Salamander Resort & Spa Now Open to Guests

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Turner Construction Company and partners celebrate the opening of the area’s newest luxury resort in Virginia’s horse and wine country.

Salamander Resort & Spa

“We are extremely proud to have played a key role in this iconic project for the community, retreat for the leaders of Washington, DC, and relaxing new destination for travelers." - Ken Jones, VP and GM of Turner's Mid Atlantic Office

Turner Construction Company, who served as the General Contractor for the construction of the Salamander Resort & Spa, is celebrating the August 29 opening of the resort that has already received accolades from the world’s media, including Travel + Leisure, Southern Living and Forbes.

Owned by Sheila C. Johnson, Founder and CEO of Salamander Hotels & Resorts, the luxurious property features a 22-stall horse barn, a 23,500 square foot spa, two restaurants and a cooking studio, and easy access to some of Virginia’s most notable vineyards, nature trails and historic experiences.

Located on 340 acres, the resort features 168 luxury rooms and suites originally fashioned by distinguished interior designer, Thomas Pheasant. The guestrooms and suites measure from 545 to 575 square feet, each with 10-foot ceilings, far exceeding the typical size for a luxury resort guestroom.

Bedroom features include:

  •     A unique adaptation of the traditional canopy bed
  •     A sitting area which features a full-sized corner sofa
  •     A round dining table for two
  •     Executive writing desk
  •     A 40-inch flat-panel, high-definition television
  •     Gracious balcony or terraces
  •     Many rooms include a working fireplace

Bathroom features include:

  •     Large marble shower with body jets
  •     A pedestal soaking tub
  •     A stone and metal vanity stand with dual sinks
  •     Enclosed water closet
  •     A flat-screen television

The four floors of the resort are each themed after a season - summer, spring, winter and fall - and the guestrooms and guest hallways feature photography taken by owner Shelia Johnson herself which reflect the corresponding time of the year. The resort’s 17 suites are highlighted by the 1,680-square-foot Owner’s Suite, which features numerous antiques and collectables from Johnson’s personal art and furniture collection.

With a full-service equestrian center and an array of programming including riding instruction and clinics from world-class riders, Salamander Resort & Spa embraces the region’s culture, including jumping and polo. Just a short trot from the property’s 22-stall stable and riding ring are miles of trails on which riders can easily spend a full day. Equine enthusiast guests even have the opportunity to board their own horses.

Additionally, Salamander Resort & Spa is pursuing LEED Certification, and will be one of the few LEED Certified resorts in the United States upon its completion.

“As this luxury resort nears completion, we are extremely proud to have played a key role in this iconic project for the community, retreat for the leaders of Washington, DC, and relaxing new destination for travelers from all over the world,” said Ken Jones, Vice President and General Manager of Turner’s Mid-Atlantic office.

About Salamander Hotels & Resorts
Salamander Hotels & Resorts is a privately owned and operated company based in Middleburg, VA, just outside Washington, D.C. Founded by entrepreneur Sheila C. Johnson in 2005, the company has a portfolio that features a collection of three stellar golf resorts including the recently renovated Innisbrook Resort near Tampa, Reunion Resort in Orlando and the oceanfront Hammock Beach Resort in Palm Coast; and the eagerly anticipated Salamander Resort & Spa in Middleburg, a 340-acre equestrian-inspired, luxury resort located near Washington, D.C. opening on August 29, 2013. For additional information, call (540) 687-3710 or visit

About Turner Construction Company
Turner is a North America-based, international construction services company. Founded in 1902 in New York City, Turner has 5,200 employees worldwide and works on 1200 projects each year, for an annual construction volume of $8 billion. As the largest general builder in the United States, Turner ranks first or second in the major market segments of the building construction field, including healthcare, education, sports, commercial, telecommunications, and green building. The firm is a subsidiary of HOCHTIEF, a publicly traded company, and one of the world’s leading international construction service providers.

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HOCHTIEF is one of the leading international providers of construction-related services. With more than 80,000 employees and a sales volume of EUR 23.28 billion in FY 2011, the company is represented in all the world‘s major markets. With its core competencies in development, building and operation, the Group delivers services for the entire life cycle of infrastructure projects, real estate and facilities. The focus of the related business activities is on four strategic areas: energy infrastructure, transportation infrastructure, major cities, and resources. With its subsidiary Leighton (HOCHTIEF share around 54 percent), the Group is market leader in Australia. In the USA, the biggest construction market in the world, HOCHTIEF is the No. 1 general builder via its subsidiary Turner and, with Group company Flatiron, ranks among the most important players in the field of transportation infrastructure construction. Because of its engagement for sustainability, HOCHTIEF has been listed in the Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes since 2006. Further information is available at

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