For more than three decades, the Villas at Grand Cypress and Grand Cypress Golf Club each have been major Orlando destinations. With its 54 holes of Jack Nicklaus golf, Grand Cypress was among the first – if not the first – destination golf resort in Central Florida.
Now, Dart Interests, a leading developer and owner of groundbreaking, large-scale real estate projects, is re-developing Grand Cypress into Evermore Orlando Resort. Dart says the 1,100-acre resort complex bordering Walt Disney World brings a new approach to the traditional vacation home rental experience and will debut the latest addition to the Conrad Hotels & Resorts portfolio, Hilton’s contemporary luxury hotel brand.
Bookings for Evermore Orlando Resort are slated to launch in 2022 with the grand opening for the first guests anticipated for summer 2023.
The resort’s Scottish links style “New Course,’’ which pays homage to the Old Course at St. Andrews, Scotland, will remain open for play throughout construction. A new 18-hole Nicklaus Design course is expected to open in 2023.
“With the launch of the Evermore project, Dart is introducing an entirely new hospitality category that will change the landscape of vacation rental homes,” says Christopher Kelsey, president of Dart Interests. “We are creating the first-ever wholly-owned, large-scale community of purpose-built vacation rental homes and operating them with hotel-quality standards and world-class resort amenities.’’
Dart’s approach, Kelsey said, solves the No. 1 problem for vacation renters: uncertainty in the quality of the home.
“Almost all vacation rentals are owned by individuals, each with their own unique tastes and willingness to maintain the properties,’’ Kelsey said. “Our centralized ownership model makes it possible for our guests to be certain that they are getting a first-class home with superior safety standards. Our scale also means that we can deliver a wider array of services to our guests making their visit easier and more enjoyable. Plus, our range in sizes – from two bedrooms to 11 – makes us the perfect destination for any group, including large multi-generational or multi-family gatherings.’’
At full buildout, the 10,000-bedroom resort represents an equity investment well in excess of $1 billion dollars and arguably creates a new institutional-grade asset class. Evermore’s first phase will open with nearly 1,500 bedrooms spread among an array of stay experiences, from single homes to villas, flats and hotel guestrooms. The plans include 69 houses ranging in size from five to eleven bedrooms. Beyond vacation homes, the resort complex will also offer 76 four-bedroom flats, 41 two and four-bedroom villas and a luxury Conrad hotel.
“We are incredibly excited to expand on our strong presence in the Orlando market and introduce the Conrad brand to a new city,” said Danny Hughes, executive vice president and president, Americas, Hilton. “Conrad Orlando at Evermore will undoubtedly be a sought-after destination for Orlando travelers and will provide guests with outstanding service and impactful experiences when they visit the city.”
Conrad Orlando at Evermore will open with 433 rooms, including 51 suites and 10 family suites, along with 40,000 square feet of indoor meeting space; a spa; and numerous dining options, including a signature rooftop experience.
At the heart of the resort will be a 20-acre tropical beach complex and Evermore Bay, an eight-acre crystalline water amenity by Crystal Lagoons.
The surrounding beach areas will feature zero-entry swim areas, bars, cabanas, private fire-pits and an aquatic adventure area with a waterslide, rope swing and watersports of all kinds. Other amenities will include a food hall and gourmet market; casual resort restaurant featuring views of the golf course and bay; and a two-story Boathouse that will serve weddings and private events.
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