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
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
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
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
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