Sonesta International Hotels Corp. Announces New Hotel in Mexico: Sonesta Gran Posada Resort -- San Carlos Mexico Scheduled to Open in 2009

BOSTON, June 28, 2007 (PRIME NEWSWIRE) -- Sonesta International Hotels Corporation announced its first hotel in Mexico, the 16-story, 460-room Sonesta Gran Posada Resort, scheduled to open in 2009. This spectacular destination resort is located on the beach in San Carlos, less than 10 miles from Guaymas International Airport and an hour from Hermosillo International Airport, in Sonora, Mexico. San Carlos is just a 5-hour drive south of Tucson, Arizona. A condo-hotel, the resort is being developed by Playa de San Carlos, LLC and will be managed by Sonesta.

Sonesta Gran Posada Resort will offer panoramic views of the Sea of Cortez. To be built on 9 acres of ocean-front property, the resort will boast over 600 feet of beachfront. The resort's one-, two- and three-bedroom (penthouse) units will offer hotel guests and unit owners luxurious, spacious appointments including a modern kitchen with granite or marble countertops, marble bathrooms, ceramic tile floors and nine-foot ceilings. Each unit will feature wall-to-wall windows and large private terraces. The resort amenities include a tropical-style swimming pool with waterslide, children's tidal pool, full-service spa and wellness center, fitness center, several fine dining and casual restaurants and bars, and conference space.

San Carlos is renowned for its diving and fishing, and offers a naturally protected marina, 18-hole championship golf course, shopping and restaurants within walking distance of the resort. The numerous islands in the area are well-known bird sanctuaries, making San Carlos an ideal location to observe many species of seabirds. Offshore, the Sea of Cortez is noted for whales, porpoises, sea lions, sea turtles and more than 600 species of fish. San Carlos as a destination is the next significant emerging market in the State of Sonora. Playa de San Carlos, LLC, developer of Sonesta Gran Posada Resort, is a partnership with design, architecture, construction, project planning and marketing experience.

Based in Tucson, this group's commitment to sophisticated design, technology and comfort will be showcased throughout this spectacular new property. The Ascona Group complements the development team and is a highly experienced and uniquely qualified international advisory and management company that specializes in hotel and resort development, quality assurance assessments, assistance with equity, debt and mezzanine financing and interim management. For almost twenty years the Ascona Group has assisted individual hotel owners and hotel companies with management, product and service improvements.

The Sonesta Collection is a distinctive international collection of upscale hotels, resorts and cruise ships. Every property reflects the energy, style and spirit of its location. Locally inspired and artfully presented cuisine, luxurious accommodations and passionate personal service create an authentic and memorable guest experience. Discover the Sonesta Collection in Boston, New Orleans (2), Miami (2), Orlando (opening 2008), St. Maarten (2), Mexico (2009), Brazil (2), Peru (6), Qatar (opening 2008) and Egypt (11). Visit or call 800.Sonesta (800.766.3782) in the U.S. and Canada.


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