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The Woodlands (Houston), Texas, January 2017… BENCHMARK®, a global hospitality company, has named Antonio Estremera as executive chef for The Grove Resort & Spa, an expansive 106-acre hotel destination in Orlando, Florida, minutes from Walt Disney World®.  The resort will open its first phase on March 10. The 878 room, all-suite hotel will feature multiple food and drink venues, including a three meal-a-day restaurant, two poolside eateries, two lounges, and a large-scale grab-and-go style marketplace. Each will be overseen by Chef Estremera. Bill Lee, The Grove’s general manager, made the announcement.

“It is a pleasure to welcome Antonio to The Grove Resort & Spa,” said Mr. Lee.  “His background in hotels and resorts of varying size and scale will prove invaluable to our property. Our goal is to provide exceptional experiences across all areas of the resort, and Antonio’s operational capabilities in food and beverage will help us to achieve this.”

Mr. Estremera arrives at The Grove Resort & Spa with more than 16 years of experience and more than half of his career spent in upper management positions. His tenure in the hospitality world has taken him up and down the eastern region of the U.S., including a selection of Benchmark properties. Within the collection, Mr. Estremera most recently served as executive chef at the Emilio & Gloria Estefan-owned Costa d’Este Beach Resort & Spa in Vero Beach, Florida; as executive sous chef at the Center for Leadership Excellence in Bethesda, Maryland; and as chef tournant for Lansdowne Resort, a Leesburg, Virginia, property formally operated by Benchmark.

Mr. Estremera grew up in the food and beverage industry, learning the essentials of cooking during his formative years while working in his family’s restaurant.  It was there that his love for the culinary arts developed, and he utilized his acquired skills to guide his remarkable career as executive chef. He’s since applied his refined technique and creativity to match the needs of the most discerning guests, meeting professionals, sophisticated special event planners, and wedding consultants.

Mr. Estremera and his family are relocating to Orlando.

About The Grove Resort & Spa

The Grove Resort & Spa will open in Orlando, Florida in March 2017 as an expansive 106-acre hotel destination located just minutes from the west entrance of Walt Disney World®. Set on Lake Austin and amid a portion of Central Florida’s conservation grounds, The Grove will become a sanctuary from the boisterous pace of the outside world, neighboring theme parks, luxury shopping, and entertainment centers. 878 two and three bedroom residential-style suites with full kitchens, full-size washers and dryers, multiple bathrooms, and screened patios will offer guests the comforts of home, while the resort’s hearty collection of amenities will deliver the luxuries of a full-service resort. Four swimming pools and the Surfari Water Park will be a focal point of The Grove experience, with its interactive water structure with multiple slides, a lazy river stretching more than 725 feet, and a dual rider surf simulator. Guests will also enjoy a selection of watersports at the resort’s Lake Austin Pier, an intimate spa, fitness center, and a children’s game room. Dining options will include the indoor/outdoor Valencia restaurant, Longboard Bar & Grill and Springs Bar & Grill at the pool areas, with additional food options available at the large-scale grab-and-go, Alfresco Market. 6,000 square feet of flexible space will be available for corporate, association, and incentive meetings, as well as weddings, family reunions, and other special events. The Grove Resort & Spa is managed by Houston, Texas-based BENCHMARK®, a global hospitality company. For more information, please visit www.GroveResortOrlando.com.  Follow The Grove via Facebook.com/thegroveresortorlando and on Twitter and Instagram at @thegroveresort.

About Benchmark Resorts & Hotels®

Benchmark Resorts & Hotels® features the finest in lodging, dining, recreational and meeting accommodations.  Featuring unique and distinctive properties renown for exceptional service and for creating unforgettable memory-making experiences, it is the signature portfolio of BENCHMARK®, a global hospitality company, which has been a leading US-based hospitality management company for nearly 40 years.  Many Benchmark Resort & Hotels' properties are certified by IACC, the association that represents the finest meeting venues and services globally, and many have also been recognized with the coveted Benchmark Conference Centers® certification of meeting excellence.  www.benchmarkresortsandhotels.com.  To become a fan on Facebook, visit www.facebook.com/BenchmarkResortsandHotels  Follow us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/BenchmarkHotels, on Instagram at www.instagram.com/benchmarkresortsandhotels, and on Pinterest at  www.pinterest.com/benchmarkhotels

Contact: Ken Ellens

KenEllens@aol.com / 201-758-2864

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