Benchmark Hotels & Resorts
Costa d’Este Beach Resort & Spa (Vero Beach, Florida) This Gloria and Emilio Estefan-owned beachfront resort delivers a Miami-modern flare to Florida’s quaint Vero Beach. Located along the state’s Treasure Coast and inspired by the Estefan’s own private home, Costa d’Este Beach Resort & Spa sits at the center of the town’s quiet row of shops and dining. Its north and south towers perch five stories above 1000 feet of Atlantic shoreline peppered with bright blue sun cabanas and beach umbrellas. The guest experience at Costa d’Este is designed to inspire a sense of serenity with its earthy beach aesthetic and thoughtful combination of cuisine, spa, and amenities. 94 guest rooms and suites feature spacious yet intimate accommodations with outdoor patios and balconies that usher in Vero Beach’s fresh saltwater breezes. The intimate pool deck provides a feeling of belonging, as if lounging among friends at their home, and is attended to by Costa’s pool concierge with food and drinks from the outdoor Cabana Pool Bar & Grill. Inside, an additional dining concept at Wave Kitchen & Bar presents new American-style cuisine and Cuban specialties developed by the Estefans. Guests of Costa d’Este can explore boundless activities at the resort and its surrounding areas, including outdoor water sports, shopping, and cultural shows and performances. Marenas Beach Resort (Sunny Isles Beach, Florida) Set ocean side in Miami’s booming Sunny Isles Beach, Marenas Beach Resort presents an international flare perfectly suited to its locale. This boutique style hotel features 190 suites and guest rooms that offer a range of accommodations – from intimate retreats to expansive penthouses with full kitchens. Guests enjoy idyllic ocean and city views from generous-sized balconies; in-room luxuries such as king size beds, washers and dryers, DVD players, and Keurig coffee makers add to Marenas’ comfortable décor. Food and beverage options are plentiful, with breakfast, lunch and dinner available in the Caracol restaurant, cocktails in lobby respite, M Bar, as well as service along the resort’s 2.5 mile stretch of Atlantic oceanfront, private swimming pool, and in-room dining. Marenas Beach Resort’s prime location between Miami and Fort Lauderdale affords guests access to a variety of activities, including luxe shopping at Aventura Mall and Bal Harbour Shops, Miami Beach’s Lincoln Road, water sports, golf, boating, and cultural happenings. Villas of Grand Cypress (Orlando, Florida) A hidden oasis tucked away in Orlando’s Lake Buena Vista neighborhood (adjacent to Walt Disney World®), Villas of Grand Cypress presents a Forbes Four Star, AAA Four Diamond experience unique to the area. Tree lined roads weave through this 1,500-acre retreat that offers 146 elegantly appointed guest suites and villas framing 45 holes of Jack Nicklaus Signature-designed golf. Following a recent $17 million renovation, accommodations at Villas of Grand Cypress range from oversized suites to 2,800 square-foot four-bedroom villas, complete with full kitchens, living and dining areas, fireplaces, and extended patios for lounging and grilling. A strong emphasis on luxury service culture adds to a comprehensive roster of amenities that rival that of a large-scale resort: golf enthusiasts can perfect their swing with state-of-the-art learning technologies at the Grand Cypress Academy of Golf while non-golfers explore an abundance of other offerings, including two on-site dining destinations, in-room spa services, a swimming pool, bicycle rentals, fitness center, fishing, and access to the Grand Cypress Racquet Club, jogging and walking trails, and water sports on Lake Windsong. Cardozo Hotel (Miami Beach, Florida) The Cardozo Hotel is Benchmark’s second venture with award-winning global entertainers and entrepreneurs, Emilio and Gloria Estefan. Located on Ocean Drive in Miami’s famed South Beach district, the Cardozo Hotel was originally designed by architect Henry Hohauser in the late 1930s. Since then, it has remained a fixture of the city’s trademark Art Deco style and became a star of the South Beach scene, appearing in film favorites such as The Birdcage with Robin Williams and Nathan Lane; Oliver Stone’s Any Given Sunday with Al Pacino and Jamie Foxx; There’s Something About Mary with Ben Stiller and Cameron Diaz; and Frank Capra’s 1959 comedy, A Hotel in the Head, with Frank Sinatra. The hotel’s prime location at 13th and Ocean grants guests access to some of the world’s best beaches and alluring nightlife. The 43-room hotel is currently undergoing an extensive interior renovation and is expected to reopen in the latter part of 2016. The Grove Resort & Spa, Orlando The Grove Resort & Spa will open in Orlando, Florida in fall 2016. Located on Lake Austin and just minutes from Walt Disney World®, the resort will bring a new type of hotel destination to the area with a sprawling 120 acre blueprint that incorporates a portion of Central Florida’s conservation grounds. A comprehensive family-friendly amenity package will be matched with generously sized one, two and three-bedroom apartment-style accommodations. A water-play island and wave simulator will become the centerpieces of The Grove Resort & Spa’s 33,000 square-foot recreation deck (The Grove will be the first Orlando hotel to have a surf simulator). Both children and adults can splash through an interactive, multi-level water structure that features a slide and waterfall. The resort’s youngest guests can play in the tot pool set with lounge chairs and umbrellas for parents. Cascading waterfalls, water cannons, and overhead bridges will be routed through a 780-foot winding lazy river. For those looking to lounge, a sandy beach with chairs will be located on the main deck, while cabanas can be found in a secluded area next to Lake Austin. Guests will also find an abundance of activities at the resort’s lakeside dock: a selection of non-motorized water sports, paddle boats, and fishing. The Grove’s five-room spa will offer a full service menu inclusive of body and facial treatments, manicures and pedicures. The Grove’s large scale marketplace will offer additional options with a selection of self-serve hot and cold food items, a gelato bar, a deli with fresh-cut Boar’s Head meats, and grocery-style items ideal for stocking the in-room kitchen.