Spa Marbella to Open at Mission Inn Resort & Club this November

HOWEY-IN-THE-HILLS – Spa Marbella will open in November 2008 at the Mission Inn Resort & Club (, located just 45 minutes northwest of Orlando. The 6,200-square-foot spa will offer resort guests, area visitors and residents an oasis of relaxation and rejuvenation with a Mediterranean flavor. 

The spa is named for Marbella on Spain’s Costa del Sol, a chic, sun-drenched resort and favorite travel destination for the Beucher family, owners of Mission Inn. Soco Interiors of Winter Park, Fla., has been chosen to design an elegant and serene spa that embodies Marbella and that complements the Spanish Colonial character of the resort.

The design team has selected a soft palette of green, blue and beige; marble floors will have glass mosaic inlays and rich, chocolate brown furnishings will punctuate the space. A couples’ suite will feature a large circular shower for two and a private patio with a fountain so guests can enjoy al fresco treatments amid the soothing sounds of rippling water. 

Spa facilities also include four individual massage rooms; a Tsunami Swiss Shower with body and overhead sprays; a manicure and pedicure salon; and his and hers relaxation lounges, locker rooms and aromatic steam chambers. Signature treatments at Spa Marbella will incorporate some of the area’s indigenous resources such as citrus fruits, aloe and sugar cane. A fitness center, adjacent to the spa, is equipped with cardio, circuit- and strength-training equipment, as well as free weights. Personal trainers are available to develop customized exercise programs for guests.

“We are very excited to add a boutique spa to our award-winning golf, tennis and meeting facilities,” said Wende Blumberg, the resort’s general manager. “The design of Spa Marbella is stunning and will offer resort guests and area residents a taste of the Mediterranean in Central Florida.”

The 1,000-acre Mission Inn Resort & Club features 190 graciously appointed guestrooms, suites and villas; three restaurants, two lounges and a poolside bar. In addition to two championship golf courses, the recreational amenities include eight tennis courts, jogging and cycling trails, volleyball courts, swimming pool and hydro-spa, trap and skeet shooting range, and a lake-side marina, where guests can fish and go eco-touring via pontoon boat.

Although Orlando’s world-famous attractions are 30 miles away, the resort feels a world away from the hustle and bustle, nestled in the rolling hills of Lake County, an area long noted for its scenic beauty, mild climate and 1,400 lakes. The quaint boutiques and antique shops of historic Mount Dora, central Florida’s storied antiques capital, are a short drive from the resort.

Mission Inn Resort & Club is operated by Benchmark Hospitality International. For information and reservations, see a travel professional, visit or call toll-free 800-874-9053.

Benchmark Hospitality International

Benchmark Hospitality International is a leader in the management and marketing of resorts, conference centers, hotels, and Personal Luxury Hotels™. The privately held company, launched in 1980, is a founding member of the International Association of Conference Centers. Benchmark is a worldwide organization operating over 30 properties representing major metropolitan and resort destinations. Benchmark's international headquarters is located in The Woodlands, Texas, near Houston, with regional offices in New Jersey and Connecticut. International offices are located in Tokyo and Santiago, Chile. For locations of properties and additional information, visit


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