Kalahari Resorts & Convention Center Breaks Ground on Pocono Mountains Resort. Scheduled to open in 2015, Kalahari Resorts Pocono Mountains is a $230 million, 150-acre complex in Monroe County at Pocono Manor. The ground breaking begins phase one of the resort project, which will include: 457 luxury guest rooms and suites, a 100,000-square-foot indoor waterpark and seasonal outdoor waterpark, a 65,000-square-foot convention center, a 30,000-square-foot family entertainment center and 6,000 square feet of retail space. The resort will also feature three full-service restaurants and will offer something for everyone, including a high-end steak and seafood option, a gourmet buffet, a cozy lounge and snack areas. Source: HotelNewsResource
Lake Arrowhead Resort & Spa Reopens after Extensive Renovation. Lake Arrowhead Resort & Spa recently reinvented itself as the very first member in Southern California of the prestigious Autograph Collection, Marriott International's exclusive portfolio of upscale, independent hotels. Located 90 minutes from Los Angeles at 5,106 feet in the San Bernardino National Forest, the newly renovated, lakeside resort is the only hotel in the area to offer privileged access to scenic Lake Arrowhead. Lake Arrowhead Resort & Spa's conversion to Autograph Collection follows an extensive $5.5 million renovation that uplifted the historic property with a fresh new look and lakeside luxury ambiance, including a new color scheme and contemporary furnishings with mountain flair. One thing that hasn't changed: stunning views of Lake Arrowhead or surrounding mountainsides from each of the resort's 162 guest rooms and 11 suites. Press release.
Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa Undergoes $12.5M Reno. The Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa is undergoing a $12.5-million, five-month renovation. The project includes a complete refurbishment of all 200 Spa Tower rooms, a redesigned indoor pool and an enhanced lobby experience. The resort also will unveil new designs for Sandcastles Restaurant and Lounge, Hadashi Sushi Bar and the 11,000-sq.-ft. Serenity by the sea spa. Source: Hotel Business
Holland America to Acquire McKinley Chalets Hotel in Denali. Holland America Line has reached an agreement to acquire the McKinley Chalets Hotel in Alaska's Denali National Park from Aramark Sports and Entertainment Services. Holland America will further develop the property to include its Land+Sea Journeys that combine an Alaska cruise with a land tour to Denali. The purchase will be made through the line's subsidiary, Holland America-Princess Alaska. Source: TravelPulse