Oasis Resort and Spa makes debut at Grand Casino Gulfport

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GULFPORT, Miss. -- The Oasis Resort and Spa made its debut at Grand Casino Gulfport earlier this summer, marking the first in a series of proposed expansions of Grand Casino hotels on the coast since the company merged with Hilton Hotels late last year.

The $79 million Florida-style resort adds 594 king and queen guest rooms plus 43 one, two- and three-bedroom suites to the Grand Casino Gulfport hotel complex, along with 3,000 square feet of meeting and convention space.

The existing Grand Casino Gulfport hotel has 400 rooms and 9,000 square feet of meeting space. Room rates at the new resort range from $79 to $139 per night.

Suites, which include Jacuzzi tubs, microwaves and refrigerators, start at $200 per night; the Presidential Suite is priced at $499 per night. Amenities include concierge services plus Jacuzzi tubs, microwaves and refrigerators in the suites.

One of the hotel's distinguishing features is the 16,000-square-foot Bellissimo Spa and Salon, which offers an array of spa treatments, a fitness center, saunas and three whirlpools.

Spa services range in price from $25 for an upper-body massage to $65 for an aromatherapy massage. Spa packages include the $69 Sampler Package, the $199 Signature Package and the $1,500 Grand Adventure Spa Package.

The new resort also boasts a three-acre water park, complete with a "lazy river," pools, a Jacuzzi and a spa.

Three dining experiences are part of the attraction. The Cabana Bar, located by the Oasis pool, serves turkey wraps, hamburgers and snack food. The Java Grande, in the Oasis lobby, is a European-style coffee bar that serves specialty coffees, pastries and desserts. The Martini Bar, also in the lobby, features several varieties of martinis and cigars.

The Oasis resort is connected to the 105,000-square-foot Grand Casino Gulfport by a climate-controlled skyway.

The Gulfport casino is one of Grand's three Mississippi gaming properties. The others are in Biloxi and Tunica. Construction of a 600-room Grand Casino Biloxi, which tentatively was set to begin in March, has been pushed back to next year or early 2001, according to a spokesman for Grand Casino Biloxi.

The Grand Casino Biloxi has two 500-room hotels, and occupancy has been high, he said. Clients can arrange for free shuttle service to and from Grand Casino Gulfport and Grand Casino Biloxi by calling 870-RIDE.

Meanwhile, in Robinsonville, Miss., the Grand Terrace Hotel & Spa, the third hotel in the Grand Casino Tunica resort complex, opened this spring.

The 600-room, $72 million facility joins the 188-room Grand Casino Hotel, which lies adjacent to the casino, and the 578-room Grand Veranda Hotel. The Grand hotels pay 10% commission to agents.

Oasis Resort and Spa
Phone: (800) 354-2450

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