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LITTLE PALM ISLAND NOW DISTINGUISHED AS ONLY MOBIL FOUR-STAR RESORT IN FLORIDA KEYS; RELAIS & CHATEAUX, AUTO CLUB ALSO BESTOW HONORS

LITTLE PALM ISLAND NOW DISTINGUISHED AS ONLY MOBIL FOUR-STAR RESORT IN
 FLORIDA KEYS; RELAIS & CHATEAUX, AUTO CLUB ALSO BESTOW HONORS
 FLORIDA KEYS, Fla., Jan. 22 /PRNewswire/ -- There's only one resort or hotel in the Florida Keys with the top-notch facilities and services that make it "Outstanding -- worth a special trip," according to the prestigious Mobil Travel Guide. The recipient of the honor is Little Palm Island, an exclusive private island resort, which has just been notified that it has, for the first time, earned Mobil's Four-Star Award.
 Little Palm Island, opened in 1988, joins only 375 establishments in North America to receive the coveted Four Star Mobil rating in 1992, and it is the only property in the Florida Keys to win the award. More than 20,000 dining and lodging properties are listed in the Mobil Travel Guide.
 According to the Guide's publisher, the Four Star designation means that the resort is "Outstanding -- worth a special trip."
 "Your are to be commended for achieving and maintaining the high standards of excellence required to be a Four-Star winner," Mobil Corporation's Peter Spina, vice president of corporate public affairs, told Little Palm Island's managing general partner Ben Woodson. "The dedication of your staff to quality service and hospitality has made the Little Palm Island resort an outstanding property."
 Little Palm Island has developed a worldwide reputation as a hideaway resort offering uncompromised service, facilities, amenities and cuisine; qualities that helped it qualify for the Four Star honor. The property's distinctive character and high standards also recently resulted in it being honored with membership in the exclusive Relais & Chateaux, an organization that represents some of the world's finest small hotels, resorts, inns and restaurants. There are now 21 elegant Relais & Chateaux hospitality establishments in the U.S., and a total of 387 in 40 countries around the world. Little Palm Island is the only member property in the state of Florida.
 To add to Little Palm Island's auspicious beginning to 1992, the resort has also been honored with a Four Diamond designation from the American Automobile Association (AAA) in 1992.
 This is the third year in a row that Little Palm Island has been the recipient of the coveted AAA Four Diamond honor. It is one of the hospitality industry's most prestigious awards, with less than five percent of the nearly 29,000 establishments inspected by AAA receiving the Four Diamond designation for 1992.
 According to Tom Schroder, manager of public affairs, AAA Florida, Little Palm Island is included among only 73 locations in Florida that meet the Four Diamond criteria, including, he said, "Superior facilities, exceptional service, and the special touches that ensure a satisfying experience."
 Little Palm Island has just 30 suites on its own five-acre island, and is accessible to guests via Little Palm's private launch service from the "mainland" Keys.
 Suites -- most in thatched-roof villas -- are equipped with private sun deck, ceiling fans, wicker and rattan furnishings, air conditioning, coffee maker, refrigerator, wet bar/mini bar, whirlpool bath, and outdoor shower.
 Guests often while away their days by a freshwater, lagoon-style swimming pool with waterfall and adjacent Palapa Bar and a quiet, sandy beach. But they also enjoy a host of recreational amenities, including use of day sailers, windsurfers, canoes, kayaks, snorkel gear, fishing gear and more. Excursions for diving, fishing, and shopping are easily arranged.
 Dining is a highlight at Little Palm Island, with fare that is a fusion of classical French, nouvelle, and California-inspired cuisine.
 For reservations or information, contact any travel agent or Little Palm Island, Overseas Highway U.S. 1, Mile Marker 28.5, Route 4, Box 1036, Little Torch Key, FL 33042; phone 305-872-2524, or 800-3-GET-LOST.
 For more information on Relais & Chateaux, contact the organization at 800-743-8033.
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 /CONTACT: Marlene Alvarez of Jeanne Westphal Associates, 305-866-7998 or 305-866-9561, for Little Palm Island/ CO: Little Palm Island ST: Florida IN: LEI SU:


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