Property to Offer Alternative to Strip

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LAS VEGAS -- Miles from the neon lights of the Strip, a new Regent resort aims to offer a more soothing environment.

The 54-acre Resort at Summerlin, slated to open in April 1999, will include two 300-room Regent hotels and a 40,000-square-foot spa.

The resort will host meetings of up to 1,000 people with a 50,000-square-foot conference center. "We see this center as targeting the Fortune 500 companies," said Brian McMullan, president and chief executive officer of Seven Circle Resorts, which will own and operate the resort as a Regent franchise. "It's small enough that someone won't have to find Room 26G."

The $270 million resort is Carlson Hospitality's first Regent project since it acquired the nine-property luxury chain last year.

Five golf courses border the resort in the affluent Summerlin area, a 25-minute drive from the Strip. "When I stand on this property I feel as though I've been strangled by golf courses," McMullan said. The resort will reserve for its guests 75% of the tee times at the TPC Canyons golf course, he said.

McMullan, who spent five and a half years with Sol Kerzner's Sun International group, said the resort opted against a major entertainment venue "because we're trying to get away from crowds. Our guests won't have to fight their way through the lobby to get their car from the valet." Limousines will take guests to the Strip, he said.

The two hotels, the Regent Las Vegas and the Regent Grand Spa, will have separate entrances and connect to a 50,000-square-foot casino. McMullan said the property "is a resort first and a casino second. We don't expect people to come here off the Strip."

The resort will focus on golf and the spa, which McMullan hopes will become "one of the top 10 spas in the country."

The hotels will overlook a 20-acre, $13.5 million complex of gardens and pools, with 3,300 trees, 17 waterfalls and "intimate nooks where you can hide away," McMullan said. Built on a plateau 1,000 feet above the city, the property will offer views of the Red Rock Canyon to the west and the glittering lights of Las Vegas to the east.

Indoor and outdoor eateries will include a wine bar, a cigar lounge, an Irish pub, a gourmet restaurant, a venue that specializes in California-style cuisine, a patisserie and a coffee shop.

The resort has not yet disclosed rates.

Carlson will lure high-end incentive groups to the resort through its Carlson Marketing Group, according to Curtis Nelson, Carlson Hospitality Worldwide president and chief executive officer.

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