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Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort & Spa Welcomes New Executive Chef Larry Eells

INDIAN WELLS, CA. October 19, 2017 – Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort & Spa is pleased to introduce Executive Chef Larry Eells as taking over the helm of the renowned resort’s culinary operations. Eells joined the Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort & Spa team on October 1st with forty years of culinary experience and thirty as executive chef.

In his new position, Eells will manage the operations of the resort’s Lantana Restaurant, Agave Sunset Lobby Bar, Oasis Pool Bar and Roadrunner Café as well as in-room dining and all catering services. Eells feels strongly that regardless of the establishment, whether casual or fine dining, the most important culinary elements are a clarity of flavor with the main ingredient being the star of the dish, a refinement of skill and technique, and a clean, thoughtful, and compelling presentation.

“I believe in preparing and serving great tasting food of very high quality, prepared from excellent ingredients that are treated with respect, cooked with care and with a mastery of technique, and then presented with style and creativity,” said Eells.

Eells, who has been with Hyatt Corporation for nearly 35 years, comes to Indian Wells most recently from Hyatt Regency Orlando in Florida where he oversaw culinary operations during the hotel’s purchase and rebranding as a Hyatt Regency. He has also led the kitchens of Hyatt properties in Minneapolis Dearborn, Bethesda, Dallas, Columbus, Albuquerque, San Diego, Kauai and San Antonio.

Through his lifelong travels, first as the child of a military father stationed in Asia and later as hotel chef, Eells has developed a refined global style. Fusing a cultural mix of American Indian, Mexican, Hawaiian, Asian and an ongoing love for seafood, fresh flavors, and creative instinct, Chef Eells takes great pride in cultural learning to develop his palate and menus. His inspiration is drawn from tasting, asking questions and immersing himself in the local culture and society in which he lives.

About Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort & Spa

Nestled among 45 acres of lush gardens, Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort & Spa, formerly Hyatt Grand Champions Resort Villas and Spa, is a newly renovated destination resort located within the exclusive Indian Wells community. The resort offers unmatched hospitality and service, and easy access to a myriad of activities, inviting guests to Relax, Play and Indulge during their stay. Providing a cool oasis in an iconic desert setting, Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort & Spa offers the area’s only private one- and two-bedroom villas – 43 in total – with butler service. The spacious modern 530-guestroom resort provides the warm service Hyatt is known for, seamlessly integrating relaxation, indulgence and endless outdoor activities set against the natural beauty of the desert. Featuring the award-winning Agua Serena Spa, delectable dining options, seven pools, and more than 88,000 square-feet of flexible function space, the resort offers both leisure and business travelers the quintessential Palm Springs experience. Guest may also enjoy Southern California’s newest water adventure located at the Resort, the DesertPipe, creating a virtual endless water slide that delight both young and old. Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort & Spa has received numerous, notable awards, including the prestigious AAA Four Diamond Award for 25 consecutive years, “Top 121 Golf Resorts in the U.S.” by Condé Nast Traveler readers and Leadership level in California Green Lodging Program. For more information, visit indianwells.hyatt.com.

About Hyatt Regency

The Hyatt Regency brand prides itself on connecting travelers to who and what matters most to them. More than 175 conveniently located Hyatt Regency urban and resort locations in over 30 countries around the world serve as the go-to gathering space for every occasion – from efficient business meetings to memorable family vacations. The brand offers a one-stop experience that puts everything guests need right at their fingertips. Hyatt Regency hotels and resorts offer a full range of services and amenities, including the space to work, engage or relax; notable culinary experiences; technology-enabled ways to collaborate; and expert event planners who can take care of every detail. For more information, please visit hyattregency.com. Follow @HyattRegency on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, and tag photos with #AtHyattRegency.

Kody Kantor
Zapwater Communications

Coming Up In The December Online Hotel Business Review

Feature Focus
Hotel Law: Issues & Events
There is not a single area of a hotel’s operation that isn’t touched by some aspect of the law. Hotels and management companies employ an army of lawyers to advise and, if necessary, litigate issues which arise in the course of conducting their business. These lawyers typically specialize in specific areas of the law – real estate, construction, development, leasing, liability, franchising, food & beverage, human resources, environmental, insurance, taxes and more. In addition, issues and events can occur within the industry that have a major impact on the whole, and can spur further legal activity. One event which is certain to cause repercussions is Marriott International’s acquisition of Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide. This newly combined company is now the largest hotel company in the world, encompassing 30 hotel brands, 5,500 hotels under management, and 1.1 million hotel rooms worldwide. In the hospitality industry, scale is particularly important – the most profitable companies are those with the most rooms in the most locations. As a result, this mega- transaction is likely to provoke an increase in Mergers & Acquisitions industry-wide. Many experts believe other larger hotel companies will now join forces with smaller operators to avoid being outpaced in the market. Companies that had not previously considered consolidation are now more likely to do so. Another legal issue facing the industry is the regulation of alternative lodging companies such as Airbnb and other firms that offer private, short-term rentals. Cities like San Francisco, Los Angeles and Santa Monica are at the forefront of efforts to legalize and control short-term rentals. However, those cities are finding it’s much easier to adopt regulations on short-term rentals than it is to actually enforce them. The December issue of Hotel Business Review will examine these and other critical issues pertaining to hotel law and how some companies are adapting to them.