-- A $7.5 million renovation of the 204-room SunBurst Resort, which
added a spa and restaurant among other improvements, was undertaken
to take the property from three-star to four-star, said Marc
Pujalet, president of Noble House Hotels and Resorts, the company
that manages SunBurst.
The project, to
be completed by Dec. 1, involves updating the bathrooms, carpeting,
armoires and bedding in guest rooms and suites.
The renovation of
the entrance of the hotel, completed this summer, created a porte
cochere that reflects the natural design elements of the desert
landscape, said Pujalet.
earlier this year was a 3,500-foot, Asian-inspired spa, the
SpaTerre, consisting of seven treatment rooms, including a couples
massage room, a wet room with Vichy shower, a facial room, a
manicure/pedicure room and a meditation room.
An example of a
treatment is the Desert Heat Wrap, in which adobe clay is applied
to the body, followed by a thermal wrap. The cost is $100. The spa
also offers treatments that draw on Indonesian and Thai
The spa is just
off the lobby with access to the fitness and pool areas.
represent the second phase of the project. In 2003, the resort
remodeled its meetings and public space. The property offers a
total of 14,000 square feet of meetings space. The resort installed
wireless Internet access in all rooms, the lobby and the pool and
There is also a
new outdoor event space with an infinity-edge water lagoon for
weddings and social events.
Baleen, a signature restaurant of Noble House, is to be added at
It will have the
same core menu as the Baleen in Miami, San Diego and Santa Fe,
N.M., with wood-roasted seafood, but there will also be menu items
reflecting local fare, Pujalet said.
spending this year reintroducing itself to the local market and key
customers, half of whom are leisure travelers and the other half
groups and meetings, Pujalet said.
The resort is
doing well, with 10% higher revenues than last year, and thats
particularly impressive because were going through renovations,
Pujalet said. Its been a very good year for the Scottsdale
information call (480) 945-7666 or visit www.sunburstresort.com.
reporter Laura Del Rosso, send e-mail to [email protected].