Doral Resort lures families with water-recreation area

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.

DoralDuring 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 manager.

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 exercise equipment.

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 landscaping.

Doral Golf Resort and Spa, Phone: (800) 71-DORAL or (305) 592-2000

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