Scottsdale, Ariz. – InterContinental Hotels & Resorts and Crown Realty & Development announced today the opening of the first U.S. resort—InterContinental Montelucia Resort & Spa—in Paradise Valley, a residential enclave of Scottsdale, Ariz.The much-anticipated luxury resort is situated at the coveted location off Tatum and Lincoln boulevards, providing guests convenient access to optimum shopping districts, dining, hiking and recreation and entertainment venues in Phoenix and Scottsdale. The 34-acre resort includes 253 luxurious guest rooms and 40 suites including 2 presidential suites, 34 luxurious detached, single-family Villas, six unique restaurants and venues, a private wedding chapel, a 31,000-square foot destination spa and salon, five pools, and more than 27,000 square feet of meeting and event space.InterContinental Montelucia Resort & Spa reflects its European influences from the décor to dining experiences. The resort’s suites, such as the Andalusian and Camelback suites, offer 3,000 square feet of indoor living space, in addition to a private event lawn and pool. All guest rooms provide the latest in modern technology, including flat-screen televisions, high-speed Internet access, fully stocked mini bar, custom feather beds, large working areas, and large tiled bathrooms with oversized sunken bathtubs and large walk-in showers with dual showerheads.“The importance of this beautiful property to the legacy of InterContinental Hotels cannot be measured,” said Tom Murray, Chief Operating Officer, Americas, for InterContinental Hotels Group. “We are welcoming a truly fantastic property to a line-up of legendary hotels around the world.”www.icmontelucia.com.
View comments Is he more lost than I am?The human being is an alien spaceship piloted by a crew who have lost all their maps or suffered collective amnesia to the extent that they have absolutely no idea where they are, where they come from, or where they are going. And so they peer through little portholes and drive as best as they can, recording their journey as they go, for future use, or perhaps just out of a nervous instinct. Is there anything to this thesis? The best proof would be my husband.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Next I am watching him drive the car. And there in front of us, a long stretch of uphill road, unpaved, two gutters indicating where truck-tires clawed their way up the muck. And then as he is wont to do he begins to explain himself: I’m sorry I have to drive the car this way, but unless we drive very fast we are going to sink into the mud.And with that, they hopped, skipped and jumped over mounds and potholes, half flying, half slipping through the mud. And all through this, him, giving a running commentary of what was happening and what he was doing as if speaking to himself or someone inside him, his God perhaps: Go left! Bad hole! Stay away from that! Does he know he is only multiplying our terror? He has no idea. Finally, my mother in the back seat declares: Stop talking, you two!FEATURED STORIESNEWSINFOSenate to probe Tolentino’s ‘novel legal theories’ on oral agreementsNEWSINFOLocsin wants to drop ‘visas upon arrival’ privilegeNEWSINFOPasig to sue 6 enforcers for extortionIt is not entirely his fault. He is driving a car with three half-Waray passengers telling him what to do, what road to take. Until now he has been quite silent. They were trying to make the 1 p.m. barge back to Danao, Cebu, from Isabel, Southern Leyte. They were looking for the shortest route. They found it. Unfortunately, it was an unfinished road cutting through lonely hills and boondocks, sections of it unpaved and partially washed away by the storm. The car is not 4X4. It was not designed for this road. If they bogged down here, it would take days to pull the car out. They might have to walk.I have my own way of dealing with stress. My mind returns to Bingbing, the last friend we visited the previous day in Tacloban. She is a cultural leader. Leyte is half Waray and half Cebuano. The Waray have roots in Samar and Northern Leyte. They speak mostly Waray in Tacloban but many speak Cebuano as well. Is there a fundamental difference between the Cebuano and the Waray? There is. But it is a nuanced difference difficult to put down into words unless reduced to its most fundamental: We talk differently. New design, hope for city hospital Senate to probe Tolentino’s ‘novel legal theories’ on oral agreements Locsin wants to drop ‘visas upon arrival’ privilege LATEST STORIES PCSO to focus on improving transparency of gaming activities PLAY LIST 03:26PCSO to focus on improving transparency of gaming activities01:39Sotto open to discuss, listen to pros and cons of divorce bill06:02Senate to probe Tolentino’s ‘novel legal theories’ on oral agreements01:50Palace open to make Dengvaxia usable again as dengue cases spike01:49House seeks probe on ‘massive corruption’ in PCSO01:37PCSO estimates P250M in Lotto revenue loss due to suspension Capital One Data Breach ACLU: 911 Toddlers and Babies Separated from Parents And yet, the Cebuano and Waray are also fundamentally similar. They have gone through centuries of travel and migration. They are a mix, not only of the local but also of the foreign, the alien. In Tacloban, they have something quite similar to the traditional Cebuano breakfast fare, puto-maya. They call it puto-rice. It was in Tacloban where the American armed forces landed in World War II. Tacloban, just like Cebu is heavily Americanized. And just like Cebu, its cultural roots have been marginalized by centuries of colonialism.MORE STORIESnewsinfoAs dengue rises, Palace open to Dengvaxia usenewsinfoNo bail for accused ‘shabu smuggler’newsinfoCarpio gets nominated as CJ for 4th timeMORE STORIESnewsinfoAs dengue rises, Palace open to Dengvaxia usenewsinfoNo bail for accused ‘shabu smuggler’newsinfoCarpio gets nominated as CJ for 4th timeAnd so both the Cebuano and the Waray hark back to the archives of culture to find their roots. Most of the living archives have disappeared from the middle-class culture. They are reemerging in the works of writers, poets and artists most of them marginalized from the national mainstream. And so there are cultural gaps which need to be filled, something like a wound that has yet to form a protective scab. A bit perhaps like the devastation Yolanda left in her wake, a bit like this road in front of us.Bingbing looks at the rehabilitation effort after Yolanda as a cultural problem. And it is, if we think of culture as the store of a people’s beliefs, the things they hold dear and sacred, the stories they tell each other, the future they envision for themselves, their narratives. And Yolanda will be the long chapter of the story of the Waray. It is a chapter which ought to get into the national and global consciousness in the keenest way. Because it is important and precious as the indeterminate number of un-named lives which were lost here.We make it through mud back to the concrete highway, back to a civilization at best tenuous as the next storm will prove. We, four of us, make it back home. This is where our journey ends. But of Tacloban, who can tell? Not I who cannot even tell if there are aliens in my husband’s head. Where will this story go? In what language will it be told? Who gets to tell it?However it plays out, the stories of the truest beauty will be told by “ordinary” Waray who braved winds and waves such as no human being has ever seen on this planet. This is their story. The world will do well to sit back and listen. She is not Haiyan. She is what the Waray call her. She is Yolanda.ADVERTISEMENT PBA: Rain or Shine overcomes San Miguel, McCullough’s 51 to avert sweep Kids Festival Shooter in California Took Gun Illegally NAFTA: Democrats Leveraging the Trump Administration MOST READ Show me the money: Price-tagging Enrique Gil’s photos