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Sea Palms Owner and Management Company Announce Milestones on Property Enhancements

Restaurant, Sea Gate Inn and Clubhouse are among “Visitor-and Guest-Ready” Enhanced Facilities

The Ardent Companies, owner of the prominent Sea Palms Resort and Conference Center, and Valor Hospitality Partners, the property’s management company, have announced that key property enhancements have been completed on the resort’s conference center, restaurant & lounge, accommodations and pool area.

“Residents and visitors to St. Simons Island and the resort’s club members have been eagerly anticipating the multi-million dollar renovations, looking forward to Sea Palms returning to its legacy of delivering the best of guest service, attractive accommodations, award winning dining and an exceptional golf, tennis and resort experience,” explains Euan McGlashan, co-founder and managing partner of Valor Hospitality Partners. 

“Guest rooms have been refreshed, the golf courses and landscaping have been restyled, and the restaurant, fitness and conference centers have been beautifully updated, among many other upgrades,” McGlashan adds. “Everything has been redesigned so each amenity is conveniently located within steps of one another.”

Among the notable enhancements are:        

Guest rooms with a new bedding package, flat screen TVs and balconies

Golf course with new bunkers, reseeded greens, decorative sea grass, and other upgrades

Conference Center redesign, including all meeting rooms; changes in lighting, carpet, AV, and connectivity; new meeting rooms, now totaling 10,000 sq. ft.

The relocation of an intimate guest registration area to the main building

A new health club, and pool upgrades, including cabanas and an outdoor fireplace

A multitude of activities have been added to create and enhance guest/ member experience 

Also, the resort is introducing a new restaurant concept, The Public House at Sea Palms Resort, which will be open for breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week. It will be available to members, hotel guests and the local community. Michelin-awarded Executive Chef Matt Gray, who is the driving force behind Valor’s international food and beverage operations, leads the restaurant’s culinary team.

“The Public House menu is based around ‘sharing plates,’ which gives guests an opportunity to try our extensive menu choices,” explains Chef Gray. “On-site Chef Jesse Lizana, who has his roots and restaurant experience here in the South, and I will emphasize as many local products as we can source, and most of our items will be fresh and made-from-scratch in our kitchen. We will also offer a variety of tap beers and wines.” 

Al Luciano, Executive Vice President of Sales & Marketing states, “We are excited about, and eager for our grand re- launch on April 1, 2015. We are booking events and taking reservations now.”

John Chambliss, partner in The Ardent Companies, says that the Sea Palms Resort enhancements will make a strong statement of support to locals and guests throughout that St. Simons is “America’s Best Island Experience.”

The Ardent Companies recently acquired the Sea Gate Inn, a 24-suite property, and it is “now a key component of the Sea Palms Resort. Its strong legacy, combined with a commitment to guest service under Valor management, ensures the Inn will be in great demand by the Island’s visitors.

“Ardent not only made a solid -- and we believe smart -- financial commitment here, we also have an affinity for the Island and its people, and plan to make continued investment in the future,” Chambliss says. 

Sea Palms Resort is located in St. Simons in the Golden Isles of the Georgia coast overlooking the Island’s marshes. Sea Palms offers southern charm and unmatched southern hospitality and is a year-round destination. On-site amenities include: hotel-style deluxe guest rooms, executive studios and one, two or three-bedroom suites with porches and sun decks; more than 10,000 square feet of conference and function space; restaurant and bar that serves breakfast, lunch and dinner; 27-hole golf course, driving range, two swimming pools, fitness center, clay tennis courts, biking, horseshoes and volleyball.

Reservations can be made directly with the resort online at or 1.800.841.6268.

About Ardent Companies

The Atlanta-based Ardent Companies is owned and managed by highly experienced real estate and investment professionals. More than $400 million of capital has been invested by the partnership, including 356 residential homes/condominiums, 4330 residential lots, 2 golf courses, 468 hotel rooms and 2.1 million sq. ft. of retail and office properties.

Contact: Donna Fleishman / 4042142156

About Valor Hospitality Partners

Valor Hospitality Partners  is a development and operating management company that specializes in the hospitality industry.  The  partnership has a senior leadership team with more than 190 years combined  experience, including developing and /or managing more than 70 properties around the world.

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