• Kindred Resorts & Hotels Debuts New Programs

     
    POSTED April 30, 2017
     

Kindred Resorts & Hotels has revealed a number of new activities that span across North America. Some of these additions include romantic getaways, culinary adventures, wellness corporate retreats, and more.

Grand Hotel, located in Mackinac Island, Michigan will reopen on May 4 after completing its renovation. Renovations include three new suites, with interior design by Dorothy Draper & Company, and changes to the world’s longest porch at 660-feet. It will be open the first weekend in May through the end of October.

In Tucson, Ariz., the Hacienda Del Sol Guest Ranch Resort completed an expansion that added 32 guestrooms and suites, an infinity pool and a new ballroom with 5100 square feet of indoor and outdoor space. Along with new renovations travelers now have the opportunity to book new on and off-site adventures. Adventures include horseback rides, hikes, nature walks and astronomy tours.

The 25,000-square-foot Lake Austin Spa Resort in Austin is celebrating its 20th anniversary with 20 new spa services. Some notable offerings include a luxury water taxi that transports guests, energy work, organic skin care lines, water immersion therapies and oxygen facials.

The Hudson Valley Mohonk Mountain House opened the property’s first new accommodations in more than 100 years. Named Grove Lodge, the space is a 7,000-square-foot, two-story lodge. The 700-square-foot rooms and 1,080-square-foot great room was constructed and designed by Andre J. Allison. Guests are able to book a single room or rent out the whole building.

The 480-acre resort, Saddlebrook Resort, has renewed their two Arnold Palmer signature golf courses to go along with the new Golf Training Center and Range. Work has been done to improve greens quality and speed. Programs such as greens construction, tee leveling and drainage improvements have been designed to improve the over-all playability of the course.

Saybrook Point Inn & Spa in Old Saybrook, Conn., has added new teambuilding exercises and group activities for reunions and gatherings as well as two new luxury guesthouses. New activities include fishing trips, chef challenges, wine classes, and a unique Navy SEAL training program. The additional guesthouses were designed to accommodate special events, corporate retreats and private gatherings.

Tides Inn, located in Irvington, Va., has announced the addition of a new Virginia Oyster Academy, which will provide guests with a Bay to Table experience. During this experience, guests will be able to go on a morning excursion with an authentic Virginia waterman where they will learn about the history of the oyster and benefits. It is available on Fridays and Saturdays from October to November.

Due to COVID-19, non-essential travel was, or has been, banned for months. Long anticipated trips and in-person gatherings were canceled and people have adjusted to the new normal: staying at home and meeting over Zoom. However, states have been slowly lifting restrictions, and non-essential travel will soon be happening across the country again. However, some may not be as comfortable with the thought of traveling as they were before the pandemic.  

 

Ken Hayward has spent nearly his entire career serving at one hotel. But when you start your career at one of the most iconic and historic hotels in Michigan— even the nation—it’s hard to see yourself anywhere else. Hayward, executive vice president and managing director of Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island, was recently named Hotelier of the Year by Historic Hotels of America. This honor comes decades after Hayward was given an unexpected opportunity.

 

Daily life has been significantly altered by COVID-19, no matter the industry. Many are working from home, while children stay inside for online schooling. Meetings and events have been hit especially hard, since the essence of the industry is face-to-face interactions. While we continue to self-isolate, plenty of organizations have been offering webinars with insights on how to handle the pandemic—watching webinars is a great way to use that extra time you might have used for your commute to learn something useful.