Today, Omni Barton Creek Resort & Spa unveiled plans for a renovation and expansion, in excess of $150 million, that will fully transform the iconic property into a 493-room Austin retreat and further reinforce Omni Barton Creek’s position as the No. 1 golf resort in Texas and a premier Hill Country destination. Design-build firm The Beck Group will lead the resort’s evolution beginning November 13, 2017, with a targeted completion date in mid-2019. Today’s announcement comes in conjunction with Omni Barton Creek’s 30th anniversary, as the resort officially opened its doors to guests in September 1987.
Taking inspiration from the lush landscape of the Austin Hill Country, the renovation’s overall design will blur the lines between indoor and outdoor experiences. The panoramic views that surround the resort will take center stage. Methodically blending the old with the new, Omni Barton Creek will set the standard for a world-class resort retreat layered with relaxed, yet modern, luxury.
“We’ve always prided ourselves on offering guests true Texas hospitality and now that we are evolving the physical aspects, we expect Omni Barton Creek to be one of the most sought-after resort destinations in the South,” said David Jurcak, managing director of Omni Barton Creek Resort & Spa.
Highlights of the renovation include a newly added resort tower, redesigned existing guest rooms, a new conference center and ballroom, a new event Pavilion, six new dining outlets, a brand new Mokara Spa, a new lobby experience, an expanded pool scape, a new golf clubhouse, golf course renovations and a new tennis complex.
Common and Private Areas
The signature feature of the multi-million-dollar renovation will be the addition of a second hotel tower, which includes 180 luxury appointed guest rooms and suites, each with floor-to-ceiling windows offering guests picturesque views of the surrounding Hill Country.
Emulating the living room of a Hill Country home, the new Omni Barton Creek lobby will welcome guests with breathtaking views through the addition of new floor-to-ceiling windows complete with a wrap-around porch. A new fireplace will separate the check-in experience from the living room of the lobby. While taking in the mesmerizing landscape, guests will have the opportunity to sip a refreshing cocktail or sample delectable light fare at the resort’s sophisticated lobby bar.
Just beyond the lobby, guests can lounge at the new multi-tiered pool deck featuring three pools highlighted by an infinity edge pool overlooking panoramic Hill Country views and the 18th green of the championship Fazio Foothills golf course.
Once complete, Omni Barton Creek will boast six new dining establishments including a new Bob’s Steak & Chop House, a fresh seafood restaurant, a Latin restaurant and pool grill, a new sports lounge, a new coffee market and Canyons Grill located in the new golf clubhouse near the Fazio Canyons golf course. All will be open to resort guests, locals and Barton Creek Country Club members.
Meeting & Event Space
To accommodate the growing demand for meeting and events at Omni Barton Creek, the resort will add a new Pavilion and grand ballroom, as well as six new meeting rooms and additional pre-function space in the new conference center. All existing meeting rooms will undergo an extensive refresh and, once complete, meeting planners and attendees will have access to a total of 16 meeting rooms and two ballrooms.
Health & Wellness
Omni Barton Creek will introduce a Mokara Spa, the signature brand created by Omni Hotels & Resorts. Thoughtfully designed with the use of natural materials, the new 13,000-square-foot sanctuary draws inspiration from nearby waterways, creeks and springs and offers a rooftop garden and adult-only pool overlooking the Hill Country. The property’s new fitness center, which includes a spacious indoor pool, will be one of the largest in the Omni portfolio, offering the latest state-of-the-art equipment with a variety of cardio machines, free weights and a mix of classes from yoga to spin. The center will also feature fully redesigned men’s and women’s locker areas.
Golf & Tennis Enhancements
Omni Barton Creek will introduce the Canyons Clubhouse in early 2018. Situated adjacent to the award-winning Fazio Canyons golf course, the clubhouse will be reminiscent of a modern Hill Country home.
The resort has also kicked off a multi-year golf course improvement campaign that has already begun with Fazio Foothills and will continue with Coore Crenshaw Cliffside in 2018 and then Fazio Canyons in 2019. The primary focus of the work includes substantial updates designed to enhance course conditions, playability and overall enjoyment.
The current tennis facility will be replaced with a championship-caliber tennis center located adjacent to Barton Creek Country Club. It will feature 10 lighted courts, top notch instructors and a pro shop offering tennis attire and equipment.
Barton Creek Country Club
Rich in history and heritage, the beloved Barton Creek Country Club will undergo a complete interior redesign featuring well-appointed men’s and women’s locker rooms, and furniture and artwork upgrades. The members-only pool deck will also be expanded extensively with a covered bar & grill, and the pool area will transform into an oasis that seamlessly integrates with the surrounding landscape.
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