News for the Hospitality Executive
The Woodlands, TX, March 04, 2013 -- The Woodlands Resort & Conference Center has begun a $60-million expansion and renovation, an 18-month project that will add a new guest room wing, lazy river and restaurant while updating the property’s 60,000-square-foot conference center.
The award-winning resort and conference center is located in The Woodlands at 2301 North Millbend Drive.
The resort will introduce a third Fairway Pines building with 184 new guest rooms and suites with views of the property’s Panther Trail™ golf course, in addition to the transformation of its existing Fairway Pines guest rooms.
The new design and interiors of the resort featuring contemporary Texas architecture with strong elements of stone, steel and wood are being conceptualized by the Dallas-based interior design firm Jim Looney & Associates and the architectural firm Gensler of Houston. Transparency, warmth of materials and a connectedness to the landscape create a relaxing respite for both weekend getaways and productive business meetings.
As a founding member of the International Association of Conference Centers, The Woodlands Resort is at the forefront of meeting and event innovation and plans to incorporate the newest design trends and creative offerings to further enhance its position as a leader in the conference, meetings and events industry.
Among other new amenities being developed for both business and leisure guests is a 140-seat steak house with views of the 18th hole, a private wine vault and outdoor patio.
In addition, a new signature lazy river will wind 1,000 feet through the surrounding forest highlighting the property’s Forest Oasis Waterscape™ where guests enjoy a lagoon-style pool, a two-story waterslide tower, flowing waterfalls and Puffy’s Spraygroud™, a synchronized water experience complete with computer-activated waterspouts and fountains themed after The Woodlands’ mascot, Puffy Pine Cone. The poolside Cool Water Café, serving burgers, sandwiches, salads and flavorful drinks, complete the experience.
As part of the property’s transformation, enhancements will provide guests with a modern spa experience with more of everything to offer – from spa services and products to a more relaxing environment to rejuvenate.
The renovation, while large in scale and scope, will be strategically planned in phases to maintain resort operations as usual. The summer season will usher in poolside fun at the Forest Oasis Waterscape, resort dining and exciting new room package offerings. The resort’s two on-property golf courses will also remain open during the renovation.
“This significant expansion and renovation marks a high point in our resort’s 38-year history,” said Greg Parsons, general manager of The Woodlands Resort & Conference Center. “Just as The Woodlands community around us continues to evolve, our history paired with this new beginning will enhance the resort’s status as a premier destination for conferences, business travelers and families.”
The Woodlands Resort & Conference Center is owned by The Woodlands Development Company, a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Howard Hughes Corporation (NYSE: HHC).
About The Woodlands Resort & Conference Center
Nestled in 28,000 acres of forest preserves north of Houston, yet easily accessible from I-45, The Woodlands Resort & Conference Center is an award-winning property which caters to conferences, business travelers and families with the highest quality conference facilities and resort amenities. Guests at the property enjoy deluxe accommodations, three restaurants and bar, two on-property golf courses, a full-service spa and Forest Oasis Waterscape™ with waterfalls, synchronized water spouts, two-story waterslide tower. The property’s 60,000-square-foot conference center, approved by the International Association of Conference Centers, combines natural beauty and high-tech convenience to create an unparalleled meeting and event venue. Most meeting space offers natural light and views of the lake or forest. The conference center also houses two full-service business centers and an executive-level floor with private boardroom. Other resort amenities include on-property indoor and outdoor tennis courts, fitness facility, access to 194 miles of hike-and-bike trails and nearby shopping and entertainment. Visit www.woodlandsresort.com or call 866-361-5674.
About The Howard Hughes Corporation
The Howard Hughes Corporation owns, manages and develops commercial, residential and mixed-use real estate throughout the U.S. Our properties include master planned communities, operating properties, development opportunities and other unique assets spanning 18 states from New York to Hawai‘i. The Howard Hughes Corporation is traded on the New York Stock Exchange as HHC and is headquartered in Dallas, TX. For additional information about HHC, visit www.howardhughes.com
The Woodlands Resort & Conference Center