THOMPSON – A week after the new Resorts World Catskills casino opened to much fanfare, the four-season indoor water park and 324-suite luxury hotel next door will soon mark a major construction milestone.
On Friday, Ken Ellis and Arthur Berry III, co-owners of the Camelback Resort in the Poconos, will celebrate the completion of structural construction of the $150 million-plus Kartrite Hotel & Indoor Waterpark next to Resorts World Catskills.
Set to open in early 2019, the 600-employee, two-acre park will feature 15 attractions such as an adventure river, surf ride, teenager activity pool, children’s area and seven major water slides. Other amenities include a 200-seat restaurant with an outdoor patio, a lower level with a 250-seat family buffet restaurant, a sports bar, a lobby bar and a tavern.
Plus, the back of the property will include fire pits and a temporary ice skating rink in the winter for guests, Ellis said. The park will serve the general public, too, but day passes for non-hotel guests will be limited based on the hotel’s occupancy, which can reach 1,400. The 430,000-square-foot complex features a column-free water park area with a barrel-shaped transparent Texlon roof that will bathe visitors year-round in natural sunlight, allowing a lush environment full of tropical plants.
“Hotel-indoor-water parks have been around since the late 1990s, and they initially were designed just for the kids and the parents would go because the kids loved it,” Ellis said. “But with our sophistication, style décor and level of relaxation, the parents will have as much fun as the kids.”