Benchmark, a global hospitality company based in Texas, is expanding its presence in the Midwest by adding The Abbey Resort and Avani Spa to its portfolio.
Set on 90 wooded acres along the shores of Geneva Lake, the year-round resort draws vacationers, corporate groups and sports enthusiasts to its scenic location. Situated in Fontana-on-Geneva Lake, just 75 miles from downtown Chicago and 45 miles from Milwaukee, the area has a long history as a vacation retreat for wealthy industrialists and is known for its quaint towns and historic homes as well as its lake, woodlands and the area's unique 26-mile Geneva Lake Shore Path hiking trail.
The Abbey Resort joins Benchmark's other noted Midwestern properties, including Racine, Wisconsin's Wingspread Retreat & Executive Conference Center and Chicago's Eaglewood Resort & Spa.
"We are very excited to expand our presence in the Midwest with such a prominent resort in an area of stunning natural beauty and historic interest," said Benchmark CEO Alex Cabañas.
The Abbey Resort recently completed significant updates and renovations to enhance the properties guest rooms, restaurants, meeting spaces, public spaces, the Avani Spa and the striking A-frame roof exterior that is the resort's signature.
Recreational activities at The Abbey Resort feature golf at nearby courses, water sports, sailing and fishing on the lake and swimming in indoor/outdoor pools. In the winter, guests take to the slopes, ski cross-country, snowshoe or even ice-skate on the ice rink located harbor-side at The Abbey Resort.
With 40,000 square feet of indoor/outdoor meeting space and more than two dozen flexible meeting rooms, The Abbey Resort can host a wide variety of events and conferences. Lakeside weddings and celebrations, exclusive executive board meetings and high-powered corporate conferences of any size are flawlessly organized in these dynamic, flexible spaces. The Harbor Ballroom offers 10,000 square feet of divisible space and a separate conference center provides an additional 6,000 square feet. Dedicated event coordinators and an on-site audiovisual team can assist in every step of the planning process, from catering to tech support.