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TAMPA, Fla. (Oct. 31, 2013) - The Epicurean Hotel has announced the appointment of Ashley Spurlock as the Spa Director of Spa Evangeline, located inside the 137-room boutique Epicurean Hotel scheduled to open in December.  As Spa Director, Spurlock will oversee day-to-day operations, including staff management, client appointments, promotions and spa product lines.  Named for Evangeline, the iconic statue located in the neighboring Bern's Steak House, the 2,800-square-foot spa features five treatment rooms, including two couple's treatment rooms, a relaxation room and manicure and pedicure stations. Prior to joining Spa Evangeline, Spurlock served as the spa director of Spa Botanica at the Embassy Suites in Rogers, Ark. for five years. She also worked as the director of business development for WellQuest Medical Clinic and Spa in Arkansas, where she discovered a love of all things "spa." Spurlock earned a degree in broadcast journalism from the University of Arkansas and is an active member of the International Spa Association. 

Spa Evangeline will be developed and operated on behalf of the Epicurean hotel by WTS International - one of the world's leading spa management firms. The spa will house two product lines - FarmHouse Fresh® and Caudalie.

The Epicurean Hotel, currently under construction in the trendy Hyde Park district of South Tampa, is being developed in collaboration with Mainsail Lodging & Development and the legendary Bern's Steak House. The hotel will be the first newly constructed hotel property in the United States to join the prestigious Autograph Collection® of Marriott International, Inc. The Epicurean Hotel will feature 5,200-square feet of flexible  event  space, a state-of-the-art culinary classroom known as the Epicurean Theatre, Élevage a restaurant where classic recipes are re-imagined, Edge Social Drinkery rooftop bar, Chocolate Pi pâtisserie, Bern's Fine Wines & Spirits wine shop and Evangeline full-service spa. A few of the special experiences planned for the Epicurean include bicycles to explore Hyde Park and Bayshore Boulevard, evening wine samplings, signature organic bath products, and luxury linens and pillows. 

For reservations and more information on the Epicurean, please visit www.epicureanhotel.com.

About Mainsail Lodging & Development

Mainsail Lodging and Development is a Tampa-based hospitality company that develops and operates lodging products in the Southeastern US and the Caribbean. Their properties include Scrub Island Resort, Spa & Marina (ScrubIsland.com), a private island resort in the British Virgin Islands and member of Autograph Collection® of Marriott International; Mainsail Beach Inn (MainsailBeachInn.com), a boutique beachfront hotel and marina on Anna Maria Island, Florida; Mainsail Suites Hotel and Conference Center (MainsailTampa.com) in Tampa, Florida; Mainsail South, a 328-unit apartment and corporate housing complex in South Tampa; and Mainsail Apartment Homes, a 360-unit apartment community in Tampa's Westshore district. The company also operates corporate housing throughout the Southeast, exclusively managing the Florida market for Oakwood Worldwide® under both its ExecuStay® (ExecuStay.com) and Oakwood® (Oakwood.com) brands, while also operating ExecuStay (ExecuStay.com) in Georgia, portions of Alabama, and The Carolinas. Opening December 2013 in Tampa, Florida, the boutique food-focused Epicurean Hotel (EpicureanHotel.com) is being developed in collaboration with the legendary Bern's Steak House and will be the first newly constructed property in the United States to join the Autograph Collection®. 

About Bern's Steak House

Internationally known for its vast wine collection, perfectly aged steaks and famous dessert room, Bern's Steak House offers a world-class, incomparable dining experience. When Bern Laxer opened in 1956, he envisioned Bern's as Art in Steaks. Today, son David Laxer and Chef de Cuisine Habteab Hamde continue Bern's tradition of excellence with a gastronomic adventure that includes prime dry-aged steaks cut-to-order, 21 choices of caviar, fresh seafood and vegetables in a setting like none other. Housing the World's largest wine collection of over 500,000 bottles, Bern's offers 7,000 selections to its guests. Additionally, SideBern's, Bern's sister restaurant and its Executive Chef Chad Johnson were named a 2012 Semifinalist for Best Chef: South by the James Beard Foundation. For more information on Bern's Steak House and its subsidiaries, visit BernsSteakHouse.com.

About Autograph Collection

The Autograph Collection is an evolving ensemble of strikingly independent hotels. Each destination has been selected for its bold originality, rich character and uncommon details. From near to far, iconic to historic, the result is an array of properties that is nothing less than unique, nothing short of collectively exceptional. For more information please visit AutographHotels.com

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(813) 318-9611

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