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The Villas of Grand Cypress and Nine18 Receive Four-Star Awards From Forbes Travel Guide


Orlando, Fla. (January 23, 2014) – The newly-renovated Villas of Grand Cypress, a member of Personal Luxury Resorts & Hotels®, and its fine dining restaurant, Nine18, were recently awarded the esteemed Four-Star Award by Forbes Travel Guide in the annual listing of Five- and Four-Star award winning hotels, restaurants and spas. The announcement was made on January 22, 2014, in Las Vegas. General Manager Mark Cox was on hand to accept this prestigious award.

Villas of Grand Cypress is one of two Orlando resorts to be presented with this coveted accolade. Equally impressive, Nine18 is one of only two restaurants in Orlando to be awarded the Forbes Four-Star distinction in 2014.

“We are beyond thrilled that both Villas of Grand Cypress and Nine 18 have received this well-respected honor,” states Mark Cox, general manager. “A true sanctuary, the Villas has undergone a complete transformation into a legendary and luxurious destination resort, just minutes from the city’s top attractions, but seemingly worlds away. It is outstanding that investment in resources and service has not gone unnoticed. Our mission is to provide over-the-top luxury experiences, and this appointment endorses our hard work.”

The Star Ratings system is the gold standard in the travel industry, with hospitality standouts earning its coveted stars since 1958. “Our annual Star Ratings represent the best of the best in hotels, restaurants and spas. They serve as guideposts for discerning consumers who are looking for exceptional travel and hospitality experiences,” said Shane O’Flaherty, president of inspections and ratings for Forbes Travel Guide.


About Villas of Grand Cypress Resort

Recently awarded the 2014 Readers Choice Award by TripAdvisor as one of the top 25 luxury hotels in the United States, Villas of Grand Cypress is just miles from the Orlando International airport, but seems worlds away from the ordinary. In addition to its 45-holes of Jack Nicklaus Signature-designed golf, the resort offers the Grand Cypress Racquet Club; in-room spa services; Lake Windsong and marina; easy access to Orlando's famed attractions; on-site transportation services; two pools, and more. Villas of Grand Cypress has been a continued recipient of the Gold Key Award from subscribers of Meetings and Conventions Magazine, receiving the award 17 times, most recently in 2012. In addition, Grand Cypress Academy of Golf rated as one of the "Top 25 Golf Schools in America" and has received GOLF Magazine's Premier Resorts: Silver Medal Award by GOLF Magazine (2006, 2008, 2010, and 2012). For more information, please visit

About Personal Luxury Resorts & Hotels® Personal Luxury Resorts & Hotels® includes unique hand-picked properties in spectacular U.S. destinations coast to coast. Each hotel and resort delivers personal luxury in a spirit true to its own distinctive locale, yet in keeping with the collection’s shared mission. They represent a select portfolio of Benchmark Hospitality International®, which has been a leading US-based hospitality management company for over 30 years. Personal Luxury Resorts & Hotels is the preferred choice of guests who yearn for transformation over accommodation, customization over conformity, and inspiration over predictability. With Personal Luxury Resorts & Hotels, luxury is always personal. To become a fan on Facebook, visit, or follow us on Twitter at


Rebecca Kollaras
Benchmark Hospitality International


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