Cheeca Lodge & Spa Appoints Robert LaCasse as General Manager
May 24, 2016 1:57pm
Islamorada, FL (May 24, 2016) – Cheeca Lodge & Spa, Islamorada’s historic luxury resort destination, is pleased to announce Robert “Bob” LaCasse as General Manager. LaCasse joins the property with more than 25 years of experience and will usher the legendary resort through its milestone 70th anniversary year.
In his new role, LaCasse will oversee all resort operations and lead the hotel staff to continually exceed guest expectations and instill a lasting impression of Cheeca’s warm island hospitality.
“It’s an honor to join Cheeca Lodge & Spa during such an exciting time in the hotel’s history,” said LaCasse. “I look forward to continuing the long legacy of Cheeca by embracing its legendary past and the rich history of Islamorada to create a new chapter for this storied resort.”
Most recently, LaCasse served as the General Manager of the Hyatt Regency Resort in Newport, RI. Prior to Newport, he held the position of Regional Director of Operations for Interstate Hotels & Resorts where he was responsible for the day to day operations of 5 hotels totaling more than 1,300 guest rooms. Before joining Interstate, LaCasse was an Area Managing Director for HEI Hotels & Resorts based at the Le Meridian Hotel San Francisco.
LaCasse has lived all over the country, following his passion for the hospitality business. From Boston with Starwood Hotels, to Austin with HEI Hotels and Resorts, and now Florida with Cheeca, LaCasse is a well-traveled hospitality executive with a passion for growing brands, optimizing operations and supporting the hotel staff.
Together, LaCasse and the Cheeca team will bring vision, direction and development to the iconic resort during its 70th anniversary year through creative programming and events that pay homage to its storied past.
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A cornerstone of the Islamorada community since 1946, Cheeca Lodge & Spa celebrates 70 years of legendary service this year. Set on a 27-acre private estate in the “Sportfishing Capital of the World,” Cheeca boasts 214 guestrooms, oceanfront suites and bungalows designed in chic West Indies décor. The resort’s signature feature is the classic 525 ft. wooden fishing pier, a practical nod to the history of the destination. A full-service water sports program offers sailing, snorkeling and kayaking excursions. Beyond the dock, guests will find six lighted tennis courts, a Jack Nicklaus-designed golf course, and expanded Spa with 11 treatment rooms, poolside cabanas, an adults-only lap pool and an oceanfront tiki hut for al fresco treatments. For families, Camp Cheeca offers arts, crafts and environmental exploration programs for children. Three distinctive restaurants – Nikai Sushi, offering Asian-inspired fare and a unique selection of Japanese sake and wine; Atlantic’s Edge, serving a seasonal fine-dining menu of fresh local seafood, prime steaks and organic local produce; and Limoncello, serving up cuisine inspired by the Tuscan countryside – complement over 4,500 sq. ft. of event space for meetings and special events. Coupled with innovative programming and local partnerships, the unique setting and spirited tradition of intuitive service continue to make Cheeca Lodge & Spa Islamorada’s premier resort destination. For more information visit www.cheeca.com.
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