Reed Travel Features
LAS VEGAS -- Circus Circus Enterprises will begin construction
on an upscale, 4,000-room resort and casino at the former site of
the Hacienda Hotel and Casino.
The 11-story Hacienda was reduced to rubble Dec. 31 during a
televised implosion as part of the Fox Network's New Year's Eve
The property tentatively is called Project Paradise, and the
resort will be built on the 47-acre site.
It is the latest step in the firm's Masterplan Mile project -- a
multiresort, casino and entertainment development that will link
one continuous mile of Circus Circus property on the Las Vegas
Masterplan Mile will extend from Tropicana Boulevard to Russell
Road and will include the firm's Luxor and Excalibur properties in
addition to new projects.
During the next several years, Masterplan Mile will be unveiled
in phases, and Project Paradise, scheduled to debut in the fall of
1998, will be the centerpiece.
The architecture of the resort will reflect an "ancient culture
from the South Seas," as if a Forbidden City were discovered on an
exotic jungle island, Circus Circus said.
Interior elements will include a portal of waterfalls, terraced
gardens and mythical statuary.
The property will surround a 10-acre tropical area set to
contain features such as a surfing beach with waves and a swim-up
Most of the resort's dining venues will be situated in an
open-air ambience, with themed environments that will include a
Additionally, the property will feature a microbrewery with a
sugar refinery theme.
As part of Project Paradise, a separate 400-room Four Seasons
Hotel will front the tropical environment and have its own entrance
from the Strip.
Four Seasons Hotel will be connected to the casino at Project
Paradise by a retail walkway.
The 25-story Four Seasons property, which will be owned by
Circus Circus, will aim to provide Las Vegas visitors with the
first five-star luxury resort experience on the Strip.
In addition to Four Seasons, Circus Circus said other players in
the casino-resort industry might participate in joint ventures for
additional projects on Masterplan Mile.
As Circus Circus develops Masterplan Mile, the exterior
environment will be expanded to connect other resorts that are
Project Paradise will be geared toward upscale Las Vegas
Circus Circus said with Project Paradise, Luxor, Excalibur and
future developments, the firm eventually will own or control as
many as 20,000 rooms on Masterplan Mile, enabling it to cover all
key Las Vegas tourism and gaming markets.
As Masterplan Mile takes shape, Circus Circus said it hopes to
create the most prominent entertainment space in Las Vegas, both in
size and visibility.
As the first step in the Masterplan Mile project, Circus Circus
is augmenting the facilities at its Luxor and Excalibur properties.
The most ambitious initiative is a $240 million project at Luxor,
the first phase of which was realized in December.