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
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 866-866-8086 or visit http://www.millennium-hotels.com. MAKE YOUR OPINION COUNT - Click Here http://tbutton.prnewswire.com/prn/11690X78625724
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