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 Kessler Enterprises Completes Acquisition of  the El Monte Sagrado Living Resort
and Spa, Taos, New Mexico; Plans to Add 48 New Guest Rooms
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ORLANDO, FL / TAOS, NM (August 15, 2006) – Orlando-based hotel and real estate developer, Richard C. Kessler, Chairman and CEO of The Kessler Enterprise, Inc./The Kessler Collection (www.elmontesagrado.com) has completed an acquisition of  the El Monte Sagrado Living Resort and Spa, and has unveiled plans to expand the resort, more than doubling its current size.
 
Opened in 2003 by Tom Worrell, founder of Dharma Living Designs, El Monte Sagrado has become a benchmark for ecological preservation and sustainability, using state-of-the-art, Earth-friendly practices in water management and geo-thermal heating and cooling throughout the property. El Monte Sagrado became a part of The Kessler Collection as a managed property in January 2006. With this acquisition, The Kessler Collection will now be majority shareholder in the resort.
 
Expansion plans released today call for more than 35,000 square feet of new guest rooms, banquet and meeting space and spa facilities. Currently the resort has 36 guest rooms that reflect the art and culture of the world, including Native American suites, Artist Casitas featuring custom-made furniture by Taoseno artists, and World Suites inspired by great civilizations of the past and present. With this expansion, 48 new guest rooms will be added for a new total of 84 luxury accommodations. In addition, artwork from Kessler’s Grand Bohemian Gallery will be displayed throughout the property. 
 
Nearly 10,000 square feet of banquet and meeting space will be added to augment the resort’s popular event business. This multi-function space will be fully-equipped for corporate and private events that can be tailored to a client’s needs by El Monte Sagrado’s world-class team. 
 
The Living Spa at El Monte Sagrado will also be expanded, adding six additional treatment rooms where guests can experience traditional spa treatments as well as special offerings such as Sound & Vibrational Therapy, Intuitive Touch and Egyptian Anointing designed to help find balance within and with the environment. 
 
“I am pleased to have this opportunity to expand our hospitality presence into the Taos market," said Kessler. "The El Monte Sagrado is a perfect addition to our hotel portfolio.” 
 
The expansion of El Monte Sagrado is yet another landmark in The Kessler Collection’s western expansion. In 2004, the company renovated and re-opened the Beaver Creek Lodge in Beaver Creek, CO, which has since achieved a AAA Four-Diamond rating each of its two years as a Kessler hotel. In the fall of 2007, The Kessler Collection will open Kessler Canyon, a 24,000 acre western destination ranch experience for sportsmen, executive groups, retreats and weddings complete with four-star level facilities, amenities and services.
 
“The American west has a rich tradition and culture that people are drawn to,” said Kessler. “By developing and expanding into this region, we’re able to offer a greater diversity to our properties.”
 
Groundbreaking for El Monte Sagrado’s expansion is scheduled for October 2006, with a target completion date in summer 2007. The existing resort facilities will continue with regular operation during this time. 
 
El Monte Sagrado shares the legendary name and refined standards of Richard C. Kessler’s hotel collection.  The Kessler Collection includes AAA Four-Diamond all-suite Beaver Creek Lodge in Beaver Creek, CO; the historic AAA Four-Diamond Casa Monica Hotel in St. Augustine, FL; the AAA Four-Diamond Celebration Hotel in Celebration, FL; the enchanting Doubletree Castle Hotel in Orlando, FL; Sheraton Studio City in Orlando, FL; Sundy House, Delray Beach, FL – a managed property: the AAA Four-Diamond Mansion on Forsyth Park; Savannah, GA; historic Kehoe House in Savannah, GA; Columbia Place luxury condominiums, Savannah, GA – scheduled for completion Fall 2006;  Grand Bohemian Hotel & Residences, St. Petersburg, FL – scheduled to open 2009 and Hampton Inn and Suites, Orlando, FL – scheduled to open 2008.  For additional information, please call (800) 828-8267 or visit www.elmontesagrado.com . 
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Contact:

Mary C. Kenny
Corporate Director of Marketing and Public Relations
The Kessler Collection 
407.996.9942 Direct
www.kesslercollection.com
 

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Also See: Texas Investor Harold Rosbottom Seeks to Turn Old Santa Fe, New Mexico Hospital Buildings Into Hotel / April 2006
The Sahd Family Complete Multi-Million Dollar Renovation of Taos' Oldest Hotel The La Fonda de Taos / April 2004

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