Though a number of resort developments have been canceled or delayed this year, plenty are pressing ahead with their planned ’09 opening dates. What follows is a roundup of eight new properties (all with ample meeting space) debuting around the United States and the Caribbean, in locations as varied as Arizona, Bermuda, Miami and more.
> Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain
This fall, the Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain, resort will open on 850 acres within the planned Dove Mountain community in Arizona’s Sonora Desert. (One part of the resort, the Ritz-Carlton Golf Club, a 27-hole Jack Nicklaus Signature Course, opened in January.) The property will comprise a 250-room hotel, including 24 private "casita suites"; a 17,000-square-foot spa with outdoor treatment cabanas; and three restaurants, one of which will specialize in Southwestern-accented comfort food.
The golf club will have a 45,000-square-foot Golf Clubhouse complex, including a two-level swimming pool and a tennis pavilion with four courts and a pro shop. The Golf Clubhouse will have several private dining rooms for use by groups, including the Wine Room and the open-air Kiva Room.
Meeting space at the Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain, will include three divisible ballrooms, ranging in size from 2,100 to 9,000 square feet, plus five smaller meeting rooms. Lawn space for outdoor events also will be available -- up to 10,000 square feet with views of Arizona’s Tortolita Mountains.
> The Allison Inn & Spa
In the Willamette Valley, a 45-minute drive southwest of Portland, Ore., is the Allison Inn & Spa, opening this August. The resort will have 85 guest rooms, including 20 suites. All rooms will have either a terrace or balcony, plus a fireplace and original artwork. Meeting space will total 12,650 square feet, with the largest space being the ballroom, at 4,500 square feet.
The Allison also will offer a 15,000-square-foot spa with 12 treatment rooms and a small private group suite. The 84-seat restaurant and bar will come complete with a private 10-person dining room and an eight-person chef’s table in the kitchen. Foodies will appreciate the eatery’s showcasing of local ingredients, wines, microbrews and more. The surrounding area is home to more than 200 wineries.
> Great Wolf Lodge
Groups whose attendees might want to bring along their families and young children should consider the whimsical, rustic Great Wolf Lodge, a Carolina northwoods-themed resort opening this spring in Concord, N.C. (just outside of Charlotte, the state’s largest city).
The $100 million, 36-acre resort’s main attraction is its approximately 80,000-square-foot Bear Track Landing indoor waterpark, with 11 waterslides, four big pools and the Fort Mackenzie "interactive treehouse water fort." Accommodation at Great Wolf will be in one of 402 suites in nine layouts, from Whirlpool to Kid Cabin. Adults will want to check out the Elements spa, which has eight treatment rooms and uses Aveda products. Meetings will take place in the resort’s own 20,000 square feet of dedicated event space.
> Terranea Resort
Palos Verdes, Calif.
The $475 million Terranea Resort will open on Southern California’s Palos Verdes Peninsula in June. Twenty minutes from LAX and Long Beach airports, the 102-acre site was home to the sprawling Marineland oceanarium and has been used as a film location for movies such as Pirates of the Caribbean.
Terranea will have a 360-room hotel with 32 suites and 20 bungalows, plus another 50 casitas and 32 villas, all with ocean views. Each casita and villa will have both indoor and outdoor fireplaces.
Terranea will have a large amount of meeting space: 60,000 square feet indoors and 75,000 square feet outside. The 25,000-square-foo Spa at Terranea will offer 24 treatment rooms and a yoga studio, among other amenities.
> Capella Telluride
Mountain Village, Colo.
Last month, Capella Telluride, the first of the Capella Resorts and Hotels brand in the United States, opened in the famous ski town of Telluride. Capella is a 100-room ski-in/ski-out resort with a design concept inspired by the local Colorado landscape. It’s a polished luxury choice for groups, with more than 5,000 square feet of meeting space, including the Idarado Ballroom, large enough to accommodate 270 guests. The resort has three restaurants -- the primary Onyx Restaurant plus the Grey Jay Café and the Suede Bar. It also has a spa and an indoor pool with views of the San Juan Mountains. Larger groups can make use of the neighboring Telluride Conference Center (tellurideconference.com), which offers 14,000 square feet of meeting space.
> Tucker’s Point Hotel & Spa
The first new resort to open on the island of Bermuda in nearly four decades, Tucker’s Point Hotel & Spa will complete its five-month-long, phased rollout next month with the opening of its 88-room hotel, including 20 suites and boutique amenities. The 5,000-square-foot Tucker’s Point Conference Centre offers the 2,700-square-foot Camden Ballroom, which can accommodate up to 270 people.
A good portion of the approximately $125 million that went into Tucker’s Point has been devoted to its beach club, four pools, a 12,000-square-foot spa, various restaurants and a fitness center. Golfers will enjoy the 18-hole Roger Rulewich championship course. Average group size at the property is expected to be 25 to 50 rooms, though full buyouts are available.
> The Westin Roco Ki Beach & Golf Resort
Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
Set along 3.5 miles of white-sand beach, the 2,500-acre Westin Roco Ki Beach & Golf Resort is set to open this fall. This Starwood Hotels & Resorts property will have 337 guest accommodations, including 32 Jungle Luxe bungalows, 25 cliffside villas (with optional butler service), and 56 two- or three-bedroom condominiums.
The resort’s par-72 Faldo Legacy Course opened earlier this year. Other diversions at the property include the 11,500-square-foot Heavenly Spa by Westin, with 14 treatment rooms, a yoga studio and a sauna; lighted tennis courts; and a colorful roster of 10 restaurants, bars and lounges. When it’s time to meet, the 20,000-square-foot, 14-room conference center -- equipped throughout with Wi-Fi Internet access -- will accommodate up to 700 attendees. Plans also call for a number of outdoor venues for theme parties or events.
> Tempo Miami, A RockResort
Overlooking Biscayne Bay, Tempo Miami, A RockResort, will open in September and be housed within a 67-story tower one block north of Miami’s new Performing Arts Center. The boutique resort will offer 56 spacious guest rooms and suites, ranging in size from 450 to 1,000 square feet and with floor-to-ceiling windows. Among other highlights at the new Tempo Miami: an 8,000-square-foot RockResorts Spa and a fitness center, plus two water features ideal for the beginning and end of the day -- an infinity-edge "sunrise swim spa" and a relaxed "sunset pool" with Asian gardens. For meetings and events, plans call for two meetings rooms ranging in size from 340 to 910 square feet.