San Ysidro Ranch, which has been closed since January, is set to partially reopen May 23, when three new cottages and half its inventory of unrestored Ranch Rooms begin once again housing guests. The Santa Barbara, CA-based resort, which is owned by Ty Warner, has undergone extensive infrastructural upgrades. The resort’s kitchen is back in business July 1, along with 14 restored cottages; and on September 1 the restaurant reopens, bringing renovations to a full close. Culinary Director George Mahaffey (formerly of Little Nell and Hotel Bel-Air) has joined the resort, which also has a new 8,000-bottle wine cellar and a cheese cave. Duncan Graham ([email protected]) is managing director.
The Jamaica Inn in Ocho Rios, Jamaica has renovated two free-standing suites. Dubbed Cottage Three and Four, the suites have king-sized mahogany beds with crisp, white linens, all offering views of the Caribbean via a set of French doors. Each has an outdoor shower; Cottage Three has an infinity pool. Contact Assistant Manager Terri Orane (ter [email protected]) on property for special arrangements.
Gourmet clients will enjoy Alain Ducasse’s Culinary Encyclopedia, which has just been translated into English. The book, available at www.alain-ducasse.com, includes 700 recipes and 1,000 photos. The tome could serve as a thoughtful gift for those clients you’re sending off to Paris, New York or Monaco, where Ducasse has restaurants.