Operate 147 room Hotel Within the Mixed-use
Island Gardens Project in Miami
|Miami, October 5, 2005 - Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts, Asia
Pacific's leading luxury hotel group, will operate
the 147-room Shangri-La Hotel, Miami, to be developed by Flagstone Property
Group. The Miami property is Shangri-La's second hotel under development
in the United States following the announcement yesterday of the Shangri-La
Hotel, Chicago. The Miami property will open in 2008 and the Chicago property
Situated on Biscayne Bay with 360-degree views of Miami and its magnificent beaches, the Shangri-La hotel will be part of the $480 million mixed-use Island Gardens project. In addition to Shangri-La services and amenities, distinctive attributes of the project include a 50-slip "super-yacht" harbor plus sophisticated shops and restaurants, all adorned by expansive gardens and galleries. Living Shangri-La fractional residences will also be located in the Shangri-La tower.
"With its magical waterfront location, Island Gardens will be the picture-perfect setting to introduce the Shangri-La style of warm and gracious Asian hospitality to Miami," said Giovanni Angelini, Shangri-La's chief executive officer and managing director. "The Shangri-La Hotel, Miami will be an attractive alternative for sophisticated travelers, offering an intimate stay experience with highly personalized service. We anticipate positive response especially among business and leisure visitors from the American East Coast and the prosperous Central and South American markets."
Flagstone Property Group Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Mehmet Bayraktar said, "We are delighted that Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts will be a key element of our world-class Island Gardens development. Shangri-La's renowned hospitality and sterling international reputation will complement our overall concept for Island Gardens and become a magnet for both domestic and international travelers."
Designed by concept architects Eric Kuhne & Associates, with interiors by renowned designer Piero Lissoni & Associati, the hotel will be shaped like a stylized lighthouse. Its 147 rooms, suites and poolside villas will boast floor-to-ceiling, wall-to-wall windows with dramatic, unobstructed views of Miami's skyline, the super-yacht harbor and Biscayne Bay.
Amenities will include round-the-clock butler service, wireless internet access, luxurious bathrooms and Shangri-La's signature beds and bed linen. The twelve one- and two-bedroom poolside villas will offer exceptional space, views and privacy.
Shangri-La will also manage 105 Living Shangri-La fractional residences located on the top floors of the tower. The fractional residences will offer spacious two- to four-bedroom accommodation and amenities for owners and will periodically be available to hotel guests.
An array of food and entertainment experiences will attract Miami locals as well as out-of-town guests. The Asian feature restaurant, with vista windows overlooking Biscayne Bay, will offer creative, boldly flavored cuisine against a panorama of the cruise ships arriving in Miami. The harbor-side lounge will offer al fresco dining throughout the day with live music in the evening. The terrace café at the pool will serve refreshing drinks and meals in the cabanas and bamboo grove.
CHI, The Spa at Shangri-La, will feature Chinese and Himalayan healing therapies inspired by the origins of the Shangri-La legend. The hotel's 20,000-square-foot (1,858-square-meter) CHI spa will offer expansive indoor and outdoor treatment rooms. In addition, the 3,000-square-foot (279-square-meter) fitness facility will be open 24 hours a day and will offer the latest fitness equipment as well as a peaceful yoga and Pilates studio.
On the hotel's function level, the business center will provide comprehensive
secretarial services, private work stations, a boardroom, plus a "green
room" for VIPs. For social and corporate gatherings, the hotel will offer
a screening room and an array of spacious function rooms, all with spectacular
views and extensive audio-visual features.
Hong Kong-based Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts currently manages 48 hotels under Shangri-La and Traders brands with a rooms inventory of over 21,000. Shangri-La hotels are five-star deluxe properties featuring extensive luxury facilities and services. Shangri-La hotels are located in Australia, mainland China, Fiji, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Taiwan and the United Arab Emirates. The group has over 30 projects under development in Canada, mainland China, India, Malaysia, Maldives, Oman, Philippines, Qatar, Thailand, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom and the United States. For more information or reservations, please contact a travel professional or access the website at www.shangri-la.com.
Flagstone Property Group is the U.S. property development entity of Mehmet Bayraktar, a leading European mixed-use commercial property developer. Mr. Bayraktar formed Flagstone in early 2001 to establish a U.S. property development portfolio. Details on Flagstone, the management team and its projects are available at www.flagstonegroup.com.
|Also See:||A 350 room Westin to Be Cornerstone of Miami's $480-million Mixed-use Island Gardens Project / September 5, 2005|
|Turkish Developer Mehmet Bayraktar Preparing to Convert Watson Island into Miami's newest Resort, the 600 room Island Gardens / Dec 2004|