PU R E IN DU LG E N CE L I F E ’S GR EAT PLEAS U RES I NSPI RE W TS I N TERNAT I ONAL’ S F O ODIE SPA IN T H E EPI C U REAN HO TEL , F LORI DA
pa Evangeline offers a unique experience inspired by two of life’s greatest pleasures: food and wine. The spa is in Epicurean Hotel in Tampa, Florida – a Marriott Autograph Collection property that celebrates food and wine through a range of gastronomic offerings. Epicurean Hotel was developed in collaboration with Mainsail
Lodging & Development and Bern’s Steak House, which is located across the road. Established in 1956, Bern’s is a legendary dining venue state-wide and beyond, thanks to its dry-aged steaks, 200-plus wine list and famous cellar, with one of the largest private wine collections in the world. “We’re crafting a foodie’s paradise, a wine lover’s dream. There’s no greater
homage to life than to indulge in and explore all the flavours that it has to offer,” steak house founder Bern Laxer once said. That’s the spirit that infuses the Epicurean Hotel – which boasts a stateof-the-art culinary classroom, restaurant, rooftop cocktail bar, patisserie and Bern’s Fine Wines & Spirits shop – so when WTS International was hired to design and manage Spa Evangeline, it picked up the culinary lead from there. Introducing a product offering that ref lected the values of the hotel was an important starting point for WTS.
Spa Evangeline is a day spa with a foodie twist
Both Epicurean Hotel and Evangeline Spa take inspiration from the farm-to-table movement
Andrea Dubois (left) and Mary Lynn Mellinger were on the design team