The Lubner Group (www.LubnerGroup.com), the hospitality division of Clive Daniel Home, (www.CliveDanielHome.com), the Naples, Florida premier home furnishings retailer, has recently completed the total renovation of the front desk and reception area of the iconic Casa Ybel Resort on Sanibel Island, Florida.
“First impressions at a hospitality property are very important,” said resort manager, Frolian “J.R.” Ramirez, Jr., “so in transforming our reception area, we wanted to create an updated look that would complement our architecture while reflecting the Island’s image. Since we had worked with Lubner Group last year, we were confident they would help us achieve our goals.”
According to Nancy Woodhouse, IDS, of Lubner Group and interior designer for the project, “In crafting the new front desk, we added a multi-level feature in the elevation to break up the previous ‘wall’ effect between the staff and guests, resulting in more intimate and personal interactions. Grass cloth inserts added texture to the warm white cabinetry and the highest-grade natural granite was secured for the counter top from a bedrock in Brazil with a unique pattern reflecting our coastal waters.”
The designer also introduced organic touches: a textured glass features the resort’s logo and is backlit for ambiance; wall sconces were added into the design, made of hand-blown Figi glass. Accessories complete the transformation, with bronze starfish lamps, tropical orchid and contemporary lattice patterns on the seating, accented with a Nautilus pillow. Maintaining the resort’s history, selected historic photographs of the property were reframed in banana leaf frames.
In the coming months, Woodhouse will also be completing a “makeover” of the Thistle Lodge upper outside deck, adding new seating and transforming it into a relaxing lagune lounge area seating, perfect for more social gatherings. Lubner Group also completed the total renovation of the 40 individually owned one-bedroom beachfront condominiums at the resort in 2012.
Added Ramirez, “Our owners and guests are delighted with the final results since the new front desk and reception area provide an instant welcoming experience and sets the tone for a happy Casa Ybel vacation.”
In addition to the 40 condominiums, there are also 74-two-bedroom timeshare villas on the 23-acre Gulf-front property, a massive pool area, six tennis courts and legendary Thistle Lodge restaurant. The condominiums are managed by Casa Hospitality Services, a division of Casa Ybel Resort Partnership. The fixed-week timeshare units are managed by Hilton Grand Vacations, under the leadership of Chris Cain.
The resort is located on the site of Sanibel Island’s very first resort, built around 1890. During Casa Ybel’s first decade, the Thistle Lodge became the favored gathering spot for celebrities and statesmen, including Thomas Edison and Henry Ford. By the 1920s, the Casa Ybel Hotel had become a full-service resort.
The Lubner Group is internationally respected for its hospitality and commercial design work, providing purchasing and design services for commercial and shared-use properties plus developers of high-rise condominiums and single-family communities in North America and abroad. Daniel Lubner can be reached at 239-292-3717.
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