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 Condé Nast Johansens 2007 Guide Highlights Florida Luxury
Resorts Catering to Destination Weddings
More Brides Saying ‘I do’ to Fall & Winter Ceremonies
SAN FRANCISCO (July 12, 2006) -- Condé Nast Johansens (, the international luxury hotel guide publisher, today announced that in recognition of an increasingly popular trend, the 2007  Recommended Hotels, Inns, Resorts & Spas – The Americas, Atlantic, Caribbean, Pacific will pinpoint Florida resorts catering to brides opting for destination weddings in the Fall and Winter months.  Condé Nast Johansens is the most comprehensive illustrated luxury guide to hotels, inns, resorts, and spas throughout the Americas, Great Britain and Europe, and the only guidebook that carries the Condé Nast seal of approval.  
“The job of the Guides is to identify the best of the best and to be responsive to our readers’ interests,” noted Lesley O’Malley-Keyes, Condé Nast Johansens vice president and publishing director for the Americas.  “The phenomenon of destinations weddings in Florida has grown dramatically over the past five years, and we believe that our readers will appreciate our reviews of the many facilities catering to this increasingly popular trend in weddings.”
O’Malley-Keyes noted that the most popular months for destination weddings in Florida are October through December and then February through May, and that most brides who book Florida destination weddings come from the Northeastern United States.  But there are some exceptions.  “The wedding planners at Don CeSar Resort off the coast of St. Petersburg have found it to be very popular with couples from England and Scotland, who typically bring only 10 guests for their wedding, making it a wonderfully intimate celebration,” said O’Malley-Keyes.
There is one constant, however -- almost all couples booking a destination wedding in Florida dream of a ceremony on the beach, ideally at sunset.  
O’Malley-Keyes and her team of expert inspectors, who are currently visiting luxury properties in Florida to identify prime wedding destination properties for the 2007 Guide, plan to recommend a variety of resorts in Florida, from the Gulf to the Atlantic and from the Panhandle to Key West.  Among those already approved for recommendation are the Don CeSar Beach Resort with its flamingo pink façade and ideally located on the sugar white St. Pete Beach.  Also on the Gulf Coast, in the Panhandle city of Seagrove Beach, Condé Nast Johansens recommends the WaterColor Inn & Resort, which in addition to a 60-room inn, boasts 140 vacation homes.

Don CeSar Resort on St. Pete Beach on the
Gulf-side of Florida

WaterColor Inn & Resort overlooking
the Gulf of Mexico
“Many wedding planners tell us that some couples book one vacation home for the bride and her bridesmaids, and a second vacation home for the groom and his groomsmen,” said O’Malley-Keyes.  “It’s a wonderful way for the bride and groom to spend time with their best friends before the big event.”
Most recently, Condé Nast Johansens recommends the chic Hotel Victor in Miami’s popular South Beach.  Most couples hold their ceremonies on the hotel’s “View Terrace” overlooking the ocean.  
“The Hotel Victor clientele is very hip and trendy, so most brides who book weddings there are looking for something memorable and non-traditional,” adds O’Malley-Keyes.
Condé Nast Johansens recommends only those properties that meet its exacting standards, making the Guides one of the most trusted resources for exemplary accommodations.  Selections are the result of an annual inspection process and are based on excellence in service and cuisine, unique style, diverse character and exceptional location.  Condé Nast Johansens publishes five guides and recommends lodging on three different continents.
The Condé Nast Johansens Guides, which are entering their 25th year of publication in Europe, have attracted a loyal readership in the United States by guarantying that each Recommended property undergoes a rigorous annual inspection process to ensure that exceptional quality is maintained year-after-year.  Every qualifying hotel or spa is awarded the “Condé Nast Mark of Excellence” wall plaque.  This prestigious sign of approval serves as a visible endorsement for more than 13 million of the world’s most discerning travelers.
The Condé Nast Johansens international collection of guides is available at select bookstores nationwide.  The Guide web site, offers exclusive seasonal discounts and complimentary access to the international database of luxury accommodations.  Consumers can purchase Condé Nast Johansens Guides by calling Condé Nast Johansens at 1-800-564-7518 or via the online bookstore at  Gift certificates are available at the Web site. 
The complete international collection of Condé Nast Johansens includes:
  • Recommended Hotels & Spas, Great Britain and Ireland 
  • Recommended Country Houses, Small Hotels and Inns, Great Britain and Ireland
  • Recommended Hotels and Spas, Europe and The Mediterranean
  • Hotels, Inns & Resorts Americas, Atlantic, Caribbean, Pacific
  • Recommended Venues for Business Meetings, Conferences and Events
About Condé Nast Johansens
Condé Nast Johansens is owned by Condé Nast Publications, a wholly owned subsidiary of Advance Publications and Condé Nast International, which publishes 72 magazines around the world, including Vogue, Condé Nast Traveler, House & Garden, Architectural Digest, The New Yorker, GQ, Tatler, Vanity Fair, Brides, Glamour and Wired.
Hoteliers who would like to be considered for inclusion in the 2007 Guide
should contact Lesley O’Malley-Keyes by July 31st at (603) 643-2430

For all media inquiries please contact Casey Shaughnessy at Glodow Nead Communications, (415) 394-6500 or
Also See: Conde Nast Johansens Names the Recipients for the 2006 Americas Awards for Excellence / January 2006

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