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Vacation News » Featured Columnists | By Scott Kauffman | April 29, 2010 5:20 PM ET

Trump Ocean Club Panama Project Commissions Miami Designer

(PANAMA CITY, PANAMA) -- In preparation for its grand opening, Trump Ocean Club International Hotel & Tower Panama commissioned Miami based furniture designer Adriana Hoyos to develop various design concepts for the residential portion of the development.  Hoyos, who has worked on established brands such as Swissotel and Starwood, developed the design of special and limited furniture collection for the Condo Residences.

"Trump Ocean Club has created the 'TOC Life Simplified' program that will assist buyers with various services that will accommodate all their needs, even after closing on their unit," explains the project's developer Roger Khafif, president of Panama-based K-Group. "The signature furniture sets will be one of many offerings of the program that will allow residents to enjoy a hassle-free experience while they settle into their home here."

Designed to appeal to the sophisticated international clientele of Trump Ocean Club, the project offers an urban modern look and feel for the Bay Lofts which enjoy spectacular views of the marina and Pacific Ocean. Using authentic textured woods contrasted with white finishes and urban art, the Bay Lofts will denote hints of the surrounding region while still encompassing a modern feel that features straight fine lines and solid black, white, and gray colors.

Trump Ocean Club's residents will also have the option of choosing one of three diverse design furniture sets exclusively designed for Trump Ocean Club's Condo Residences. The packages include custom designed furniture, fine design accessories, art, linens, glassware and cookware.

The first "Urban Minimalistic" package incorporates a simple modern feel featuring gray and white leathers blended with textiles, glass and steal. The "Tropical Elegant" package exudes a contemporary yet natural look where an earthy palette is accented with exotic textures.

Lastly, the "Soft Contemporary" package showcases a sophisticated and timeless appearance where fine fabrics in neutral colors bring warmth to the atmosphere. Each package will also come in various color stories that were selected to complement each style.

Trump Ocean Club is a $400 million development located in the exclusive Punta Pacifica area of Panama City. The largest real estate investment in Latin America, encompassing 2.8 million total square feet and 70 stories, calls for 700 condominiums and 370 condo-hotel units, a wellness spa, an oversized infinity pool & deck, yacht & private island beach club, upscale boutiques and shops, exclusive office lofts, an elite hotel sky lobby, business center, concierge service, valet parking, and bellmen.

Residence Club at El Corazon de Santa Fe Adds Partnership Program

(SANTA FE, NM) -- The Residence Club at El Corazon de Santa Fe continues to enhance its popular partnership program with some of Santa Fe's best restaurants, golf courses, art galleries, and spas.  These partners offer attractive discounts to owners of Santa Fe's only downtown, fractional ownership property. New partners include Mark White Gallery, Galisteo Bistro, and Vino del Corazon.

El Corazon owners can now enjoy a 20 percent discount when dining at nearby Galisteo Bistro. Owned by chef Robert and Marge Chickering, Galisteo Bistro serves international cuisine utilizing local, seasonal, and organic ingredients.  Mark White Gallery, located on Canyon Road, specializes in kinetic sculptures and painted engravings. El Corazon typically hosts owner cocktail receptions throughout the summer, and White is expected to be in attendance at one that will serve as a meet-and-greet with owners and guests.

Meanwhile, Vino del Corazon Wine Room, located near Santa Fe's famed Plaza, offers an intimate tasting room to sample local wines, including a merlot, chardonnay, cabernet sauvignon, and a blush. Owners Erica and Richard Hart will provide wines for El Corazon to place in residences for special occasions such as holidays, birthdays, and anniversaries.

"Our owners have sophisticated tastes when it comes to art, cuisine, and wine, making Vino del Corazon, Galisteo Bistro, and Mark White Gallery great additions to our partnership program," says Rob Harper, El Corazon's development manager.

"These partnerships greatly enhance our owners' visits to their second home in Santa Fe, and it is a productive way for area businesses to help promote each other."

El Corazon de Santa Fe is the area's first downtown private residence club, offering shared ownership with virtually unlimited use. Owners receive a one-eighth deeded interest in their residence, which can be sold, willed, or placed in a trust just like any other form of real estate. Fully furnished, two-bedroom residences start at $130,000.

The adobe-style vacation property is conveniently located across the street from the new Santa Fe Convention Center, and is within walking distance of the famous Plaza, countless boutiques, art galleries, museums, and restaurants. Owners can plan vacations in advance and make reservations on a short-notice and space-available basis.

Troon Golf to Manage Suncor's Sanctuary Golf Course

(SCOTTSDALE, AZ) -- The developer of Sanctuary Golf Course, the only Audubon Signature golf course in Arizona, picked Troon Golf to manage the eco-friendly property.

Developed by SunCor Development Company, the Randy Heckenkemper-designed layout is located on the western slope of the McDowell Mountains and has the distinction of being one of 17 golf courses in the world with the coveted Audubon Signature Status - a certification program ensuring that golf courses protect the environment by applying sustainable resource management practices in the development and long-term stewardship of the property.

The 18-hole course was transformed from a storm water retention area into an impressive par- 71 golf facility with sweeping views of the Sonoran Desert. Sanctuary has become not only a safe-haven for flourishing plants and native wildlife, but the ideal location for golfers looking to escape the ordinary.

"Sanctuary Golf Course is an excellent addition to our portfolio," said John Easterbrook, Troon's executive vice president of operations. "Located in one of the most competitive golf destinations in the country, we are confident our management and agronomic practices will contribute positively to the facility's success."

Sanctuary also features a charming 8,500 square-foot clubhouse equipped with an exceptional restaurant and well-equipped golf shop. Picturesque desert views are not limited to the golf course. The clubhouse's patio provides the ideal spot for watching the sun as it sets along the horizon behind Camelback Mountain.

"SunCor is extremely pleased to partner with such a fabulous management company as Troon Golf in our efforts to provide one of the best golf experiences that Arizona has to offer," said SunCor vice president and CFO Michael Martin.

Sanctuary is a complete Scottsdale golf club capable of hosting a variety of events. Its outdoor pavilion offers a picture-perfect setting for weddings and receptions, elegant celebrations and entertaining business events.

Tempe, Ariz.-based SunCor Development Company is a subsidiary of Fortune 100 company Pinnacle West Capital Corporation (NYSE: PNW), conducting business in the Mountain West Region through several diverse business sectors: community homebuilding, master-planned communities, commercial development, mixed-use urban infill development, and SunCor Golf--a golf course development company.

Scottsdale-based Troon Golf is the world's largest golf management company, overseeing operations at properties located in 31 states and 26 countries. Troon Golf properties include Oneida Golf and Country Club in Green Bay, Wis.; Troon North Golf Club, in Scottsdale, Ariz.; The Golf Club at Equinox, in Manchester Village, Vt.; Classic Club, in Palm Desert, Calif.; One&Only Ocean Club, on Paradise Island, Bahamas; and The Grove in London, England.

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