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 The Kessler Collection Enters into a Management Agreement
with the Historic Sundy House in Delray Beach, Florida

Orlando, FL/ Delray Beach, FL  (May 22, 2006) – Orlando-based hotel and real estate developer Richard C. Kessler, chairman and CEO of The Kessler Enterprise, Inc./The Kessler Collection, has entered into an agreement with Dharma Living Resorts to manage the historic Sundy House, located in Delray Beach, Florida. Kessler, who is known for building luxury, boutique properties in Florida, Georgia and Colorado, also manages the El Monte Sagrado in Taos, NM, a sister property to the Sundy House.

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Early Revival-style Victorian Sundy House was originally built in 1902 by John Shaw Sundy and restored in 1995 by Dharma Living Resorts.  Sundy, Delray’s first mayor, lived there with his wife and eight children during his eight terms in office, making it the oldest house in Delray Beach. 

The Sundy House is hidden in an acre of Taru Gardens, a lush, sprawling, tropical jungle of towering trees, exotic plants, wildlife, waterfalls, gazebos and a bubbling stream leading to a small, beautifully lit pond.  It features a fresh water swimming pond with fishes, 11 luxury guest accommodations with hand painted wall finishes, original artwork, luxury linens, DVD players, high-speed Internet access, coffee makers, iron and ironing boards, hair dryers, in-room safes and either balconies or patios with spectacular garden views.  Guest rooms are housed in three separate buildings - The Stable Building, The Luxury Cottage and The Townhouse Building.  

The Stable Building houses six Equestrian-theme rooms, all offering classic hotel amenities overlooking the exotic swimming pond.  Four of the six rooms are king-size rooms and the remaining two rooms feature double beds with fully-appointed kitchenettes.   

The Luxury Cottage, a freestanding cottage, features a living room, fireplace, plasma television, guest bathroom, fully-appointed kitchen, separate dining room, muraled master bedroom, mater bath Jacuzzi and rain shower.   

The Townhouse Building houses four duplex townhouses, two of the four offer two bedrooms and two baths and the remaining two features one bedroom and one bath.  All townhouses feature fully-appointed kitchens, washers and dryers, dining rooms, living rooms, balconies or patios.  

The award-winning De La Tierra Restaurant’s stunning design spills over into the lush Taru Gardens, offering three distinct dining rooms with indoor and outdoor seating.  Under the direction of Chef Daniel Ramos, the dinner and Sunday brunch menu merges continental and American fusion with fresh ingredients from Chef Ramos’ herb garden.  The Warhol room features several pieces of original artwork by Andy Warhol.  The rare collection features images of Truman Capote, Dolly Parton, John Lennon and the Statue of Liberty. 

The Roux Bamboux Lounge with its massive, half-moon shaped, marble-topped bar, subdued lighting and chic design, exudes laid-back sophistication and casual elegance.  The lounge offers an extensive wine and cavier menu, tapas menu, a variety of martinis, spirits and imported beer. 

The Sundy House has been named one of “Florida's Top 50 Hotels and Resorts” by the New York Post, “One of 30 Great Inns in the U.S.” by Travel and Leisure, “Best Romantic Getaway” by South Florida Parenting, “Best of Dining, Best Brunch and Most Romantic Restaurant” by the Palm Beach Post.     
The Kessler Collection includes the AAA Four-Diamond Casa Monica Hotel in historic, St. Augustine, FL; the AAA Four-Diamond Westin Grand Bohemian in Orlando- rated number one in the world in guest satisfaction by Starwood Hotels in Resorts; the AAA Four-Diamond Celebration Hotel in Celebration; Doubletree Castle Hotel in Orlando; Sheraton Studio City Hotel in Orlando; and the Sheraton Safari Hotel– an affiliated property, in Orlando; El Monte Sagrado - a Kessler managed property in Taos, NM; the Kessler Canyon in Grand Junction, CO; the historic Kehoe House and the chic and luxurious Mansion on Forsyth Park, Savannah, GA., Columbia Place luxury condominiums, Savannah, GA – scheduled for completion Fall 2006 and Grand Bohemian Hotel and Residences, St. Petersburg, FL – scheduled to open 2009.  For additional information, please call 561.272.5678 or visit or


Mary C. Kenny
Corporate Director of Marketing and Public Relations
The Kessler Collection 
407.996.9942 Direct

Also See: Hotelier Richard Kessler Planning a 150-room Hotel with in Mix Use Project in Downtown Orlando / April 2006
Hotel Developer Richard C. Kessler Opens Luxury Hotel in His Hometown, Savannah, Georgia; The Mansion on Forsyth Park Home to More than 400 Pieces of Unique Artwork / April 2005


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