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The Renaissance World Golf Village Resort In Jacksonville/St. Augustine Hosting Big New Year’s Eve Party & Offering “New Year’s Eve Party Packages”

. . . Themed “Diamonds, Denim and Decades,” The Party Will Feature The 7-Piece Murray Goff Connection Band 

JACKSONVILLE/ST. AUGUSTINE, FL (November 2011) – If you are looking for a fun way to ring in 2012, you should consider attending the big New Year’s Eve Party that will be held on Saturday, December 31, 2011, at The Renaissance World Golf Village Resort in Jacksonville/ St. Augustine. Themed “Diamonds, Denim and Decades,” the party will be held in the AAA Four-Diamond resort’s beautiful St. Augustine Ballroom from 7:30 p.m.-1 a.m. Live entertainment will be provided by the popular 7-piece Murray Goff Connection band, which will perform a versatile selection of high-energy music and popular songs from nearly every genre. The resort is offering a party-only package, as well as packages that include a one-night stay or a two-night stay at the resort, according to Director of Sales & Marketing Scott Selvaggi. 

“The ‘Diamonds, Denim and Decades’ party will be a very fun way to kick off 2012,” said Selvaggi. “Murray Goff Connection is a great and very fun band that will really get everyone involved and dancing. Add in the wonderful food, and the festive atmosphere, and it promises to be a wonderful party.” 

The resort is offering the “Party Package” which includes: admission to the party; a welcome libation; fantastic culinary fare at 12 different food stations, created by the resort’s Executive Chef Brett Smith; a champagne toast at midnight; and a late night snack buffet. A cash bar also will be available. The package is $75 per person, plus tax, and you must be 21 years of age or older to attend. 

The resort is also offering the “Diamond, Denim and Decades Package” which includes: admission for two people to the party; all of the other elements of the “Party Package”; and you can ride the elevator home with accommodations for one-night at the AAA Four-Diamond resort. Based on double occupancy, the package starts at $319 per couple, plus tax. 

A two-night package (for the evenings of December 30 and 31, 2011, or December 31, 2011, and January 1, 2012) is also available, with rates starting at $448 per couple, plus tax. 

For more information on the party, or to purchase a package, call 904-940-8696, or visit

Should you choose not to book the Party Package, another great way to kick off the evening is by dining in the resort’s exceptional new restaurant Villagio. Opened on 11-11-11, the casually-elegant Italian Grille is located inside of the resort’s picturesque atrium lobby, and serves a range of traditional Italian pastas, flatbreads, paninis, fresh fish, great steaks, local farm fresh salads, and family-style traditional Italian cuisine. In addition to its diverse menu, Villagio features a comprehensive cocktail list, and an extensive wine list with offerings from Chile, Spain, South Africa and Italy. The restaurant is open nightly for dinner from 5 – 10 p.m. In addition to indoor dining, guests also have the option to dine outdoors on the resort’s beautiful new brick-paved La Terrazza. 

Adjacent to Villagio is The Bar at Villagio, which offers a wide range of specialty cocktails, classic cocktails with a twist, great wine-by-the-glass choices, and a host of locally micro-brewed beers that highlight The Renaissance brand’s indigenous offerings. 

Located within the lush 6,300-acre World Golf Village, The Renaissance World Golf Village Resort is the only Northeast Florida resort and convention center to receive the prestigious AAA Four Diamond rating, which is an honor achieved by less than 4% of the AAA approved properties. Additional awards recently bestowed on the resort include Meetings & Conventions magazine’s prestigious “2011 Gold Key Award,” Successful Meetings magazine’s acclaimed “Pinnacle Award,” and Association Meetings magazine’s prestigious “Inner Circle Award.” 

Not resting on its many laurels, the resort recently completed a dramatic renovation and expansion of its outdoor meeting, event and recreational space. The large project included new and expanded outdoor function space with beautiful brick pavers and elegant new furniture in conversational groupings; a beautiful new fountain called La Piazza; a picturesque new gazebo; and a new and expanded pool deck with new seating areas. The new outdoor function space, now named La Terrazza, is able to accommodate groups of up to 2,000 guests. With this expansion the resort added 15,000 square feet of new function space, bringing the resort’s offerings to 101,000 square feet of meeting and event space. 

These enhancements follow other new offerings at the resort, which include the addition of a new board room; the opening of a new The UPS Store and Business Center on-site; the addition of a new destination services and event planning department; and the opening of The Resort Shop, which serves a full menu of Starbuck’s coffees, pastries, breakfast fare, sandwiches, soups, salads, wraps, and desserts, as well as an array of local gifts and souvenirs. These latest enhancements follow a $10 million resort-wide renovation that was completed in 2008. 

Recreational offerings at the resort include two championship golf courses: the popular Slammer & Squire (just steps from The Renaissance Resort), and the renowned King & Bear (co-designed by Arnold “The King” Palmer and Jack “The Bear” Nicklaus). Guests also have access to four additional golf courses within 15 minutes of the resort, for a total of 108 holes of golf. Additional offerings at the resort include a sauna, pool, hot tub, and full-service concierge. 

Guests also are an easy walk to The World Golf Hall of Fame’s 18-hole real grass putting course, a 132-yard Island Challenge Hole, an IMAX® 3D Theater, and the Walk of Champions. In addition, guests can take golf lessons at the renowned PGA TOUR Golf Academy. 

To make it easy for its guests to enjoy area offerings, The Renaissance World Golf Village Resort is now offering a complimentary shuttle for individual guests (based on availability) to and from historic downtown St. Augustine. This new service enables guests to easily visit such sites in St. Augustine, which was founded in 1565, as the historic Castillo de San Marcos fort, The Fountain of Youth, and shopping on the charming, brick-paved St. George Street. Additional options in downtown St. Augustine include the Old Town Trolley Tour, The Old Jail, The St. Augustine History Museum, The Spanish Quarter, The Oldest Wooden Schoolhouse, Flagler College, Whetstone’s Chocolate Factory, Lightner Museum, and a variety of water activities. 

For information on The Renaissance World Golf Village Resort, call 888-740-7020 or 904-940-8000, or visit

PR Contact: Karen Lamonica at (407) 788-7070, ext. 208, or

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