ORLANDO, FL (April 21, 2010) — Ultimate Escapes, Inc. (OTC Bulletin Board: ULEI and ULEI-W), one of the world’s largest luxury destination clubs, has announced the addition of the new five-star Waldorf Astoria Orlando to the Club’s growing portfolio of spectacular vacation destinations. The partnership will allow members of Ultimate Escapes to vacation at Waldorf Astoria Orlando as part of their destination club membership and experience everything this brand new resort has to offer including some of the finest amenities, unrivaled service and access to the world-class family entertainment of Walt Disney World(R) Resort.
“Waldorf Astoria is an iconic brand that sets the highest standards in luxury accommodations and Ultimate Escapes is thrilled to offer our members the ability to vacation with their family and friends at this extraordinary resort in the heart of Disney,” said Jim Tousignant, president and CEO of Ultimate Escapes. “We are continually working to find new ways to provide members with the most memorable and enjoyable vacation experiences. Orlando is already a very popular destination for our members and now, with Waldorf Astoria in our portfolio, they can experience the best that Disney World has to offer, with the prospect of an elegant oasis to call home.”
Waldorf Astoria Orlando is located in Bonnet Creek, one of the most distinctive, ideally-located properties in all of Orlando. The 482-acre vacation destination is conveniently surrounded by Walt Disney World(R) Resort on three sides, yet secluded by a private nature preserve. It is the brand’s first hotel to be built from the ground up since the flagship property in New York City. An elegant and refined luxury hotel, Waldorf Astoria Orlando infuses the Jazz-age elegance of New York’s Art Deco Waldorf Astoria — complete with an updated version of the New York Waldorf Astoria’s stunning lobby clock — with the vibrant ambience of Florida.
Featuring the finest in hospitality, Waldorf Astoria Orlando will provide Ultimate Escapes members with access to the 498 opulent deluxe rooms and suites, all with spacious marble bathrooms, premium bath amenities, luxury linens, high-definition 42-inch LCD televisions with complimentary in-room cable and impeccable personalized service. The hotel features signature Waldorf Astoria food and beverage establishments such as Peacock Alley(R) and the Bull & Bear Steakhouse(R). The hotel’s outdoor facilities feature a formal signature pool encircled by chic private cabanas and complimented by lush tropical landscaping.
The centerpiece of the Waldorf Astoria Golf Club is the 18-hole 7,113-yard championship course designed by acclaimed Golf Course Architect Rees Jones. One of the few golf courses in the Orlando area to be free of real estate dotting its greens, the course winds through the large wetland preserve offering golfers a true challenge coupled with a stunning setting.
“Waldorf Astoria Orlando will provide Ultimate Escapes members with some of the best that the city of Orlando, Walt Disney World and the Waldorf Astoria Orlando have to offer,” said Peter Kacheris, managing director for the Waldorf Astoria Orlando. “We look forward to greeting Ultimate Escapes guests who have visited Orlando before and those who are new to the destination.”
The hotel is committed to providing a vast array of amenities including access to the 24,000 sq.ft. Waldorf Astoria Spa by Guerlain(R) and a 4,000 sq.ft. fitness center featuring 23 luxuriously appointed indoor treatment suites and six outdoor treatment areas, aerobics, Pilates, yoga and spinning. The premium recreation area boasts four pools including signature cabanas, two zero-entry pools, a sprawling free-form lagoon style pool and waterslide. Also available is WA Kids children’s program complete with creative activities to keep kids entertained, as well as a private shuttle to the adjacent Walt Disney World(R) Resort. There is also 28,000 sq. ft. of exclusive meeting space, including a Grand Ballroom ideal for opulent galas and functions.
About Waldorf Astoria
WALDORF ASTORIA is Hilton Worldwide’s luxury brand of landmark hotels, with each one as singular and timeless as the brand’s namesake, The WaldorfAstoria Hotel in New York. From classic elegance to modern grandeur, Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts and Waldorf Astoria Collection hotels each represent worldly sophistication and unparalleled guest service. From sumptuous spas and culinary excellence to world-class golf, each hotel & resort offers the exquisite accommodations and signature accoutrements that define refinement and sophistication. Discover Waldorf Astoria by visiting http://www.WaldorfAstoria.com
About Ultimate Escapes(R)
Founded in 2004, Ultimate Escapes is the largest luxury destination club as measured by number of club destinations, and the second-largest destination club as measured by number of members. Ultimate Escapes offers members flexible access to a growing collection of hundreds of multi-million dollar private residences and luxury hotels in more than 150 global club and affiliate destinations. Locations range from chic urban apartments to charming beach cottages, spacious five-bedroom homes to an 80-foot private yacht. Each trip is coordinated by experienced, knowledgeable staff, trained to handle every vacation detail. Additional information about Ultimate Escapes and its club and membership offerings can be found at http://www.ultimateescapes.com
About Hilton Worldwide
Hilton Worldwide is the leading global hospitality company, spanning the lodging sector from luxurious full-service hotels and resorts to extended-stay suites and mid-priced hotels. For more than 90 years, Hilton Worldwide has been offering business and leisure travelers the finest in accommodations, service, amenities and value. The company is dedicated to continuing its tradition of providing exceptional guest experiences across its global brands. Its brands are comprised of more than 3,500 hotels in 81 countries and include Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Hilton, Doubletree, Embassy Suites Hotels, Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton Hotels, Homewood Suites by Hilton, Home2 Suites by Hilton and Hilton Grand Vacations. The company also manages the world-class guest reward program Hilton HHonors(R). For more information about the company, please visit http://www.hiltonworldwide.com
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