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
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.
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