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The Renaissance Resort at World Golf Village Captures The Florida Green Lodging Program’s Prestigious "One Palm Rating"

ST. AUGUSTINE, FL (March 2008) – The Renaissance Resort at World Golf Village in St. Augustine, Florida, is now a certified participant in the Florida Green Lodging Program, and has just been awarded the prestigious One Palm rating by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). The core requirements of the program include water conservation, energy efficiency, waste reduction, clean air, and communications. To achieve the green certification, the resort must adopt “green” practices that reduce waste and conserve natural resources. This includes the implementation of many green programs throughout the property for both staff and guests, and the passing of a rigorous on-site inspection. A ceremony commemorating the One Palm distinction will be conducted soon, according to Mark Schwantner, general manager of the Northeast Florida resort.

Currently only 115 of Florida’s 5,000 or so hotels have successfully completed the DEP’s certification process, with only 13 hotels or resorts in Northeast Florida receiving the prestigious One Palm rating.

“We’re very proud of our One Palm Rating,” said Schwantner. “Our entire staff has worked hard to make our resort green-certified, as we realize the importance of reducing waste and conserving our natural resources. We’re nearing completion of an extensive $10 million property-wide renovation of our resort, and we made sure to incorporate many green initiates into the project. This included installing water efficient showerheads and toilets, implementing recycling programs throughout the resort, installing high efficiency air filters, installing high energy efficient lighting, and communicating to our guests ways that they can help.”

Schwantner added, “We’ve received a very positive response from our guests and groups, and are so pleased to be a participant in the program.”


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The $10 million property-wide renovation of the resort is slated for completion by early May 2008. The project includes the complete remodeling of all 301 guest rooms and suites, dramatic changes to the resort’s lobby atrium and entry area, remodeling of all guest room corridors, new lighting throughout the public spaces, remodeling of its billiard room, enhancements to the meeting offerings and business center, and even the addition of a new “signature scent.” The resort is also remodeling its restaurant and bar, which will open in April 2008 as a new restaurant and bar called 500 South, An American Grill.

Guest rooms and suites now feature all new furniture, soft goods, window treatments, and lighting. Guest rooms also boast new flat-panel screen LCD HDTV televisions, and the signature Marriott JackPack, which provides complete connectivity to the guests for laptops, MP3 players, digital cameras, and video game players. The new system also provides the option of listening to an MP3 player through the sound system. The rooms and suites feature a contemporary design with an Asian feel, which includes rich red bed coverings with crisp white linens, along with a complementary color scheme of warm neutral gold. In-room offerings also include high-speed Internet access, two telephones with data ports, a wet bar and refrigerator, and in-room coffee.

The entry of the resort boasts beautiful new flooring, wood-wrapped columns, and accents of the Florida citrus colors. The entry leads to a dramatically remodeled 10-story atrium lobby, which now has a Colonial/Asian theme with new furniture in hues of blue and green, new carpeting, new lighting, an enhanced waterfall and stream, and lush foliage (including bamboo) throughout to fit the Asian theme. Probably the most dramatic change to the atrium is the addition of a new 7-story modern hanging sculpture that captures the wind and air elements, reminiscent of open Florida skies.

The new restaurant, named 500 South, is adjacent to the bar in the lobby and will boast a picturesque full-length wine wall, as well as colorful new furniture, warm wood tones and new lighting. The restaurant will specialize in New American Regional Cuisine, using the freshest ingredients in the region, and features a large wine and cocktail list.


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Whether you’re seeking a golfer’s paradise or a lush resort getaway, The Renaissance Resort at World Golf Village has something for everyone. Offering spectacular views overlooking the Village’s picturesque lake and golf courses, The Renaissance Resort is adjacent to the remarkable World Golf Hall of Fame. In addition to being an easy stroll to that impressive facility, the resort provides to guests privileges at the renowned PGA TOUR Golf Academy.

Renaissance guests also enjoy an indoor professional golf simulator, an enhanced 24-hour health club with all-new equipment, sauna, pool, hot tub, tennis courts, a billiard room, and full-service concierge. Just a chip shot from the resort, guests will find The World Golf Hall of Fame’s 18-hole championship putting course, the 132-yard Island Challenge Hole, an IMAX® Theater, and the Walk of Champions.

Additionally, Renaissance guests have privileges at the private Serenata Beach Club, which provides access to miles of Atlantic beach, and features three impressive pools. Renaissance guests also have access to the PGA TOUR Spa Laterra, which is a short complimentary ride from the resort.

The resort also features an array of meeting rooms, a 24-hour business center, high-speed Internet, the latest in presentation technology, and full catering services. Together with the adjoining St. Johns County Convention Center and the World Golf Hall of Fame, the resort is the largest combination hotel and conference center between Atlanta and Orlando, with 86,000 square feet of meeting and event space.

When visiting the resort, guests should explore beautiful St. Augustine, the nation’s oldest city. Founded in 1565, the area is rich with Spanish architecture, with charming cobblestone streets and many fascinating historical sites. Guests can visit the historic Castillo de San Marcos fort, The Fountain of Youth, and the nation’s Oldest Wooden Schoolhouse. St. Augustine offers sightseeing trolleys, charter boats, and an array of water sports.

For more information on the resort, call 1-888-740-7020 or 1-904-940-8000, or visit

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