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ALHI expands portfolio in South Florida

Tatiana Rokou - 07 January 2013, 13:38

Associated Luxury Hotels International (ALHI) expands portfolio in South Florida with the addition of the renowned Doral Golf Resort & Spa Miami.

WASHINGTON, DC – Miami, Florida’s renowned Doral Golf Resort & Spa has been accepted as the newest member of Associated Luxury Hotels International (ALHI). The legendary 650-acre resort, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, is undergoing an extensive $200 million renovation that will dramatically transform and restore the iconic resort. The property will remain fully operational throughout the renovation, which is expected to conclude in 2014. ALHI, with its established Global Sales Organization (GSO) sales force throughout North America, now provides authorized and dedicated GSO services and sales support to corporations, associations, independent planners, business executives, and incentive specialists interested in conducting a meeting or program at the resort.

One of the world’s most famous golf resorts, Doral Golf Resort & Spa features 693 guest rooms across 10 lodges; more than 90,000 square feet of meeting and event space (which includes the 24,000-square-foot Legends Ballroom); and five world-class championship golf courses, including the TPC Blue Monster, one of the most famous golf courses in the world and home to the PGA Tour for over 50 years. Additional offerings at the resort include:  an expansive 48,000-square-foot spa with 33 treatment rooms; a highly regarded golf school; a Blue Lagoon pool with multiple pools; tennis center with seven courts; fitness center; six restaurants and lounges; and extensive retail options.

The $200 million renovation of the resort will greatly enhance the guest experience. The renovation of the main building, lodges, conference areas, spa and Champions Pavilion will set a new tone for the resort, while the Members’ Clubhouse will be redesigned to include vastly upgraded facilities and amenities. The renovation will include a fresh, new design vision throughout the guest rooms and public spaces, and an impressive upgrade of recreational facilities and amenities. All five golf courses will be enhanced, including the renowned TPC Blue Monster, and the driving range will be lengthened and expanded to more than twice its current size, making it a world-class facility.

These latest renovation projects follow a recent $16 million renovation which included the addition of a new golf course (The Jim McLean Signature Course); a $5 million renovation of The Spa at Doral Golf Resort & Spa; and enhancements to Bossa Nova Lounge and to the Latin-American inspired steakhouse Mesazul. The resort is convenient to such Miami area attractions and offerings as Bayside Marketplace, shopping in Coconut Grove, art galleries in Coral Gables, the picturesque beaches of Key Biscayne, and the shopping and restaurants on South Beach. The resort is located just seven miles from Miami International Airport.

“We are thrilled to be part of such an exceptional organization and look forward to continuing to serve the meeting and incentive community,” said George Sotelo, managing director of Doral Golf Resort & Spa. “The completion of the renovations will further enhance the Doral guest experience and all aspects of the resort.”

As the newest member in ALHI’s worldwide portfolio, Doral Golf Resort & Spa also becomes the newest offering in the “ALHI Big Box Solutions Collection,” an ALHI specialty segment which consists of ALHI’s 25 member hotels and resorts that each offer more than 500 rooms, feature over 50,000 square feet of meeting space, and have at least one 20,000-square-foot ballroom. The resort also becomes a new offering in the “ALHI Golf Collection,” featuring ALHI’s 47 Four- and Five-Diamond golf resorts and luxury hotels that cater to the meetings and incentive marketplaces. In addition, the resort becomes a new offering in the “ALHI Historic Collection,” with 35 legendary meeting hotels with more than 50 years of heritage.

Doral Golf Resort & Spa becomes ALHI’s fifth member hotel in the Miami area, joining the acclaimed 150-acre Biltmore in Coral Gables; the luxurious 34-story InterContinental Miami on the shore of Biscayne Bay; the spectacular, 22-acre oceanfront Fontainebleau on Miami Beach; and the recently renovated, AAA Four-Diamond Loews Miami Beach Hotel, located in popular South Beach.

With the addition of Doral Golf Resort & Spa, ALHI provides planners immediate access to 18 incredible hotels and resorts in Florida. Other options include: The Breakers, PGA National Resort & Spa, The Peabody Orlando, Loews Portofino Bay Hotel at Universal Orlando, Loews Royal Pacific at Universal Orlando, One Ocean Resort & Spa, Ponte Vedra Inn & Club, The Lodge & Club, InterContinental Tampa, Loews Don CeSar Hotel, Saddlebrook, Ocean Reef Club, and Rosen Shingle Creek.  

“We are very pleased to add the world-renowned Doral Golf Resort & Spa as another exceptional option in South Florida,” said ALHI President & CEO David Gabri. “It is already an outstanding choice for groups, and will be truly world-class when these latest renovations are complete. We look forward to speaking with planners about the many exciting enhancements that will truly transform this legendary Miami resort.”

ALHI is a prestigious dues-based Global Sales Organization (GSO), which for over 25 years has specifically provided dedicated and professional GSO services to meeting professionals, association executives, incentive specialists and business executives interested in conducting successful face-to-face programs, exclusively for its more than 140 Four- and Five-Diamond quality hotel and resort members.

With a worldwide portfolio of over 100,000 rooms and suites and 10 million square feet of meeting space, ALHI provides planners and their organizations experienced Global Sales services with exclusive and diverse Four- and Five-Diamond quality portfolio options, among its outstanding member hotels and resorts, which all specialize in meetings and incentive programs. ALHI provides reliable one-call professional sales assistance and access to their distinctive hotels and resorts for meetings and incentive/recognition programs ranging from 10 to more than 6,500 rooms. There is no cost to planners’ organizations to utilize the ALHI GSO services, expertise, and account advocacy, as its members’ dues fund the Global Sales Organization to best serve planners with local professionals.

For a list of ALHI’s entire portfolio, visit online, and preview details of ALHI’s membership, including easily useful information on several defined specialty segments within the ALHI portfolio to serve distinctive meeting, convention and incentive travel needs. On the website, planners can quickly see details of the properties’ meeting, accommodation, recreational and dining offerings, as well as destination information and “Luxury on Sale” value opportunities. A photo gallery, meeting floor plans and specs, and a location map for each property are also easily available.

ALHI has 16 professionally-staffed Global Sales Offices to serve, with locations in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Kansas City, Louisville, New York City, Orlando, Philadelphia, Richmond, Savannah, Southern California, Toronto, Washington, D.C., and Washington (state).

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