Omni Tucson plans $40mn transformation

Omni Tucson National Golf Resort
& Spa has announced a $40 million renovation and expansion plan,
beginning in June 2007, to create the premier boutique resort of the
Southwest. Centered around a “rustic chic” design, the project incorporates
new courtyards, gardens, patios and other features drawing from the desert
setting with waterfalls, fire pits, native rock formations and lush desert
plantings. When completed in late 2008, the golf resort, country club and
spa in Tucson, Ariz., will expand to encompass 239 luxury guest rooms and
suites, a newly enhanced 15,000-square-foot spa, two championship golf
courses, a new 7,500-square-foot ballroom and a variety of exciting new
culinary options.
  “We are thrilled to announce the transformation of the Omni Tucson
National Resort,” said Mike Deitemeyer, president of Omni Hotels. “The
enhancements will create an unparalleled retreat and the ultimate sensory
experience for travelers in the desert Southwest looking for everything
from an intimate escape for family or friends to a distinct business
  Omni Hotels has partnered with Seaver Franks Architects, based in
Tucson; Zebrowksi Design Group, based in Culver City, Calif.; and E-Group,
based in Phoenix, Ariz., to take the property to the next level.
  The crown jewel of the project is a dramatic arrival experience with
sweeping views of the Santa Catalina Mountains. A new main lobby and lounge
will welcome guests with spectacular water features, fireplaces and scenic
desert landscaping, all set against a backdrop of the nearby mountains and
styled in warm Southwestern hues.
  Seventy-two new luxury guest rooms will also be added, increasing total
guest rooms from 167 to 239, including 28 suites. The elegant guest rooms
will offer impressive views of the Sonoran or Catalina golf courses, Santa
Catalina Mountains, pool areas or serene courtyards.
  As the only Mobil four-star spa in Tucson, the 15,000-square-foot Spa
at Omni Tucson National will offer expanded areas for relaxation,
treatments and well-being. Additionally, the resort will include the
creation of two new dining outlets. From a formal steakhouse to a casual
juice bar, guests will be able to choose from a variety of enticing
  For meeting planners and groups, another significant addition will be
the new Grand Ballroom, which will offer six configuration options. The
Grand Ballroom will complement the existing Papago and Hopi ballrooms,
allowing for increased meeting and conference space.
  Golfers will enjoy Tucson’s top country club with a state-of-the-art
clubhouse and renovated men’s and women’s locker rooms. A new pro shop will
also allow for easier access to the championship golf courses. In January
2006, the resort took the first step in its transformation with the opening
of its second 18-hole golf course. Designed by veteran PGA Tour
professional and 2006 Ryder Cup Captain Tom Lehman, the desert-style
Sonoran Course continues to heighten the golf experience, making Omni
Tucson National a must-play destination for golfers. Lehman also redesigned
two holes on the championship Catalina Course, which has been home to
countless PGA Tour and NCAA events, including the prestigious Chrysler
Classic of Tucson.