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Salamander Hospitality, a company founded in 2005 by Shelia Johnson is a black-owned company that has created world-class hotels and resort properties, while at the same time creating once in a lifetime experiences their guests will never forget.
It’s safe to say that most know Sheila Johnson as the former wife of BET co-founder Bob Johnson, but few have realized the entrepreneurial powerhouse she always has been in her own right. Sheila Johnson is the co-founder of BET (Black Entertainment Television) and not merely the bosses wife. Consequently, after the sale of BET to Viacom in 2000, Sheila Johnson became the first American American woman to accumulate a net worth of more than one billion dollars. Additionally, she is the first African-American woman to become the owner or partner in three professional sports franchises: the Washington Capitals (NHL), the Washington Wizards (NBA), and the Washington Mystics (WNBA). Moreover, Johnson — ranked No. 30 on Forbes 2018 list of America’s Richest Self-Made Women.
Johnson kindled her passion for the hospitality industry for 3 years prior to launching Salamander Hotels & Resorts. She started out by planning the development of a luxury resort in Middleburg, VA., where she purchased 340 acres of land in with a bold plan to build a luxury resort that would “warmly welcome everyone, including, people of color” Johnson stated. The trials and triumphs of this first experience did not quench her enthusiasm for the hospitality industry; but rather, fueled her passion to create truly remarkable hotels, resorts, and experiences. “Our independent, luxury brand creates exceptional and authentic experiences for guests, as well as profitable returns for owners.” as she states on her corporate website. Johnson says of her first development, the Salamander Resort & Spa, “Every inch of that resort has my thumbprint on it,”.
Salamander Hotels & Resorts includes Seven Spectacular properties located throughout the continental United States, making Sheila Johnson one of the largest Black Owned hotel and resort owners in the world.
• Accommodations: 168 guest rooms and suites
• Meeting Space: 16,256 sq. ft. indoors; 115,970 sq. ft. outdoors
• Restaurants: Harrimans Grill features Virginia Piedmont cuisine; Gold Cup Wine Bar has casual fare
• Amenities: Award-winning 23,000-square-foot spa and wellness center; 14 treatment rooms; three pools
• Group Activities: EquiSpective; cooking studio; ziplining; art; mountain biking; fitness classes
Salamander Resort & Spa, hailed as one of the most luxurious resort destinations in the world is located just 30 minutes away from Dulles International Airport at : 500 NORTH PENDLETON ST, MIDDLEBURG, VA 20117. Salamander Resort & Spa is set on 340 acres nestled into the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains amid Virginia’s famed horse and wine country, Salamander Resort & Spa is an opulent and homelike destination.
The gorgeous carefully appointed estate boasts 168 rooms and suites that are “comfortably spacious and include an outdoor patio or balcony. The plush bedding is accented by the linens and throws that have been personally designed by Sheila C. Johnson, incorporating hints of the seasons and equestrian life.” according to their own corporate website.
WHEN LOST IN THE DAY TO DAY, FIND YOURSELF IN LUXURY. – SHEILA C. JOHNSON
In addition to the exceptionally plush and comfortable accommodations, the activities available on the property is what truly separates Salamander Resort & Spa from the rest. First of all the resort offers:
SPLASH POOL & CAFE
Now on top of all that Salamander Resort & Spa, features restaurants and eateries that are equally wonderful as the beautiful setting and luxurious suites. The property boasts 4 memorable dining facilities:
Salamander Resort & Spa attracts events and meetings from all over the country to one of it’s 12 venues. Salamander hosts:
This landmark property is the flagship of Salamander’s properties and is a standard for luxury and careful attention to excellence.