IVINS – Site preparation has begun and ground is expected to be broken soon on a luxury resort to be built adjacent to Tuacahn Center for the Arts.
The new Sentierre Resort Hotel and Residences, Padre Canyon will be located south of Tuacahn, bordering Snow Canyon State Park and the Red Cliffs Desert Reserve. The resort will feature 105 guest rooms and suites and 42 privately owned villas.
The resort site is currently being prepared for construction by presoaking, cutting and filling lots for the private residential villas on the south loop, Sentierre Vice President of Operations Jessica Mousley said. Construction is expected to begin this summer on a model villa and in the fall on the resort.
“The construction team is completing steps for stormwater pollution prevention and added erosion controls to prevent soil erosion in the event of heavy rainfall,” Mousley said.
The resort will take about two years to build and, when finished, maximum capacity will be 360 guests in 105 rooms. Sentierre is expected to employ 210 people when it opens in 2018.
The resort is being built on a 43-acre parcel of property that is desert tortoise habitat and originally belonged to Tuacahn. Although it is surrounded by the Red Cliffs Reserve, the piece was left out when the Habitat Conservation Plan was created 20 years ago to protect the endangered tortoise, former HCP Administrator Bob Sandberg said in an earlier interview.
The property was checked for tortoises and then fenced, Sandberg said, and the few animals found on the property were moved to the adjacent reserve.
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Some concerns have been expressed by residents about the resort blocking access to existing Red Cliffs Desert Reserve trails; however, company representatives say it won’t be a problem.
“Sentierre is continuing to work with Snow Canyon State Park, Friends of Snow Canyon, the City of Ivins and the (Habitat Conservation) Technical Committee to create a clear and complete trail access experience for locals and guests,” Mousley said.
“We hope to release more details later this summer on the planned and approved pedestrian, hiking and biking pathways.”
On Tuesday, the Washington County Commission granted Ivins City $150,000 and agreed to loan the city up to an additional $150,000 for construction of a paved trail along Tuacahn Drive due to what it said is a countywide positive impact the new trail will have.
The trail will connect to Sentierre and provide access to Tuacahn from the Snow Canyon and the Snow Canyon Parkway trails, which connect to the larger, multicity trail system.
Average nightly rates at the resort will be in the range of $600 or more and the focus is on being a family destination resort for wellness, relaxation and enjoyment of the outdoors. Each guest will be assigned a “path guide,” whose function is to help guests create and plan a unique experience for their stay.
Sentierre is hoping to be a four- or five-star facility, Mousley said in an earlier interview, but the rating won’t be official until after the property is completed and then inspected by Forbes Travel Guide, the organization that owns the only legitimate star-rating system for the hotel industry.
For more information visit the Sentierre website.
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