London, UK (14 October 2015) – Developer Barrasford and Bird Worldwide has selected Wyndham Worldwide (NYSE:WYN) as its franchise partner for its first mixed-use development in Europe. Offering a combination of hotel accommodations, as well as luxury leisure residences, the Wyndham Halcyon Retreat Golf and Spa Resort in Limousin, central France, is the first of its kind in the region to leverage the joint power of the hotel and vacation exchange businesses at Wyndham Worldwide.
The new agreement includes the construction of the 225-room resort hotel to be franchised through Wyndham Hotel Group and the ability for purchasers of luxury residences to travel to destinations around the world through The Registry Collection, a luxury holiday program from RCI, the global leader in vacation exchange.
“Only Wyndham could provide us with this perfect alliance of both hotel and leisure residence exchange through its Wyndham Hotel Group and The Registry Collection businesses,” said Robin Barrasford, managing director, Barrasford and Bird. “This deal gives our residential leisure properties a truly unique advantage while delivering exceptional experiences and value to both our luxury residence purchasers and hotel guests. As property developers, we also benefit greatly from the international reach in terms of distribution and marketing that working with this global hospitality leader gives us.”
“The signing of Wyndham Halcyon Retreat Golf and Spa Resort is a significant milestone in our development; partnering with our fellow Wyndham business unit, RCI, for the first time within the region is a testament to the flexibility only we can offer developers, ” commented Dan Ruff, Wyndham Hotel Group’s president and managing director, Europe, Middle East, Eurasia and Africa. “This magnificent resort provides a blueprint for investors and property owners who are looking to develop mixed-use resorts and benefit from the unique breadth and scale of our diverse hospitality business."
Mixed-Use Property Meets All Travellers’ Needs
Through its franchise with Wyndham Hotel Group and affiliation with The Registry Collection, the Wyndham Halcyon Retreat Golf and Spa Resort will offer diverse holiday options to meet any traveller’s expectations, from exceptional nightly stays to full vacation ownership. Wyndham Hotels and Resorts are world-renowned for offering the comfort and amenities expected in world-class hotels, including beautifully appointed public areas, thoughtfully detailed guestrooms and distinct dining options.
Through RCI, owners who purchase a high-end residence at the Wyndham Halcyon Retreat will be provided a membership into The Registry Collection, the world’s largest luxury network of its kind, which will allow them to swap time at their individual property for a chance to travel to hundreds of other high-end resorts within the network.
Dimitris Manikis, vice president, RCI Europe, Middle East and Africa, said: “Together with Wyndham Hotel Group, we can offer a seamless mixed-use business model that is unique in the lifestyle options it provides buyers of a resort’s residential leisure properties. This model presents a stronger offering to buyers, giving them far more value from their purchase than they would get from a stand-alone second home purchase.”
Old Meets New Offering Unrivalled Facilities in Stunning Landscape
Due to open as a Wyndham in early 2017, the Wyndham Halcyon Retreat Golf and Spa Resort is set in 220 acres of stunning landscape within the historic Château de la Cazine in the Limousin region of France, ideally located less than an hour’s drive from Limoges international airport.
Two 16th century turreted chateaux form the striking centrepiece of the resort, housing a luxury hotel and world-class spa centre. In addition, the resort boasts extensive leisure facilities, including a children’s adventure zone, equestrian centre, two fishing lakes and an 18-hole golf course. Guests can choose from a wide range of fine dining options, including a Michelin-starred restaurant and a sommelier’s wine and cocktail bar. The resort’s ‘Le Village’ area has a boulangerie, delicatessen, boutiques and more, putting an authentic French community at the heart of the guest experience on resort.
The Wyndham resort adds to Wyndham Hotel Group’s existing portfolio of properties in France across Chantilly, Frégate and Paris under the Dolce and TRYP by Wyndham brands.
Upon opening, the Wyndham Halcyon Retreat Golf and Spa Resort will participate in Wyndham Rewards®, the simple-to-use, revolutionary new loyalty programme from Wyndham Hotel Group offering members a generous points earning structure along with a flat, free night redemption rate – the first of its kind for a major rewards programme. Information is available at www.wyndhamrewards.com.
About Wyndham Worldwide
One of the world’s largest hospitality companies, Wyndham Worldwide (NYSE: WYN) provides a wide range of hospitality services and products through its global portfolio of world-renowned brands. The world’s largest hotel company based on the number of properties, Wyndham Hotel Group is home to many of the world’s best-known hotel brands, with approximately 7,700 franchised hotels and over 668,500 hotel rooms worldwide. Wyndham Exchange & Rentals is the worldwide leader in vacation exchange and the world’s largest professionally managed vacation rentals business, providing more than 5 million leisure-bound families annually with access to approximately 110,000 vacation properties in over 100 countries through its prominent exchange and vacation rental brands. The industry and timeshare ownership market leader, Wyndham Vacation Ownership develops, markets, and sells vacation ownership interests and provides consumer financing to owners through its network of over 210 vacation ownership resorts serving approximately 901,000 owners throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, and the South Pacific. Based in Parsippany, NJ, Wyndham Worldwide employs over 34,000 associates globally. For more information, please visit www.wyndhamworldwide.com.
About Wyndham Hotel Group
Wyndham Hotel Group is the world’s largest hotel company based on number of hotels and is one of three hospitality business units of Wyndham Worldwide (NYSE: WYN). As both a leading hotel brand franchisor and hotel management services provider, the company’s global portfolio consists of approximately 7,700 properties and over 668,500 rooms in 71 countries under the following brands: Dolce Hotels and Resorts®, Wyndham Grand® Hotels and Resorts, Wyndham Hotels and Resorts®, Wyndham Garden® Hotels, TRYP by Wyndham®, Wingate by Wyndham®, Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham®, Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham®, Ramada®, Baymont Inn & Suites®, Days Inn®, Super 8®, Howard Johnson®, Travelodge® and Knights Inn®. Wyndham Rewards, the company’s guest loyalty program, offers more than 40 million members the opportunity to earn and redeem points at thousands of hotels across the world. For more information visit www.wyndhamworldwide.com.
About The Registry Collection programme
The Registry Collection programme is the world’s largest luxury exchange programme, with approximately 200 affiliated properties that are either accessible for exchange or under development. From condo hotels and high-end fractional resorts to private residence clubs and fractional yachts, The Registry Collection programme provides members with access to an elite network of the finest vacation properties at some of the world’s premier destinations, as well as travel concierge services that are available 24 hours a day. The Registry Collection programme is offered by RCI, the worldwide leader in vacation exchange and part of the Wyndham Worldwide family of brands (NYSE:WYN). For additional information visit our media center
or theregistrycollection.com. You can also find The Registry Collection on Facebook.
Barrasford and Bird Worldwide
Industry professionals since 2003, Barrasford and Bird Worldwide has successfully handed over more than 2,500 completed properties to customers in a wide variety of countries, from Malaysia to the Caribbean. The company now sells its own range of luxury holiday and rental properties across a selection of destinations, including the US, France and the UK. The company’s UK offices are in Tavistock (Devon), Kenmore (Scotland) and in Bristol. For more information visit www.bandbw.co.uk.