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Benchmark Hospitality International’s Villas of Grand Cypress, Orlando,
Achieves Travel + Leisure’s Top 500 Hotels in the World List


Sister Property on Oahu, Turtle Bay Resort, Is A Top 25 Resort in HI


The Woodlands (Houston), Texas, January 2011 Benchmark Hospitality International, a leading US-based hospitality management company, has announced that the Villas of Grand Cypress Resort, located in Orlando, Florida, has been recognized as one of the Top 500 Hotels in the World by readers of Travel + Leisure magazine, the highly respected consumer travel publication. The Villas of Grand Cypress was also identified as one of Orlando’s top hotels.
 
“Achieving Travel + Leisure’s list of the World’s Best Hotels is a tremendous honor,” said Greg Champion, chief operating officer for Benchmark Hospitality International.  “We are extremely proud of the service team at Villas of Grand Cypress, as well as that of their sister property, Turtle Bay Resort on Oahu, which achieved the Travel + Leisure Top 25 Resorts in Hawaii list published earlier.”

The Four-Diamond Villas of Grand Cypress, located in the Lake Buena Vista area of Orlando, is a sanctuary that is ideal for golfers, families and business travelers alike.  The resort is adjacent to Walt Disney World and minutes from Universal Studios and the new Harry Potter Theme Park, as well as Sea World.  A member of Preferred Hotels & Resorts, The Villas of Grand Cypress features 146 elegantly-appointed accommodations comprised of Club Suites and one-, two-, three- and four-bedroom villas with full kitchens, living rooms and dining rooms.  The resort also offers guests a variety of dining options.

The award-winning Executive Meeting Center at Villas of Grand Cypress provides distinctive conference and special event facilities.  Meetings and events are supported by Benchmark’s signature conference concierge services. 

Widely-acclaimed as offering one of the United States’ most inspired golf experiences, the resort’s Grand Cypress Golf Club features 45 holes of Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf.  The Grand Cypress Academy of Golf is rated one of the "Top 25 Golf Schools in America” by GOLF Magazine

Benchmark Hospitality’s landmark property in Hawaii, Turtle Bay Resort, also a member of Preferred Hotels & Resorts and located on Oahu’s legendary North Shore, was earlier honored by Travel + Leisure’s readers as a Top 25 Resort in Hawaii.  This was the third year Turtle Bay Resort had been so named by Travel + Leisure readers.

For the past 15 years, the 1,000,000+ subscribers of Travel + Leisure magazine have cast their votes for the world’s top hotels, resorts, destinations and more within the continental United States, off shore and globally.   Improvements in the latest poll yielded a record number of votes, according to Travel + Leisure magazine.
 
For the complete Travel + Leisure Top 500 Hotels and Resort, visit www.travelandleisure.com/tl500.

For Travel + Leisure’s Top 25 Resorts in Hawaii list, visit www.travelandleisure.com/worldsbest/2010/hotels/resorts-hawaii/39 .

Photography of Both Resorts Available Online:
 
- Villas of Grand Cypress - http://www.benchmarkhospitality.com/Media_Center/Images.asp?p_ID=022
- Turtle Bay Resort - http://www.benchmarkhospitality.com/Media_Center/Images.asp?p_ID=021

About Villas of Grand Cypress
The Villas of Grand Cypress is a Four-Diamond property located in the Lake Buena Vista area of Orlando, adjacent to Walt Disney World and just minutes from Universal Studios and Sea World.  A member of Preferred Hotels & Resorts, the property is part of a 1,500-acre resort complex that includes The Villas of Grand Cypress, which features 146 elegantly-appointed accommodations comprised of Club Suites and one-, two-, three- and four-bedroom villas with full kitchens, living rooms and dining rooms.  The resort also offers guests a variety of dining alternatives. The award-winning Executive Meeting Center at The Villas of Grand Cypress provides 7,200 square feet of distinctive conference and event function space, as well as meeting support services.  This space increases to 10,400 square feet in season, which includes an elegant air-conditioned pavilion. Widely-acclaimed as offering one of the nation’s most inspired golf experiences, the resort’s Grand Cypress Golf Club features 45 holes of Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf with varying degrees of play difficulty.
 
About Turtle Bay Resort
Turtle Bay Resort is the only full-scale resort on Oahu’s North Shore, home of world-famous surfing, remote coastlines and exciting activities. The resort is located on a promontory offering wide vistas of the ocean from every room.
 
Turtle Bay Resort offers world-class golf and tennis, spa treatments, riding stables with ocean and trail riding, two lushly landscaped oceanside pools, seaside dining, North Shore and waterfall aerial tours by Paradise Helicopters, and 12 miles of walking and jogging trails along spectacular coastlines and through forested lands.
 
In addition, the resort is home to the famous Hans Hedemann Surf School, where guests can get a taste of the world’s best surf. 
 
Located on the North Shore of Oahu, the 880-acre Turtle Bay Resort is operated by Benchmark Hospitality International and is a Preferred Hotels® & Resorts Worldwide property – a collection of the world’s finest independent luxury hotels.
 
Famous for world-class surfing, pristine white-sand beaches, and its charming country setting, the North Shore also offers colorful cultural attractions, innovative ecological endeavors, and environmental adventures.

About Benchmark Hospitality International
Benchmark Hospitality International is a leader in the management and marketing of resorts, conference centers, hotels, and Personal Luxury Hotels™.  The independent company, launched in 1980, is a founding member of the International Association of Conference Centers.  Benchmark Hospitality is a worldwide organization operating properties in major metropolitan and resort destinations.  Benchmark's international headquarters is located in The Woodlands, Texas, near Houston.  The company’s northeast regional office is in New Jersey, with international offices in Tokyo, Japan, and Santiago, Chile. For the location of Benchmark’s properties and additional information, visit www.benchmarkhospitality.com              
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Contact: 

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


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