Developer seeks to revitalize Nevada resort


GENOA, Nev. -- When Quintus Resorts, a Minden, Nev.-based developer of U.S. vacation ownership resorts, was formed earlier this year, the company's first move was to acquire David Walley's Resort, Hot Springs and Spa here.

The property's potential, according to Linda Gilson, executive director of marketing for Quintus Resorts, was one of the main reasons the company paid $4.5 million for the 136-year-old resort.

"A lot of people have referred to [the property] as a sleeping giant -- it's been dormant for many years, but there's just so much potential there, both historical and environmental."

Built in 1862 just outside of Genoa -- the state's oldest permanent settlement, located 13 miles south of Carson City -- the resort became popular with Comstock miners and, during its illustrious history, hosted such famous guests as author Mark Twain, President Ulysses S. Grant and film star Clark Gable.

Now, Quintus Resorts hopes to draw families and individual clients from within the state as well as from Northern California, especially the San Francisco Bay area, Gilson said.

"That's where most of our marketing will be [concentrated] -- California and Nevada," she said.

To do that, the company plans to expand the resort's current accommodations -- four cabins that Gilson terms "rustic" -- by constructing 150 time-share units. Ground already has been broken on the first phase of 21 units.

In addition, Quintus Resorts has invested in a major renovation project at the property.

Describing the project as "literally from the ground up," Gilson said everything within the two-story spa building was rebuilt.

"I don't think anyone realized what the condition was -- the plumbing, everything basically is new except for the exterior of the structure," she noted.

Inside, guests will find a front desk area; nine treatment rooms, one of which has been designed for travelers with disabilities; saunas and steam rooms, and separate waiting rooms and locker rooms for men and women.

The newly renovated and expanded facilities, which opened this fall, also enable the property to offer more spa services, Gilson said.

Among the list of available treatments are five different types of massages; facials; body treatments using mud, seaweed and algae; manicures; pedicures, and waxing.

Prices range from $45 to $95 for massages, $45 to $90 for facials; $90 to $100 for body treatments; $20 to $25 for manicures; $35 to $42 for pedicures, and $10 to $98 for waxing.

The spa also features several full- and half-day packages ranging from $118 to $346.

Outside, the property offers two newly resurfaced tennis courts, a swimming pool and seven hot tubs containing water from the resort's mineral springs.

A gazebo area is a setting for weddings that are booked at the resort, said Gilson, noting that Quintus recently hired an executive chef and a catering manager to handle wedding receptions, banquets and other large events.

For regular meals, she said, the property offers a deli and a coffee shop.

However, she added, plans call for a full-scale restaurant to open by next summer.

David Walley's Resort, Hot Springs and Spa, Phone: (702) 782-8155

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