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BENCHMARK®, a global hospitality company, Offers “Tax Day” Breaks with Travel Promotions and Values at­­­ Luxury Properties

The Woodlands (Houston), Texas, April 10, 2017 … The forms are filled out, the check is in the mail and every possible deduction from child care to mortgage payments has been captured and claimed. It’s time for the American taxpayer to take a break and BENCHMARK®, a global hospitality company, with its two leading brands of independent luxury properties, the Gemstone Collection and Benchmark Resorts & Hotels, is providing Tax Day Relief Travel Packages & Promotions to take the stress out of tax season. Starting on Tax Day, April 18, guests of these unique luxury hotels and resorts can save up to 40 percent on hotel getaways, spa treatments, outdoor activities and more. Several programs are in effect through June, leaving plenty of time for travelers to receive their well-earned refunds. Participating hotels and resorts include:

Arizona
The Nautical Beachfront Resort, a Benchmark Resorts & Hotels property, situated in the desert paradise of Lake Havasu City, will ease tax-related stress with its 2017 EZ Relaxation Package. The resort boasts an unbeatable lakefront location, complete with courtesy boat docks, private launch ramp, infinity pool, and an easygoing toes-in-the-sand vibe! Stay Friday and Saturday and get 25% off Sunday night. Add to your R&R experience with $10.99 off each day’s resort fee (regularly $19.95), and $20.17 per day in Turtle Bucks that may be used at the WET Bar, Turtle Beach Bar, or Turtle Grille. Stay must be booked by April 18, 2017. Booking link:  https://reservations.travelclick.com/10595?HotelID=10595&rateplanid=2359869&identifier=2017ez

California
The Chaminade Resort & Spa, a Benchmark Resorts & Hotels property overlooking scenic Monterey Bay in Santa Cruz, is a California Dream, where guests can rest, relax and rejoice at the end of tax season and save with ten days of $99 guest room rates. From April 18 - 28book the resort’s “1099 EZ Savings” offer for a well-deserved April celebration. Linwood's Bar & Grill at Chaminade Resort & Spa offers Tax Day Food & Drink specials April 18 - 28:  Take $10.40 off lunch or dinner in Linwood’s Bar & Grill on checks of $50 or more;   The restaurant will waive the corkage fee when dining during tax week (valued at $22).   The 1040 Specialty Cocktail - for only $10.40, Linwood’s talented mixologists have created a specialty cocktail that will only take a small bite out of any hard-earned refund.
Booking link:  http://www.chaminade.com/santa_cruz_resort_deals/1099-EZ

Set on the shores of South Lake Tahoe, the Forest Suites Resort at Heavenly Village, a Benchmark Resorts & Hotels property, is a charming, all-suite hotel offering year ‘round recreation, from skiing and water sports to a night at a nearby casino.  Forget about the IRS with the resort’s Spring Sale – reserve two nights and get one free April 1- June 15, 2017.
Booking link:  https://reservations.travelclick.com/4506?HotelId=4506&rateplanid=2355783#/guestsandrooms

Colorado
Cheyenne Mountain Resort, a Benchmark Resorts & Hotels property in Colorado Springs, is offering the 1040 Rest EZ package that allows taxpayers who book a two-night stay to add a third night for free. Travel is valid anytime between April 1 - June 30, but must be booked by the April 18th tax deadline to earn this tax relief. Guests will also receive a $10.40 resort credit per person, per day to be used towards any of the resort's AAA Four Diamond amenities, including golf, dining, libations and spa. Kids six and under eat breakfast for free. Accommodations are a deluxe guestroom with patio or balcony. 
Booking Link:  http://www.cheyennemountain.com/colorado_springs_deals/Seasonal-Savings

Florida
Costa d’Este Beach Resort & Spa, a Gemstone Collection's oceanside property and Gloria & Emilio Estefan’s luxury resort in Vero Beach on Florida’s fabulous Treasure Coast, offers the EZ Tax Relief Room Promotion. Rates start as low as $139 – bookable now through Tax Day, April 18, for stays through July 31, 2017. Take advantage of specials at the spa with the ‘Take It EZ 50-Minute Tax Relief Massage’ for only $109.90. Add any $25 enhancement for only $10.99. Spa add-on offer available only when booking “EZ Tax Relief Promotion”.
Booking Link:  http://www.costadeste.com/florida_resortdeals/EZ_TAX_RELIEF_OFFER/

Villas of Grand Cypress , a Four Star, Four Diamond Gemstone Collection property in Orlando, launches their Fore/15 offer this 2017 tax season. Guests checking into the luxe golf destination resort will enjoy savings of 25% off the best available rate, daily 18-hole play on Jack Nicklaus Signature Courses, daily breakfast per person, golf cart and club storage, unlimited use of the driving range and golf club rental.  The 1,500-acre property, located adjacent to Walt Disney World, offers expansive multi-bedroom villas that feature full kitchens, living and dining areas, and spacious club suites, as well as in-room spa treatments. 
Booking link:  http://booking.ihotelier.com/istay/istay.jsp?hotelid=73372&packageid=677665       

The Grove Resort & Spa Orlando, the newest resort in the Benchmark Resorts & Hotels group, offers two packages to help taxpayers this season:  Florida/Georgia Residents can save up to 20% with no resort fee (an additional $20 savings). The 72 Hour Tax Relief Sale (book between April 17 - 19) helps save up to 20% and includes a $100 resort credit when staying three nights or longer. Opened in March 2017, The Grove Resort & Spa Orlando is a family resort located in a serene natural setting just three miles from Disney’s Western Way entrance. The resort features large one, two and three bedroom residential-style suites that feature full kitchens and living/dining areas, washer/dryers, and screened balconies. 
Booking link:  http://www.groveresortorlando.com/offers_packages_deals/72-hour-tax-sale/

Bury tax-woes in the sand at Marenas Beach Resort, a Gemstone Collection property in Sunny Isles Beach North of Miami, with the hotel’s 72 Hour Tax Season Sale. Book between April 17 - 19 and claim 20% off nightly rates plus $100 resort credit for stays three nights or longer at this boutique-style hotel.  Florida residents can snag the same 20% off nightly rates with a bonus of complimentary valet parking and waived resort fee. The beachfront resort is ideally located between Ft. Lauderdale and Miami with access to top shopping at Aventura Mall and the Bal Harbour Shops, water sports and golf. 
Booking links:  (FL residents) http://www.marenasresortmiami.com/family_accommodations_deals/fl-tax-relief-sale/.  (All others) http://www.marenasresortmiami.com/family_accommodations_deals/tax-relief-sale/

Located between Miami and Ft. Lauderdale, the Beachwalk Resort, a Benchmark Resorts & Hotels property on Hallandale Beach, is providing a major tax break with the 1099 Tax Relief Sale, with rates as low as $109 for its luxury guestrooms, valid for travel throughout the summer. Guests are perfectly positioned to take advantage of all of South Florida’s sports, shopping and recreational offerings. 
Booking link:  http://beachwalkresortfl.com/specials-and-packages/tax-relief-sale/

Hawaii
Turtle Bay Resort, a Benchmark Resorts & Hotels property on the fabled North Shore of Oahu, offers a unique opportunity to explore the breathtaking North Shore: when guests book four nights they receive $400 to Find Your North Shore, redeemable at the Turtle Bay Resort Guidepost.  Guests may use the credit to golf, horseback ride, enjoy a spa treatment and dine. 
Booking link:  http://www.turtlebayresort.com/content/find-your-north-shore-0

Illinois
Guests at Eaglewood Resort & Spa, a Benchmark Resorts & Hotels property located in the Chicago suburb of Itasca, can take a tax break at this Chicagoland spectacular resort with special room rates starting at $139 in luxurious golf view rooms. Guests may choose one (or all) of the following enhancements for $10.99 each (plus tax):  Breakfast Buffet, Cheese Pizza in Kegler’s Lanes & Pizzeria, One Hour of Cosmic Bowling, Two House Draft Beers. 
Booking link:  https://reservations.travelclick.com/15450?ProdID=677688

Massachusetts
Back Bay, Boston’s most vibrant neighborhood, is rich in history and culture and the Copley Square Hotel, a Gemstone Collection property located in the heart of the Back Bay, is offering its “File This & Save” promotion, featuring 10.40 percent off stays June – September, which comes complete with complimentary amenities & experiences: AM Power Hour featuring bottled water, granola bars, jogging maps and crisp towels, Wi-Fi, Freshly brewed tea and coffee service each morning, and an engaging Copley Cocktail Hour to kick off your evening. 
Booking link:  https://reservations.travelclick.com/102285?&rateplanID=2355640

New York
Doral Arrowwood, a Benchmark Resorts & Hotels property set on 114 scenic acres in historic Westchester County, provides the Tax Refund Offer when guests book their reservations. For each room night booked, guests will receive a $25 Resort Credit to be used during their stay. Choose from dining in one of three unique onsite restaurants, playing golf on the challenging 9-hole course, shopping for golf apparel or merchandise in the pro-shop or playing tennis on the indoor/outdoor lit tennis courts. Offer valid for up to three nights and ends at 12 midnight April 18, 2017. 
Booking link:  https://reservations.travelclick.com/14117?ProdID=677698

Tennessee
Southern hospitality can take the edge off Tax Day, and The Chattanoogan Hotel, a Benchmark Resorts & Hotels property located in the revitalized heart of Chattanooga, is offering a Tax Relief Package that includes a couple’s massage at The Spa at The Chattanoogan and lunch for two (with mimosas) on the hotel’s Spa Terrace.  It is available from April 15 - June 30 and is based on a two-night stay.  Starting price is $289 per night.
Booking link:  http://booking.ihotelier.com/istay/istay.jsp?hotelid=17401&packageid=677151

­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­Vermont
The Essex, Vermont’s spectacular Culinary Resort & Spa and a Gemstone Collection property located between Vermont’s Green Mountains and Lake Champlain minutes from downtown Burlington, offers a Tax Day Relief Special with 20 percent off the entire stay, at rates starting as low as $119.  In addition, the resort will waive its $20 resort fee, Sunday – Thursday, through June.  Taxpayers who book for April will also receive a 30 percent savings off Spa Services. This quintessential Vermont experience is a tranquil escape from the stresses of tax season. Booking link: 
https://bookings.ihotelier.com/bookings.jsp?hotelId=4499&rateplanid=2355494&identifier=TAX17

Vermont’s legendary Topnotch Resort Spa, a Gemstone Collection property in Stowe, offers a Relax Without Tax program good through June 1, 2017. Topnotch Resort will pay the Vermont sales tax on room rates, spa treatments, tennis lessons, dining and more. Reduced room rates start at $149. Summer activities include horseback riding, tennis, fly fishing, mountain biking and discovering the history of the area. Call (888) 622-3648 or use the Booking Link: 
https://gc.synxis.com/rez.aspx?Hotel=27313&Chain=10069&template=fBTVTN&shell=fBTVTN3&promo=TAX17

The Island of Curacao, Caribbean
Head for the Caribbean and find relief at the Four Diamond-rated Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort , a Benchmark Resorts & Hotels property on Curacao, located on 27 Oceanside acres.  Tax breaks include savings of 40 percent off nightly rates plus daily breakfast. Book between April 18 - 23 and travel between April 18 - December 21, 2017 to enjoy accommodations with views of the Caribbean Sea. Amenities include guided hiking tours, diving, championship golf, an intimate spa with indoor/outdoor treatment rooms, multiple restaurant options, three swimming pools, and a white-sandy beach bordered by a crystal-clear swimming lagoon. 
Booking link:  http://www.santabarbararesortcuracao.com/caribbean_resort_deals/tax-relief-sale/

About Gemstone Collection

The Gemstone Collection includes distinctive hand-picked properties in spectacular and popular U.S. destinations coast to coast. Each upscale resort and hotel destination provides highly-personalized service and luxury reflective of the charm and unique character of the destination, while in keeping with the collection’s shared mission and passion for excellence. A distinguished portfolio of BENCHMARK®, a global hospitality company, which has been a leading US-based hospitality management company for nearly 40 years, the Gemstone Collection is the preferred choice of guests who yearn for inspiring and transformative experiences, customization over conformity, stimulation over predictability, and adventure over routine. www.gemstonehotelcollection.com To become a fan on Facebook, visit www.facebook.com/GemstoneHotelCollection, or follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/GemstoneHotels, on Instagram at www.instagram.com/gemstonehotels, and on Pinterest at https://www.pinterest.com/benchmarkhotels/gemstone-hotels

About Benchmark Resorts & Hotels®

Benchmark Resorts & Hotels® features the finest in lodging, dining, recreational and meeting accommodations.  Featuring unique and distinctive properties renown for exceptional service and for creating unforgettable memory-making experiences, it is the signature portfolio of BENCHMARK®, a global hospitality company, which has been a leading US-based hospitality management company for nearly 40 years. Many Benchmark Resort & Hotels' properties are certified by IACC, the association that represents the finest meeting venues and services globally, and many have also been recognized with the coveted Benchmark Conference Centers® certification of meeting excellence. www.benchmarkresortsandhotels.com. To become a fan on Facebook, visit www.facebook.com/BenchmarkResortsandHotels Follow us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/BenchmarkHotels, on Instagram at www.instagram.com/benchmarkresortsandhotels, and on Pinterest at www.pinterest.com/benchmarkhotels

About BENCHMARK®, a global hospitality company.

BENCHMARK®, a global hospitality company, is a trailblazer in the development, management, marketing and owner-advisory services of resorts, hotels, conference centers and exclusive private clubs. In addition to the company’s iconic Benchmark Resorts & Hotels portfolio, the Gemstone Collection is a distinctive luxury portfolio of independent hotels & resorts in highly preferred destinations.  BENCHMARK’S distinguished and proven reputation is deeply-rooted in core values that are focused and aligned with exceeding ownership and stakeholder performance expectations. The combined portfolios feature nearly 70 unique and distinctive properties domestically and internationally. The company leadership and valued employees are passionately committed to delivering the industry’s most authentic, enchanted, soulful, vibrant, unrivaled and memory-making experience.  BENCHMARK’S progressive “Be The Difference” culture and values are a cornerstone to the company’s nearly 40 years of extraordinary achievement and prosperity. Many properties have been recognized with the Benchmark Conference Centers® mark of meeting excellence.  BENCHMARK, a global hospitality company, is based in The Woodlands (Houston), Texas, and has regional offices in Park City, Utah; Miami, Florida; New Brunswick, New Jersey; Seattle Washington; and Tokyo, Japan.   www.benchmarkglobalhospitality.com To become a fan on Facebook, visit www.facebook.com/BenchmarkResortsandHotelswww.facebook.com/GemstoneHotelCollection.  Follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/BenchmarkHotels, www.twitter.com/GemstoneHotels , on Instagram at www.instagram.com/benchmarkresortsandhotels, www.instagram.com/gemstonehotels, and on Pinterest at https://www.pinterest.com/benchmarkhotels/gemstone-hotels
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