Restaurant veteran Ricardo Bravo named executive chef of Woodlands Resort, Curio Collection by Hilton

THE WOODLANDS, TX – The Woodlands Resort, Curio Collection by Hilton, an upscale, all-inclusive Texas getaway just north of Houston, has named Ricardo Bravo as Executive Chef. In this role, the acclaimed food and beverage veteran will oversee the culinary direction of two of the 402 guest rooms, the property’s three AAA Four Diamond restaurants – the casual dining venue The Woodlands and the outdoor Cool Water Café serving the Forest Oasis Lazy River & Waterpark – as well as the restoration of 75,000 square feet of indoor meeting and event space, plus an array of outdoor function spaces that take advantage of a scenic setting framed by two pathways championship golf course.

Prior to joining The Woodlands Resort, Bravo served as Regional Executive Chef and Regional Director of Food and Beverage for North Palm Beach, Florida, Driftwood Hospitality Management, supporting seven full-service hotels under various brands and in multiple states. Prior to that, he worked as Executive Chef at the beachfront Hilton Galveston Island Resort in Galveston, TX and The Stella Hotel, an Autograph Collection boutique property in Bryan-College Station, TX.

Bravo began his hospitality career in Corpus Christi, Texas, with Marriott and Omni Hotels & Resorts, then served as Executive Chef and then Food and Beverage Manager at the Magnolia Hotel Houston downtown. He is active in the community and is a former assistant director of the Houston Chapter of the Texas Chefs Association.


Nestled among acres of lush, tree-lined natural surroundings, Woodlands Resort is an ideal destination for families, friends and couples. Boasting 402 guest rooms and suites and an array of resort amenities, including two on-site championship golf courses, a tennis center, a relaxing and rejuvenating spa, kayaks, an extensive network of walking and biking trails and a water park with 1,005 foot lazy river and 30 foot double helix water slide, there is something for everyone. The cuisine is as exceptional as it is varied. At three distinct locations, guests can find a selection of experiences, ranging from casual poolside fare to creative à la carte specialties.

Launched in December 2018, CoralTree Hospitality Group is a wholly owned subsidiary of Los Angeles-based Lowe’s, a real estate investment, management and development company. Colorado-based CoralTree delivers distinctive and memorable experiences that celebrate each property’s environment, culture and community. CoralTree was named one of the top 20 hotel management companies in the United States after just one year in business by Hotel Business magazine. The company provides hospitality and asset management services to 20 hotels and resorts in the United States. The collection includes independent, branded and soft-branded properties such as Terranea Resort on the Southern California coast, Hotel Lincoln in Chicago, The Woodlands Resort in Houston, Suncadia Resort in Washington, and Ptarmigan Inn in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. The company recently opened The Eddy Taproom & Hotel in Golden, Colorado and Lake Nona Wave Hotel. For more information about CoralTree, visit

About Curio Collection by Hilton Curio Collection by Hilton is a global portfolio of more than 100 unique hotels and resorts in nearly 30 countries and territories. Curio Collection properties provide guests with authentic, curated experiences through distinctively local offerings and premium amenities, while offering the benefits of Hilton and its award-winning Hilton Honors loyalty program. Live a positive stay at Curio Collection by Hilton by booking at or through the industry-leading Hilton Honors app. Hilton Honors members who book directly through preferred Hilton channels have access to instant benefits. Learn more about Curio Collection by Hilton at follow the brand on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.


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