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04 / 23 / 2019 | Meetings Today

Offerings for Events in Tampa, St. Pete, & Clearwater

Outside of Tampa, the Innisbrook Golf Resort & Spa highlights wellness with its 12,000-square-foot Salamander Spa that offers outdoor group yoga classes on the yoga terrace, fitness classes and spa treatments.
04 / 16 / 2019 | The Network Journal

Salamander Resort Gets Five-Star Rating: An Interview with Sheila Johnson

Today, the 168-room Salamander Resort & Spa (part of Salamander Hotels & Resorts), where “forever First Lady” Michelle Obama was spotted with her daughters in 2014, has a Five-Star rating from Forbes Travel Guide – the gold standard in the hospitality industry since 1958.
04 / 16 / 2019 | SCNow

LIBBY WIERSEMA: Charleston food fest was magically delicious

Chef Michael Sichel’s offerings were on-point. He cites his Italian heritage for enabling him to grow up in an environment of deliciousness. (I can attest to the richness of learning to cook at the knee of an Italian mother!) A graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, his career has taken him across the United States and even to Provence, where he acquired an affinity for European culinary traditions.
04 / 16 / 2019 | Eater Charleston

Critic Applauds Hotel Bennett Restaurant’s “Luxe and Decadent” Menu

The New Orleans influences throughout Hotel Bennett’s Gabrielle impressed Post & Courier’s Hannah Raskin this week, who said head chef Michael Sichel’s knifework and sauces revealed a firm grasp of French technique, his dishes “luxe and decadent” and “strikingly delicious.”
04 / 01 / 2019 | Porthole Cruise Magazine

The South's Grandest New Hotel

With a focus on elegant European design and architecture, the 179-room luxury hotel opens onto Marion Square and offers stunning views of the park and the city skyline from it's guestrooms, suites, and public spaces.
03 / 31 / 2019 | FOX 5 DC

Sheila Johnson: The Renaissance Woman

In the first act of her life, Sheila Johnson was a classically trained concert violinist. Then she gave voice to the African American community in the growing industry of cable TV as the co-founder of Black Entertainment Television (BET).
03 / 31 / 2019 | WJLA ABC 7

Sheila Johnson is breaking barriers, helping others, changing the world

The hotelier’s Salamander Resort and Spa in Middleburg, Virginia just achieved the industry’s highest honor. It became one of only two hotels in the United States to receive Forbes Travel Guide 5 Star rating this year.
03 / 31 / 2019 | Middleburg Eccentric


Forbes Travel Guide has awarded Sheila Johnson’s Salamander Resort & Spa in Middleburg it’s coveted and rare Five-Star Rating, making it one of only two new properties in the United States to receive the honor this year.
03 / 31 / 2019 | Peter Greenberg

Radio Guest List–Forbes Travel Guide Luxury Summit

Sheila Johnson, CEO of Salamander Hotels and Resorts and Co-Founder of BET, discusses how she went from violinist, to founding a television network, to starting a hospitality business with a five-star hotel and everything in between.
03 / 31 / 2019 | World's Best Golf Destinations

Copperhead Course at Innisbrook Resort Is Spectacular, but Not the Resort’s Crowning Achievement

There are four golf courses at Innisbrook Resort near Tampa, Florida, but only one is memorialized with evergreen shrubs. It’s one of the most photographed scenes on the PGA Tour, “Copperhead” scripted in foliage along a pond next to the seventeenth green.
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