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The Renaissance World Golf Village Resort and Convention Center In Jacksonville/St. Augustine, Florida Expands Recreational Options For Groups With Privileges At The Exclusive Oceanfront Serenata Beach Club

JACKSONVILLE/ST. AUGUSTINE, FL (January 2012) – Following the recent renovation and expansion of its outdoor meeting, event and recreational space, The Renaissance World Golf Village Resort and Convention Center in Jacksonville/St. Augustine, Florida is adding another new recreational option to groups. Beginning February 1, 2012, groups and guests at the AAA Four-Diamond Northeast Florida resort will enjoy privileges at the exclusive Serenata Beach Club, which features a breathtaking setting overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. The announcement was made by Jeffrey Oliasami, general manager of the 301-room Renaissance World Golf Village Resort, which together with the adjacent World Golf Hall of Fame offers 101,000 square feet of meeting and event space, making it the largest combination hotel and convention center between Atlanta and Orlando.

The private Serenata Beach Club features: a 12,000-square-foot oceanfront clubhouse; a 4,000-square-foot adult pool with dedicated lap lanes; a 4,000-square-foot pool with a cascading 12-foot waterfall; a fully-equipped fitness center; fully-equipped locker facilities; an activities director; and personal trainers. In addition to providing privileges to groups and guests, The Renaissance World Golf Village Resort also will provide a complimentary shuttle to and from Serenata Beach Club for individual guests (based on availability). Serenata Beach Club is located in Ponte Vedra Beach, in between St. Augustine and Ponte Vedra, a comfortable drive from The Renaissance World Golf Village Resort.

“We’re adding privileges at the beautiful and exclusive Serenata Beach Club to cater to the many needs of our groups and guests,” said Oliasami. “While we already feature such exceptional recreational options as golf on our two championship courses, and our proximity to the wonderful and charming historic sites in St. Augustine, we’re adding privileges at Serenata so that our groups and guests can experience the beach and Atlantic Ocean in first-class style.”

This new recreational option follows the recently completed renovation and expansion of the resort’s outdoor meeting, event and recreational space. The large project included new and expanded outdoor function space with beautiful brick pavers and elegant new furniture in conversational groupings; a beautiful new fountain called La Piazza; a picturesque new gazebo; and a new and expanded pool deck with new seating areas. The new outdoor function space, now named La Terrazza, is able to accommodate groups of up to 2,000 guests. La Terrazza features advanced technology and power capability, comparable to that provided in indoor ballrooms. This includes underground cables and wiring for communication and internet to the stage location, and to the gazebo, as well as underground connection points for two different size tent configurations. With the expansion the resort added 15,000 square feet of new function space, so the resort now features 101,000 square feet of meeting and event space.

Other recent enhancements at the resort include: the opening of a new casually-elegant Italian Grille named Villagio (in November 2011); the addition of a new 450-square-foot Masters Board Room (which opened in August 2011); the opening of a new The UPS Store and Business Center on-site (in July 2011); the addition of a new destination services and event planning department (in August 2011); and the opening (in August 2011) of The Resort Shop, which serves a full menu of Starbuck’s coffees, pastries, breakfast fare, sandwiches, soups, salads, wraps, and desserts, as well as an array of local gifts and souvenirs.

To coincide with the enhanced meeting and event options, the resort also recently unveiled its new Intriguing Meetings program. Designed to provide distinctive and inspired programs for groups, the resort’s Intriguing Meetings program includes unique and intriguing tablescaping in the meeting rooms that are designed to be visually appealing and to inspire creativity. Additionally, the program features R Meeting Experts who are ambassadors dedicated to catering to planners’ needs and to ensuring an exceptional program.

Also, the resort recently launched its innovative White Glove Meetings Services which includes complimentary White Glove transportation to and from Jacksonville International Airport in its own passenger vans for new group business booked in 2012. To qualify for the complimentary airport transportation a group is required to contract for a minimum of 50 rooms per night for 2 nights and 2 banquet meals daily.

Located within the lush 6,300-acre World Golf Village, the resort completed a $10 million resort-wide renovation in 2008, which included the complete remodeling of guest rooms and suites, a dramatically-renovated lobby, newly-remodeled guest room corridors, an expanded fitness center with state-of-the-art equipment, and enhanced meeting space.

As part of the renovation guest rooms and suites received new furniture, soft goods, window treatments, lighting, 37” flat-panel screen LCD HDTV televisions, and the Marriott JackPack, which provides complete connectivity to the guests for laptops, MP3 players, digital cameras, and video game players. The rooms and suites feature a contemporary design with an Asian feel, which includes rich red bed coverings, crisp white linens, along with a color scheme of warm neutral gold. Rooms also feature high-speed Internet access, two telephones with data ports, a wet bar and refrigerator, an in-room safe, and in-room coffee.

The resort also boasts a dramatically remodeled nine-story atrium lobby, featuring a Colonial/Asian theme with lush foliage and a colorful 7-story modern hanging sculpture that is reminiscent of open Florida skies.

Recreational options at the resort include two championship golf courses: the popular Slammer & Squire (just steps from The Renaissance Resort), and the renowned King & Bear (co-designed by Arnold “The King” Palmer and Jack “The Bear” Nicklaus). Guests also have access to four additional golf courses within 15 minutes of the resort, for a total of 108 holes of golf. Additionally, the resort features a sauna, pool, hot tub, and full-service concierge. Guests also are an easy walk to The World Golf Hall of Fame’s 18-hole real grass putting course, a 132-yard Island Challenge Hole, an IMAX® 3D Theater, and the Walk of Champions. In addition, guests can take golf lessons at the renowned PGA TOUR Golf Academy.

When visiting the resort, guests and groups have the opportunity to take fun eco-tours and chartered fishing trips, enjoy exceptional shopping at two large outlet malls, and explore historic St. Augustine.

To make it easy for its guests to enjoy the area, The Renaissance World Golf Village Resort is now providing a complimentary shuttle for individual guests (based on availability) to and from historic downtown St. Augustine. This new service enables guests to easily visit such sites in St. Augustine, which was founded in 1565, as the historic Castillo de San Marcos fort, The Fountain of Youth, and shopping on the charming, brick-paved St. George Street. Additional options in downtown St. Augustine include the Old Town Trolley Tour, The Old Jail, The St. Augustine History Museum, The Spanish Quarter, The Oldest Wooden Schoolhouse, Flagler College, Whetstone’s Chocolate Factory, Lightner Museum, and a variety of water activities.

A recipient of many of the industry’s most prestigious awards, The Renaissance World Golf Village Resort and Convention Center is the only Northeast Florida resort and convention center to receive the prestigious AAA Four Diamond rating, which is an honor achieved by less than 4% of the AAA approved properties. Among the many other honors recently bestowed on the resort include Successful Meetings magazine’s acclaimed “Pinnacle Award,” Meetings & Conventions magazine’s prestigious “Gold Key Award,” Association Meetings magazine’s sought after “Inner Circle Award,” and Smart Meetings magazine’s acclaimed “2011 Platinum Choice Award.”

For information on The Renaissance World Golf Village Resort and Convention Center, call 888-740-7020 or 904-940-8000, or visit www.renwgv.com.

PR Contact: Karen Lamonica at (407) 788-7070, ext. 208, or klamonica@chisano.com NOTE: High-resolution photos of the resort may be downloaded from http://www.worldgolfrenaissance.com/Press/ . Or, photos of the resort are available by contacting Karen Lamonica.