s signature afternoon Hi-Tea and handcrafted gourmet bites and tapas throughout the day.

Guests of Luxury Club Rooms and Suites will enjoy the services of Club Millésime, including breakfast, evening cocktails and canapes, a library, intimate meeting spaces and a butler service.

Sofitel Singapore City Centre will offer 20,000 square feet of meeting spaces across 10 flexible venues including the 600 sqm Wallich Ballroom, named after Nathaniel Wallich, the founding father of the Singapore Botanical Gardens. The hotel has partnered with the award-winning Imperial Treasure to provide premium wedding and banqueting menus.
In addition to its own SoFit gym, Club floor guests can enjoy access to the adjacent Virgin Active Fitness Club – Tanjong Pagar which will offer a range of wellness programs. A specially-designed In-Room Fitness Kit complemented with a series of workout videos is available in all rooms and guests can also enjoy the 30m infinity pool and spacious Lawn for rejuvenating morning yoga. Guests looking for a holistic spa experience will be pampered at SoSpa located at Sofitel Singapore Sentosa Resort & Spa.

Sofitel continues to expand its global portfolio with recent openings of Sofitel Baltimore in Paris, Sofitel Foshan and the latest Sofitel Kuala Lumpur Damansara and Sofitel Guiyang Hunter. Upcoming flagship hotel soon to open in Asia Pacific will be the Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour.

To celebrate the opening of Sofitel’s flagship property in Singapore, the hotel is offering a special opening rate of $800++ per room for two nights, in commemoration of Sofitel Singapore City Centre being the 800th Accor Hotel in Asia Pacific.

The Mirage Announces Name of Newest Addition to Siegfried & Roy’s Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat

Coco, a healthy dolphin calf, is swimming her way into the hearts of guests and staff alike at The Mirage. The female calf, born July 17 at Siegfried & Roy’s Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat, was officially named this week after an employee contest that drew 300 entries.

Coco displays the initials of MGM Resorts International’s “One Company, One Culture” employee philosophy in reverse order.

Coco, her mother Huf n Puf, grandmother Duchess and sister Bella are in the Birthing and Research pool, which is open to public viewing during the facility’s operational hours. Together, these females represent three generations of dolphins at The Mirage. Sofi, an 11-year-old female, completes the female pod. The calf’s father, Lightning, is located in another pool.

The Roosevelt New Orleans, announces New Executive Chef Jose Martinez

The Roosevelt New Orleans, A Waldorf Astoria Hotel, announced Chef Jose Martinez as the new executive chef. In his new role, Martinez is responsible for the creation and execution of menus throughout the entire hotel, including in-room dining and banquets, as well as the training and management of the hotel’s entire culinary staff.

Born and raised in Puerto Rico, Martinez fostered his love for food through his family’s restaurant in the heart of Luquillo, Puerto Rico, where they served tourists from all over the world. Coming from a culture with a rich history of serving rice and beans as a base for meals and incorporating seafood from surrounding bodies of water, Martinez will fit right into New Orleans, bringing even more flare to the Crescent City’s culinary scene.

In 2002, Martinez enrolled in the Caribbean Culinary Institute in Puerto Rico where he fully immersed himself in the art of cooking. Martinez is a firm believer in using the freshest local ingredients to produce the best results, mastering his skills on an island influenced by the colorful flavors of the Caribbean. At the age of 21, Martinez sought to expand his knowledge in the kitchen, making the move to the contiguous U.S. where he studied at the Florida Culinary Institute.

With a diverse background, Martinez will apply his extensive knowledge and creativity to continue the hotel’s excellent culinary reputation

“I always say, enjoy the moment you are at the table because nothing comes close to that feeling of being surrounded by great food, friends and family. The Roosevelt New Orleans is now my table,” said Martinez. “I am honored to play such a large role as executive chef, carrying on the tradition of sophisticated and luxurious dining for the whole hotel.”

Chef Martinez’s career began when his family opened up the Crab House in Puerto Rico where he continually filled the 75-seat restaurant with guests eager to try the family’s cuisine. Following his desire to expand his culinary skills, he attended the Florida Culinary Institute. Chef Martinez gained experience at the PGA National Resort and Spa in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. In 2013, he started his career with the Waldorf Astoria brand at the Arizona Biltmore luxury resort as executive banquet chef and worked his way up, eventually earning the title of executive sous chef. In 2015, he move to Colorado Springs and gained new experience at The Broadmoor before he returned to the Waldorf Astoria brand here in the Crescent City. Chef Martinez is now catering to New Orleans luxury at The Roosevelt New Orleans as the executive chef.

“We are thrilled to welcome Chef Martinez to our kitchen,” said Resident Manager Sebastian Stutz. “The Roosevelt New Orleans has a century-long tradition of culinary excellence all centered on the guest experience. We know Chef Martinez’s culinary creativity and love for executing artful dishes for our guests will keep the hotel at its best.”

The Roosevelt New Orleans, A Waldorf Astoria Hotel, is one of America’s most luxurious and revered properties in one of the world’s greatest cities. This iconic hotel offers 504 rooms, including 125 suites, along with ballrooms and meeting space for every event from elaborate galas to private groups, weddings and more. Built in 1893 and boasting its signature block-long golden lobby with dozens of sparkling chandeliers, The Roosevelt has created its own history with the renowned Blue Room, Sazerac Bar, Waldorf Astoria Spa, fitness center, Rooftop Bar, Teddy’s Café, Fountain Lounge, Emporium Gift Shop and its true Waldorf world-class service. Located steps from the history and excitement of the French Quarter, The Roosevelt New Orleans is the crown jewel of New Orleans luxury.

Hyatt Centric Guatemala City

Hyatt Hotels Corporation in conjunction with LATAM Hotel Corporation and GHL Hotels, announced the opening of Hyatt Centric Guatemala City, the brand’s first hotel in Central America. The 138-room hotel is located along 2nd Avenue in the heart of Guatemala City’s Zona 10, known locally as “Zona Viva,” which is considered one of the city’s most upscale commercial areas and provides a perfect launch pad for guests to explore and discover the diverse offering of shopping, dining and entertainment options.

“This hotel is a prime destination in Guatemala City, allowing guests to begin their journey of the country’s economic, governmental, and cultural center,” said George Vizer, vice president of franchise operations, Hyatt. “We are confident Hyatt Centric Guatemala City will deliver on the brand’s commitment to put guests in the middle of the action and inspire them to explore Guatemala’s capital city.”

As the first Hyatt Centric hotel in Central America, the hotel is designed to make guests feel welcome and connected to the heart of Guatemala City and all it has to offer. From Hyatt Centric Guatemala City, guests can meander through the National Museum of Archeology, shop for handmade textiles at the Plaza Mayor, and experience the Historic Center and National Palace. Additionally, La Aurora International Airport, Guatemala’s passenger and cargo hub, is only 10 minutes away from the hotel.

“Hyatt Centric is a globally recognized brand – we are confident that Hyatt Centric Guatemala City will serve as a terrific launch pad for guests, but will also be a great gathering point for the local community. Furthermore, the location of the hotel in Zona Viva will position Hyatt Centric Guatemala City as an outstanding hotel in the city,” said Fernando Paiz, president of Latam Hotels Corporation.

“We are delighted to open Hyatt Centric Guatemala City, which will set a new standard for hospitality, service and facilities in Guatemala City. Hyatt Centric is a globally recognized brand, and whether traveling for leisure or business, our guests will have the opportunity to explore a full service lifestyle hotel and have a wonderful experience,” said Jorge Londoño, president of GHL Hotels.

Modern explorers can relax and recharge in one of the hotel’s 138 guestrooms and suites, each complete with floor-to-ceiling views of Guatemala City or the hotel’s atrium. Design features include vintage artwork highlighting Guatemalan culture and desired conveniences such as complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the hotel and an airport shuttle to La Aurora International Airport are provided with your stay.

Dining and Drinking
Food lovers can discover local flavors at the hotel’s distinct dining outlets. Starting with the hotel’s main restaurant, Zamat brings a unique open kitchen concept offering a delicious mix of modern inspirations and classic dishes prepared with local ingredients. Decorated with organic materials such as wood and the colorful textiles from Guatemala, Zamat features a display wall with the traditional masks of Guatemala as a central point of the restaurant. Adding to its character and a sense of place, an artisanal cocktail menu featuring local plants enhances the experience and atmosphere.
When the sun starts to set over Guatemala City, guests will find themselves at Zielo. This unique rooftop restaurant with a central open kitchen is the perfect place to relax or spend time with friends, family, and colleagues while being in the middle of the action. Enjoy tropical cocktails, live music once a week and a casual menu consisting of pizzas, small bites, and other sharing plates.

Additional food and beverage outlets include the exclusive Bar Zeis and Ezprezzo Corner, which serves delicious coffees from different regions of Guatemala with gourmet pastries.

Wellness and Recreation
The rooftop fitness center at Hyatt Centric Guatemala City pulls out all the stops to motivate your workout. Guests can enjoy skyline views while getting their heart rate going on a treadmill or stationary bike. Additionally, guests can round out their workout with a suite of strength-training equipment.

Pet Friendly
Guests are welcomed to join us with their favorite four-legged friend during their stay in Guatemala City. Up to one dog per room weighing up to 40 pounds. The hotel offer beds, bowls, toys, and treats, free of charge.

Source: Hyatt Hotels

Hyatt Place Macae, Brazil, to open February 2018

Elandis, an international hospitality and real estate ownership, development and property management subsidiary of the Libra Group, announced today that it has completed the structure of Hyatt Place Macaé Hotel in Brazil. The 141-guestroom hotel is a joint project development with an affiliate of Hyatt, and will be located 110 miles northeast of Rio de Janeiro. The oceanfront hotel is slated to open in February 2018.

Hyatt Place Macaé is part of a large master development agreement between an affiliate of Hyatt and Elandis, to develop a total of nine Hyatt Place hotels throughout Brazil. Hyatt Place Macaé is set to be the second Hyatt Place hotel opening, joining Hyatt Place São José do Rio Preto, which opened in November 2016.

“We are excited to be completing the building’s highest floor marking a significant accomplishment in our industry. It is rewarding to reach this milestone within the predefined timeframe,” said Alexandros Kallantzis, Head of Brazil of Elandis. “This hotel will both address the robust business segment of the area, as well as leisure travelers. We see a lot of potential for weekends as well as it is an appealing area that will likely expand in the short-term as a destination.”

Construction of this project commenced in December 2015. With the finalized structure in place and more than half of the construction activities completed, the hotel development is on track.

Centrally located in Cavaleiros, a vibrant beachfront neighborhood, the new ocean-facing Hyatt Place Macaé will additionally feature a rooftop swimming pool with snack bar, a fitness center, more than 1,700 square feet of flexible meeting space, a lobby lounge and restaurant.

Known as an economic hub for the petroleum industry, the city of Macaé services the majority of Brazil’s off-shore oil platforms and serves as the location for numerous global corporations to establish their headquarters.


The Resort at Pedregal, Los Cabos’ premier Five Diamond and Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star destination resort, is pleased to announce the appointment of two new Chef de Cuisines; Devadip Zahar at Don Manuel’s and Miriam Jimenez Tapia at El Farallon. Known for her fresh, crisp culinary style, Chef Miriam will continue to drive El Farallon’s coastal-inspired, yet elevated menu, while Chef Devadip will bring his culinary talent and knowledge to the table at the resort’s standout restaurant, Don Manuel’s.

El Farallon
Jimenez Tapia, Chef de Cuisine, El Farallon

Devadip Zahar
Devadip Zahar, Chef de Cuisine, Don Manuel’s

“We’re welcoming not one, but two highly regarded Chef de Cuisines to our dynamic culinary team,” said Fernando Flores, general manager. “Chef Devadip’s innovative nature and passion for service sets the stage for Don Manuel’s, which is entrusted with elevating the Los Cabos dining experience. Meanwhile,Chef Miriam’s fresh perspective and superior attention to detail is the ultimate pairing for El Farallon’s ocean-to-table ethos. Together, these top toques embody The Resort at Pedregal’s spirit of unprecedented luxury, sophistication and personalized service.”

With more than nine years of industry talent and culinary expertise, Zahar will be at the helm of the kitchen at Don Manuel’s. He trained at the Superior School of Gastronomy in Mexico City, while dually working at Restaurant Bakéa, and has since worked his way through EUHT St. Pol de Mar school in Barcelona, the MB restaurant at the Live Aqua Resort, Restaurante Oca and more, providing him with a diverse culinary style that melds global cuisine influences with local ingredients. His extensive and notable background has allowed him to share the kitchen and work with prominent chefs, including Chef Vincent Torres, Chef Michelle Bernstein, Michelin-star Chef Mario Gamba and more. Originally from Mexico City, Chef Devadip’s dual passions include experimenting with global techniques and influences and providing exceptional and personalized service to guests.

Tapia started her culinary career at the Universidad Iberoamericana’s culinary arts program in Mexico City, and has since rose through the ranks from a kitchen assistant to the opening teams of Rosewood Mayakoba and Nizuc Resort and Spa’s Terra Nosta. A native of Mexico City, she developed her passion for traveling and discovering new cooking techniques, flavors and smells from her mother and grandfather at a young age. Her diversified culinary style and dedication to creating simple yet elegant cuisine reinforces El Farallon’s commitment to showcasing the freshest and finest locally-sourced ingredients that Los Cabos has to offer.

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About The Resort at Pedregal, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
The majestic Resort at Pedregal lies on Cabo San Lucas’ most coveted parcel of land – an extraordinary, 24-acre site at the southernmost tip of Mexico’s Baja California Peninsula. The exclusive haven, accessible only by the private Dos Mares tunnel, is just minutes from bustling downtown Cabo San Lucas, yet seemingly worlds apart. The Resort at Pedregal offers unprecedented luxury, sophistication and personalized service from a team of Personal Concierges who are available around- the-clock to assist guests with their requests. The property boasts 113 rooms, suites and multi-bedroom residential style villas including the Dos Mares suites, two beachfront villas, Casa Bella Vista, and the presidential villa. The resort also features an award-winning signature spa, Luna y Mar, in addition to a distinctive dining program with culinary offerings including Don Manuel’s, El Farallon, Crudo and Beach Club.


Discover Northern California’s Premier ‘Back to Nature’ Event Facility, a Private 200-acre Property Available for Retreats, Weddings, Festivals, Camps and Creative Events

Under a canopy of centuries old trees, discover a secret hideaway that evokes an idyllic summer camp. Camp Navarro (which operates year round) offers gourmet cuisine, a staff that caters to your every need, and a selection of accommodations—including Teepee Tents, Cabins and Adirondacks, and Campsites—allowing you to be as rustic as you choose while communing with nature in its purest form.

Situated in the lush wine country of Northern California’s Anderson Valley, Camp Navarro comprises over 200 acres of old growth forest nestled along the north fork of the Navarro River. A private camp for more than 100 years, in 2013 it was reborn as a nature retreat and unique event destination. Today, Camp Navarro welcomes groups to enjoy the great outdoors in an unspoiled setting that is not too far removed from civilization and less than a three hour drive from San Francisco.

Owner Dan Braun, an adventure travel guru with more than thirty years of experience in environmental hospitality, explains why he bought the camp, “I was deeply influenced by my fifteen years at a summer camp near Yosemite. Camp Navarro is the dream—a legacy campsite that is blessed with an extraordinary setting in an ancient forest on a river. Guests tell me that sleeping in this expansive yet intimate piece of nature has transformed them forever.”

The campground, which was previously owned by the Boy Scouts, among others, has been upgraded to offer the most complete group camp experience. Everything radiates out from a 10,000 square foot Main Lodge (with a restaurant-quality kitchen that can provide up to 500 dinners at a time). Recent additions to the lodge include a new old growth redwood floor, new bathrooms with hand carved wood sinks, reclaimed redwood railings, a professional sound system and enhanced lighting inside and out. Most immediately noticeable are the new main door to the Lodge and a new massive stairwell, both hand carved by renowned eco-artist Tonu Shane. Other spots for holding events in the camp include an amphitheater and natural gathering places in the redwoods, riverfront meadows and oak-studded grasslands. There is power, Wifi, and event infrastructure throughout the property. Their skilled personnel, including onsite Property Manager Skip Bell, ensure everything runs to perfection.

More than 350 people can sleep in beds, and there are several charming lodging options to pick from, including upscale Teepees and East Coast-style Adirondack cabins that are open to the woods on one side—some of which have been recently converted to four season cabins. Or, fall asleep listening to the river or creek in one of the property’s traditional cabins. Event attendees can also camp on their own within the confines of this redwood Shangri-la, bringing the capacity of the camp up to 1,500 people for larger festivals and events.

Guests will enjoy the woods in comfort, as all beds have upscale memory-foam mattresses and many now have innovative and cozy Rumpl bedding. Meticulous and plentiful restrooms optimize the experience, including 10 new outdoor showers built from repurposed redwood from the property.

On the culinary front, the food is a delightful surprise. Camp Navarro’s Executive Chef and Chef de Cuisine are both veterans of Michelin-starred restaurants. The chefs have fresh produce to work with, supplied by the camp’s new ¼ acre farm that yields vegetables, herbs and flowers. Their 1,800 square foot professional kitchen and catering operation now boasts a large portable BBQ and a convection oven, and outdoors, guest will find a Mugnaini wood-fired pizza oven. When visitors are not picnicking by the river, dining in the Great Hall of the main lodge or barbecuing at their campsite or at one of the many attractive spots around camp, they can drop by the Trading Post Café for a light meal, snack, or cup of artisanal coffee.

No camp would be complete without activities, and Camp Navarro embraces this notion to the fullest. Bonfires, arts and crafts, tug-of-war, volleyball and swimming holes are the expected, but Camp Navarro takes outdoor adventure to the next level. On offer is everything from archery on their private range to yoga and mediation sessions in the most peaceful, earth-connected setting possible, as well as spirit pole carving, outdoor movie screenings, foraging hikes and much more. The Camp Navarro team custom designs the perfect experience for each group, whether the goal is team building or just having a rollicking time. Self-guided hikes through the deep forest, along creeks, and through meadows and grassland are one of the many perks of this magnificent property.

“We have welcomed everything from corporate retreats for the likes of Google and LinkedIn to family-friendly music festivals such as Camp Deep End and Redwood Ramble, and we are the original home of Camp Grounded, the tech free Summer camp that started the Digital Detox movement,” continues Braun. “We also host specialty camps and smaller gatherings, and our weddings are particularly distinctive, given the magical setting and our staff’s attention to detail.”

Minutes from winetasting and close to all that Mendocino County has to offer, including charming boutiques and restaurants, breathtaking beaches and stunning coastline, Camp Navarro’s guests experience California the way it used to be, while their staff’s sensitive stewardship of the land ensures that Camp Navarro will provide that same authentic experience to generations to come.

The rate for a buyout of Camp Navarro differs based upon the time of year. During the low season (December – April), rates run from $5,000 to $20,000+. During the high season (May – November), rates run from $15,000 to $75,000+.

Along the scenic Highway 128 in the heart of Mendocino County’s Anderson Valley Wine Country, the property is a two and a half hour drive from San Francisco and SFO, a three and a half hour drive from Sacramento and SMF airport, and a one and a half hour drive from Santa Rosa and STS airport. There is ample parking for buses, large groups, and trucks, with easy access on and off the highway.


The Resort at Pedregal, Los Cabos’ premier Five Diamond, Five Star destination resort, is pleased to welcome Director of Sales and Marketing Jorge Villarreal to the team. In his new role, Villarreal will be responsible for the continued success of the resort where he will oversee all hotel sales, marketing and communication initiatives, directing group sales strategies and implementing target marketing initiatives in order to maximize revenue opportunities and property goals.

“Behind every great resort is a dynamic leader, and Jorge brings unparalleled dedication coupled with his years of industry experience to The Resort at Pedregal,” said General Manager Fernando Flores. “His enthusiasm is contagious and together with our team, he will bring vibrancy to the destination’s leading resort.”

With 20 years of experience in sales director and management roles, Villarreal brings a comprehensive knowledge of the luxury hospitality industry acquired through his extensive background at an assortment of luxury resorts. Most recently, Jorge was the opening director of sales and marketing at The Cape, a Thompson Hotel in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, which under his leadership received various prestigious awards and accolades upon opening. After launching his career at the Hyatt Continental in Acapulco, Mexico, he spent most of his career in Los Cabos, having held various director of sales roles at Villa La Estancia Resorts & Spas, Los Cabos, Presidente InterContinental, Los Cabos, and One&Only Palmilla where he learned from the late visionary hotelier Edward Steiner. Villarreal has a terrific overview of the Mexican hospitality market, having also worked as the director of sales at Villa La Estancia Resorts & Spas, Riviera Nayarit, and Fiesta Americana Grand Coral Beach Cancun.

“I am honored for the opportunity to shine a light on this alluring property that’s such a standout in Los Cabos,” said Jorge. “I look forward to continuing the resort’s success by ushering in a new class of luxury leisure, business and group travelers.”

Villarreal graduated from the Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City where he received his degree in Hospitality Management. In his free time, he enjoys playing golf, long-distance running, and exploring new places to travel with his wife, Lupita, and two daughters.

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