Mainsail’s Epicurean Hotel, Scrub Island Resort Named “Best Hotels for 2017” by U.S. News & World Report

Posted by Scrub Island, February 2017

TAMPA, Fla. (February 13, 2017) – Mainsail Lodging & Development is honored to announce the Epicurean Hotel in Tampa and Scrub Island Resort, Spa & Marina in the British Virgin Islands have been ranked among the “Best Hotels for 2017” by U.S. News & World Report, the global authority in rankings and consumer advice. The Epicurean Hotel is ranked No. 1 among the Best Hotels in Tampa, while Scrub Island Resort, Spa & Marina is ranked as the No. 1 Autograph Collection Hotel and No. 2 among Best Hotels in the British Virgin Islands. More than 3,000 luxury hotels across the United States, the Caribbean, Canada and Mexico were evaluated using a comprehensive methodology centered on three components: reputation among professional travel experts, guest reviews and hotel class ratings.

“It’s very gratifying to see two of our properties ranked at the top among some of the world’s best luxury hotels and resorts,” said Joe Collier, president of Mainsail Lodging & Development. “We are honored by the recognition, which is a testament to the outstanding Mainsail team members at both the Epicurean and Scrub Island.”

Voted the No. 1 resort in Tampa and No. 6 Autograph Collection hotel, the food-focused Epicurean Hotel is located in the trendy Hyde Park historic district of South Tampa. The Epicurean features a state-of-the-art culinary classroom, Élevage restaurant, EDGE rooftop bar, Chocolate Pi patisserie, Bern’s Fine Wines & Spirits wine shop, the full-service Evangeline spa, and 5,200 square feet of flexible event space. The Epicurean Hotel was developed in collaboration with Mainsail Lodging & Development and the legendary Bern’s Steak House and is the first newly constructed hotel property in the United States to join the prestigious Autograph Collection® of Marriott International, Inc. (NYSE: MAR). Epicurean was also named 2015 Hotel of the Year – Autograph Collection – East by Marriott International, and has been voted one of the top hotels in Florida by Conde Nast Traveler’s Reader’s Choice Awards.

The No. 1 Autograph Collection Hotel and No. 2 Best Hotel in the British Virgin Islands, Scrub Island Resort, Spa & Marina is the newest luxury private-island resort in the BVI. The resort features 52 guest accommodations as well as a collection of two-, three-, four- and six-bedroom villas, three private beaches and a 55-slip marina. Scrub Island has also been honored with numerous awards in recent years, including 500 World’s Best Hotels for 2015 by Travel + Leisure, World’s Dreamiest Private Island Resorts by both Huffington Post and Condé Nast Traveler, Best Romantic Getaways in the Caribbean by USA Today and the Four Diamond Rating by AAA. The resort was inducted into the 2015 Hall of Fame for Excellence by TripAdvisor.

Mainsail Lodging & Development continues to expand its award-winning collection with the addition of three new Florida properties: Waterline Marina Resort & Beach Club on Anna Maria Island (May 2017), Fenway Hotel in Dunedin (2017) and a hotel in downtown Fort Myers (2018). For more information, visit


About Mainsail Lodging & Development LLC

Mainsail Lodging & Development is a Tampa-based hospitality company that develops and operates lodging products in the Southeastern US and the Caribbean. Their properties include Scrub Island Resort, Spa & Marina (, a private island resort in the British Virgin Islands and member of Autograph Collection® of Marriott International; Mainsail Beach Inn (, a boutique beachfront hotel on Anna Maria Island, Florida; and the boutique food-focused Epicurean Hotel ( in Tampa, Florida. The company also operates corporate housing throughout the Southeast, exclusively managing the Florida market for Oakwood Worldwide® under both its ExecuStay® ( and Oakwood® ( brands, while also operating ExecuStay ( in Georgia, portions of Alabama, and The Carolinas. Mainsail is developing their fourth hotel, Waterline Marina Resort & Beach Club on Anna Maria Island, Florida, which is under construction and slated to open in the Spring of 2017. Mainsail Lodging’s corporate charity is Feeding Tampa Bay – the largest food rescue and distribution organization in the community. Mainsail actively supports the cause through a variety of employee and guest programs ranging from packing and sorting at the warehouse to annual events including Pumpkin Fight and Epic Chef Showdown.

About Autograph Collection Hotels

The Autograph Collection is an evolving ensemble of strikingly independent hotels. Exactly like nothing else, each destination has been selected for its quality, bold originality, rich character and uncommon details. From near to far, iconic to historic, the result is an array of properties that is nothing less than unique, nothing short of collectively exceptional. For more information and reservations please visit, or explore our social media channels to learn more about championing the independent spirit.