For the Discerning World Traveler, Millennium Hotels and Resorts Will Offer a Glimpse of Heaven on Earth

At the Gateway to the Galapagos Islands, The Royal Palm Resort

Opens in Dec. 2001

Jun 28, 2001, 01:00 ET from Millennium Hotels and Resorts

    WASHINGTON, June 28 /PRNewswire/ -- Combining a remarkable sensitivity to
 its spectacular natural surroundings as well as to the demands of the most
 discerning of world travelers, The Royal Palm Resort, scheduled for completion
 in December 2001, will treat visitors to a glimpse of one of nature's
 ecological wonders.  Located on the island of Santa Cruz, in the heart of the
 archipelago that comprises the Galapagos, and featuring only 18 luxurious
 guest accommodations, the eco-lodge will offer unrivalled proximity to the
 Galapagos National Park and once-in-a-lifetime experiences to a lucky few.
     "Ultimately, our goal is to make an imprint in the mind of our guest,
 while leaving the pristine landscape of the Galapagos untouched," remarked
 Robert Morse, president of Millennium Hotels and Resorts North America and
 executive director, Millennium and Copthorne Hotels, plc, in making the
 property announcement.
     Millennium Hotels and Resorts has taken great pains to identify and
 implement methods of construction, as well as procedures for the subsequent
 operation of the hotel, that embrace "green" principles.  Water conservation,
 composting and organic gardening are just a few of the tools that are being
 used to eliminate the potential of ecological impact to the site.  The use of
 local building materials, architecture and craftsmen also insures that the
 property will blend into the surrounding flora and fauna.
     Respect for preservation and the development of each hotel's sense of
 place have been guiding factors for Millennium Hotels and Resorts since the
 company's inception.  This is evident in the thoughtful renovation of landmark
 properties such as the Millennium Biltmore Hotel, Los Angeles and the
 Millennium Knickerbocker Hotel, Chicago.  Returned to their former state of
 grandeur and glory, these historic properties now serve as a sense of pride
 both to Millennium Hotels and Resorts and to their respective community.  "We
 are tremendously excited about establishing the Millennium name in one of the
 world's most important and inspiring destinations for scientific research and
 ecological tourism," Morse continued.  "Millennium Hotels and Resorts will be
 a responsible steward for the resort's setting and location while at the same
 time providing visitors with a degree of comfort, luxury and service
 previously unattainable in this region."
     Those familiar with other Millennium Hotel and Resort properties won't be
 disappointed when it comes to amenities at The Royal Palm Resort.  Each of the
 spacious, tastefully decorated accommodations, including 10 villas, three
 suites and four verandah rooms, will feature satellite TV, Internet access,
 DVD and CD players, direct dial telephones, mini bars and in-room safes.
 Villas will also offer private outdoor Jacuzzis.  Rates will range from $500
 to $800 per night.
     The hotel will operate on a Modified American Plan (breakfast and dinner)
 basis from two dining facilities:  a main restaurant serving breakfast, lunch
 and dinner with a European flair and island charm, and a poolside restaurant
 and bar providing a more casual ambiance.  The Royal Palm's culinary cuisine
 will feature a mix of international classics, South American favorites and the
 freshest of island ingredients.  Other facilities include an on-site Galapagos
 Museum and information center, an observatory with computerized telescopes for
 stargazing, a library, a fully-equipped business center and two executive
 boardrooms, each seating 12 people.
     In addition to all the attractions and wildlife of the Galapagos, Royal
 Palm Resort guests have access to the hotel's clay tennis court and
 full-service spa, horseback riding, Scuba diving and snorkeling, hiking,
 bird-watching, ocean kayaking and wind-surfing.
     Millennium Hotels and Resorts (MHR), established in the United States in
 2000, is the North American arm of London-based Millennium and Copthorne
 Hotels plc (MLC).  The MHR portfolio includes 20 holdings in the United States
 and the company operates properties including: Millennium Hotel, New York,
 Broadway; Millennium Hotel, New York, UN Plaza; Millennium Biltmore Hotel, Los
 Angeles; Millennium Knickerbocker Hotel, Chicago; Millennium Bostonian Hotel,
 Boston; Millennium Hotel, Minneapolis; Millennium Hotel, St. Louis; Millennium
 Hotel, Cincinnati; Millennium Hotel, Boulder; Millennium Hotel, Durham;
 Millennium Hotel, Anchorage; Millennium Resort, Scottsdale, McCormick Ranch;
 the Maxwell House Hotel, Nashville; Eldorado Hotel, Santa Fe; and the Royal
 Palm Resort, Galapagos Islands (opening Winter 2001).  MLC holdings outside of
 the Millennium brand include The Plaza, Millenium Hilton (both in New York)
 and Sheraton Four Points Sunnyvale (California).
     Millennium and Copthorne is a dynamic international hotel company with
 89 hotels in 14 countries around the world including the Americas, United
 Kingdom, Singapore, Australia, France, Germany, Indonesia, Malaysia, New
 Zealand and the Philippines.
     For further information on Millennium Hotels and Resorts call
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