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 Grand Heritage Hotels Group Giving the Casa del Mar Beach, Golf & Spa Resort
a $2 million-plus Renovation; General Manager of the Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
Resort is Oscar Ornelas

CABO SAN LUCAS, Mexico (June 19, 2006)   Casa del Mar Beach Golf & Spa, an intimate hacienda-style luxury resort located in the trendy Tourist Corridor of Cabo San Lucas, announces a spectacular US$2 million-plus renovation and refurbishment, some of which has already begun. Under new ownership and management by Grand Heritage Hotels Group, one of North America's premier owner-operators of independent luxury hotels specializing in preserving, maintaining and flourishing the unique legacy of each of its jewels, Casa del Mar's new enhancements will be carefully planned in different phases to ensure minimum disturbance to its guests. The work is scheduled for completion by October 2006. "We are very excited about our property's improvements, as these will enhance the essence of the 19th century luxury hacienda-style ambiance and guest experience," said Oscar Ornelas, General Manager of Casa del Mar. 

The theme of the resort's new décor will be luxury combined with contemporary Mexican colors, textures and furnishings. The spacious 56 ocean-view Hacienda Junior Suites will be transformed into beautifully appointed guest rooms with a classic design that evokes the days of the old Mexican haciendas. Cotton, manta (raw Mexican cotton), and raw silk fabrics in a palette of beige, sand, orange, and rust colors will complement the soft goods. The renovated guestrooms will also feature new pieces of Antigua furniture from Guadalajara, Mexico; new Mexican artwork; new area rugs with contemporary Mexican design; raised platform beds with 450-thread count 100-percent Egyptian cotton bedding, Jacuzzi bathtubs, walk-in marble showers and a private terrace overlooking the Sea of Cortes. Each suite boasts 400 square feet and a king-sized or two full-sized beds. Additional amenities include a deluxe minibar with Voss water, Orangina, Evian, fine chocolates and premium spirits, plus bathrobes and slippers, Aveda toiletries, a direct-dial phone, air-conditioning and celing fans, satellite TV, plasma television sets, a safety deposit box, hairdryer, and iron and board and in-room wireless Internet service. 

El Tapanco, the resort's signature restaurant renowned for its gourmet Latin American and Caribbean fusion menu designed by Executive Chef Jennifer Michelle O'Toole, will feature new terracotta tiles. El Maguey Bar will feature a new fresh look Grand Cava style and a brand new tapas menu. The Pool Bar, which serves light cuisine under the poolside palapa, will feature new Barcelona pool furniture and umbrellas. The resort's seaside lounge lit by tiki torches after dusk, the Mezquite Grill on the Beach, will also feature new Barcelona pool furniture and umbrellas, a new kitchen, a new bar and two new bathrooms. 

The Sueños del Mar Spa will undergo a complete transformation, which will even include its name! The Guerlain-Spa Chakra Alliance   design and operation experts known worldwide for creating ground breaking, visually stunning wellness spa concepts inspired by the best European and Asian design elements   will both revamp and manage the new Spa Chakra, scheduled to open in September. This will be the only one of its kind in Mexico and will feature en suite and personal bathroom amenities and an upgraded menu of indigenous treatments. In addition, Spa Chakra will offer fully catered luncheons for guests enjoying a full-day spa package. The fitness center will also form part of the Spa Chakra upgrade. 

The Meeting Room will feature new state-of-the-art chairs, audiovisual system and soundproofing. The charming area set aside for relaxation known as the Library will also be refurbished including new carpeting and will become a new meeting room. In addition, the resort will offer a new guest Lounge facility featuring leather chairs, a library and computers. The tennis and paddle tennis courts and the business center will also be refurbished. Wi-Fi services have already been added, and an ambience sound system will be installed through the entire resort.

As of press time, the lobby and the main entrance had already received all new furniture and lamps, and new lighting had been installed in the main patio and second floor.
About Casa del Mar:

Situated in a stunning landscape where the desert meets the white sand and turquoise waters of the Sea of Cortez at the tip of Mexico's Baja California, Casa del Mar is an intimate 56-room hacienda-style resort. Graceful arches, cobbled courtyards, tiled fountains and authentic Mexican hacienda architecture are combined with an infinity pool and lush tropical gardens to create a totally romantic atmosphere. The perfect, authentically Mexican setting is a favorite for many photo shoots.

Casa del Mar Beach Golf and Spa Resort is part of the Cabo Real resort development, which has been called "the Pebble Beach of Mexico." Guests have access to the championship 18-hole Cabo Real Golf Course, designed by Robert Trent Jones, Jr., rated among the best in Mexico and Latin America. Four tennis courts and a paddle tennis court are lighted for nighttime play and the concierge can arrange sport fishing, water sports, diving and snorkeling, sunset cruises, horseback riding and motorcycle rides in the desert.

The resort's exceptionally large guest rooms - all with ocean views - also have terraces or balconies, air conditioning, ceiling fans, sofas, bathrooms with Jacuzzis and separate showers, remote controlled television, telephones, mini-bars, safes and other special amenities.  Best of all, the hotel staff provides the smiling welcome and pampering care that is a hallmark of Mexican hospitality.  

Intimate Casa del Mar has earned a reputation for extraordinary value, offering a stylish Mexican décor, exceptional service and reasonable prices. An intimate hacienda-style resort with lush tropical gardens, Casa del Mar was recently voted among the "World's Best Golf Resorts" by the readers of Conde Nast Traveler and a "Favorite" by the readers of Departures.

For more information, visit  For reservations, call the resort at 888-227-9621 or contact your favorite travel agent.

About Grand Heritage Hotel Group:

Grand Heritage Hotel Group, one of the nation's premier owner-operators of independent historic hotels, is the new owner and management group of Casa del Mar Beach Golf & Spa Resort. The company was founded in 1989 by owner John Cullen and includes a total of 15 properties in the United States and in highly sought-after destinations.


 Grand Heritage Hotel Group

Also See: Winston Hotels Forms Joint Venture with Grand Heritage Hotel Company to Acquire the Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colorado / August 2005

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