Benchmark to Manage Estefan Resort

Vero Beach, FL -- Benchmark Hospitality, a leading conference center operator, has agreed to manage a 94-room luxury resort under development here by singer Gloria Estefan and her producer-husband, Emilio.

Named Costa d'Este, the seaside property will include a 1,170-square-foot function room, suitable for groups of up to 70 people. The function space will be situated adjacent to the resort's pool and patio.

Scheduled to open in January 2008, the property will also offer a full-service spa and fitness center; and high-speed, wireless Internet connectivity from guest rooms and public spaces.

The resort's 85-seat restaurant, Oriente, will feature Cuban cuisine, with a strong influence from Spanish, Latin, and Creole cuisines.

Headquartered in The Woodlands, TX, Benchmark Hospitality manages 31 resorts, hotels, conference centers, and resort condominium complexes combined throughout the United States and in Japan.

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