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Celebrities Enjoy The Landing Resort & Spa’s Lake Tahoe Opening Party

Heidi Klum and Babyface check in for Grand Opening at five-star boutique resort


Nikki and “Babyface” Edmonds, Heidi Klum and Jim and Nancy Demetriades pause for a photo at The Landing Grand Opening in Lake Tahoe (left). Babyface (center) plays for the crowd (right) in The Landing’s Grand Ballroom. Photos courtesy of The Landing Resort & Spa.

South Lake Tahoe, California – January 30, 2014 – The Landing Resort & Spa upped Lake Tahoe’s glamour factor on Friday and Saturday with a star-studded event to celebrate the opening of the area’s first five-star boutique lakeside resort. Owners of The Landing Jim and Nancy Demetriades flew in 50 close friends – including Heidi Klum and “Babyface” Edmonds – on a private jet from L.A. for the festivities. A select guest list of 250 VIPs filled The Landing’s Grand Ballroom, where they were treated to entertainment including a private Babyface concert and a Greek-inspired menu prepared by British celebrity chef Maria Elia.

Media was on hand for the red carpet event, which included photo opps with Klum and Edmonds. “Lake Tahoe is absolutely gorgeous and The Landing Resort & Spa is the perfect hotel in this location.  I’ve had a wonderful time and can’t wait to return for a future visit,” says Klum about her first chance to visit her friends’ new hotel since its December opening.

British celebrity chef Maria Elia, renowned for her fresh take on traditional Greek cuisine, designed the menu for The Landing’s new Jimmy’s Restaurant, where she is resort chef. Elia was on hand Saturday night, preparing delicious offerings for the crowd that included beet keftedes with spiced seed and pickle couscous and tahini yoghurt, a wood rotisserie-roasted pig with apple and fennel tzatziki, slow-roasted spiced lamb baba ganoush with shredded cucumber, mint and pomegranates, and a mini fig, mavrodaphne and chocolate baklava. Guests also had the opportunity to custom-design their own Greek delicacies at Jimmy’s Gyros Bar.

“We’re in the business of creating memories, and tonight we’ve created memories with our friends, the Lake Tahoe community, and our guests,” said Demetriades. “We are excited to create the first five-star resort on Lake Tahoe in such a stunning setting.”

Following a red carpet entrance, Grammy award-winner Babyface  shared new songs from his about-to-be released album with Toni Braxton, “Love, Marriage & Divorce,” in a private concert in the ballroom to a standing-room only crowd.

Guest rooms at The Landing Resort & Spa feature luxurious contemporary European style furnishings and the old world charm of wood floors, marble bathrooms, custom-made headboards and stonework – while also including such top modern amenities as 55-inch wall mounted televisions, in-room Keurig coffee service, pillow top beds with high thread-count linens, premium down pillows and comforters, plush robes, heated bathroom floors, heated toilet seats, waterfall showers, and private decks, most with a Lake Tahoe view. Select suites also offer aromatherapy, heat therapy, music therapy, light therapy, steam showers, heated towel racks and thermo masseur tubs in the guest bath.

Located adjacent to Lake Tahoe’s Lakeside Beach, The Landing Resort & Spa offers guests access to resort amenities including the new Jimmy’s Restaurant, serving wood-fired Greek seafood and locally sourced California cuisine in a setting that includes several private dining alcoves with fireplaces. Additional amenities include a large wine cellar featuring a special selection of 250 labels from around the world and backlit, onyx-walled bar, a state-of-the-art fitness center, outdoor pool and hot tub. The full-service spa and hair salon offers customized spa treatments using organic and natural botanicals, including sports-specific treatments perfect for après-ski. The spa also includes steam showers and relaxing Spa Sanctuary serving a selection of detoxifying teas. Valet parking and high-speed Wi-Fi are always complimentary for The Landing’s guests.
The Landing Resort & Spa provides private beach access and is walking distance to the golf, outdoor concerts, nightlife, dining and shopping of South Lake Tahoe. Just blocks from Heavenly Village and Gondola, Village Center and gaming casinos, The Landing provides complimentary transportation in a Mercedes Sprinter locally and to the Heavenly Gondola. Lake Tahoe’s first five-star boutique lakeside resort, The Landing opened in December 2013 and has recently been mentioned by media including The New York Times, SKI magazine’s new spring skiing issue, Robb Report and Conde Nast Traveler. For additional information and reservations contact 855.700.5263 or visit www.thelandingtahoe.com.

Media contact: Brent Truax, General Manager, [email protected], 760-935-3817; Darla Worden, WordenGroup Public Relations, [email protected], 307.734.5335