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The Renaissance World Golf Village Resort and Convention Center In Jacksonville/St. Augustine Receives Corporate Meetings & Incentives’ “Paragon Award”

. . . The Prestigious Award Recognizes The Resort As One Of The Top 50 Hotels In The U.S. For Meetings & Incentive Programs 

JACKSONVILLE/ST. AUGUSTINE, FL (July 2012) – The honors keep coming to The Renaissance World Golf Village Resort, Convention Center and Beach Club in Jacksonville/St. Augustine, Florida, as the resort has received another prestigious award: Corporate Meetings & Incentives magazine’s “2012 Paragon Award.” This marks the first year the resort has received the acclaimed award, which recognizes the top 50 hotels in the U.S. for meetings and incentive programs, as voted by the magazine’s readers. The award will be presented to Jeffrey Oliasami, general manager of the 301-room, AAA Four-Diamond resort. Together with the adjacent World Golf Hall of Fame, The Renaissance World Golf Village Resort, Convention Center and Beach Club is the largest combination hotel and convention center between Atlanta and Orlando, with 101,000 square feet of meeting and event space. 

The highly coveted “Paragon Award” recognizes the country’s finest meeting and incentive hotels, resorts and conference centers. Readers of the highly read magazine were asked which properties had best handled their meetings and incentive programs during the past year. Resorts were evaluated on the quality of their meeting services, atmosphere, and recreational amenities. The winning hotels, resorts and conference centers are highlighted in the magazine’s July 2012 issue. 

“We are extremely proud to capture the acclaimed Paragon Award, as it shows what an outstanding choice The Renaissance World Golf Village Resort is for meetings and incentive/recognition programs,” said Oliasami. 

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

Not resting on its many laurels, the resort continues to enhance its offerings. This includes a dramatic renovation and expansion of its outdoor meeting, event and recreational space, which was completed in September 2011. The large project included new and expanded outdoor function space with beautiful brick pavers, elegant new furniture in conversational groupings, and a beautiful new fountain called La Piazza; as well as 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. 

The resort also completed many other enhancements in 2011, which included the opening of the Villagio Italian Grille; the opening of The Resort Shop, which serves a full menu of Starbuck’s coffees, breakfast fare, sandwiches, soups, salads, wraps, and desserts, as well as an array of local gifts and souvenirs; and the addition of a picturesque new gazebo. 

In 2012 the resort added another new feature, as it now provides privileges for its guests and groups at the private Serenata Beach Club, which features a breathtaking setting overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Serenata features: a 12,000-square-foot oceanfront clubhouse; three swimming pools; a Mediterranean-inspired dining room with views of the Atlantic; two bars; a fitness center; locker facilities; and scheduled activities. In addition to providing privileges to guests, The Renaissance World Golf Village Resort also provides a complimentary shuttle to and from Serenata Beach Club for individual guests (based on availability). Serenata Beach Club is located in Ponte Vedra Beach, a comfortable drive from The Renaissance World Golf Village Resort. 

These enhancements follow a $10 million resort-wide renovation that was completed in 2008, which included the complete remodeling of guest rooms and suites, a dramatically-renovated lobby, newly-remodeled guest room corridors, and an expanded fitness center with state-of-the-art equipment. The resort also boasts a dramatically remodeled nine-story atrium lobby, featuring a Colonial/Asian theme with lush foliage and a colorful 7-story modern hanging sculpture that is reminiscent of open Florida skies. 

Recreational options 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. Additionally, the resort features a sauna, pool, hot tub, and full-service concierge. 

Guests and groups also are an easy walk to the World Golf Hall of Fame, which is the ultimate destination for the celebration of golf’s greatest players, with fun interactive exhibits, and historic golf artifacts. Also within an easy walk are 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. 

When visiting the resort, groups and guests have the opportunity to take fun eco-tours and chartered fishing trips, enjoy exceptional shopping at two large outlet malls, and explore historic St. Augustine. 

To make it easy for its guests to enjoy the area, The Renaissance World Golf Village Resort now provides a complimentary shuttle for individual guests (based on availability) to and from historic downtown St. Augustine. The 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 Oldest Wooden Schoolhouse, and a variety of water activities. 

For information on The Renaissance World Golf Village Resort and Beach Club, call 888-740-7020 or 904-940-8696, or visit

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