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Destination Hotels & Resorts Appoints Todd Sicolo as Executive Chef for
the 119-key Royal Palms Resort and Spa in Phoenix, Arizona

PHOENIX, AZ (November 29, 2012)
– Royal Palms Resort and Spa, Phoenix’s historic luxury resort, is pleased to announce Todd Sicolo as Executive Chef. A veteran food and beverage executive with extensive luxury hotel experience, Chef Sicolo graduated from the Culinary Institute of America in Hype Park, New York, and boasts nearly 25 years of widespread culinary experience.

“We are very excited to welcome Chef Sicolo to the Royal Palms team” said Steve Benson, General Manager of Royal Palms Resort and Spa. “It did not take long to realize that his culinary style, technique and passion are the perfect fit for the direction we are headed for T. Cook’s and the entire property.”

In his role as Executive Chef, Sicolo will oversee all culinary operations at Royal Palms, including assuming responsibility of the resort’s highly acclaimed T. Cook’s restaurant and T. Cook’s Lounge, business and social catering, meeting and group functions, banquets and 24-hour room service of the 119-room resort.

Chef Sicolo intends to maintain T. Cook’s signature Mediterranean inspired cuisine, however he is already working on plans to breathe new life into the menu with more playful dishes and sexier presentations. The refreshed menu will promise to meet the preferences of the modern diner, while upholding the casual and comforting feel that is T. Cook’s.

Most recently, Chef Sicolo served as Executive Chef of the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa over the past five years. Prior to this, he honed his culinary skills as Executive Sous Chef at Boca Raton Resort & Spa in Boca Raton, Florida. Chef Sicolo has also served as Executive Chef at other notable luxury properties including Little Dix Bar, A Rosewood Resort in the British Virgin Islands and La Costa Resort & Spa in Carlsbad, California.

About Royal Palms Resort and Spa
A member of Historic Hotels of America, Royal Palms Resort and Spa is a AAA Four Diamond resort located at the foot of majestic Camelback Mountain. Combining the graciousness and sophistication of a Mediterranean villa with the intimacy and privacy of a secluded retreat, Royal Palms offers: 119 custom-appointed guest rooms, intimate clusters of casitas and villas; regal Spanish Colonial architecture; over 20,000 square feet of estate-like meeting space; Tuscan-style gardens; exquisite tapestries, antiques and stone fireplaces throughout. Designed around the original historic private mansion, Royal Palms is home to the award-winning T. Cook’s restaurant, Forbes Four Star Alvadora Spa, a Mother-of-Pearl-tiled swimming pool with private cabanas, and croquet lawn. Just minutes from Scottsdale’s shopping, galleries, golf, Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport and the Camelback financial corridor, Royal Palms is an ideal retreat for business, pleasure and special occasions, offering luxury, privacy and convenience.

About Destination Hotels & Resorts
Destination Hotels & Resorts is a privately held hospitality management company headquartered in Colorado. With more than 35 independent, luxury and upscale hotels, resorts and golf clubs, Destination is the third largest hospitality management company in the country. The company’s portfolio features more than 9,100 guest rooms, 16 golf courses and 16 full-service spas. Destination Hotels & Resorts properties are located in key metropolitan and resort markets including Washington, D.C., Seattle, Denver, San Diego, Santa Fe, Aspen, Austin, Phoenix, Portland, Palm Springs, Palos Verdes, Maui and Lake Tahoe. The company is a subsidiary of Los Angeles-based investment, development and management firm Lowe Enterprises. For a complete list of properties in the Destination Hotels & Resorts collection, please visit www.destinationhotels.com.

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