WASHINGTON, DC – Associated Luxury Hotels International (ALHI) has significantly expanded the Caribbean area meeting and incentive options in its worldwide portfolio, leading to the launch of the new “ALHI Caribbean Collection” specialty segment. The ALHI Global Sales Organization (GSO) now features 22 Caribbean meeting and incentive options in 11 countries and territories, making it the Caribbean’s largest luxury-level portfolio that serves the meetings and incentive marketplace. The “ALHI Caribbean Collection” features more luxury resorts for meetings and incentive programs in the Caribbean than Westin, Ritz-Carlton, Hyatt, Hilton, and Four Seasons, respectfully. The newest Member additions to ALHI’s worldwide portfolio in the “Caribbean Collection” are the extraordinary One&Only Ocean Club, on Paradise Island, Bahamas, and the impressive InterContinental Playa Bonita Resort & Spa in Panama City, Panama. The latter represents ALHI’s first member resort in Panama. These follow ALHI’s recent portfolio additions of 9 exceptional new Member resorts for M&I located in six different countries, specifically Sandals Resorts International’s “Luxury Meetings & Incentives Collection” resorts, with fabulous locations in The Bahamas, Jamaica, Turks & Caicos, Grenada, Antigua, and Saint Lucia.
“ALHI has become the big fish in the Luxury Caribbean Resorts picture by significantly expanding our luxury-level Members based in the Caribbean region,” said David Gabri, president and CEO of ALHI. “Caribbean meetings and incentives are definitely on the upswing, and ALHI is poised to assist planners with incredible meeting and incentive options. The new specialty segment was specifically created for planners wanting to explore Caribbean options for their programs, and we are anxious to help them find the best option for their objectives.”
ALHI Now With 12,000 Rooms & 550,000 Square Feet of Meeting Space in Caribbean
The new “ALHI Caribbean Collection” specialty segment complements ALHI’s other 11 specialty segments that are so popular with planners searching for solutions. With the latest Member additions, the “ALHI Caribbean Collection” is the largest collection of luxury-level meeting and incentive resorts in the Caribbean area. ALHI’s Caribbean Collection – which also features options in Antigua, Curacao, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Jamaica, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Saint Lucia, and Turks & Caicos -- is five times larger than that offered by Ritz-Carlton, seven times larger than Four Seasons, twice the size of Westin, and three times the size of Hilton. With the addition of the new and recently added Caribbean area members, ALHI augments its Caribbean and worldwide portfolio with its newest two more “Gems.” ALHI’s portfolio and “ALHI Caribbean Collection” now feature a collective total of more than 12,000 guest rooms and over 550,000 square feet of meeting space in the Caribbean area.
“The Caribbean is hot, hot, hot with demand in the meetings and incentive marketplace,” said Gabri. “We are very proud of our position to offer the best of the Caribbean and to add the exceptional One&Only Ocean Club and the beautiful InterContinental Playa Bonita Resort & Spa. These resorts, and our new ‘ALHI Caribbean Collection,’ provide terrific options that can cater to the needs of both meeting and incentive groups, including all-inclusive group options, or not. Planners should speak with their ALHI GSO professional in their area to identify the resort or resorts that will best suit their group’s needs, desires, and budgets. So if your group is considering a program in the Caribbean, this new specialty segment, and our team’s in-depth knowledge of each of these resorts, will prove to be invaluable in identifying and selecting the right destination and facility for your group.”
One&Only Complements Atlantis on Paradise Island
Nestled along the white sand shores of Paradise Island in The Bahamas, One&Only Ocean Club offers a sophisticated and contemporary resort experience, overlooking scenic turquoise waters. Once a private estate, the beachfront resort offers 105 elegant guest rooms, suites, and villas, which each receive personal butler service 24 hours per day. Featuring the glamorous ambiance and exclusivity of a grand colonial manor, the resort provides 13,858 square feet of meeting and event space that includes exceptional venues for themed dinners and teambuilding programs. One&Only Ocean Club recreational options include: an extraordinary spa with eight Balinese-style treatment villas; the 18-hole, Tom Weiskopf-designed Ocean Club Golf Course with spectacular views of the Bahamian coast; a fitness center; two pools; six tennis courts; and an array of water sports including scuba diving. Guests also receive complimentary access and special privileges at the nearby Atlantis, Paradise Island facilities including its 141-acre waterpark, marine habitat, dolphin interaction program, dining, entertainment, gaming, and more. Dining options at One&Only Ocean Club include the renowned Courtyard Terrace with an elegant garden setting, and Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s Dune restaurant overlooking the sea. The resort is 40 minutes from Nassau Lynden Pindling International Airport (NAS), just a short plane ride from South Florida.
ALHI’s First Resort In Panama
InterContinental Playa Bonita Resort & Spa is a tropical beachfront paradise in Panama City, Panama. All of the resort’s 303 guest rooms and suites have a balcony with a beautiful view of the Pacific Ocean and the Panama Canal entrance. The resort’s 8 meeting rooms provide more than 20,000 square feet of meeting space, and include a 10,266-square-foot ballroom. The resort also features: a private beach; the tranquil 10,000-square-foot Sensory Spa by Clarins with 12 treatment rooms; five free-form pools; a fitness center that overlooks the pool and Pacific Ocean; three restaurants; three bars; 24-hour room service; a business center; high-speed Internet access; and a wealth of watersports activities. As Panama touches both the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, you can get to each of them within 45 minutes from Panama City, as well as to the Caribbean Sea. Tocumen International Airport is 40 minutes from the resort.
The ALHI Global Sales Organization (GSO) sales force throughout North America, which has an impressive portfolio of more than 150 Four- and Five-Diamond quality hotels and resorts worldwide, now provides authorized and dedicated GSO services and sales support to organizations interested in conducting meetings and/or incentive programs at these resorts.
These new members join ALHI’s other outstanding Caribbean area options: Atlantis, Paradise Island (Paradise Island, Bahamas); The Cove Atlantis (Paradise Island, Bahamas); Fiesta Americana Grand Coral Beach Cancun Resort & Spa (Cancun, Mexico); Gran Melia Golf Resort (Rio Grande, Puerto Rico); Half Moon (Montego Bay, Jamaica); Live Aqua Cancun (Cancun, Mexico); Paradisus Palma Real Resort (Punta Cana, Dominican Republic); Paradisus Playa del Carmen La Esmeralda (Quintana Roo, Mexico); and Paradisus Playa del Carmen La Perla (Quintana Roo, Mexico).
Other distinctive Caribbean area options include: Paradisus Punta Cana Resort (Punta Cana, Dominican Republic); Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort Curacao (Nieuwpoort, Curacao); Ocean Reef Club (Key Largo, Florida); and the 9 Sandals Resorts International “Luxury Meetings & Incentives Collection” resorts, which are located in Antigua, Bahamas, Grenada, Jamaica, Saint Lucia, and Turks & Caicos.
Additionally, ALHI recently added eight luxurious ships (i.e. “Floating Resorts”) to its portfolio, consisting of three exceptional luxury-level Regent Seven Seas ships and five upper-premium Oceania Cruise Lines ships, which are each available for programs from USA Gateways and Global Ports worldwide for complete and private Charter “Custom Voyages,” and for integrated meeting and incentive programs of all types on established itineraries, including the Caribbean.
In addition to their membership in ALHI’s worldwide portfolio, and in the “ALHI Caribbean Collection,” these resorts also become the newest additions to the “ALHI Beach & Island Collection” and “ALHI Passport Collection” specialty segments. One&Only Ocean Club, Bahamas also becomes a new option in the “ALHI Golf Collection,” “ALHI Historic Collection,” and “ALHI U-200 Gems Collection.” The “ALHI Beach & Island Collection” consists of ALHI’s quality waterfront resorts in coastal destinations around the world, which now number 48 options. The “ALHI Passport Collection” consists of ALHI’s global destinations, which now number 39 outstanding properties. The “ALHI Golf Collection” now boasts 51 distinctive options. While the “ALHI Historic Collection” features 39 choices of legendary meeting hotels with more than 50 years of heritage, and the “ALHI U-200 Gems Collection” offers 20 options with fewer than 200 rooms.
ALHI now features 12 specialty segments within its exclusive portfolio to make it easy for planners to identify properties, destinations, venues, and/or ships that will best suit their programs’ objectives, unique desires and specific needs.
Meeting and incentive professionals have chosen ALHI for nearly 30 years, for reliable one-call professional sales assistance and access to their distinctive hotels and resorts for meetings and incentive/recognition programs. 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.
ALHI’s 150+ Member hotels and resorts include extraordinary Four- and Five-Diamond quality meeting, convention, and incentive resorts on land and sea, incomparable city hotels, exclusive smaller hotels, golf resorts, historic and landmark properties, island destinations, resorts with spas, properties in international destinations, and hotels with world-class gaming and entertainment.
With a worldwide portfolio of over 115,000 rooms and suites and nearly 10 million square feet of meeting space, ALHI provides planners and their organizations experienced Global Sales services with diverse options among its outstanding worldwide member hotels and resorts which specialize in meetings and incentive programs. ALHI provides reliable one-call professional sales assistance and access to their distinctive hotels, resorts, and venues for programs ranging from 10 to more than 6,500.
For a list of ALHI’s entire portfolio, visit ALHI’s website www.alhi.com, and preview details of ALHI’s membership, including easily useful information on the 12 defined specialty segments within the ALHI portfolio. 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 19 professionally-staffed Global Sales Offices to serve, with locations in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Kansas City, Louisville, New York City, Northern California, Orlando, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Richmond, Savannah, Southern California (2), Toronto, Washington, D.C., and Washington (state).