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Richard Behr Named General Manager of Miramonte Resort & Spa
in Indian Wells, California

Indian Wells, Calif – Sept. 22, 2006 – Mark Hickey, senior vice president of operations for Destination Hotels & Resorts, recently announced the appointment of Richard Behr as general manager of Miramonte Resort & Spa in Indian Wells, Calif. In his new position, Behr will lead the resort’s team and oversee more than $9 million in renovations this year. Renovations have included a complete upgrade of guest rooms, THE WELL Spa, new restaurant design and the addition of a new ballroom and event lawn slated for January 2007.  With more than 18 years in the hospitality industry Behr is well positioned to ensure success in his new role.

Prior to his arrival at Miramonte Resort & Spa, Behr served as the general manager of the Hilton Scottsdale Resort & Villas, a Merv Griffin Hotel and positioned the property to compete in the upscale Scottsdale market. Behr also provided leadership for Arizona’s Royal Palms Resort & Spa, a Destination Hotels & Resorts property. Behr began his career in the hospitality industry at the Phoenician Resort in Phoenix, where he served in various roles including concierge manager, guest services manager and director of restaurants. 

Behr’s appointment as general manager at Miramonte Resort & Spa marks his return to Destination Hotels & Resorts. As General Manager Behr will be overseeing more than 225 staff members, 215 rooms and a world-class spa at Miramonte. Behr will also help complete the property’s $9 million renovation, which will include a new 6,000 square-foot ballroom and 3,000 square-foot event lawn, as well as the new restaurant design. 

“Miramonte Resort & Spa is boutique in nature, catering to high-end seasoned travelers or groups seeking a tranquil, intimate experience with high levels of service and extraordinary culinary offerings,” says Behr. “While the California desert is continually creating expanded facilities and adding more large corporate hotels, Behr’s goal remains steadfast: maintain the tranquil, old world charm of the luxurious Miramonte Resort & Spa.”

Destination Hotels & Resorts is a privately held lodging management company headquartered in suburban Denver, Colo. 


Kristin Mettler, Destination Hotels & Resorts
(858) 964-6533

Also See: Richard Behr Named General Manager of Merv Griffin's Hilton Scottsdale Resort & Villas / May 2004

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