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The Woodlands (Houston), Texas, April 2016 … Benchmark Hospitality International, a leading U.S.-based hospitality management company, has named Armando Galeas executive chef for Costa d’Este Beach Resort & Spa, a Personal Luxury property located in Vero Beach, Florida.  Chad Olson, Benchmark’s general manager at the resort, made the announcement.

“It is such a pleasure to welcome Armando to our resort,” said Mr. Olson.  “His passion for cooking, as well as his vast experience in luxury resort settings within Florida, will be invaluable to our resort’s culinary success!” 

Armando Galeas was previously chef de cuisine for Temple Orange at the Eau Palm Beach Resort and Spa, located in Manalapan, Florida.  During his tenure there, the resort obtained the prestigious Forbes 5 Star rating and successfully maintained its 5 Diamond status.  Chef Galeas has also served in culinary leadership positions for the PGA National Resort and Spa of Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, as well as the Boca Raton Resort & Club, located in Boca Raton, Florida.  Earlier in his culinary career, Mr. Galeas was part of the opening team for Celebrity Chef Emeril Lagasse’s Emeril’s Miami Beach and Emeril’s Tchoup Chop, Orlando, restaurants.

Chef Galeas was born in La Ceiba, Honduras, where he learned the joy of cooking at an early age in the kitchen with his mother and grandmother.  This love of cooking with family continues to this day with his wife and young daughter.  Mr. Galeas is a graduate of Saint Isidro College in Honduras.  He has also held a culinary apprenticeship with Delgado Community College in New Orleans.  Chef Galeas and his family are relocating to Vero Beach.

About Costa d’Este Beach Resort & Spa

This Gloria and Emilio Estefan-owned beachfront resort delivers a Miami-modern flare to Florida’s quaint Vero Beach. Located along the state’s Treasure Coast and inspired by the Estefan’s own private home, Costa d’Este Beach Resort & Spa sits at the center of the town’s quiet row of shops and dining. Its north and south towers perch five stories above 1000 feet of Atlantic shoreline peppered with bright blue sun cabanas and beach umbrellas. The guest experience at Costa d’Este is designed to inspire a sense of serenity with its earthy beach aesthetic and thoughtful combination of cuisine, spa, and amenities. 94 guest rooms and suites feature spacious yet intimate accommodations with outdoor patios and balconies that usher in Vero Beach’s fresh saltwater breezes. The intimate pool deck provides a feeling of belonging, as if lounging amongst friends at their home, and is attended to by Costa’s pool concierge with food and drinks from the outdoor Cabana Pool Bar & Grill. Inside, an additional dining concept at Wave Kitchen & Bar presents new American-style cuisine and Cuban specialties developed by the Estefans. Guests of Costa d’Este can explore boundless activities at the resort and its surrounding areas, including outdoor water sports, shopping, and cultural shows and performances.   www.costadeste.com/

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.  www.personalluxuryresortsandhotels.com.  To become a fan on Facebook, visit www.facebook.com/PersonalLuxuryResortsandHotels, or follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/PersLuxResorts.

Contact: Ken Ellens

KenEllens@aol.com / 201-758-2864

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