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Santa Catalina Island Co.

project added three new presidential ca-

start pre-selling next year and come on-

across two major areas on the island:

banas on the waterfront, expanded the

line in 2016. The following year, the com-

Avalon city and Two Harbors. By next

white sand beach at Descanso to accom-

pany will focus on a 120-room

year, Herrel says SCICO will have invested

modate additional standard cabanas and

four-diamond resort hotel. “It will over-

over $30 million over three years, drawing

chaise lounges. As part of the ongoing $6

look the Pacific Ocean sitting on the

more people to the island.

million renovation, SCICO will add Des-

bluffs,” Herrel says. “Our goal is to add

canso Fresh, a gourmet espresso bar and

to our resort without walls every year

helped the island turn the numbers

ice cream shop, as well as a new

and give our guest a special experience.”

around,” Herrel says. “ Visitation to the is-

indoor/outdoor beachfront venue for

land isn’t at its all time high yet, but it’s a

weddings and corporate group meetings.

COLLECTIVE EFFORT

Next year’s additions include a new

The investments have paid off, Herrel

destination spa, and the opening of a

says. The company saw almost immedi-

flagship retail store. For 2015, SCICO will

ate improvement in its financial posi-

make significant improvements to its

tion. Herrel reports that guests are

country club, including refurbishing a

staying longer and spending more. Also,

nine-hole golf course and adding a re-

reviews and ratings on sites like TripAd-

sort-style pool. After that, SCICO will turn

visor have steadily improved.

its eyes to the residential market with
plans to develop 120 homes that will

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“There are many other businesses that

Success for SCICO is success for the entire island. SCICO’s properties are spread

L e i s u r e a n d H o s p i t a l i t y I n t e r n a t i o n a l | w w w. l h i m a g a z i n e . c o m Fall 2013

pretty incredible hockey stick chart.”
Richie-Bray, Inc. Landscape Architecture
It was
our challenge to transform landmark properties on
Catalina Island into a now lush colorful resort environment. Confronted with extreme low water and deer
problems required a new approach. Our involvement
included renovations on the Casino entry, Pavilion
Hotel garden rooms and courtyard, Desconso Beach
sweeping borders and walks, Zipline landing, Botanical Golf Gardens, and El Encanto Spa courtyard and
pool. We look forward to continuing collaborations as
one of the exclusive landscape Architecture firms in
Southern California.


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