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Island Empress.
The Story of the Shell.
The beautiful shell chosen for our logo, though rare, gained a renewed notoriety through a beach beautification and re-nourishment program following Hurricane Ivan, which ravaged the Gulf Coast in 2004.

The Cancellaria Conradiana shell, also known as "Conrad's Nutmeg", is sought out by locals and tourists alike on their strolls down the magnificent sugar-white beaches of Pensacola Beach. We think it aptly represents our love of the local area and our concern for protecting the precious ecosystems here.

LaTour Resorts

Ultimate Hospitality.

LaTour Signature Group, our management company, comes with decades of experience treating guests to the finest life has to offer. The goal of LaTour Signature properties is simple: to create the ultimate hospitality experience. Following are the five pillars upon which the LaTour foundation is built:

Culinary.
Tom LaTour, creator of over 20 popular, highly-rated restaurants in the United States and Canada, personally oversees the culinary operations of the LaTour Group. Chefs at each LaTour location work with only the very freshest ingredients from the land and sea, and place an emphasis on locally-produced foods, setting a new culinary standard. Private in-villa dining is available for a dining experience unlike any other.

Wine.
Wine has long been a LaTour hallmark. Tom LaTour produces a highly-regarded Chardonnay and Syrah on a 25-acre vineyard in Napa Valley, and demands nothing less than exceptional wines for LaTour properties. A master sommelier thoughtfully chooses and seasonally updates the wines offered at LaTour managed properties. Evening wine tastings and other wine education programs are offered as well.

Wellness/Health.
Health and wellness programs, including meal and exercise regimens, as well as branded health and beauty products, connect with guests on the most personal level. LaTour wellness operations deliver superior service, distinctive amenities, imaginative activities and an attention to detail that compares favorably with the world's best-known spa resorts.

Entertaining.
Let the LaTour staff dazzle you with their entertaining skills. Theme and menu planning, food preparation and styling, and wine and beverage expertise are just the beginning. Our extraordinary entertainers exhibit a vision, attention to detail and a generosity of spirit that cannot be learned or imitated. Entertainment should be an experience for the senses; let us make your event unforgettable.

Concierge.
The World, delivered. That is what guests can expect from LaTour Concierge services. Let us take care of your needs, whether it is tickets to an event; alterations, or a unique food request. We take an "anything, any time, anywhere" approach, encouraging guests to expect the world of us

 

"We will raise the bar and when that becomes the new standard we will raise the bar higher still."
- Tom LaTour

The Island Empress Resort is where Southern hospitality - meets Mediterranean style and sensibilities lifted directly from the region's early Spanish roots.