NEW YORK--In a move to increase its share of family and leisure
business, the Doral Golf Resort and Spa, Miami, will open a $7
million Blue Lagoon water recreation area by January.
During the next five
years, the resort also will add 150 villas, 200 rooms and 30,000
square feet of exhibit and breakout meeting space. It also will
improve two of its golf courses. All of this expansion follows a
$30 million refurbishment and expansion completed within the last
two years. In effect, the property will become a self-contained
destination resort by late 1999, when most of the work is
completed, according to Eric Affeldt, vice president and general
With the water recreation area in place, meeting attendees will
have more of an incentive to bring along family members and to
extend their stay, he said. The Blue Lagoon project is expected to
be used by groups and individuals, making use of what officials
describe as an inviting setting for holding a reception and a
banquet area for up to 1,200 people.
Other features of Blue Lagoon are four pools, including one for
children, waterfalls with a viewing tunnel, a 125-foot waterslide,
20 poolside cabanas, a Jacuzzi and massage cabana, a bar-grill
restaurant and a bandstand for live entertainment.
Set to open later this year is a fitness center overlooking the
first tee of the hotel's Blue Monster golf course. It will have a
state-of-the-art sound system as well as weight training and
To be completed by late 1999 are a golf museum; 17,000 square
feet of additional shopping space; a redesign of Doral's White
Course by Greg Norman and the renovation of the Silver Course at
Doral Park under the direction of course designer Jerry Pate.
At the 694-room resort a new front entrance and driveway with a
Mediterranean-style gatehouse is planned along with new tropical
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