INTERNATIONAL PLAZA RESORT & SPA COMPLETES PHASE ONE OF DRAMATIC TRANSFORMATION

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First published on Wednesday 27 February 2008:

    Resort Unveils Luxurious Rooms & Amenities

Orlando, Florida (February 27, 2008)A redefined vacation experience awaits visitors this spring at International Plaza Resort & Spa in the heart of Orlando, Florida.  The premier luxury Orlando resort today completed the first phase of its multimillion-dollar transformation, unveiling 120 newly remodeled guestrooms and suites nestled among 28 acres of tropical landscape.  With exotic design features and state-of-the-art amenities, International Plaza Resort & Spa’s luxurious additions offer the first glimpse of an emerging travel oasis in one of the world’s most popular destinations.

The 1,100-room International Plaza Resort & Spa is located in Orlando’s main convention and entertainment corridor, next door to SeaWorld and directly across the street from SeaWorld’s new Aquatica waterpark.  Convenient to the Orlando Convention Center and Universal Studios, the resort is also minutes from world-class dining, shopping and entertainment venues.

Suite Expectations With the first phase of its makeover complete, International Plaza Resort & Spa boasts 120 remodeled guest rooms and luxurious suites.  The remaining accommodations are slated for completion later this year.  Like the entire resort, the new rooms showcase a blend of contemporary amenities and natural design features inspired by the tropical island of Bali.  Three distinct floor plans exude a peaceful ambiance, with native dark woods and bamboo furnishings, as well as soothing color palates, natural water features and Indonesian stone ceramics.

Designed for couples and families, the 340-square-foot Double Resort room includes two double beds and kitchenette with microwave, coffeemaker and in-room refrigerator.  Also measuring 340 square feet, the King Resort room offers a king-sized bed, full kitchenette and separate living area, offering additional work space or a place to unwind after a day of meetings.

To accommodate larger parties, International Plaza Resort & Spa offers luxurious One Bay suites.  Each 700 square-foot, two-bedroom suite includes king bed accommodations and features a spacious living and dining area, separate guest bathroom, full kitchen and bar area for entertaining guests.  Sliding glass doors open onto a private terrace overlooking the resort’s natural landscape.

Each elegantly appointed room features granite countertops, luxury bed linens, and oversized mahogany workstations with ergonomic desk chairs.  Sleek, contemporary bathrooms include mosaic glass tiling, brushed stainless steel accents and sliding bamboo panels for privacy.  Select ground floor suites also feature hardwood floors.  Guests enjoy state-of-the-art amenities that include 32-inch flat-screen televisions, wireless Internet access, iPod® receptive radio and more.

Personalized Resort Experience Phase One transformations also include major landscaping enhancements to offer a variety of environments throughout the 28-acre property.  Within International Plaza Resort & Spa’s lush, natural setting, guests can create their own personalized vacation experience – without feeling confined to a single area of the resort.  Quiet solace can be found in a palm-shaded hammock or beneath a secluded Polynesian palapa hut.  Families enjoy quality time on the putting green or in one of several intimate gathering spaces.  Three sparkling pools have also been enhanced with interactive water features, private relaxation areas and brick paver-lined sundecks and walkways.

As International Plaza Resort & Spa’s dramatic makeover unfolds, visitors can look forward many more enhancements.  Future debuts include signature dining options and state-of-the-art meeting facilities equipped with the latest business services and amenities. Answering the call for rest and relaxation, a full-service day spa will offer the latest techniques in rejuvenating spa treatments, from deep tissue massages and facials to custom manicures, pedicures and aromatherapy.

For the latest updates on International Plaza Resort & Spa’s dramatic transformation, call toll-free 1-800-824-0026 visit www.intlplazaresort.com

About International Plaza Resort & Spa

The International Plaza Resort & Spa is a 1,100-room hotel located on International Drive in the heart of Orlando’s Convention Center corridor and entertainment district.  Managed by Buena Vista Hospitality Group, the International Plaza Resort & Spa features an onsite day spa, three swimming pools, a miniature golf course and game room.  The resort boasts over 60,000 square feet of event space, meeting rooms, ballrooms and flexible banquet spaces. For more information call toll-free 1-800-824-0026 or visit www.intlplazaresort.com

About Buena Vista Hospitality Group

Buena Vista Hospitality Group (BVHG) is one of America’s leading hospitality and golf management companies. The Florida-based company was incorporated in 1986 and has successfully provided a full range of development and management services for more than 50 hotels, resorts, golf communities and clubs throughout the world. 

BVHG is currently under contract for the development, management and marketing of lodging and golf facilities in the United States, Canada, France, Spain, Mexico, Dominican Republic, Croatia, Turkey, Bermuda and the United Kingdom. Buena Vista Hospitality Group holds the exclusive license with The Professional Golfers’ Association Limited (United Kingdom). For more information visit www.bvhg.com.

About Urban America

UrbanAmerica is a national real estate private equity firm with $500 million under management via two fund vehicles—UrbanAmerica LP and UrbanAmerica LP II and a $5 billion pipeline of for-sale residential, retail and office opportunities. A minority-controlled registered investment advisor founded in 1998, the company established an urban investment niche targeting properties in healthcare, government and academic spheres, along with mixed-use residential condominiums, retail markets and now hospitality. Currently UrbanAmerica owns and operates a portfolio of properties representing 3.4 million square feet, including a large portfolio in the metro D.C. market. More information about UrbanAmerica can be found at www.urbanamerica.com

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