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Private Preview 2007: Capella Hotels & Resorts: Rising Stars

Mike Nolan

Capella Castlemartyr is the first of five properties that Capella Hotels & Resorts plans to open in the next 18 months. The remaining four—Schloss Velden, Dunboy Castle, Breidenbacher Hof, and Capella Pedregal de Cabo San Lucas—will be followed by additional projects in Asia, Europe, and North America.

Schloss Velden: This property on the shores of the Wörthersee in Velden, Austria, operated as a hotel for a century prior to becoming a private residence in 1989. After being converted back to a hotel, the lakeside chalet will open in spring 2007 with 30 rooms and suites plus another 70 accommodations in a modern addition. Velden, a year-round destination, is known as the Monte Carlo of Austria.

Dunboy Castle: Capella’s second property in Ireland will open in fall 2007 on the rugged Beara Peninsula in County Kerry. Set in a former castle, the 82-suite resort will feature an intimate spa and a cigar terrace. Guests interested in Irish history will be able to learn about the Siege of Dunboy, during which the castle’s garrison of 143 Irishmen held out for two weeks in 1602 against an English army of 2,000. The 53 survivors were hanged in the town square, where Dunboy guests may choose to drink a toast to the soldiers’ bravery in one of several pubs.

Breidenbacher Hof: Located on the Königsallee, Düsseldorf’s famed boulevard near the Rhine, the Breidenbacher was a hotel for more than 175 years before it closed in 1999. Capella plans to reopen the nine-story structure in late 2007 as a 100-room hotel with serviced residential apartments.

Capella Pedregal de Cabo San Lucas: Scheduled to open in spring 2008, this 66-room resort will occupy 24 acres near Land’s End, the rock formation that marks the intersection of the Pacific Ocean and the Sea of Cortés in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Although close to town, the resort should remain secluded because it is accessible only through a 330-yard-long tunnel carved through a mountain.

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