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Gloria and Emilio Estefan and Benchmark Hospitality Developing a Personal Luxury Resort™, the 94 room Costa d'Este in Vero Beach, Florida
The Woodlands (Houston), Texas, April 19, 2007 - Benchmark Hospitality International, which manages 31 resorts, hotels, conference centers and condominium resorts throughout the United States and in Japan, announces the addition of Costa d'Este to its burgeoning portfolio.  Costa d'Este, Benchmark's newest Personal Luxury Resort, will be located ocean-side in Vero Beach, Florida, an area renowned for superb white sand beaches, thriving arts community, eclectic boutiques and small town charm.  The property is being developed by the internationally acclaimed singer/producer couple Gloria and Emilio Estefan.
 
"It is with particular pleasure that I announce Costa d'Este," said Burt Cabanas, chairman and chief executive officer of Benchmark Hospitality.  "The Estefans embody excellence and sophistication in all they do, whether it's composing, recording, and performing their signature music, producing entertainment programming, or developing hospitality ventures.  It is a pleasure to be working side-by-side with this highly respected team on this one-of-a-kind project."  

Costa d'Este
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 Costa d'Este is poised to redefine style and comfort in the region.  The property, which is expected to open in January 2008, will introduce Benchmark's Personal Luxury Resort concept to Florida, providing the most discerning business and leisure travelers from around the world with a refreshing alternative to mainstream brands and "boutique" hotels.  From its sophisticated culinary offerings and premier beachside location to its superb amenities and discreetly attentive service, Costa d'Este has been envisioned to engage all the senses, beckoning guests to shift perspectives from bystander to active participant throughout all aspects of its offerings.
 
The Costa d'Este experience will begin the moment guests enter the property, traveling the lushly landscaped, tree-lined drive leading up to the dazzling Florida mid-Century structure.  The resort will encompass 94 luxuriously appointed guestrooms, including four suites, all complemented by state-of-the art in-room entertainment and indulgent, oversized bathrooms with organic round showers and premium amenities.  Wireless Internet access will be standard in public and private spaces.
 
Costa d'Este's signature restaurant, Oriente, is expected to become a destination unto itself with a creative and flavorful menu unlike anything in Vero Beach and its immediate vicinity.  Full-service spa and fitness facilities, including an outdoor pool, and the endless expanse of white sand beach complete the experience.  Benchmark's signature service culture will help ensure guests genuinely experience the warmth, enthusiasm and passion for living for which Vero Beach is known.
 
Oriente
 
In celebration of the Estefan's heritage and to accommodate market demand, the resort's intimate, 85-seat Oriente restaurant will feature Cuban cuisine, with a strong influence of Spanish, Latin, and Creole traditions as interpreted by the Oriente region in Cuba.  The food's bold flavors and textures will be mirrored in the sumptuous decor and thoughtful architecture, which will include details such as "peek-a-boo" windows for a view into the bustling kitchen.  Alfresco seating will also be available with room for an additional 24 guests who wish to extend the celebration of food and friendship outdoors.  A house signature will be Tapas, or little plates, which will be available in Oriente's restaurant, bar and pool bar.  Continuous service will be provided in the restaurant throughout the day and well into the evening.
 
Oriente's bar will feature selections from sought-after micro brewers, both local and international, as well as Cuban coffee specialties and a homemade sangria available by the glass or garrafa.  A customized cocktail menu will highlight Cuban, Spanish and Caribbean favorites, and an extensive wine list will complement the cuisine and elevate the dining experience with an emphasis on California, South American and Spanish selections plus a secondary focus on France, South African, and Australian vintages. 
 
Costa d'Este's 1,170-square-foot meeting and event space and adjoining outdoor spaces will retain the ambiance and culinary integrity of Oriente, while accommodating traditional expectations and requirements of social occasions, weddings and corporate functions. Guests' vision for their event at Costa d'Este will be paramount, with the property's culinary professionals carrying this idea forward.
 
The Spa at Costa d'Este
 
The Spa at Costa d'Este will implement a holistic approach to relaxation and the enhancement of guests' overall well being.  Spa programming will be guided in the theory that the parts of any whole cannot exist and be understood except in their relation to the whole.  A variety of signature treatments and products, peaceful interior spaces plus a tranquil ambiance, established through gentle music, soothing scents and the healing expertise of spa professionals, will all be part of the orchestration of rejuvenation.  The goal: to help patrons move along in their personal journey toward the continuous renewal of the mind, body and spirit.
 
Costa d'Este is located at 3244 Ocean Drive in Vero Beach on Florida's east coast, 190 miles south of Jacksonville, 109 miles southeast of Orlando and 135 miles north of Miami.  The property is 39 miles from Melbourne International Airport (MLB), 80 miles from Palm Beach International (PBI), 110 miles from Orlando International Airport (MCO) and 4 miles from the Vero Beach Municipal Airport (VRB). Costa d'Este is easily accessed from Interstate 95 at exit 147, on to State Road 60 east, which traverses through the heart of the city to the Atlantic Ocean, and right onto Ocean Drive.  For more information about Costa d'Este, visit www.costadeste.com
 
Benchmark Hospitality International's Personal Luxury Resorts aim to be an extension of the guest's own home by creating a sense of belonging. A place that extends a sense of surprise, satisfaction, fulfillment and success to everyone it touches. A Personal Luxury Resort is much more than a better destination, but a truly differentiated experience. 
 
Benchmark Hospitality International, an independent hospitality management company based in The Woodlands (Houston), Texas, operates resorts, conference centers, hotels and condominium resorts both domestically and internationally. 
Contact:

Benchmark Hospitality
www.benchmarkhospitality.com 

Ken Ellens
Ken Ellens Communications
201-758-2864 / 201-758-2865-Fax
KenEllens@aol.com

 

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Also See: Gloria Estefan Close to Buying the 107-room Palm Court Resort Hotel in Vero Beach / February 2004
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