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Salamander Hotels & Resorts Plans August 2013 Opening for the 168-room
Salamander Resort & Spa Under Development in Middleburg, Virginia

MIDDLEBURG, VA (June 21, 2012)
Salamander Resort & Spa, the much-anticipated luxury resort being built in the storied village of Middleburg, VA, will open in August 2013.

Set on 340 acres amid Virginia’s famed horse country and lush vineyards, yet only a 30-minute drive from Washington, D.C.’s Dulles International Airport and an hour from the nation’s capital, the 168-room resort is already 65 percent complete. With a stated goal of achieving the Forbes Five Star and AAA Five Diamond ratings, Salamander Resort & Spa is the only luxury resort in the United States scheduled to open in 2013.

“I am delighted to finalize this opening timeline,” said Resort Owner Sheila C. Johnson, who is also CEO and founder of Salamander Hotels & Resorts , the hotel company overseeing the design, development and management of the resort. “This property has been my passion ever since I set foot on it nearly a decade ago. It is unmatched in ease of access and equestrian heritage, and it promises to be the finest new destination to open on the East Coast in many years.”

Johnson announced the schedule alongside Middelburg Mayor Betsy Allen Davis as they formally dedicated the town’s new water and wastewater treatment plants. Using state-of-the-art technology and costing $11 million, the facilities were built by Salamander and recently began serving the town’s residents and businesses.

“Today’s ceremony is a significant milestone in the resort’s development, and represents Salamander’s dedication to serving the community as well as its future guests.” said Mayor Davis. “As a town, we look forward to welcoming visitors from all over the world to our beautiful area.”

Designed to blend into its natural environment and replicate the architectural traditions of Virginia’s countryside, Salamander Resort & Spa features luxurious rooms and suites inspired by renowned designer Thomas Pheasant, a 23,000-square-foot lavish spa and unique “treehouse” treatment rooms, a full-service equestrian center with a 22-stall stable and practice ring, Virginia Piedmont-inspired dining overseen by James Beard-nominated Chef Todd Gray, a dedicated cooking studio, wine bar and culinary garden. Salamander guests will enjoy a Jack Nicklaus golf experience at nearby Creighton Farms Estates, while the resort is positioned at the center of Virginia’s emerging wine country – with over 20 wineries located within a 30-minute drive.

The resort features 12,000 square feet of conference and event facilities, including a 5,000-square-foot grand ballroom and a restored 100-year-old Stallion Barn. Already registered for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification, the Salamander Resort & Spa sales team is now accepting group bookings.

Johnson founded Salamander Hotels & Resorts in 2005, and brought on respected hospitality executive Prem Devadas as the company’s president. She also has ownership in three professional sports teams: the NBA’s Washington Wizards, the WNBA’s Washington Mystics and the NHL’s Washington Capitals. She is also well known as the co-founder of Black Entertainment Television (BET). At the end of 2011, Salamander launched two new collections in Florida and the Dominican Republic. The portfolio now features:
  • Grand Golf Resorts of Florida, which includes three of the Sunshine State’s grandest golf resorts: Innisbrook Resort in Tampa Bay, Reunion Resort in Orlando, and Hammock Beach Resort in Palm Coast.
  • Grand Resorts at Cap Cana in the Dominican Republic, which includes the oceanfront Sanctuary Cap Cana, the marina-inspired Fishing Lodge Cap Cana, and the future Ocean Club Cap Cana.
  • The Forbes Five Star- and AAA Five Diamond-rated Woodlands Inn near Charleston, SC.
For more information about the resort, visit, e-mail or call 866-938-7370. For group sales, call 1-540-687-3710.

About Salamander Hotels & Resorts

Salamander Hotels & Resorts is a privately owned and operated company based in Middleburg, VA, just outside Washington, D.C. Founded by entrepreneur Sheila C. Johnson in 2005, the company has a portfolio that features the Grand Golf Resorts of Florida, a collection of three stellar golf resorts including the recently renovated Innisbrook Resort in Tampa Bay, Reunion Resort in Orlando and the oceanfront Hammock Beach Resort in Palm Coast; Grand Resorts at Cap Cana, a collection of luxurious properties in the Dominican Republic including the oceanfront Sanctuary Cap Cana, the new marina-inspired Fishing Lodge Cap Cana, and the future Ocean Club Cap Cana; the Forbes Five-Star- and AAA Five Diamond-rated Woodlands Inn near Charleston, SC; and the eagerly anticipated Salamander Resort & Spa in Middleburg, a 340-acre equestrian-themed, ultra-luxury resort located near Washington, D.C. opening in 2013. For additional information, call (540) 687-3710 or visit

Matt Owen
Salamander Hotels & Resorts
843-573-2062 (office)
843-991-0213 (mobile)


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Also See: Salamander Hotels & Resorts' CEO and Founder Sheila C. Johnson recognized among Washington, D.C.'s 10 Most Powerful Women by ELLE magazine; According to industry survey, Johnson's D.C. area-based Salamander group also ranked as the third fastest-growing hotel management company in the country / March 2012

Salamander Hotels & Resorts Appoints Mary Hutchcraft as Director of Sales and Marketing at Reunion Resort, Part of Orlando's Grand Golf Resorts of Florida / March 2012

Salamander Hotels & Resorts Partners with Lubert-Adler, L.P Assuming Management of Reunion Wyndham Grand Resort and Hammock Beach Resort; Launches Grand Golf Resorts of Florida / October 2011

Salamander Hotels & Resorts Chosen to Manage the 176-suite Sanctuary Cap Cana in the Dominican Republic Adding the Property to its Grand Resorts of Cap Cana Collection / October 2011

Salamander Hotels & Resorts Chosen to Manage 302-villa Fishing Lodge Cap Cana in the Dominican Republic / June 2011

Salamander Hospitality Retained to Manage South Carolina’s First Five Star and Five Diamond-rated Woodlands Inn; Johnny Linton and Family Buy Acclaimed Property from Sheila C. Johnson / September 2010

Salamander Resort & Spa, Opening in March 2011, Continually Looking for Innovative Ways to Enhance Guest Experience, While Maintaining Sensitivity to the Environment / August 2009

Salamander Hospitality to Expand Management Services Division; Sheila C. Johnson’s Company to Focus Growth on Four- and Five-Star Level Properties / March 2009

Construction at Salamander Resort & Spa, Middleburg, Virginia, the Signature Project from Sheila C. Johnson’s Salamander Hospitality, On Track for a 2010 Opening / October 2008

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