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 Joie de Vivre Names Tina Harlow General Manager
of Ventana Inn & Spa in Big Sur, California

BIG SUR, Calif., Dec. 15, 2008 … Joie de Vivre, California’s largest boutique hotel collection, has named Tina Harlow general manager of Ventana Inn & Spa, a rustic, luxury resort located in Big Sur above the Pacific Ocean on California’s Central Coast. 

Ventana Inn & Spa, founded in 1975, recently underwent an $18 million property-wide renovation carried out by its new owner, Walton Street Capitol and Joie de Vivre, its hospitality management company.

Harlow was most recently general manager at Mansion on Forsyth Park in Savannah, Ga., and regional director with the Grand Heritage Hotel Group.  During her time with Maryland-based Grand Heritage, she oversaw such luxury properties as Casa de mar Beach Golf and Spa Resort in San Jose del Cabo, Mexico; The Biltmore Hotel in Providence, R.I., and The Vanderbilt Hotel and The Chanler at Cliff Walk, both in Newport, R.I.  Additionally, she served as general manager for the prestigious Lodge at Koele, Lana’i City, Hawaii. 

The Houston native began her hospitality career with Rosewood Hotels & Resorts, where she held various positions, including resident manager at the renowned Caneel Bay Resort on St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands.  

“We’re confident Tina is a perfect fit for this special property,” said Karlene Holloman, senior vice president of operations for Joie de Vivre.  “On top of Tina’s impressive experience in the hospitality industry, Ventana’s guests and staff will appreciate the dedication and passion that Tina brings to her position each and every day.”

Ventana Inn & Spa is situated on 243 acres in Big Sur, 30 miles south of Carmel-by-the-Sea just off Central California’s famed Highway One.  Sitting 1,200 feet above the Pacific Ocean, Ventana is renowned for its tranquil setting, rustic sophistication and romantic allure. The resort features the renowned Allegria Spa and award-winning cuisine, with 50-mile views of the rugged Big Sur Coastline.

For more information on Ventana Inn & Spa call 831.667.2331 or visit

About Joie de Vivre 
Based in San Francisco, Joie de Vivre ( is a creative collection of lifestyle businesses. As California’s largest independent boutique hotel collection, Joie de Vivre encompasses other hospitality businesses such as restaurants and spas. Celebrating 21 years of creating joy, Joie de Vivre manages nearly 40 hotels and is expanding its California presence in Sacramento, Santa Cruz, Huntington Beach, Venice and Long Beach. 


Johanna Koch
Director of Marketing and Public Relations
Ventana Inn & Spa

Also See: Joie de Vivre Hospitality Makes Significant Executive Personnel Changes; Allows for Stronger Southern California Presence and New Commitment Food & Beverage Operations / June 2008
National Trust Historic Hotels Names the 2007 Board of Advisors; Jim Bradbury, GM of La Fonda in Santa Fe, N.M., Named Chair / January 2007


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