5-star Sentierre resort to be built near Tuacahn

Artist's rendering of the new Sentierre Resort in Padre Canyon | Image courtesy of Sentierre, St. George News

IVINS – A new resort to be built in Padre Canyon next to the Tuacahn Center for the Arts will be Southern Utah’s first five-star resort, attracting visitors from all over the world.

Map showing the planned Sentierre Resort, left, with the existing Tuacahn Center for the Arts on the right | Image courtesy of Sentierre Resort, St. George News
Map showing the planned Sentierre Resort, left, with the existing Tuacahn Center for the Arts on the right | Image courtesy of Sentierre Resort, St. George News | Click on image to enlarge

“A five-star resort just plain doesn’t come online very often, anywhere, so for that to be happening in Ivins is quite remarkable,” Ivins Mayor Chris Hart said. “It’s huge for the city.”

Ivins has been pushing to become a destination city for a dozen years, Hart said. Because the city is so small, any significant commercial development has to be brought in from the outside, rather than developed based on population.

“Sentierre is kind of on a whole new level from anything that has been built in Southern Utah yet,” Hart said, “because it will be a five-star, world-class resort that will attract visitors from all over the world.”

While Red Mountain and Movara are both outstanding resorts, Sentierre is a “little bit of a different animal, very high-end,” Hart said. The resort will broaden the reach of attraction to the area and benefit residents by increasing the tax base and contributing to the transient room tax.

The north end of the Sentierre Resort property, looking towards Tuacahn, Ivins, Utah, Feb. 19, 2016 | Photo by Julie Applegate, St. George News
The north end of the Sentierre Resort property, looking towards Tuacahn, Ivins, Utah, Feb. 19, 2016 | Photo by Julie Applegate, St. George News

The new Sentierre Resort Hotel and Residences will be located south of Tuacahn, bordering Snow Canyon State Park and the Red Cliffs Desert Reserve, Sentierre Vice President of Operations Jessica Mousley said.

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, HCP Administrator Bob Sandberg said.

“It was all excluded at the time, however, they didn’t fence all of it and so there’s been tortoises on it up until the point that they fenced it and requested that we do a clearance,” Sandberg said. The property was checked for tortoises three years ago and the few animals found on the property were moved to the adjacent reserve.

Sentierre has been working with the HCP Advisory Committee, the Red Cliffs Reserve and Snow Canyon State Park to finalize plans to build trails through the resort which will tie into the existing trail network in the reserve.

“We plan to be a resort that’s accessible to everyone, it’s not going to be a closed resort and we expect to have a very strong relationship with Tuacahn, where our proximity and our functions benefit each other,” Mousley said.

The Sentierre Resort property, looking south, Ivins, Utah, Feb. 19, 2016 | Photo by Julie Applegate, St. George News
The Sentierre Resort property, looking south, Ivins, Utah, Feb. 19, 2016 | Photo by Julie Applegate, St. George News

“I think everybody thinks (the property) is part of the Reserve,” Mousley said. “There are currently trails moving through it, and we’ve worked very hard to make sure that we don’t deny access to that.”

Maximum capacity at the high-end hotel will be 360 guests, Mousley said, in 105 rooms. In addition, the resort will include 42 privately owned homes. Sentierre is expected to employ 210 people when it opens in 2018.

Construction on the project is expected to begin this spring, possibly in April. Construction will take a little under two years.

Sentierre is aiming to be a four- or five-star facility, but that won’t be official, Mousley said, until after the property is built and then inspected by Forbes Travel Guide, the organization that owns the only legitimate star-rating system for the hotel industry.

Average prices 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,” Mousley said. Each guest will be assigned a “path guide,” whose function is to help guests create and plan a unique experience for their stay.

Plans for expansion of Sentierre include locations in Park City, Hawaii and San Basilio, Mexico, Mousley said. For more information visit the Sentierre Discovery Center at Ancestor Square, 2 West St. George Blvd. in St. George, or visit the website.

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7 Comments

  • laytonian February 20, 2016 at 3:28 pm

    “aiming to be a four- or five-star facility”
    “inspected by Forbes Travel Guide, the organization that owns the only legitimate star-rating system”

    But no matter. ALL hotels do their own designation. It’s quite meaningless in the scheme of things.

  • Marty February 20, 2016 at 3:31 pm

    Sounds nice if you have deep pockets, not for the average middle american.

  • .... February 21, 2016 at 8:25 am

    Marty. Just exactly what is an average middle American ?

  • Billy Madison February 21, 2016 at 9:00 am

    Is that $600 for one night or a whole month. Either way, that is more than my trailer house cost. Yikes.

  • holger February 21, 2016 at 9:08 am

    5 stars? It appears Mayor Hart has stars in his eyes. Sentierre has not built a single building anywhere in the world. An untested team built a new brand, a slick web page with the right buzzwords, and told the mayor there will be 105 rooms full of rich people spending their money on his town. The mayor is selling off Ivins’ crown jewel, the Red Mtn. From the looks of their drawings, they also intend to impinge the current open space designated areas of the current land use plan.

    Tell us again, Mayor, what do you want Ivins to look like when it is grown up? Because it appears you are winging it and throwing the Master Plan (http://www.ivins.com/ivins-general-plan/) out the window to chase dollars.

  • JCDunford February 21, 2016 at 10:28 am

    Although this appears to be a great development for Ivins, is it possible that the large scale construction, home building, and customer usage habits may have a negative impact on the infrastructure that facilitates access to these extremely sensitive areas? There are limited access routes to this location. This level of activity may lead to long-term deterioration of roadways, turnabouts, and increased congestion particularly along Snow Canyon Parkway with indirect impact on the neighborhoods bordering this primary access route that isn’t necessarily managed by the City of Ivins. As a property tax payer in this area, my expectation is that due consideration must be given to these concerns.

  • 42214 February 22, 2016 at 7:26 pm

    I bet the guests will be thrilled with the night life and fine dining we have to offer in St George. Hope the resort is self-contained and stand alone.

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