La Maison Cendrière Mon, 09 May 2022 22:58:40 +0000 en-US hourly 1 La Maison Cendrière 32 32 Guests can watch fireworks from a Disney World Value Resort Mon, 09 May 2022 22:58:40 +0000

Whether you’re a frequent guest at Walt Disney World Resort or preparing for your very first visit to the world’s most magical place, one indisputable fact that all guests can agree on is that viewing bonfires fireworks from their hotel window is an indescribable experience. live.

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Whether it’s Magic Kingdom park’s current nighttime show, Disney Enchantment, or EPCOT’s epic Harmonious, Disney World‘s nighttime shows are the perfect end to any theme park day.

Usually, though, guests assume they’ll have to go to a Disney Deluxe Resort like Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort or Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa to get a view of the fireworks from their room. But, it turns out that’s not really the case.

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Reddit user u/ByEthanFox shared that he and his traveling party noticed they could watch Harmonious from their bed at Disney’s Pop Century Resort just a week ago! This Value Plus Resort is priced more affordably than Disney Deluxe Resorts or Disney Moderate Resorts, making it the perfect choice for almost any family budget.

The full message reads as follows:

Last week we didn’t know you could see seamless fireworks from your bed at Pop Century

Little did we know last week you could see seamless fireworks from your bed at WaltDisneyWorld’s Pop Century

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Reviewers shared their own experiences, with user u/BargoBoy noting, “I stayed there in early April and we noticed that too! We were on the 4th floor in the 50s building.”

Another Disney Parks fan, u/fuzz_boy also shared his thoughts on the famous Disney World Resort hotel: “Pop Century is the best! We were able to see fireworks last time, but not from the bed. We actually spent our honeymoon there.

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u/bugsnax8k120 was thrilled to hear this information as they will soon be traveling with a toddler. They wrote: ‘Glad to know we are about to go with our soon to be 2 year old and there is a good chance she needs some sleep and can’t do the fireworks …I hope we can be so lucky as OP!

Fellow Park-goer, u/Euchre offered some helpful advice for anyone wanting to see Harmonious from Disney’s Pop Century Resort, “You have to get a room with the (preferred) ‘lake view’, which costs more. “

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They noted that the supplement was generally worth it, especially for parents of young children.

Learn more about Disney’s Pop Century Resort

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The official description for the retro-themed Disney World hotel accessible at Skyliner reads:

Relive unforgettable fashions from the 1950s through the 1990s. From yo-yos and Play-Doh® to Rubik’s Cube® and rollerblades, this resort hotel pays homage to timeless fashions, slogans, toys and dances that captivated the world over the decades.

Learn more about Disney’s Harmonious

Harmonious Epcot
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The official description for Disney’s Harmonious reads:

The heart of Epcot’s transformation comes to life with Harmonious, one of the biggest nighttime shows ever created for Disney parks. The show is a beautifully crafted mix of classic Disney music and visuals reinterpreted by a culturally diverse group of 240 artists from around the world. Come and be dazzled by it all as you discover how the music and stories of Disney have the power to inspire and unite us all, transcending any language or border.

This magnificent new spectacle brings to the World Showcase Lagoon an innovative combination of giant floating screens, choreographed moving fountains, lights, pyrotechnics and lasers in a 360 degree view. Enter incredible worlds inspired by Moana, Aladdin, Coco, Brave, The Lion King, Mulan, The Princess and the Frog and other classic stories. Colorful imagery and effects dance and shift as Harmonious weaves familiar Disney music and stories in new ways. Through unique perspectives as diverse as the world itself, Disney songs leap from language to language as the show brings people together from different parts of the world to unleash the magic of the possible.

Have you ever watched Pop Century’s EPCOT fireworks?

Let Academy Travel’s team of experts help you plan your next magical vacation at Walt Disney World Resort’s four theme parks – Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, Disney’s Animal Kingdom and Disney’s Hollywood Studios – and the shopping district and restaurants in Disney Springs!

Gateway to Wynwood, Goodtime Hotel Score Tenants Mon, 09 May 2022 13:45:00 +0000

The Gateway at Wynwood office building at 2916 North Miami Avenue with R&B Realty Group CEO Aron Rosenberg (LinkedIn, R&B Realty Group)

OpenStore, Baseline, Daliyah and Mizu Rooftop Garden I The Walkway at Wynwood

Tech e-commerce company OpenStore has more than doubled its office space at The Gateway at Wynwood four months after first moving into the office building.

The 13-story property, located at 2916 North Miami Avenue in Miami’s Wynwood neighborhood, has also attracted two new tenants.

OpenStore has expanded its space by 26,000 square feet, meaning it now rents over 40,000 square feet, having originally moved its office to The Gateway from the Wynwood Annex in January.

Single-family rental investor Baseline took 5,000 square feet of office space; and Mediterranean-Asian fusion steakhouse Daliyah and Mizu Rooftop Garden have leased 6,000 square feet of retail space on the ground floor and the nearly 3,000 square foot rooftop, respectively, according to a press release from The developer. Gateway.

New York-based R&B Realty Group, led by CEO Aron Rosenberg, completed The Gateway with 195,000 square feet of office space and nearly 25,900 square feet of street-level retail in December and the opened in January. The Kobi Karp-designed building includes a gym and 24/7 security.

Stephen Rutchik led the Colliers team that represented the landlord in office leases. CBRE’s Alex Cesar and Drew Schaul represented the owner in the retail transaction.

OpenStore, which first leased more than 14,000 square feet, buys Shopify businesses and then uses its software and data to drive sales, working to enable instant cash for professional sellers, according to the release. Keith Rabois, general partner of venture capital firm Founders Fund; Jack Abraham, founder of startup and investment fund Atomic; and Michael Rubenstein, the former president of AppNexus, founded OpenStore. The company temporarily leased space with Atomic and Founders Fund at Wynwood Annex before moving to The Gateway.

Orlando-based Baseline develops and manages short- and long-term single-family home rentals, according to the release. It has delivered over 4,000 vacation rentals and 20,000 single-family homes with a combined value of $7 billion.

Mizu will open its rooftop dining space in time for this year’s Art Basel, with the ground floor restaurant, Daliyah, opening in summer 2023.

The concept was created by Dzyne Hospitality and Opso Group of Derrick Orosa, which owns other Miami businesses such as Midtown Maü Miami and Kavo Miami. They have also partnered with Montreal-based A5 Hospitality, founded by Alexandre Besnard and Patrick Hétu, for the planned restaurants at The Gateway.

Others that have taken up residence in the building are Danish furniture chain BoConcept, which will open in the fall in 3,000 square feet of retail on the ground floor; and oncology biopharmaceutical company Veru, which has leased 12,155 square feet for its global headquarters.

Jon & Vinny’s, milk + honey and more I The Goodtime Hotel I Miami Beach

The Goodtime Hotel in South Beach, backed by rapper Pharrell Williams and hotel magnate David Grutman, has signed up eight new tenants.

They are: Jon & Vinny’s, a restaurant in Los Angeles offering Italian cuisine; milk + honey spa; the Pure Green juice and smoothie brand; Vintage Frames Company designer vintage eyewear store; F45 gym franchise; alternative medicine provider Binske, which offers legal cannabis products; the luxury watch and jewelry boutique VAULT; and swimwear company Vilebrequin, according to a press release from hotel developers Michael Fascitelli and Eric Birnbaum of the New York-based Imperial Companies.

Tenants will open from the second quarter to the second quarter of 2023. Imperial declined to disclose the square footage leased.

The 266-key Goodtime Hotel opened in April last year at 601 Washington Avenue with approximately 100,000 square feet of public space; Grutman’s 30,000-square-foot Strawberry Moon Restaurant and Pool Club; 45,000 square feet of ground floor retail, gym and library.
The property includes a 26,000 square foot amenity deck and 242 valet parking spaces, according to the release.

Developers had paid $36 million for the hotel property in 2015. Designer Ken Fulk is also a partner in the project.

The I Plaza 100 yacht portfolio I Fort Lauderdale

Maritime investment firm The Yacht Portfolio will open its new headquarters at Plaza 100 in downtown Fort Lauderdale.

The Yacht Portfolio has leased a 16,690 square foot penthouse at 100 Northeast Third Avenue, with plans to move early next year, according to a press release from the tenant’s broker.

Scott Goldstein and Keith Edelman of CBRE represented The Yacht Portfolio. JLL’s Doug Okun represented the owner.

New York-based Zurich Alternative Asset Management, a subsidiary of Swiss-based Zurich Insurance Group, bought the 11-story Plaza 100 for $46.5 million in 2015.

The building was built in 1985 on 1.9 acres, according to property records.

The Yacht Portfolio was previously based in Coconut Grove but sublet its space at 2601 South Bayshore Drive during the pandemic, according to media reports. The Fort Lauderdale lease marks a return to the office for the company.

The Yacht Portfolio, led by CEO Douglas Prothero, has various investments, including The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection.

Shawmut Design and Construction I The Square I West Palm Beach

Construction management firm Shawmut Design and Construction has opened its second South Florida office at Stephen Ross’ The Square in downtown West Palm Beach.

Boston-based Shawmut Design has leased space at 700 South Rosemary Avenue, according to a press release. The square footage of the office was not disclosed.

The Square, a mixed-use office and retail development, has been rebranded from its most recent moniker of Rosemary Square. New York-based Related Companies, led by Ross, developed the 72-acre resort in 2000 and then named the property CityPlace. The related companies later renamed it Rosemary Square as part of a $550 million renovation carried out in recent years.

Shawmut Design, led by CEO Les Hiscoe, is an employee-owned company valued at $1.3 billion, according to the statement. In South Florida, Shawmut Design has worked on projects in the Miami Design District, Brickell City Center and a penthouse renovation in Fontainebleau Miami Beach.

Besides West Palm, the company has 10 offices nationwide, including one in Miami-Dade County at 10800 Biscayne Boulevard, according to its website.

Tim Barges is Shawmut’s director for South Florida, and Dan Paulus was recently hired to lead regional development efforts.

Report: Several Americans found dead at Sandals resort in Bahamas Sat, 07 May 2022 21:11:00 +0000

STATEN ISLAND, NY – What started as a vacation in paradise has taken a deadly turn for three American citizens.

Three Americans, two men and a woman, were found dead Friday at the Sandals Emerald Bay resort in Exuma, Bahamas, with a fourth citizen taken to a nearby hospital, according to a statement from the Royal Bahamas Police Force.

Chester Cooper, Acting Prime Minister of the Bahamas, released a statement saying police are investigating the incident and the cause of death remains unknown, although foul play is not suspected at this time.

Police said resort staff contacted them on Friday May 6 around 9am when an unconscious man was found in one of the resort’s villas.

As they moved to respond to the incident, police were informed that another man and woman had been found unresponsive in a separate villa.

Upon arrival, officers were directed to the first villa, where they found a white male lying unresponsive on the floor. A local doctor later pronounced the man dead, finding no signs of trauma on examination.

Officers moved to the second villa, where a Caucasian male was found ‘slumped against a wall in a bathroom unresponsive’, and a Caucasian female was found unresponsive as she lay on a bed. Both showed signs of convulsing, but like the first man, no signs of trauma were discovered, the statement said.

The man and woman, who had been ill the previous night and had visited the local medical facility before returning to their villa, were both pronounced dead by a local doctor.

The identities of the victims have not yet been made public, as police are awaiting the confirmed identification of a next of kin.

Another American woman was airlifted to Princess Margaret Hospital showing signs of illness, according to Cooper’s statement.

Sandals issued a statement shortly after the incidents were reported, indicating that the company is working with local authorities to complete the investigation.

“Nothing is more important to Sandals Resorts than the safety of our guests,” the statement read.

“A health emergency was initially reported and, in accordance with our protocols, we immediately alerted emergency health professionals and the appropriate local authorities to provide support and investigate the situation.”

“We are actively working to support the investigation as well as the families of the guests in any way we can during this difficult time. Out of respect for the privacy of our guests, we cannot release any further information at this time,” continues the press release.

Explosion at popular Cuban hotel kills dozens and injures more Sat, 07 May 2022 19:33:30 +0000

A desperate search for survivors is still ongoing after a gas leak caused an explosion that wiped out large parts of the popular Saratoga Hotel in Havana. The explosion killed 22 people and more than 70 people were hospitalized.

Before the blast, guests reported hearing something that sounded like ‘a bomb’ just moments before the eruption ripped through the 19th century-built hotel, the US Sun reported.

A tank truck parked outside the hotel is believed to have caught fire, subsequently exploding and destroying several floors of the building.

As of this writing, 22 people have died, either in the blast or from injuries caused by the blast, and 74 people have been hospitalized. Among those who died were a pregnant woman and at least one child.

Children attending school next to the hotel were quickly evacuated and no injuries were reported among its students.

Local reports claim that foreigners vacationing in Cuba are still trapped on the top floor of the hotel as it continues to collapse.

After visiting the site, Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel ruled out the possibility that it was an attack or a bombing.

Diaz-Canel instead suggested the explosion was caused by a gas leak, consistent with the findings of initial investigations.

Footage taken by Cuban residents of the area shows the injured desperately seeking safety and medical attention, as reports confirm that many witnesses to the tragedy worked to save victims under the rouble.

Local police and firefighters began searching for bodies and survivors in the ruins.

Adjacent buildings on the same block as the Saratoga Hotel were also devastated by the blast, which reportedly shook buildings in surrounding streets. Buses, cars and other vehicles parked outside the hotel were destroyed in the blast.

Michael Figueroa, a Cuban photographer, said he was “thrown to the ground” by the force of the blast as he walked down the street.

The hotel was due to reopen in four days after the COVID-19 pandemic. Today it is in ruins and much of its exterior wall and facades have been erased.

Marcelo Ebrard, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Mexico, said: “Our solidarity with the victims and those affected as well as with the people of this dear brotherly nation”.

Greetings from…’ Review – Entertainment Focus Fri, 06 May 2022 07:20:26 +0000

Has it really been five years since “Drinkin’ Problem” was a smash hit and introduced Midland to the world of country music? Since then, Mark Wystrach, Jess Carson and Cameron Daddy have been hard at work on albums, EPs and documentaries that have seen the band evolve, adding elements of the Bakersfield sound, the feel of Laurel Canyon bands from the 70s and even now some Stones-esque Swagger & Simon & Garfunkel love folk. So why, when you go to Google and type in “Midland Band”, the question “Is Midland a fake band?” always come? It’s time to give these guys the respect they deserve. This new album, ‘The Last Resort: Greetings From…’ should finally dispel all those misconceptions as we witness the evolution of Midland before our very eyes.

The 12 songs offered here aren’t radically different from anything Midland has released since 2017, but what they do offer are subtle evolutions and twists on their retro-Country, Countrypolitan theme. Longtime collaborator Shane McAnally appears on six of the songs and other writers, like Aaron Ratiere who released his own album today (May 6, 2022) and John Osborne (Brothers Osborne) pop up to shake things up a bit.

If it’s “Classic Midland” you’re looking for, you know, that sweet retro 70s and 80s country feel with a real melodic edge, then you won’t be disappointed with “The Last Resort: Greetings From…” I Lived Here’, a song about deciding to just live at the bar, because, ‘If I lived here, I’d be home right now’, has all the hallmarks of a Midland classic. This Conway Twitty meets Jerry Reed-style twang combined with delicious harmonies and a final third that picks up the pace as it rushes to a heart-pounding crescendo. “Two to Two Step” does exactly what it says on the tin, underpinned by superb 80s-style production while “Sunrise Tells the Story” has an infectious hook and vibes so sweet you couldn’t hold him if he had bodily form!

Where this album really stands out is on the tracks that do something a little different or a little more. The title track is infused with Jimmy Buffett “Island style” vibes as you slowly come to see the guys riffing on the double meaning of the word “resort”. “Paycheck to Paycheck”, which was co-written by John Osborne and shares a certain genealogy with their track “Dead Man’s Curve”, is directly in the tradition of country rock while the closer album, “Adios Cowboy”, continues the group’s recent experimentation with an Eagles sound on harmonies and vibrations. One of my favorite tracks on the album, ‘Adios Cowboy’ is part Hotel California and part Urban Cowboy, what a great combination it is.

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There’s also reason to think that Midland is starting to morph into the country version of Kiss. Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons handled most of the vocal duties in this band, but Ace Frehley got to sing a weird song, so did Peter Criss, damn it, even Eric Carr finally got to sing on the “Hot in the Shade” album. ” of the group. Here Jess Carson and Cameron Daddy take the mic and the results are nothing short of outstanding. Carson’s “Life Ain’t Fair” is a kind of Simon & Garfunkel folk number with sharp lyrics and a whole load of southern wisdom as Duddy pulls out all the shoulders, shakes and slings on “King of Saturday Night” while he does his best Jagger impression to very good effect.

A special mention must also go to two other songs. “Bury Me in Blue Jeans,” which is a simple, melodic song about living a simple life. Classic Midland, even if the melody of the verses sounds strangely like the theme of “National Lampoons Christmas Vacation” to these ears! Jon Pardi appears on the raucous “Long Neck Way to Go” which promises to be a staple of the band’s live set for years to come with its delightful harmonies and extended jam session potential towards the end.

Fake group? Paa! Midland is the real deal. Talented musicians who make music in the style they love. It’s been rewarding to watch the band tinker and experiment with their style over the past five years. If you’ve watched them closely, you’ll have seen them grow into the band they are today: full of confidence, ready to experiment, and having a lot of fun with them along the way. The title track guy might just be at “The Last Resort,” but at this point in their career, Midland are about as far away as you’d hope.

List of tracks: 1. The Last Resort 2. If I Lived Here 3. Step Two By Two 4. Get It Out Of Your Hands 5. Sunrise Tells The Story 6. And Then Some 7. Longneck Way to Go 8. Life ain’t fair 9. King of Saturday Night 10. Paycheck to Paycheck 11. Bury Me in Blue Jeans 12. Adios Cowboy Record company: Big machine discs Release date: May 6, 2022 To buy: Midland “The Last Resort: Greetings from….”

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Wyndham Destinations Asia-Pacific team honored with international award Fri, 06 May 2022 07:06:56 +0000

Wyndham Destinations Asia Pacific’s legal team has been recognized as the best legal team in the global timeshare industry at the American Resort Development Association (ARDA) awards.

The team – based in the company’s offices in Singapore; Shanghai, China; and the Gold Coast, Australia – won the Legal and Regulatory Manager, Team Member or Team category at the ceremony held yesterday at the Diplomat Hotel in Florida, USA.

“We are a multi-faceted international company that operates vacation clubs, managed hotels, corporate offices and service centers, and provides consumer loans in several Asia-Pacific markets, all with their own regulatory complexities”, said Liz Collinson, senior vice president of legal and compliance.

“Over the past two years, the team had the added task of ensuring our operations complied with the ever-changing COVID-19 restrictions. Our team members also regularly support our industry by providing their expertise to industry bodies, participating in government task forces and meeting with regulators, while taking on leadership roles within our company by supporting our charity arm, our diversity resource group and our regional Women in Travel chapter.

“I am extremely proud that our team has been recognized for their technical expertise, can-do attitude and solution-focused approach to delivering the best results to internal stakeholders and business customers,” Ms. Collinson added.

Wyndham Destinations Asia Pacific’s legal team is considered a valuable resource within the company and

has already been internationally recognized through the Perspective Magazine Awards, winning the Best Legal Services category for four consecutive years.

Wyndham Destinations Asia Pacific was also honored along with five other finalists in this week’s ARDA Awards:

  • Development of the second stage of Club Wyndham Flynns Beach
  • Travel + Leisure Co. Global Support and Operations Team in the Philippines
  • Emma Todd, Resort Manager at Club Wyndham Seven Mile Beach in Tasmania
  • Club Wyndham Digital Magazine
  • Exclusive Virtual Events for High Level Vacation Club Members

Wyndham Destinations Asia Pacific is part of Wyndham Destinations, the vacation ownership subsidiary of Travel + Leisure Co. (NYSE: TNL) – the world’s leading leisure travel and membership company. Travel + Leisure Co. has won 13 ARDA awards in total.

The ARDA Awards are the timeshare industry’s most prestigious accolades and recognize outstanding work in categories that include Overall Professional Excellence, Sales and Marketing, Product Design, Advertising, Promotion and communications and resort design.

A major ski resort will offer free childcare to its employees Thu, 05 May 2022 03:16:00 +0000

JEFFERSONVILLE, Vermont (WCAX) — This week, Smugglers Notch Resort is announcing that it will offer employees free on-site daycare. Before that, they could pay a reduced rate.

Local nonprofit Let’s Grow Kids estimates that a lack of childcare is keeping about 5,000 Vermonters out of work.

Smugglers Notch HR manager Shelly Citron says it’s a family resort and she wants that to extend to those who work there.

“We know that our employees who work here, we want them to provide the best vacations and experiences for our little ones, and to do that, we need to make sure they have a high quality of life,” Citron explained. .

These types of programs are becoming more common, but Let’s Grow Kids director Aly Richards says it’s only a short-term solution.

“We have 8,700 children in Vermont today who don’t have access to child care,” Richards said. “Those lucky enough to find it feel like they’ve won the lottery, but they’re paying 30-40% of their household income for this care.”

Richards added that adequate child care would boost Vermont’s economy by $755 million.

“We need sustained public investment to have enough child care to meet demand, be of high quality, and enable parents to afford and access it,” Richards continued. “As you can see, that’s a huge barrier to employment.”

She says that will only come with major systemic changes.

In the meantime, those at Smugglers Notch are eager to welcome more children into their programs.

“We have kids who have come here who know the ropes and are thrilled to be here, but then bring that energy to the program for all the kids here on vacation,” said Harley Johnson, director of programs. for kids from Smugglers Notch.

Citron said they will be rolling out this new perk in phases.

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Related Designs – Lakeville Vacation Home Floor Plan Ornately Crafted Style Tue, 03 May 2022 16:41:42 +0000

The Lakeville house plan is a great option for families looking to downsize their year-round residence or build a holidays go away. At 1712 square feet, the simple layout of this tiny house plan makes it economical to build. From a street perspective, this single-story design is adorned with stone wainscoting, decorative beams, and clean horizontal clapboard siding. Slender columns with stone bases frame the front door and the arched covered porch.

Through the front door, the entrance is converted into an airlock. This floor plan feature is ideal for homeowners building in climates with widely varying temperatures. The separation of the entrance from the main part of the house helps to regulate temperature variations with the comings and goings of the house. Inside the airlock there is space for a bench with hooks, a changing room and a mechanical closet.

From the entrance hall, the floor plan opens up to the great room. The large vaulted living room has a cozy corner fireplace. Next to the living room a man door opens onto the arched covered terrace which extends outdoor living when the weather permits. Off the living room, the great room transitions into the dining room which is separated from the kitchen by a peninsular dining bar. The efficient kitchen is comfortably appointed and offers a corner pantry.

the Lakeville offers the option of being either a two or three bedroom home. If only two bedrooms are needed, there is a nice separation between the sleeping areas with the secondary bedroom located on the left side of the floor plan. A few steps from the bedroom is a compartmentalized bathroom. The owners suite occupies the right rear corner of the house and has a private bathroom with a walk-in shower. Outside the owners suite is a den, which is the flexible space and can be set up as a third bedroom or a hobby room.

The Lakeville 30-998 is created by the talented team of residential home designers at Associated Designs, Inc. To learn more about this design, visit

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Founded in 1990, Associated Designs offers pre-designed plans and custom design services. Created by a team of talented designers with over 45 years of design experience, Associated Designs offers a variety of single family homes, garage structures and accessories, and multi-family designs.

Acqualina is the decadent resort we need Tue, 03 May 2022 11:35:00 +0000

Tucked away a few blocks from the hustle and bustle of Mid-beach and South Beach, Acqualina is located in Sunny Isles, and while it’s a 15-20 minute drive from Miami’s nightlife, it might as well be a world a way. If you’re looking for an ultra-luxurious experience that pays attention to the smallest details, then a stay in one of Acqualina’s beachfront suites is the way to go.

Whether it’s locals looking to be pampered on a staycation or out-of-town visitors ready for a taste of Miami hospitality, this secluded resort is packed with dining options, on-board service of sea, a world-class spa and swimming pools galore. Here’s our rundown of the property’s outstanding amenities and features.

Interior of the Acqualina Suite


All luxury: One-bedroom suites offer ocean views, marble soaking tubs, and huge oceanfront terraces

Get ready for Old World glamor at this more traditional resort, where resort fees are a thing of the past. Acqualina includes residences as well as the resort, so the service is next-level and many of the property’s guests have been there before or loved it so much they bought a place. This informs the layout of the room, which is sprawling and plush, residential-style with lots of floor-to-ceiling windows, crown molding and marble throughout. Splurge for the ocean-view side of the building and drop by whenever you’re not poolside on the huge deck that looks down on the water from above. Those are truly million-dollar views, but if you want to feel even more pampered, the freestanding marble tub will get you there. Take it a step further with a pampering treatment at the property’s stunning spa, complete with private plunge pools, a relaxation lounge, and several steam and sauna offerings.

Aerial view of Acqualina

Aerial view of Acqualina


Three separate pools, private beach access, and wristbands to keep everything exclusive

Although many families vacation at Acqualina, the resort is very considerate of those who don’t wish to be surrounded by children, with a serene adult-only pool. All three pools are right on the water, and there’s also a private beach with manicured sand and lounge chairs. If you want the view but don’t want to deal with the sand, stick to the grassy pools or lounges which can be reserved with 24 hours notice. And if you get hungry during the day, Costa Grill offers food service at one of the pools, as well as seated table service right on the beach. All of these offerings are completely private, and guests check in at the pool entrance to get their wristband — only hotel guests and residents can dine or swim at Acqualina, providing a welcome layer of privacy that’s uncommon in Miami.

Spread of LPM

Spread of LPM


Check out classic Miami restaurants like Villa Azur or Le Petit Maison for destination dining while you’re in town

As well as an elegant on-site dinner at Il Mulino New York, a very traditional and very excellent Italian outpost, heading into town for dinner is a great way to break up the lazy hours of the day. Villa Azur is a great place for visitors who want the Miami “clubstaurant” experience. Their beer garden is great for an idyllic dinner at golden hour, but quickly turns into sparklers over champagne bottles when darkness falls. Booming DJ sets, boozy cocktails and an elegant plate of steak or fish are the ultimate complement to an evening of controlled nighttime mayhem.

For a different night out, head downtown Miami to Brickell for Petit Maison’s upscale French-Mediterranean menu, or LPM. Reserve a table in advance for a white tablecloth, fine dining experience, or simply take a seat at the bar and sample their classic French specialties like snails, beef carpaccio and prawns in olive oil. For main, the marinated baby chicken with potato gratin on the side can’t be beat, although one local sitting at the bar swears by the duck l’orange.

Cabanasa at La Confidente

Cabanasa at La Confidente

The confidante

Stopover in the middle of the beach for the retro-glam vibe of The confidante if you want a few days closer to the action

After a few days of relaxation in the north, a few nights closer to the party could be in order. La Confidante is the place to be for that; it’s located right on the main street in Collins, and their reasonable rates will leave plenty of room to go big on a poolside cabana. Indulge in the pool and private beach at this lively hotel, where the DJ plays from afternoon to night and drinks are served in custom coconuts opened directly at the bar. Be sure to visit the property’s on-site restaurant, Ambersweet, for a casual mix of local fare and Miami classics, like big-eye tuna tartare with pickled onions or incredibly fresh Chilean sea bass.

After a night of partying, skip the hotel’s breakfast buffet and sample classic Mexican cuisine at Bakan near the walls of Wynwood for an early lunch — and one last margarita before heading out.

The Return of Incentive Travel: Using Hotel PMS to Manage and Retain Customers at Independent Hotels Mon, 02 May 2022 19:04:49 +0000

Loyalty programs offer many opportunities for hotels to grow their customer base and better interact with travelers. A recent study shows 77% of hoteliers value guest retention as their #1 technology initiative for 2022. Unfortunately, independent hotels often struggle to set up their own effective loyalty program. These programs can be complicated to launch and difficult to maintain, which can be difficult for independent operators to justify despite their potential to cement future bookings with customers and create a healthier booking landscape overall. A strong loyalty program may be just what hotels need to recover reservations lost in the shuffle in 2020 and beyond.

Many hotels in the area have also had their reputations damaged during the pandemic. Guests who traveled during this time often encountered a variety of inconsistent hotel experiences, and while the lure of “revenge travel” has some seeking new experiences, the majority of travelers today seek consistency. Loyalty programs excel at setting logical expectations for a guest’s stay, improving their overall experience, and enticing others to join.

One problem: not all loyalty programs are created equal. The best in the business offer a mix of rewards ranging from instant gratification to long-term goals. For independent hotels to have a fully effective loyalty strategy in the post-pandemic market, it is important to have an integrated system PMS system allowing guests to develop their relationship with the hotel during every transaction and interaction, including before and after the stay, and during their on-site experience from any of the outlets or amenities offered.

Experiential integrations

Traditionally, the essential equipment for hotels to retain customers is access to free Wi-Fi. This offer has gradually become devalued in the eyes of travellers, who increasingly expect free Wi-Fi access wherever they go. While still an effective draw to increase member loyalty, hotels need to be prepared to offer more than that in the long run. Otherwise, they risk limiting their loyalty program to an on-site Wi-Fi guardian, not a service that is actively working to increase traveler loyalty.

An effective hotel loyalty program offers guests a variety of ways to earn and enjoy rewards. Points and cash reward systems remain popular with travelers, but whether they have a direct impact on loyalty is debatable. Hotels should also offer incentives for repeat bookings, such as free nights for hotel restaurant credit, upscale in-room amenities, in-house spa, gift shop, room upgrades, room and other services depending on the hotel and its location.

Independent hoteliers looking to implement a more robust loyalty program should check their Property management system is equipped to handle the necessary processes. Some PMS providers offer fully integrated loyalty programs that allow hoteliers to reduce the number of third-party services they work with to deliver a high-quality guest experience while eliminating transaction fees associated with the program. It’s also important to make sure that your PMS can integrate its loyalty capabilities with other systems, including other point-of-sale systems, games, ticketing, and any other system to promote your loyalty program and to bring unique value to customers. Operators should first clearly define what they want their loyalty program to mean for their customers, then thoroughly research PMS vendors with the built-in capabilities that meet their needs, third-party integrations to meet their goals, and most likely both.

These capabilities can help independent hotels offer loyalty rewards that remain competitive with major brands if operators are fully committed to launching and sustaining the system.

Build momentum

Loyalty programs are usually easy for a hotel’s marketing department to manage once they’re in place, but getting there can be a challenge for independent operators. The onus is on these hoteliers to define and implement their own loyalty program from scratch, and in most cases, it’s not for the faint-hearted. These programs power (and power) almost every department in a hotel. Therefore, a strong internal organization – and possibly external consulting experience – is often necessary for a loyalty program to be implemented effectively and efficiently.

Despite this, the benefits of an effective loyalty program can be transformative for a hotel. The main benefit of hotel loyalty programs is the ability to build long-term profiles about your customers, their preferences, and how best to serve them. By progressively filling out customer profiles over repeat stays, operators can anticipate their needs before they arrive. This includes amenities waiting at check-in, as well as targeted promotional communications sent to travelers prior to their trip, designed to increase engagement once they are there.

If a guest typically likes to order room service, for example, the hotel’s loyalty program can track that information with a fully integrated system. PMS-solution which provides a 360 degree view of the guest. An establishment’s marketing team can then send email offers or reminders directing them to on-site restaurant offers and promotions. Even something as simple as acknowledging a guest at check-in and offering a verbal note about a positive experience during a previous stay can help travelers feel valued and gain loyalty.

Many independent hotels and resorts have yet to fully realize the potential of loyalty programs on repeat bookings as few properties are able to exceed expectations in the post-pandemic hotel landscape due to many factors, including especially labor issues. By combining both immediate guest satisfaction with long-term incentive goals and keeping guests engaged by meeting and exceeding their expectations during their on-site experiences, hotels and resort groups can help create a new era of traveler loyalty.

About the Author

Warren Dehan is the president of Maestro, the preferred cloud and on-premises PMS solution for independent hotels, luxury resorts, conference centers, vacation rentals and multi-ownership groups. Maestro was the first to market with a fully integrated Windows PMS and Sales & Catering solution and continues this trend with cutting-edge web and mobile solutions. Platform and deployment independence presents Maestro as an investment that will continue to grow and adapt as new technologies emerge.

About Maestro PMS

Maestro is the preferred browser-based cloud and on-premises PMS solution for independent hotels, luxury resorts, conference centers, vacation rentals and multi-property groups. Maestro’s PCI-certified and EMV-compliant enterprise system offers a full web browser (or Windows) version with over 20 built-in modules on a single database, including mobile and contactless apps to support a journey digitized client as well as staff operations. Maestro’s sophisticated solutions enable operators to increase profitability, drive direct bookings, centralize operations, and engage customers with a personalized experience from booking to departure and everything in between. For more than 40 years, Maestro’s Diamond Plus service has provided unmatched support and education services in North America, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to keep hotel groups productive and competitive. Click on here for more information about Maestro. Click on here to get your free PMS buying guide.

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