Take Ten with Banyan Gasparilla Sound’s Tracy Lee of TLee Spas

TLee Spas Founder and Visionary Tracy Lee with VP/COO Michael Lahm.

In our Take Ten series, we highlight different partners from the Banyan Gasparilla Sound project to learn the role they are playing to create the leading wellness community on the Gulf Coast of Florida and what reservation holders can look forward to as soon-to-be residents.

  1. How do you explain the work you do to potential buyers in a project like Banyan
    Gasparilla Sound?

    TLEE Spas specializes in development and strategic advisory within the spa and wellness space – from initial ideation and facility planning, soft programming, pre-opening services to onsite implementation and launch support. We see ourselves as experience architects: defining the concept and vision and translating that into the end-user experience.
  2. When you started the ideation process, what surprised you about the area where the
    project is located?

    With so much of Southern Florida undergoing massive change, we love the timeless aspect of Gasparilla Island and the community’s commitment to retaining it’s ‘old Florida’ attitude and attributes, while still evolving.
  3. How did that evolve into the plan your firm proposed to Integra?
    The spa plan has emerged from a diligent discovery process: based on the positioning of the project as a luxury wellness-focused resort community, the overall site plan and the goal to be a vibrant hub of wellness for both the property and the broader community.
  4. What are some of the therapies and services the spa will provide?
    The spa will have a mix of traditional spa treatments, such as massage and integrated body therapies; a robust skincare program combining manual techniques, best-in-class products and leading-edge technology; nail services and a broad array of wellness offerings including, contrast bathing, hydrotherapy, mind/body classes and fitness activities.
  5. Are there any treatments inspired by local ingredients or historical practices of the people in the area?
    We’re excited to dig deep into the history and local culture – to discover and distill what’s unique and relevant and translate that into contemporary wellness offering. We have our eyes on the past, present and future to develop a menu that is timeless, on-trend and trend setting.
  6. Reservation holders were treated to a sample of some products that will be featured at the Sea Salt Spa, with so many brands, what process do you use to select what is stocked on the shelves of your clients?
    We are passionate about brands and spend lots of time researching and partnering with brands that have a unique point of view or story to tell. We also ensure that they align with the spa’s market positioning, provide depth and diversity, and most importantly, have a proven success factor both in terms of quality, efficacy and expert training.
  7. The Juice Bar is a fun amenity for residents and guests, we were wondering what you would put in a spa-inspired smoothie or juice?
    Florida is a mecca for year-round produce, so we want to feature ingredients that are as fresh, seasonal and organic when possible. Thinking about the tropical climate and active lifestyle culture that will permeate the property, the day might start with a smoothie of coconut water, mango, fresh mint and high-quality plant protein. A perfect pre- or post-workout boost.
  8. If you are what you eat, what Florida delicacies are you most interested in trying when you
    visit the area?

    Fresh-caught seafood and seasonal fruits & veggies are always top of the list – but that certainly doesn’t preclude sampling locally-inspired deserts or craft cocktails made with a healthy twist!
  9. With so much technology coming to esthetic arts, which therapies are you most excited to bring to BGS residents and guests who are coming to the spa for the first time?
    Technology has definitely changed the game, and we will bring different modalities to the spa to amplify the benefits of high-touch services: LED, microcurrent and Jet Peel for skincare; LED, infrared and cryotherapy for recovery and performance. But we’re equally excited about the traditional yet timeless offerings: contrast-bathing (alternating between hot and cold temperatures) to kickstart the body’s natural healing power and master bodywork to remedy aches, pain and stress; improve posture and body alignment or enhance active pursuits: such as golf, watersports or tennis.
  10. What skincare advice and recommendations do you have for the residents of this area who will be making BGS their home?
    Effective skincare is highly personal and dependent upon lifestyle factors and personal preferences.
    Women typically are more committed to their regimes, so we’re especially excited to get our male contingent on track. That typically means keeping it simple and straightforward: deep cleansing to prep the skin (especially at night), Vitamin C to build collagen and correct sun damage and consistent use of high-quality sunblock (mineral-based) to protect from UV and environmental damage.

Elevated Living on the Peninsula: A Look Inside the Future of Banyan Gasparilla Sound

The gracious lobby at Banyan Gasparilla Sound.

Appeared Originally in the Gasparilla Island Magazine

While construction on the newest feature of the Cape Haze Peninsula is in the beginning stages, so much planning has already been done on Banyan Gasparilla Sound. The original vision behind the project was to bring the things that people love about Boca Grande –and that includes the style– to a new location off the island that is just minutes away.

Envisioned to be an extension of Boca Grande, the community will reflect eh unique elegance the island is known for. Residents of this wellness-driven enclave will have access to modern essentials and bespoke amenities like a signature restaurant and bar, state-of-the-art spa & fitness center direct access marina, white glove concierge service and more.

Read the Full Article Here.

9 Clear Water Islands In Florida You Need To Visit This Summer

Appeared originally Narcity.com

A woman at Matanzas Inlet. Right: A view of Marco Island between the trees.
@_amandaduart | InstagramTripadvisor

This summer you can have the best getaway with clear water beaches that stretch for miles on islands in Florida. If you didn’t think the Sunshine State could offer any more gorgeous land, you’re in for a treat.

There are so many sandbars and places to visit at these turquoise sanctuaries where you can have fun in the sun or do an overnight beach camping trip.

Some of these destinations are well-known, while others aren’t as popular. We compiled a thorough list so you can dip your toes in the waters of these blissful island getaways for the ultimate summer vacay.

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Five Intimate Boutique Inns to Check into Across the U.S.

Five classic American getaways for a stylish, supremely relaxing retreat

Originally appeared Business Traveler

Guest room at The Claremont / Photo: Erin Little

Our collective psyche has certainly been bruised during the past two years. So when it’s time to take a break from the stresses of business and the world in general, there’s no better place to catch your breath than a classic American inn. A knockout view is a must. Cocktails. The perfect perch upon which to relax with a book or magazine. Stunning accommodations that are anything but fussy. And dining that surprises and delights. Says fashion visionary Liz Lange, “We all need a happy place where we can absolutely turn off—especially right now. Relaxed elegance and spot-on service are top-of-the-bill for me.” Here, from Maine to California, five of our favorite American inns.

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10 Best Florida Islands To Visit This Summer

Florida is home to many islands for those looking for a seaside escape in the Sunshine State, and these are some of the best.

Originally appeared thetravel.com

When it comes to some of the most beautiful beaches in the U.S., the first thought on most people’s minds is Florida. The Sunshine State is home to white sands, beautiful coastal scenery, and tropical vibes that one can experience without ever even leaving the country.

Many people visit for its many thrilling theme parks such as Disney but stay for its flawless white-sand beaches. For those seeking a perfect Florida island to laze away the summer days, here are some of the best and most beautiful.

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Sales Launch For Banyan Gasparilla Sound – A Residential Resort Community

Originally appeared Fort Myers News-Press

Southwest Florida’s Gasparilla Island, home to the Village of Boca Grande, is one of the world’s most recognized addresses for understated seaside elegance, premier fishing, and sugar sand beaches within an intimate community. Relishing in the quintessence of coastal living and exuding relaxed sophistication, Banyan Gasparilla Sound, just outside of Boca Grande, is the vision of Florida-based Integra Investments. Designed by internationally acclaimed SB Architects, the community spans 16 acres with 182 bespoke residences and creates a resort lifestyle curated to celebrate wellness with unsurpassed amenities. Gulf to Bay Sotheby’s International Realty is overseeing sales and marketing for the project under the direction of Rich Taylor.

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2022 Luxury Outlook Report Reveals Return Of International Buyer, Hybrid Work Model Fuels Real Estate Investment

Originally Appeared on SothebysRealty.com

Sotheby’s International Realty is pleased to announce the release of its 2022 Luxury Outlook report, which identifies the trends likely to shape the world’s prime housing markets in the year ahead. The comprehensive report offers insight into the high-end real estate industry as the starts-and-stops of the pandemic’s reopening fueled even stronger demand and inventory struggled to keep pace. The global report reveals that relief from the market frenzy may not happen quickly as prices are expected to rise in 2022. In addition, a shift to a hybrid work model is fueling more buyers to invest in real estate and seek larger homes that can accommodate remote work while remaining within commuting distance.

“Once again, Sotheby’s International Realty remains a trusted resource for buyers and sellers looking to navigate the luxury real estate market,” said Bradley Nelson, chief marketing officer for Sotheby’s International Realty. “It was important for us to offer our perspective on the trends ahead as luxury real estate remains a trusted investment amid relatively low interest rates and inflation. Now in its second year, the 2022 Luxury Outlook report offers expert insight following last year’s frenzied housing market and what buyers can expect in the coming year as pent-up demand from international buyers is expected to increase. “

The Sotheby’s International Realty 2022 Luxury Outlook report was compiled by surveying Sotheby’s International Realty agents around the world who transact in the US$10M+ price category. This information was complemented by gathering supporting data from other leading industry experts, including UBS Wealth Management; Henley & Partners, a global citizenship and residence advisory firm; the National Association of Realtors; in addition to art and luxury experts at Sotheby’s, the famed auction house, to round out luxury trends in the year to come.

Key findings featured in the report include: 

  • 2022 is likely to be the year of the international buyer as borders open and vaccinations and boosters roll out
  • Nearly half of respondents agree that a rise in interest rates might affect the market
  • In North America, millennials and Gen Xers are expected to make up the majority of luxury-home sales in the coming year
  • Between 2018-2042, nearly US$70 trillion will be passed down from older generations and millennials will continue to use their share for real estate, according to Cerulli Associates
  • In the U.S., price appreciation of second homes is expected to continue even after the number of transactions slowed due to limited inventory
  • The most important amenities for today’s luxury buyers are a garage with storage, first-floor full bathroom, eat-in kitchen, and deluxe primary bedroom suite

“Following another historic year in real estate, Sotheby’s International Realty agents around the world continue to have their finger on the pulse on industry trends and market acuity,” said Philip White, president and chief executive officer of Sotheby’s International Realty. “Luxury Outlook heavily relies on the expertise of our network spanning 77 countries and territories to provide on-the-ground insight on the biggest stories in 2021, from the resurgence of urban cities to the role of cryptocurrency, and what it means for buyers and sellers in the short and long term.”

Read the Full Luxury Outlook 2022 Report Here

Gulf to Bay Sotheby’s International Realty is Year Over Year Leader in Sales on Boca Grande, Florida

The numbers are in and according to Stellar MLS, Gulf to Bay Sotheby’s International Realty represented the most buyers and sellers in total units sold and also recorded the largest volume of sales for 2020. The information was collected and reported by real estate data company Lalapoint, LLC from July 1st, 2020 through June 30th, 2021.

Click here to read more about the volume of deals represented.

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Gulf to Bay Sotheby’s International Realty Named Top Brokerage on Boca Grande

The numbers are in and according to Stellar MLS, Gulf to Bay Sotheby’s International Realty represented the most buyers and sellers in total units sold and also recorded the largest volume of sales for 2020. The information was collected and reported by real estate data company Lalapoint, LLC from January 1st, 2020 through December 31st, 2020.

Click here to read more about the volume of deals represented.

Click here to read more about the number of buyer and seller units represented.

Introducing…LUXURY OUTLOOK 2021

Sotheby’s International Realty is pleased to announce the release of its inaugural 2021 Luxury Outlook report which examines high-end residential markets across the globe in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic. The comprehensive report provides insight into the world’s top primary and secondary markets and the anticipated wealth trends that will drive discretionary investment in the coming months. The report reveals that global wealth is forecasted to grow and pandemic trends are expected to persist in the year ahead. With priorities shifting toward larger homes with special amenities, including “Zoom rooms,” multiple offices and workspaces, and an increased interest in sustainable homes with wellness and technology features, the Luxury Outlook highlights new spending habits and homebuying trends.

“As a leader in luxury real estate, it was important for us to analyze trends emerging from the most unparalleled year in modern history,” said Bradley Nelson, chief marketing officer for Sotheby’s International Realty. “The pandemic recalibrated interest in larger, greener properties, secondary cities, and geographies with favorable tax and emigration policies. These preferences are likely here to stay for the foreseeable future, and it was important for us to provide a resource to those looking to navigate the months ahead.”

Join us as we explore these market-shaping forces and more on luxuryoutlook.com.