Beachy Keen: Five Retreats Get Revamps

INTERNATIONAL REPORT—Restoration projects, amenity updates, suite additions and meeting space refreshes are some of the recent hotel projects around the globe. Here’s more on resort renovations:

Puerto Rico Property Returns to Former Glory

El San Juan Hotel, Curio Collection by Hilton has reopened. The 388-guestroom hotel underwent a $65-million renovation.

The property kept intact its chandelier and hand-carved mahogany that adorns the ceiling, columns and vaulted arches throughout the lobby and the registration area. All grand tower guestrooms, poolside and oceanfront villas and suites with two signature suites have also been restored to El San Juan Hotel’s classic aesthetic, while also being enhanced to accommodate the needs of today’s guests looking to visit Puerto Rico.

In addition, the property has four pools, multiple food and beverage offerings, Brava nightclub and a new tri-level Well & Being Fitness Center.

St. Regis Refreshes in Puerto Rico

The St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort has reopened after a $60-million renovation. The property has a new  contemporary aesthetic seen in every guestroom and suite, Casa Grande, the heart of the resort where guests have access to The St. Regis Bar and Paros, the seaside pool and esplanade and the Iridium Spa.

Designed by Puerto Rican designer Nono Maldonado together with Hirsch Bedner Associates of San Francisco, and inspired by the surrounding sea, sand and foliage, the 139 refurbished rooms and suites have a light, modern and organic aesthetic in a contemporary and residential setting. The renovation is also inclusive of Casa Grande, which welcomes guests upon arrival and is home to Paros, the resort’s signature restaurant and the St. Regis Bar.

Maldives Resort Adds Suites 

Baros, a boutique island retreat in the Maldives, has added two new suites to its collection of villas. Named as the Baros Suites, each suite of 2,152 sq. ft. has a bedroom; a concealed, semi open­-air bathroom; and a living area with sliding glass doors opening on to a wooden deck with sun loungers and dining area, a swimming pool and a thatched gazebo with a traditional swing overlooking the ocean.

Hotel Updates Meeting and Event Spaces in Stuart, FL

Hutchinson Island Marriott Beach Resort & Marina has refreshed its more than 30, 000 sq. ft. of meetings and event space with new carpeting and decor, along with the latest in audiovisual services, event planning and catering. The hotel has a private marina, a gym, pools, an 18-hole executive golf course and rooms inspired by Hutchinson Island.

More Meeting and Event Space for Property in Huntington Beach, CA 

­ The Waterfront Beach Resort, a Hilton Hotel, has completed several new meeting and event spaces across the oceanfront property to offer a wider variety of options for events ranging from intimate business meetings to large-­scale weddings and celebrations.

The property has more than 50,000 sq. ft. of indoor and outdoor event spaces with ocean views, the newest of which are the Breakwater Ballroom, Whitewater Ballroom and Coastal Ballroom and terrace, all located in the newly completed nine­-story Twin Dolphin Tower.

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