Atrium at The Biltmore in Coral Gables, FL


Associated Luxury International Hotels has rolled out a plethora of incentives for booking their properties across the United States. Rather than outline all the assets of each property, here’s a fast rundown of some of the options. The Biltmore in Coral Gables, FL just completed a $35 million restoration. Book a 2020 meeting and select three incentives, which includes everything from a one-hour beer and wine reception to 15% room block attrition. Promotion applicable to groups of at least 25 rooms per night. Book the Meritage Resort & Spa in NapaValley, CA by Mar. 31 through Dec. 31 and receive one complimentary upgrade per 25 rooms, as well as other incentives such as a 30% site fee reduction on the Estate Wine Cave, Vintner’s Room, Vineyard Deck and Vintner’s Rooftop or perhaps a complimentary spa treatment per 10 treatments booked. Offer valid for programs with 30+ room on peak.

Florida’s Lido Beach Resort in Sarasota, FL

Save $150 a night with a minimum two-night stay at Lido Beach Resort in Sarasota, FL if you book and stay by February 13 in a one or two-bedroom suite. Be sure to click “Suite Treat” promo code. Treat yourself to a suite getaway with savings of $150 per night on select one and two bedroom suites when you stay two nights or longer by February 13, 2020.

Book Palmasola in Mexico and receive a complimentary catamaran sailing.

Book a stay at the 25,000=sf Palmasola with Villas by Journey Mexico and receive a free catamaran trip worth $2,000. Located in Punta Mita, Palmasola overlooks Bandera Bay and the famous golf-island hole, “Tail of the Whale” of the neighboring Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course. The villa comes with a 15-person bilingual staff for the nine suites spread across three buildings. There’s an infinity pool and even it’s own rooftop restaurant.


Harvey’s Lake Tahoe (NV) is renovating all 519 guest rooms in the resort’s Lake Tower, slated for completion in June. Last year the resort upgraded the tower’s balcony suites. The extensive renovations continue this year with the debut of Gordon Ramsay Hell’s Kitchen Lake Tahoe, as well as a new casino bar and lounge experience. Located adjacent to Harveys main casino floor, the restaurant is similar to others in the chain; ie, design and menu elements will be pulled directly from Ramsey’s long-running FOX reality show. Expect many of Chef Ramsay’s signature dishes like the pan seared scallops, lobster risotto, beef Wellington, crispy skin salmon, and sticky toffee pudding;

The Dirty Rabbit Group is at it again. The creators of The Dirty Rabbit, Vandalo Wynwood, and The Dirty Burgers, is opening their fourth venture, Back Door Monkey, by February in Miami’s Wynwood area. Chef Nicola Caicedo has created an Asian menu. Elements such as a war tank used as a DJ booth enhances décor inspired by WWII 1940s era.; @backdoormonkey

Mainsail Lodging & Development is opening Mainsail Corporate Housing, the company’s first brand entry into the corporate housing industry. Initially serving the Virginia, South Carolina and North Carolina markets, the expansion follows Mainsail’s January 1 acquisition of Commonwealth Corporate Suites, which has offered premium furnished apartments throughout Virginia since 2004.

The former Harborside Event Center is Fort Myers, FL is getting a new look to go with its new name, The Caloosa Sound Convention Center & Amphitheater, and will be adjacent to the new Luminary Hotel, a 243-room property slated to open in August. The renovated Caloosa Sound Convention Center will have 40,000 sf of function space, including a riverfront terrace. New to the center is a ground floor space reconfigured to add more boardrooms. Administrative offices have been added on the second floor An additional 8,000 sf of adaptable indoor and outdoor function space will be available at the Luminary Hotel according to Tampa-based Mainsail Lodging & Development. The 12-story Luminary Hotel & Co. will be the area’s  first hotel in the Autograph Collection® of Marriott International. Luminary Hotel & Co. will be home to the signature Silver King Ocean Brasserie, Beacon Social Drinkery rooftop lounge, Ella Mae’s Diner with a separate street level entrance, a coffee roastery located in the lobby, The Workshop culinary theater, an indoor and outdoor fitness facility, retail space and a spacious pool area on the fourth floor overlooking the Caloosahatchee river.;

Mazatlan, Mexico is booming with new development, from a 32.5-acre park called Parque Central that will contain new attractions, and new hotels. The two attractions set to open in the Spring of 2021 are Acuario del Mar de Cortes (Sea of Cortes Aquarium) and Museo Mazatlan (Mazatlan Museum), The aquarium will have a central courtyard with waterfalls, a 660,000-gallon oceanic tank with a tunnel and shark feeding area, and nearly 40,000 sf of exhibition areas. The museum will honor the area’s history and local traditions. It will have a restaurant, IMAX theater, and classrooms. According to Mark Chesnut, writer for GoGo Vacations, the museum’s 110,233-sf dome shape is inspired by the visuals of an oyster cradling a pearl (which makes sense, since Mazatlan is nicknamed the “pearl of the Pacific”). Also coming in 2020 are about 2,200 new hotel rooms. Additionally, existing hotels, such as the Palms Resort of Mazatlan, are renovating and expanding their properties. The Pueblo Bonito Mazatlan is undergoing a $26.5 million renovation that includes guestrooms, the lobby, restaurants, a new beachfront infinity pool, a new pool bar and a beach terrace.; (800) 990-8250; (Can) (1-855) 478-2811); (Mex) (664) 615-0802

Museo Mazatlan is one of several new developments in Mazatlan, Mexico.

Delray Beach Marriott has become Opal Grand Oceanfront Resort & Spa. The transformation includes an American-Caribbean design.

The Opal Collection has new offerings at two of its Sarasota, FL properties. Lido Beach Resort opens the Drift Kitchen & Bar in February. It will have 180-degree views from its Gulf front. The Resort at Longboat Key Club, considered an active/wellness retreat, has added a sports club that includes 45 holes of PGA-approved championship golf courses, 20 Har-Tru tennis courts making up the award-winning Tennis Gardens and the largest deep- water resort marina on Florida’s west coast. In April, the 226-room resort reveals its latest renovations, with new lobby, restaurant, bar & lounge, pool patio and suite designs.


LEGOLAND Pirate Hotel offers high adventures.

Yo Ho Ho, and forget the rum because this vacation is geared to kids 12 and under. LEGOLAND Pirate Island Hotel (Winter Haven, FL) opens April 17 and for families who book at least 60 days in advance, they are entitled to a stay two nights and get the third night free at any LEGOLAND® Florida Resort Hotel. The package will include three days of admission to both the theme park and the attached water park, free breakfast buffet daily, nightly children’s entertainment and separate children’s sleeping area.

Karen Kuzsel is a writer-editor based in the Orlando area who specializes in the hospitality, entertainment, meetings & events industries.  She is an active member of ILEA and MPI and is now serving on the 2019 – 2020 MPI Global Advisory Board for The Meeting Professional Magazine for the second consecutive year. Karen writes about food & wine, spas, destinations, venues, meetings & events. A career journalist, she has owned magazines, written for newspapers, trade publications, radio and TV. As her alter-ego, Natasha, The Psychic Lady, she is a featured entertainer for corporate and social events.;; @karenkuzsel; @thepsychiclady.

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