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  The Schlesinger Family Forms the Obadon Hotel Group to
Operate Four Recently Acquired Hotels in South Florida

PALM BEACH, Fla. – The Obadon Hotel Group launches as the newest luxury hotel management company led by Eric Ewoldt and Jay Litt. 

Eric Ewoldt was formerly EVP of Ian Schraeger Hotels and Doral Hotels & Resorts, VP & Managing Director of Ritz-Carlton. Additionally he was Director of asset management for portfolios of luxury hotels around the world including Colony Capital, Carnival Resorts & Casinos and the Gencom Group.

Jay Litt served as EVP of Wyndham Hotels and Resorts and has managed five-star properties throughout the US and the Caribbean. Litt has also managed the St. Regis in New York City as well as numerous other luxury assets.

In less than two years, Obadon has acquired four of the hottest properties in South Florida. 

  • The Brazilian Court is open for its first social season in six years following a complete redesign, 
  • The Traymore Hotel and Exhale Spa opens as a luxury wellness escape in South Beach in early 2009, 
  • The Mayfair Hotel & Spa unveils their new rooftop bar this October and 
  • The Omphoy Ocean Resort opens in early 2009 as the first oceanfront boutique hotel in Palm Beach.
The Obadon Hotel Group based in Palm Beach, Fla. is owned by the Schlesinger family known for its real estate empire within the ultra-affluent audience. A key strategy of The Obadon Hotel Group is to partner with renowned brands including Chef Daniel Boulud, Frederic Fekkai, Chef Michelle Bernstein and the Exhale Spa. The company acquires hotels in envied locations and transforms them with organically-inspired personalities.

“Our philosophy is to purchase existing hotels within coveted markets with envied locations. Obadon seeks to transform unparalleled properties with organically-inspired personalities and equally original experiences with a nod toward social consciousness,” says hotelier Adam Schlesinger.

The Obadon Group is a hotel management company featuring a portfolio of experiences which all reflect excellence in interior design, created and uniquely developed by Leslie Schlesinger Interiors. In the collection, one hotel has re-launched, one is in the final stages of its unveiling and two are in the midst of their architectural and design rebirth, all of which are located in the pulse of South Florida.

The Brazilian Court Hotel, Palm Beach – Steps from Worth Avenue and the Atlantic Ocean, this discrete enclave of the rich and famous since the 1920s is most often whispered about as a favored rendezvous promising anonymity for the affluent. The hotel heralds architecture by Rosario Candela, a prominent New York architect whose classic Spanish-Mediterranean architecture and understated glamour is complemented by the iconic courtyards added by Maurice Fatio. Partnered with renowned brands such as Frederic Fekkai and Chef Daniel Boulud, the Brazilian Court redefines its place at the epicenter of Palm Beach society with 80 custom designed suites.

The Traymore Hotel, Miami Beach – The 85-room oceanfront exhale spa hotel in South Beach exudes Zen and infuses the complete spa experience in every design detail and touch point at The Traymore. Opening early 2009 and partnered with the famed spa brand, exhale, a transformational mind body spa, the beachfront retreat is the only site in the entire Southeast of the U.S. to offer the exhale signature brand of Core Fusion® classes and therapies. Combining whole body wellness and mind body programs with fine wine and flavorful dining by celebrity chef Michelle Bernstein, The Traymore is the epitome of luxury spa travel.

The Mayfair Hotel & Spa, Coconut Grove – Steps from glistening blue waters of Biscayne Bay, The Mayfair Hotel & Spa boasts 179 individually decorated suites, orchid-filled atriums and gourmet dining. Featuring a Jurlique Spa and introducing a new partnership with Angelo and Maxies in October, The Mayfair is also unveiling a new rooftop pool and hot new rooftop lounge, Cabana One in October.

The Omphoy Ocean Resort, Palm Beach – Beckoning like a shimmering wave, The Omphoy is the only beachfront boutique hotel on the iridescent shores of Palm Beach that engages the escapist in everyone with an unpretentious air and the continuous flow of fresh ocean breezes. Opening early 2009 and offering panoramic ocean views, The Omphoy empowers guests with the pulsating energy and tranquil allure derived from the sea.


The Obadon Hotel Group

Laura Millett

Also See: Adam Schlesinger Acquires Historic Brazilian Court Hotels for $18 million; Plans to Convert to a Condominium Hotel / Agust 2002
Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman Taps Titan Hospitality for Asset Management / June 2003
Jay Litt Appointed as Senior Vice President - Procurement at Patriot American Hospitality, Inc / Sept 1998


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