TAMPA BAY, FL, September, 2008 – Salamander Hospitality, along with its owner Sheila C. Johnson, is living up to its promise of returning Innisbrook Golf Resort and Club to its former position of prominence.
This month, the resort will finish renovating the last of its three conference and convention centers, which is part of a $25 million restoration and rejuvenation project. In addition to installing new furnishings in all of its 65,000 square feet of function space, which includes the largest exhibit hall in Pinellas County, Innisbrook has added two new 16-seat executive boardrooms. The resort has also completely renovated Johnson's penthouse suite, which overlooks the 18th green of the famed Copperhead Course, home to the PGA TOUR's Transitions Championship. The owner was personally involved in the design choices for the suite, which is perfect for corporate and intimate receptions.
"The conference room interiors look and feel brand new," says Innisbrook Managing Director Chuck Pomerantz. "They are beautifully appointed and feature design elements like Axminster carpets. Coupled with the superior level of service we provide, Innisbrook is ready to host the most high-profile meeting or event."
Innisbrook was purchased by Salamander Hospitality in July 2007. Since then, the resort has undergone a complete transformation, which will include the opening of a new luxury spa and fitness center in January 2009.
Upon purchasing the resort, Salamander Hospitality immediately renovated the resort's dramatically striking Island Golf Course, which has hosted NCAA® Division I Men's Golf Championships, while improvements to resort's other three courses are planned. The renovation of all three of the resort's clubhouses include new restaurant and bar concepts, and the creation of a centralized gathering village where registration, golf shops, and Johnson's signature gourmet market, Market Salamander, are just steps apart.
The Copperhead Clubhouse is now home to the resort's new, upscale steakhouse, named "Packard's" after the designer of Innisbrook's four championship courses, Larry Packard. The restaurant features a new menu of Italian specialties to complement its steakhouse fare. The Highlands Clubhouse is nearing completion of a new outdoor bar with comfortable seating, fire pits and gathering areas that overlook both North and South Golf courses. Innisbrook's Tennis Center has also received a brand new look, while the décor at each of the resort's six swimming pools was refreshed. A new children's playground area was also constructed.
Before Super Bowl 2009 rolls into the Tampa Bay area, Innisbrook will open its much-awaited new spa and fitness center. The 12,000-square-foot spa and 4,000 square-foot fitness facility sit adjacent to each other and enjoy dramatic views of the Copperhead Course. The spa features 12 treatment rooms as well as a hair and nail salon, and retail center. The spa will also include an outdoor relaxation area with whirlpool, comfortable cabanas and outdoor treatment areas.
The Pamela Temples Design Group, based in St. Petersburg, Florida, is the interior designer for all renovation and construction projects, while Architecture Incorporated is the architect of record. It has offices Ft. Meyers, Florida and Reston, Virginia.