Intrawest to open resort condos in Henderson

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HENDERSON, Nev. -- Vancouver-based Intrawest Corp., known for creating and operating village-centered resort destinations in the U.S. and abroad, is preparing to open its first resort condominiums at its MonteLago Village development on Lake Las Vegas, 17 miles east of the Strip.

Originally slated for a Aug. 29 debut, the 177-unit, Tuscan-villa-inspired property, also called MonteLago Village, is instead taking reservations for dates starting Sept. 19, according to Peter Cowley, Intrawest's vice president of lodging product development.

"There's a very good chance that it will open on Aug. 29, but we're not 100% confident, so we're not taking money on reservations [for that date]," Cowley said.

MonteLago Village is taking reservations starting Sept. 19.The total number of units can be broken down into different categories, depending on the space offered. They include studios (27), one-bedrooms (70), two-bedrooms (63), three-bedrooms (13) and casitas (there are just four of these townhome-like spaces).

"[The property] looks like a hotel and runs like a hotel," according to Cowley, but it works in a slightly different way, he said.

All of the accommodations are individually owned and can then be entered by their owners into the property's rental program, Cowley said. "We don't have a definite number yet of how many people will enter them in the rental program," he said. "We anticipate 85% of the 177 units."

That's where travel agents come in, because they can book the units available through the rental program just as they would any other hotel room -- and also receive 10% commission, Cowley noted.

"If there was an agent who was a super-high performer for us, we probably would do better than that," he said.

Daily rates start at $129 for a studio, $149 for a one-bedroom unit, $199 for a two-bedroom unit and $249 for three-bedroom accommodations.

Amenities include a 24-hour reception desk, concierge services, valet parking, daily and nightly housekeeping and turn-down service, in-room coffeemakers with gourmet coffee and tea, full kitchens, high-speed Internet connections, in-room DVD players and a DVD and music CD library for guests.

Eventually, Cowley said, different packages will be offered to take advantage of what's in close proximity to MonteLago Village.

"Our director of sales just started two weeks ago," Cowley said, "but he's already busy putting packages together. We're trying to build packages around the boat rentals [and gondola cruises available] on the lake as well as spa packages in conjunction with the [349-room] Ritz-Carlton and its [30,000-square-foot] Spa Vita di Lago."

Clients staying at MonteLago Village also might enjoy what Cowley described as "a tremendous pool facility" -- one rectangular adults-only pool and one kids' pool -- that is situated in a 1.5-acre courtyard area created by the building's horseshoe shape.

Other public areas that clients may wish to explore include the fitness room with hot tubs, the laundry room, the game room for children with a pool table and a media room complete with a plasma-screen TV where movie nights will be held, Cowley said.

The facility also offers two meetings rooms, one measuring 329 square feet, the other 1,100 square feet.

"We've got a good relationship with the Ritz-Carlton," Cowley said. "We're going to be working with them [when it comes to meeting planning]."

In fact, the new Web site for the MonteLago Village features a link for meetings planners.

One potential drawback for MonteLago Village guests: Those who want to sneak a firsthand peek at the Strip will find transportation hard to come by. There is no shuttle operation at this point.

Once the entire MonteLago Village development opens, Cowley said, Intrawest officials will be turning their attention to the next set of resort condominiums there, two 90-unit buildings. Construction and development on the next set of buildings will begin next spring for a 2005 completion.

The master plan for MonteLago Village, which also includes the 40,000-square-foot Casino MonteLago, calls for the construction of up to 800 resort condominium units.

For more information, call (866) 564-4799 or visit the Web site, at http://montelagovillage.com, which will be relaunched in a few weeks with more lodging information.

Sales Pitch

• Check your database for clients who previously booked a stay at a timeshare vacation resort. E-mail them with the news that MonteLago Village, an upscale resort condominium, has opened at the Intrawest village of the same name, on Lake Las Vegas, just a cobblestone's stroll away from Casino MonteLago.

• Send a sleeve of golf balls to select clients who previously booked a golf vacation at a resort destination and describe the golfing opportunities that await them at MonteLago Village.

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For more details on this article, see MonteLago Village shops take bow.

To contact reporter Amy Baratta, send e-mail to [email protected] .

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