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Crown Realty & Development Opens the 253 room InterContinental Montelucia
Resort & Spa; $300 million 5 Year Project Expected to Elevate the
Phoenix / Scottsdale Resort Market


SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (November 6, 2008) – InterContinental Hotels & Resorts and Crown Realty & Development announced today the opening of the first U.S. resort - InterContinental Montelucia Resort & Spa - in Paradise Valley, a residential enclave of Scottsdale, Ariz.  
 
The much-anticipated luxury resort is situated at the coveted location off Tatum and Lincoln boulevards, providing guests convenient access to optimum shopping districts, dining, hiking and recreation and entertainment venues in Phoenix and Scottsdale.  The 34-acre resort includes 253 luxurious guest rooms and 40 suites including 2 presidential suites, 34 luxurious detached, single-family Villas, six unique restaurants and venues, a private wedding chapel, a 31,000-square foot destination spa and salon, five pools, and more than 27,000 square feet of meeting and event space.
 
InterContinental Montelucia Resort & Spa reflects its European influences from the décor to dining experiences.  The resort’s suites, such as the Andalusian and Camelback suites, offer 3,000 square feet of indoor living space, in addition to a private event lawn and pool. All guest rooms provide the latest in modern technology, including flat-screen televisions, high-speed Internet access, fully stocked mini bar, custom feather beds, large working areas, and large tiled bathrooms with oversized sunken bathtubs and large walk-in showers with dual showerheads.
 
“The importance of this beautiful property to the legacy of InterContinental Hotels cannot be measured,” said Tom Murray, Chief Operating Officer, Americas, for InterContinental Hotels Group. “We are welcoming a truly fantastic property to a line-up of legendary hotels around the world.”
 
InterContinental Montelucia discovered its inspiration, from the architecture to the lifestyle, in the Andalusia region of Southern Spain.  Andalusia has a rich cultural history and influences from Roman, Greek, and Moorish occupation.  These European influences and attention to detail are reflected throughout the resort from the décor and distinctive colors to the flavors within the dining experiences.  
 
“Five years of effort and over $300 million dollars has created an inspiration of lasting relevance that will elevate the entire resort market in the Valley of the Sun,” said Jaime Sohacheski,, Chairman of the Board of Crown Realty & Development, the developer and owner of the resort. “We are proud to have achieved this milestone.”
 
The inspiration is showcased in dozens of areas throughout the resort, a few of the most prominent instances being the Alhambra walkway, Prado, and Castillo Lucena.  The Alhambra walkway is modeled after the Alhambra in Grenada, Spain, the signature restaurant, Prado, is inspired by Michelangelo’s Villa San Michele in Tuscany, and the wedding chapel, Castillo Lucena, is representative of the ballroom at Hotel Cipriani in Venice.  Throughout the entire resort are beautiful Spanish inspired courtyards and countless unique antiquities from Spain.  
 
“The inspiration behind the resort is what makes it so special and unique,” said Robert Flaxman, President, Crown Realty & Development.  “InterContinental Montelucia Resort & Spa is unlike any other luxury resort in that it was created to bring people together to find joy, experience love and create memories.”
 
Joya Spa
Joya Spa, conceived by renowned spa creator Sylvia Sepielli, is an expansive Moroccan-inspired 31,000 square foot spa, with 5,200 square feet of outdoor space.  The spa houses 19 treatment rooms including five opulently-oversized treatment suites with terraces, king size daybeds, dual treatment tables, fireplaces, flat-screen televisions, outdoor and indoor showers, in-suite bathrooms with sunken tubs and direct poolside access – perfect for girlfriend getaways. Joya Spa is the first in Arizona to offer a Hammam and Hammam-inspired therapies and treatments.  
 
Additionally, under the direction of eastern medicine experts, Joya’s Wellness Program offers thorough health and lifestyle assessments with a prescription designed to reduce stress, improve sleep and promote balance, along with custom acupuncture treatments. 
 
Joya Spa also contains Joya Salon, the fashion-forward luxury boutique Joya Bazaar, quiet and active lounges, a state-of-the-art 24-hour fitness center, juice bar, and Joya Terrace restaurant at Joya’s rooftop pool and poolside cabanas.
 
Culinary
The InterContinental Montelucia Resort & Spa features six unique restaurants and venues.  Prado, the resort’s signature restaurant, offers wood-fired grilling with a Spanish accent in an atmosphere that reflects the architectural design of Villa San Michele designed by Michelangelo in Tuscany, Italy.  Within Prado is Mbar, featuring a comprehensive selection of 100% agave tequilas and tapas.
 
For a more casual dining experience, Kasbah Poolside Bar entices guests with a sparkling partial-infinity pool, spectacular views, a Rum Bar specializing in premium rums from key regions of the western hemisphere, and a menu of more than a dozen French fries from around the world.  With fire features and outdoor seating, Kasbah seamlessly blends the elements of nature into a sensual poolside lounge. 
 
Another poolside adventure is Oasis Pavilion, a fun place to relax, enjoy poolside tranquility, and various culinary offerings on a menu featuring handmade empanadas.  
 
Joya Spa Terrace & Juice Bar offers fresh and healthful salads, ceviches and flatbreads - but in keeping with Joya’s mission to enhance life and bring joy - burgers, French fries, sangria and cocktails, signature Joya cupcakes, and other indulgences are available.  Guests can enjoy Joya Terrace offerings in the spa, salon, or rooftop pool deck featuring breathtaking Camelback mountain views.
 
At Crave Café, locals line up for Lavazza coffee, gelato, chocolate, wine and more. Appealing to what people crave, the café also offers to-go foods and features a retail program for women, pets, children and anyone with a passion for indulging a craving. Food items include flavorful coffee drinks, gelato and premium chocolate along with wine & liquor, gourmet packaged foods, gift baskets and retail items.  
 
Weddings & Social Events
As Arizona’s only luxury resort with a private wedding chapel, Castillo Lucena, InterContinental Montelucia Resort & Spa offers an ideal atmosphere for the perfect social gala or wedding celebration, accommodating from 10 to more than 1000 guests.  Bridal guests can choose between the wedding chapel, with antique wood doors and wedding courtyards garden with the exquisite Camelback Mountain as the backdrop. A 3,000 square foot wedding suite with private event lawn rounds out the extensive and thoughtfully-designed wedding venues.
 
Brides and their bridal party can prepare for the event in their very own intimate bridal preparation room offering privacy and direct access to Castillo Lucena. Spa treatments, hair styling and make-up can also be arranged by a team of professionals to create a luxury-filled and worry-free wedding experience.
 
Meetings & Events
With more than 27,000 square feet of flexible meeting and event space, including the astounding 9,216 square-foot Grand Andalusian Ballroom, 4,650 square-foot Junior Ballroom and 16 separate meeting rooms, the resort easily caters to meetings and incentive groups. Capitalizing on the enjoyable year-round weather is 70,000 square feet of event space in seven outdoor venues. Innovative catered food and beverage service is available for all events.
 
Other Amenities
The resort also features many other services and amenities including a complimentary driving range at Mountain Shadows Golf Club and a full-time golf concierge; a 24-hour business center; the day-camp-style interactive Planet Trekkers Kid’s Club for children ages 5-12; various retail outlets; covered overnight valet parking; limo, sedan, taxi and van service; and same day dry cleaning and pressing.  
 
“It is thrilling to see our vision becomes a reality,” said Valeriano Antonioli, Managing Director of InterContinental Montelucia Resort & Spa.  “I believe we have succeeded in creating the most magnificent resort in the Valley and we cannot wait to welcome our first guests to this romance-filled, magical place where they will find joy, happiness and live perfect moments.”  
 
About InterContinental Montelucia Resort & Spa:
InterContinental Montelucia Resort & Spa opened November 4, 2008 as a signature property for the InterContinental Hotels Group PLC of the United Kingdom [LON:IHG, NYSE:IHG (ADRs)], the world’s largest hotel group by number of rooms. Set in the breathtaking foothills of Camelback Mountain in Paradise Valley, Arizona, the property features 293 guest rooms as well as 34 multi-million dollar privately-owned villas on 34 acres of lush desert landscape. With all of the amenities standard in luxury resorts, the resort also offers 24-hour concierge service, a signature restaurant, Prado, as well as poolside dining, the 31,000 square foot Joya spa, shopping areas, art gallery, a wedding venue and multiple ballrooms, five pools and other luxuries for use by resort guests and villa owners. For more information or reservations, visit www.icmontelucia.com or call 480-627-3200.
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Contact:

Iliana Carr
Tel: (212) 683 2442
E: iliana@brandmanpr.com
 

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Also See: Italian Hotelier Valeriano Antonioli Named General Manager of the InterContinental Montelucia Resort & Spa, Paradise Valley, Arizona / March 2007
Greg Hanss Named Director of Sales and Marketing for the InterContinental Montelucia Resort and Spa, Paradise Valley, Arizona / March 2007
Montelucia, the $200 million Reincarnation of the Former La Posada, No Longer Affiliated with Horst Schulze's West Paces Hotel Group / May 2006
Crown Realty & Development Plans to Acquire the Shuttered Mountain Shadows Resort; Wants to Raze Existing Buildings and Build a Boutique Hotel / April 2005
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