Nekupe Sporting Resort & Retreat —  Tiny Nicaraguan Resort with a Billion Dollar Mission

June 6, 2017

  A tiny eight room ultra-luxury resort lies at the heart of an ambitious social initiative to help Nicaragua’s poorest citizens. The new Nekupe Sporting Resort & Retreat is a stunning eight-room sanctuary in the shadow of the Mombacho volcano, an hour and a half south of Managua. Unlike the coastal surfing resorts, Nekupe (which means “heaven,” in the local language… Read More

Decades of Purchasing Expertise — Celebrating Exceptional Team Members!

May 11, 2017

“Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.” Albert Schweitzer Today we celebrate the work anniversaries of three people with 10+ years of service to Bray Whaler. In case you haven’t had the pleasure of meeting them, here’s a… Read More

New Omni Louisville Turns History Into Hotel Design

April 19, 2017

Speakeasy? Bowling Alley? Welcome to Omni Louisville. One block from the Kentucky International Convention Center, the luxurious new Omni Hotel Louisville is coming to life. Bray Whaler is honored to be handling FF&E and OS&E procurement for Omni Hotels & Resorts. Slated to open in Spring of 2018, the hotel is inspired by the city’s rich history… Read More

Lansdowne Resort & Spa Gets New Luxury FF&E Package

April 17, 2017

Bray Whaler handles luxury FF&E purchasing for Lansdowne Resort & Spa, in Leesburg, Virginia. Lansdowne will celebrate its 25th anniversary in style featuring a redesign by MONOGRAM at BBGM. The AAA Four-Diamond Resort has undergone an expansive renovation and redesign of all 296 guestrooms, inspired by the Virginia wine country that surrounds the 476-acre estate. Renovations will… Read More

Dallas Team Supports National Child Abuse Prevention Month

April 10, 2017

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month and the Dallas team participated in “Go Blue Day,” on April 7th, a statewide initiative to raise awareness for the detection and prevention of child abuse. Participants supporting the Texas focus on child abuse prevention include child protective services, law enforcement, judges, schools, hospitals, churches and businesses throughout… Read More

Star Struck With Luxury — Forbes 2017 Star Ratings

March 1, 2017

­ Amid the  profusion of  hotel brands, who defines luxury? According to the 2017 Forbes Travel Guide, they do. Forbes (the successor of the Mobile Travel Guide) uses anonymous inspectors to evaluate hotels against 800 objective standards. Bray Whaler is proud to have purchased luxury hotel furnishings for more than 20 of the award winners. “What makes… Read More

Shake-Up in International Trade Agreements — Will it Affect Hotel Furniture Pricing?

February 23, 2017

From furnishings – to financing – to in-bound foreign travel, the U.S. lodging industry is deeply, and happily entangled in a global marketplace. As the U.S. rescinds its participation in the Trans Pacific Partnership (an agreement which included 12 countries trading in the Asia Pacific region, accounting for a quarter of world trade), and talks… Read More

Skamania Lodge creates tree houses

February 22, 2017

Skamania Lodge sits amidst 175 acres of Pacific Northwest forest on the Washington side of the Columbia River Gorge. To help guests fully experience the pristine setting, the resort recently created two secluded, cozy tree houses, elevated 15 – 20 feet in the air overlooking a canopy of Douglas Fir trees and the river. The hotel’s… Read More

Design Drives Differentiation – Changing Roles of Designers & Purchasing Agents

February 17, 2017

Ronnie Bray, founding principal of Bray Whaler, participated in the NEWH Leadership Conference 2017 Industry Outlook Panel in Denver last weekend. The panel, moderated by Meg Prendergast of The Gettys Group, included Meghann Day, Hirsch Bedner Associates, Bill Langmade, Purchasing Management International, Joe Khairalla of Marcus Hotels and Steve Reiswig of BRE Select Hotels.  An… Read More

There’s Room At The Table — For New Hires

January 24, 2017

We’re looking for energetic, detail-oriented people who enjoy being part of a team; working in a fast-paced environment where no two days are the same. Exceptional communication and organizational skills are essential for success; as is the ability to thrive inside of a growing, youthful company where well-mannered dogs are welcome at work.  In our… Read More