A four year project is finally roaring into the Austin area. Kalahari Resorts & Conventions, a $ 550 million African development, is slated to open in Round Rock on November 12th.
The resort is designed as an all-in-one travel destination, with 200,000 square feet of meeting space, a huge hotel, restaurants, spa, entertainment center, adventure park, retail stores, three acres of outdoor pools, and the country’s largest indoor water park. Taken together, the newest Kalahari property covers an area of 1.5 million square feet, according to a press release.
Restaurants, rides, and other amenities
Like its other resorts in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin, the Texas Resort is designed as a family and business destination. The hotel’s 975 rooms include one, two, and three bedroom suites and a presidential suite. It also offers five on-site restaurants: Double Cut, a steakhouse, and a bourbon bar; Cinco Niños, modern Mexican cuisine and tequileria; Sortino’s Italian cuisine; B-Lux Grill and Bar with gourmet burgers and shakes; and Great Karoo Marketplace, a buffet.
The Tom Foolerys Adventure Park – another part of this multimillion dollar project – features rides, climbing walls, indoor zip lines, bowling, laser tag, escape rooms, and mini golf. A “cutting edge” arcade features traditional arcade games as well as video games, black light mini golf, virtual reality, XD Dark Ride 5-D, and mini bowling when regular bowling just isn’t enough.
And then of course there are the water features. The indoor water park, which is considered the largest in the country, is 223,000 square feet and has 20 pools / hot tubs, 30 water slides, a surf simulator, an adult grotto with a bar in the pool, and waterfalls. The park also has a 37-foot LED surround sound screen that can be rented for private movie screenings.
Kalahari Round Rock also has three acres of outdoor pools in case swimming inside isn’t your thing.
The property is also home to 10,000 square feet of retail space, including the “Amatuli Marketplace of Authentic African Items”. A press release indicates that when this space opens in spring 2021, it will not only be a retail therapy venue, but also offer workshop tours, activities and information sessions.
They cannot have conventions on your behalf or offer special business amenities. Kalahari Round Rock, along with the aforementioned 200,000 square feet of business meeting space, has two ballrooms. 16 meeting rooms and hospitality rooms; and outdoor meeting spaces and outdoor event spaces, including an event barn, covered patios, lawns, and an open-air amphitheater.
In the run-up to the opening on November 12, the resort plans to hire around 700 employees, also known as employees, for a variety of tasks, including lifeguards, executives, culinary staff and IT staff. Visit the Kalahari website for more information.
“We can’t wait to open our doors and welcome the Texan community to the Kalahari experience this fall,” said Kalahari owner Todd Nelson. “We have 1.5 million square meters of play area and space to roam. It was a challenging year and what better way to let go of worries and enjoy the time to have fun together as a family and community?”
In response to this challenging year, Kalahari has implemented a number of security measures at its resorts that a representative said will be in place on the new Round Rock property and in compliance with all local and state guidelines.
The company also has a number of cleaning and disinfection schedules in place and requires employees to take their temperatures before a shift and wear masks on the property. In order to keep cash consumption as low as possible, the company offers guests the option of transferring money directly to a room key in order to pay for the costs during their stay at the resort.
In addition, guests are asked to maintain a social distance of at least two meters on the premises, to use the hand disinfection stations offered and to apply appropriate hygiene methods. Read the full list of security measures here.