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White Elephant Palm Beach Boutique Hotel to Open Late 2019

May 29, 2019

Palm Beach, Florida © Karen Rubin/

White Elephant Palm Beach, a luxury boutique hotel located on Sunset Avenue in the heart of Palm Beach, will open late 2019. The new hotel, being completely redeveloped by Boston-based New England Development, represents the total renovation of the former Bradley Park Hotel – which dates back to the 1920’s – and its transformation into one of the most luxurious properties in Palm Beach.

The project reflects the standard of outstanding hospitality already established by New England Development in their waterfront White Elephant Nantucket and highlights the synergy between two legendary resort destinations.  “Our main mission is to combine our vision of hospitality with the ethos and style of casually elegant Palm Beach,” comments Douglass Karp, President, New England Development. He notes: “We are pleased to combine our promise of service excellence with the exciting tradition of hospitality in this legendary resort destination. We feel right at home in Palm Beach.”

New England Development retained noted architectural firm Elkus Manfredi to create a design respectful of the unique history of Palm Beach while reflecting the mood, pulse, refinement, and ethos of the modern, sophisticated traveler.  The new hotel embraces the history of the existing four-story landmark building adjacent to Bradley Park. The design of White Elephant Palm Beach will be a contemporary interpretation of Mediterranean-revival architecture, totally at home and reflective of the life and history of its setting.

The 32-key hotel, with 13 rooms and 19 spacious suites, will be residential in scale with outdoor spaces and lush landscaping. The rooms and suites will have outdoor balconies with landscaping. Both penthouse suites will offer large living rooms with fully equipped kitchens and large outdoor terraces with coastal views.

The layout of the hotel takes advantage of outdoor spaces featuring a u-shaped outdoor courtyard, which will be the social heart of the hotel and the setting for an inviting pool environment and an outdoor seating.  A new signature restaurant, private dining rooms and outdoor seating will be incorporated while maintaining the ambiance of a boutique resort.

The interior design will capture the spirit of a grand home with hard wood floors, elegant tiles, woven rugs, all interpreted with contemporary style. The interior colors will reflect the special quality of Palm Beach light in soft neutrals. The exterior walls of the Mizner-style architecture will feature a light creamy-white color with classic black-and-white striped awnings, charcoal-grey roof tiles and black trim creating a fresh, sophisticated look to the classic structure.

The hotel stands one street north of Royal Poinciana Way, Palm Beach’s original Main Street and less than two blocks from the Atlantic Ocean. It is located on the corner of Sunset Avenue, the southeast corner of Bradley Place, adjacent to the intra-coastal waterway. White Elephant Palm Beach is adjacent to Bradley Park, which has been restored and serves as a grand lawn to the hotel. In recent years, this historic area of Palm Beach has undergone a revitalization including the development of the Royal Poinciana Plaza shopping area and the completion of the Flagler Memorial Bridge.

New England Development (NED) is one of the nation’s premier real estate development and management companies, led by Chairman Stephen R. Karp, Vice Chairman Steven S. Fischman, and President Douglass E. Karp.  As part of NED’s national portfolio that includes retail, mixed-use, and hospitality assets, plus marinas and golf courses, the company operates luxury hotels on Nantucket, MA, including White Elephant and The Wauwinet. Both hotels are on the Condé Nast Traveler’s Gold List and are recipients of the Forbes Travel Guide Four Star Award.  In addition, NED was a major part of the team that developed the Westin Boston Waterfront Hotel adjacent to the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center.

New England Development also developed and manages the 440,000 SF Palm Beach Outlets in West Palm Beach and the adjacent 300,000 SF Marketplace at the Outlets, located directly off Interstate 95 on Palm Beach Lakes Boulevard in West Palm Beach, FL.


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Romantic Getaways: Iconic Santorini Boutique ‘Cave’ Hideaway Offers Early Booking Discounts

February 9, 2017

Iconic Santorini is a multi-level hideaway carved into traditional caves on the volcanic cliffs, perched 1,000 feet above the sparkling blue bay of the caldera.

(Santorini, Greece) If sitting in the sun, gazing at a sweeping view of the Aegean Sea or bathing in your own plunge pool while sipping a glass of local Greek wine, is your ideal for a romantic getaway, you might plot a stay at the Iconic Santorini and taking advantage of early booking discounts for vacations between April 28 and June 18.

Iconic Santorini is an extraordinary multi-level hideaway carved into traditional caves on the volcanic cliffs, perched 1,000 feet above the sparkling blue bay of the caldera.  Its 19 residences and rooftop decks feature balconies and terraces so that guests can dine, relax, cool off and cast off the cares of the everyday life enveloped by awesome panoramic views.

The serene retreat has been voted “Greece’s Leading Boutique Hotel” at the World Travel Awards 3 years in a row.

The individually designed suites, re-imagined from traditional Santorini homes and craft shops, reflect the island’s famous white-vaulted style and colorful fabrics, adapted for today’s demanding travelers.  Guests live the authentic Greek experience while still enjoying luxury amenities like individual air-conditioning, flat-screen televisions with international channels, private routers for hi-speed Wi-Fi, JBL sound systems and sumptuous 4-layer COCO-MAT bedding.

In addition, discerning travelers, honeymooners and lovers rave about Iconic’s serene fitness and massage suite with its own grotto pool, the outdoor swimming pool with a jetted seating area and the hotel’s modern take on a traditional taverna serving Greek cuisine of the highest quality.

Regular double rates at “Greece’s Leading Boutique Hotel” include breakfast, mineral water, roundtrip airport transfers and complimentary high-speed Internet access begin at $621 a night .  For details of the specific Early Booking Offers for each individual suite, email and include booking code ICO-10.

Special Romance Packages that include sightseeing, Moet & Chandon Champagne, dinners and other extras at great value-added rates are available at

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Mango Bay Hotel Voted Barbados’ Leading Boutique Resort at World Travel Awards

December 24, 2014
Barbados' Mango Bay Hotel was voted Barbados' Leading Boutique Resort at the World Travel Awards.

Barbados’ Mango Bay Hotel was voted Barbados’ Leading Boutique Resort at the World Travel Awards.

Barbados’ Mango Bay Hotel ( has been voted Barbados’ Leading Boutique Resort at the World Travel Awards™, recognizing the property’s commitment to excellence over the last 12 months.

“I speak for the entire Mango Bay team in saying that we are truly honored to be voted as Barbados’ Leading Boutique Resort,” said Peter Odle, chairman of the Mango Bay Hotel Group.  “Our team members strive for outstanding service and are eager to meet guests’ needs, something which we feel is imperative in reaching this caliber of excellence,” he continued.

The World Travel Awards™ was established in 1993 to acknowledge, reward and celebrate excellence across all sectors of the travel and tourism industry.  The annual program is renowned as the most prestigious and comprehensive in the field.

Nominations for World Travel Awards™ are based on past years’ winners, approved self-nominations and approved World Travel Awards™ commendations.  Once nominated, votes come from qualified executives working within travel and tourism and consumer travel buyers.  Votes are internally audited to ensure the validity of each individual vote.

Located in the historic Holetown area on the famed Gold Coast of Barbados, the 76-room Mango Bay Hotel is known for its sophistication and all-inclusive value. This beachfront, boutique-style property is the ideal tropical retreat for travelers seeking an escape from the everyday hustle and bustle, offering spacious accommodations, a picturesque beach, a centrally-located swimming pool and superb dining. The property is just a short walk from the posh Limegrove Lifestyle Centre, where guests can shop at global luxury retailers including Louis Vuitton, Burberry, Cartier, Michael Kors and more.

Mango Bay is celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2014 with discounted rates starting at US$384 per room, per night, based on double occupancy, on an all-inclusive basis when booked directly.  A Mango Bay all-inclusive vacation includes hotel accommodations, all meals, afternoon tea, all local and brand name drinks including glasses of wine, use of the on-site gym and nightly entertainment. The property is also now offering room service as well as drink and food service at the pool and the beach.  Water skiing, kayaking, snorkeling, wakeboarding, pedal boats, a glass bottom boat ride and a catamaran trip to snorkel with the turtles are also included.

For more information on Mango Bay, call 246-432-1384, email reservations@mangobaybarbados.comor, or visit

Metropolitan by COMO Hotel Opens in Miami Beach

March 4, 2014

The Metropolitan by COMO, Miami Beach is now open for business.

Located on Collins Avenue and 24th Street in South Beach, the 74-room hotel occupies an original 1930s Art Deco building.  While centrally located, the feel is a true respite from the buzz and beat of South Beach: it’s right on the beach and has a private pool with cabanas and a rooftop COMO Shambhala spa.  It even has a private dock on the Intracoastal Waterway.

Interior design is by the Italian designer Paola Navone, who preserved the hotel’s Art Deco exterior and other features – such as the lobby’s terrazzo floor – and contrasted it with urbane, contemporary interiors in shades of peppermint green and dusky grey, with surfaces of cool white marble and shining chrome.

The hotel has two restaurants, including The Traymore, showcasing Floridian seafood such as stone crab, Key West pink shrimp and yellow tail snapper.  At the poolside restaurant – open only to hotel guests – diners can enjoy pizzas from the brick oven or graze on crudo while relaxing in a cabana.  The Traymore Bar will have over 30 artisanal gins.

The rooftop COMO Shambhala Urban Escape spa has four treatment rooms, hydrotherapy pool and juice bar with views of the ocean.  Therapies include the company’s signature COMO Shambhala Massage as well as the COMO Shambhala Sun Soother.  Each morning complimentary yoga is offered on the spa terrace overlooking the Intracoastal Waterway.

Rates begin at $499 per night for a Metropolitan Room.

Metropolitan by COMO is owned and operated by Singapore-based COMO Hotels and Resorts, which also owns the private island resort Parrot Cay by COMO in the Turks & Caicos.

Metropolitan by COMO, 2445 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL  33129, 305-695-3588 or 855-316-2666,

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Clifton Hotel, Eco-Chic Beach Retreat in Miami’s South Beach Offers Value Rates thru Nov. 30

October 9, 2012

Looking for an eco-chic beach retreat this fall? Rates at The Clifton Hotel in Miami’s South Beach start at $149 per night weekdays and $199 per night on weekends through Nov. 30, 2012.

The Clifton – Florida’s first LEED Gold hotel – just joined the Ascend Hotel Collection membership program from Choice Hotels International, an elite portfolio of independent hotels. As part of this global network, the property remains independently owned and operated, while gaining a presence on, one of the industry’s most visited websites, drawing 100 million visits annually. The Clifton also gets a loyalty program, Choice Privileges, with more than 15 million rewards members worldwide.

This 35-room boutique hotel is located in the heart of the historic Art Deco District, one-half block from the beach and a short stroll to South Beach’s famous nightlife, shops and restaurants. The Clifton underwent a multi-million-dollar eco-renovation and reopened in 2010 with its historic, Art Deco façade refreshed and redesigned interiors that are fresh, hip and environmentally friendly.

Contemporary decor features custom furnishings made locally with bamboo. Guestrooms are outfitted with modern LED lighting, and beds boast comfortable mattresses created from renewable materials and topped with soft pillows made of recycled bottle fibers that are allergen-free and anti-microbial. Among the many other green features: solar power, an occupancy-sensing energy management system, high-efficiency faucets and air conditioning system, water-conserving dual-flush toilets and energy-efficient windows. The lobby bar serves up organic wines and cocktails along with traditional South Beach favorites. Guests can enjoy a continental breakfast as well as VIP passes to nightclubs and pre-parties.

Launched in the fall of 2008, Ascend Hotel Collection today has more than 75 distinctive hotels in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, Scandinavia and Costa Rica. The fast-growing portfolio appeals to savvy travelers who like to immerse themselves in a destination and live like the locals when they travel.

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