Take Ten with Banyan Gasparilla Sound’s Evolution Hospitality Executive VP of Operations, Matt Greene

In our Take Ten series, we connect with different partners on the Banyan Gasparilla Sound project to discuss their perspective on what makes this wellness community the jewel of Florida’s Gulf Coast. Our first Q and A is from Matt Greene, Executive Vice President of Operations, of Evolution Hospitality.

1. What is the scope of your involvement with the overall hospitality operations for Banyan Gasparilla Sound?

I will work with Integra on all things Banyan:  Programming to develop a unique resort experience based on our geographic location taking advantage of the marina, the ocean and all that goes with it like water activities, State of the art Spa and wellness program, etc.  We will develop a sensory experience at the resort, activate key “Touch Points”, create unexpected delights and cater to the unique & individual needs of our guests.  I will work with our Taste & Theory team to develop unique F&B offerings throughout the resort that will have unique seasonal menu offerings that take advantage of our geographic location.

2. What projects have you supported that is your inspiration for BGS? 

I think of early W Hotels, I was Senior Director of W Hotels new builds and acquisitions,  bringing something entirely new to travelers.  New York City set expectations for something special, energizing and creative. The bar was set high and we delivered. .  I worked with Owners/Developers, their Architecture & ID Teams in W’s growth period.  I had 43 W Hotel Developments Globally. 

3. How do you define a ‘lifestyle experience’? 

A lifestyle experience considers a multitude of factors:  Experience for all of  the senses, unique offerings based on geography, Activation of the resort at key “Touch Points”, personalizing stays for our repeat guests and VIPs by knowing what their personal preferences are.  Having a maniacal focus driving unique experiences.  Having best in class offerings like our Spa & Wellness facility, F&B outlets, luxury pool and grounds, as well as our first-class marina.

4. How does that translate for a resident at a project like BGS? 

Because we have the opportunity to truly get to know our residents and personalize their offerings and know their preferences when they dine with us, go to our spa and join us at the pool.  Because we are driving experience, we will garner a significant premium for those that have their units in our rental pool.

5. We’ve heard the term ‘wellness community’ used to describe BGS, what does that mean? 

We have curated a variety of amenities designed to help residents live their best lives through stress and relaxation treatments in our spa, a Mediterranean inspired on-site dining concept, lushly landscaped grounds to help residents and guests connect with nature as they traverse the property, and the developer is looking for well-centric building materials and features to enhance the hotel and living quarters.

6. How does that impact everyday life for someone that calls BGS home?

The residents will have our highly skilled team cater to their every needs.  Those residents that stay often, we will get to know their preferences in F&B, favorite spot at the pool, special occasions to provide “unexpected delights”. And treat them as an extension of our families.  With frequency of stays we get to truly understand how to cater to each resident’s specific needs.

7. Why does having a strong hospitality partner matter when it comes to a new construction community? 

The great news is that we are starting the project together from the very start which enables us to ensure we are focused on both “Form as well as Function”.  We see too many resorts that look beautiful but don’t function properly and that is a turn off for residents, guests and owners alike.  One example is a beautiful bed that sits on a pedestal that isn’t flush with the mattress.  This creates a safety issue as well as a wear & tear issue where the bed gets beaten up and its useful life is dramatically shorter.

8. What are some other projects you manage that potential buyers might be familiar with? 

Hard Rock San Diego, L’Auberge de Sedona, The Landing Lake Tahoe, Carneros Resort & Spa…

9. How do you keep abreast of trends with lifestyle and technology? 

I travel extensively on a weekly basis.  I am passionate about keeping up with trends and maniacal about focusing on how to differentiate upscale hotels & resorts.  I have traveled the world and am always on the lookout for unique offerings and technology advancements.  We often are called upon to Beta Test State of the Art technology because of our scale & influence on the industry & our owners/developers.

10. What are the words that you’d like visitors to BGS use to describe the experience? 

I am ready to go back, I feel relaxed, pampered and disconnected from the outside world when I am at BGS.

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.
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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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The 7 Best Islands in Florida

Originally appeared Southern Living

Whether you’re planning a family-friendly vacation or stealing away for a romantic getaway, the Sunshine State has a dizzying array of island destinations with spectacular scenery and plenty to do.  Each of these isles has its own personality too, from the easygoing shelling beaches of Sanibel to the old-school resort atmosphere of Gasparilla. Here, we’ve rounded up seven of the best islands in Florida for whatever kind of escape you’re seeking.

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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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Sotheby’s International Realty Achieves Historic Year With Record $204 Billion In Global Sales Volume

Originally Appeared on SothebysHomes.com

Sotheby’s International Realty is pleased to announce that its global network achieved a record US$204 billion in 2021 global sales volume, a 36% increase in sales growth year over year, as U.S. cities saw a resurgence of interest following the pandemic and sales activity in secondary and resort markets around the world remained strong. The brand’s U.S. sales volume grew by 33.8% year over year, significantly outpacing NAR’s national increase of 20.6% from the prior year,¹ underscoring the brand’s leadership in the high-end market.

“Real estate proved to be a hot investment in 2021,” said Philip White, president and CEO of Sotheby’s International Realty. “Once again, agents affiliated with Sotheby’s International Realty outperformed the industry average and achieved record-breaking home sales as buyers continued to depend on their trusted expertise to navigate a constrained market.”

Read More about Sotheby’s International Realty 2021 Stats Here.