Epicurean Hotel Announces Opening of Evangeline

Posted by Epicurean, March 2014

Epicurean Hotel Announces Opening of Evangeline – A Delectable Spa

TAMPA, Fla. (Mar.4, 2014) – Located inside Tampa’s newly opened 137-room boutique Epicurean Hotel, Evangeline, a delectable spa is scheduled to open on March 5. Named for the iconic statue located in the neighboring Bern’s Steak House, the 2,800-square-foot Evangeline features five treatment rooms, a relaxation room and manicure and pedicure stations. Two of the treatment rooms will be for couples and will include a Watersong Couples Tub showcasing chromatherapy lighting and a Kohler Duet Shower that has a total of 16 shower heads and provides steam. The new spa will also offer a delectable variety of massage therapy, facials and skin care essentials, body treatments, nail care and make-up services. The spa will be open to the public and spa memberships and gift cards are available.

Evangeline is being developed and operated on behalf of the Epicurean Hotel by WTS International, one of the world’s leading spa management firms. The spa will offer two product lines – FarmHouse Fresh® and Caudalie. Based in Texas, FarmHouse Fresh® creates natural and organic bath and body products designed with southern vintage flair and using indigenous regional ingredients. In keeping with the Epicurean’s culinary theme, FarmHouse Fresh® will offer their liquor-based body polishes, including Butter Rum, Bourbon Bubbler, Watermelon-Basil Vodkatini and the top-selling Whoopie! Cream, all of which can be experienced in a variety of spa treatments such as the Dulce Delight pedicure.

Evangeline’s second product line – Caudalie – is the creator of Vinothérapie® and was founded in the heart of the vineyards in Bordeaux, France. Vinothérapie® combines the virtues of naturally warm spring water rich in minerals and trace elements with the latest scientific findings on the benefits of the vine and grapes. Spa services such as the quintessential crushed cabernet massage and the vinoperfect radiance facial showcase Caudalie’s products and blend perfectly with the Epicurean Hotel’s other delicious spa offerings.

A special spa menu for men has also been created and features treatments incorporating O4Men – a product line created for men by men. Services include the Fine as Wine men’s facial, Hot Whiskey Scour massage and the Bern’s Bourbon on the Rocks pedicure.

Some spa services incorporate fresh ingredients clipped from a live herb wall in the spa containing locally grown cilantro and mint. Guests will also have the opportunity to work with a spa sommelier to create custom spa products using fresh fruits, essential oils and locally grown herbs that can be utilized during the spa treatment or taken home. Carefully-selected wines will be provided complimentary to guests for select treatments and will also be available for purchase by-the-glass to enhance the Evangeline experience. Select treatments will also include a sumptuous dessert from the hotel’s pâtisserie, Chocolate Pi.

Evangeline’s retail boutique offers premium products and accessories ranging from exclusive brands such as Clarisonic , OkaB (sandals) and La Bella Donna (mineral makeup) to Mare Sole Amore (jewelry and handbags), Wrap Up by VP (chic robes) and Glassed Over Candles (candles made from repurposed wine bottles). Several available products will also allow guests to take their spa experience home, including Comphy Co. Sheets, Lightstim (LED light therapy) and Pure Inventions (antioxidants). Squeezed Juice Works, a local company that creates fresh pressed juices, will also have products available, such as a grape-inspired wellness blend specially designed for Evangeline.

Some of the cutting-edge technology enjoyed by guests of the Epicurean Hotel will also be found in the spa. All treatment rooms will have iPads allowing spa sommeliers to make notes about individual visits and email guests with follow-up care or product recommendations. Appointments can also be scheduled on the spot.
Located in the trendy Hyde Park historic district of South Tampa, Fla., the food-focused Epicurean Hotel features a state-of-the-art culinary classroom known as the Epicurean Theatre; Élevage, a restaurant where classic recipes are re-imagined; Edge Social Drinkery rooftop bar; Chocolate Pi pâtisserie; Bern’s Fine Wines & Spirits wine shop; Evangeline full-service spa; and 5,200-square feet of flexible event space. The Epicurean Hotel was developed in collaboration with Mainsail Lodging & Development and the legendary Bern’s Steak House and is the first newly constructed hotel property in the United States to join the prestigious Autograph Collection® of Marriott International, Inc. (NYSE: MAR).

For reservations and more information on the Evangeline spa at the Epicurean Hotel, please call (813) 999-8742 or visit www.SpaEvangeline.com. For hotel reservations, please call (855) U-AWAKEN (829-2536) or visit www.EpicureanHotel.com.

About Mainsail Lodging & Development

Mainsail Lodging and Development is a Tampa-based hospitality company that develops and operates lodging products in the Southeastern US and the Caribbean. Their properties include Scrub Island Resort, Spa & Marina (ScrubIsland.com), a private island resort in the British Virgin Islands and member of Autograph Collection® of Marriott International; Mainsail Beach Inn (MainsailBeachInn.com), a boutique beachfront hotel and marina on Anna Maria Island, Florida; Mainsail Suites Hotel and Conference Center (MainsailTampa.com) in Tampa, Florida; Mainsail South, a 328-unit apartment and corporate housing complex in South Tampa; and Mainsail Apartment Homes, a 360-unit apartment community in Tampa’s Westshore district.

The company also operates corporate housing throughout the Southeast, exclusively managing the Florida market for Oakwood Worldwide® under both its ExecuStay® (ExecuStay.com) and Oakwood® (Oakwood.com) brands, while also operating ExecuStay (ExecuStay.com) in Georgia, portions of Alabama, and The Carolinas. Opened in December 2013 in Tampa, Florida, the boutique food-focused Epicurean Hotel (EpicureanHotel.com) was created in collaboration with the legendary Bern’s Steak House and is the first newly constructed property in the United States to join the Autograph Collection®.

About WTS International

Over the last four decades, WTS has offered design, pre-opening, transition and management services for complexes of all types and sizes throughout the United States and abroad. WTS’s portfolio includes hundreds of clubs, resorts, hotels, residential developments, office and mixed-use sites, community and recreation club houses, and institutions of higher learning. WTS’s turn-key approach is unique to the industry; from cutting-edge concepts and designs to qualified staff and creative marketing campaigns, WTS provides all of the tools necessary for operational and financial success. The WTS Team is excited about this opportunity to work with Evangeline and to bring their collective talent to the Epicurean Hotel.

About Bern’s Steak House

Internationally known for its vast wine collection, perfectly aged steaks and famous dessert room, Bern’s Steak House offers a world-class, incomparable dining experience. When Bern Laxer opened in 1956, he envisioned Bern’s as Art in Steaks. Today, son David Laxer and Chef de Cuisine Habteab Hamde continue Bern’s tradition of excellence with a gastronomic adventure that includes prime dry-aged steaks cut-to-order, 21 choices of caviar, fresh seafood and vegetables in a setting like none other. Housing the World’s largest wine collection of over 500,000 bottles, Bern’s offers 7,000 selections to its guests. Additionally, SideBern’s, Bern’s sister restaurant and its Executive Chef Chad Johnson were named a 2012 Semifinalist for Best Chef: South by the James Beard Foundation. For more information on Bern’s Steak House and its subsidiaries, visit BernsSteakHouse.com.

About Autograph Collection Hotels

The Autograph Collection is an evolving ensemble of strikingly independent hotels. Exactly like nothing else, each destination has been selected for its quality, bold originality, rich character and uncommon details. From near to far, iconic to historic, the result is an array properties that is nothing less than unique, nothing short of collectively exceptional. For more information and reservations please visit www.autographhotels.com, or explore our social media channels to learn more about championing the independent spirit.

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