Crystal Lagoons gets new owner, new name and plans to double hotel rooms

The massive resort under construction near the NFL stadium in Glendale has a new owner, a new name and will be bigger than originally planned. 

The hotel and beach resort, originally dubbed Crystal Lagoons, will expand from 48 to 60 acres and be called VAI Resort. The development, purchased by VAI Resort LLC from the company Crystal Lagoons, is south of State Farm Stadium between Loop 101 and 95th Avenue.

The project will be the first for the Arizona-based VAI Resort that formed at the start of this year and is led by president Grant Fisher. 

A 7-acre body of water will anchor the project with sandy white beaches. Company officials say it’s not a water park, since it won’t include water slides.

The city touts the project as Arizona’s largest hotel, at more than 1,200 rooms on eight stories. That’s nearly double the 630 rooms originally planned. By comparison, the 31-story downtown Phoenix Sheraton hotel has 1,000 rooms. In Glendale, the nearby Renaissance hotel at Westgate has 320 rooms.

A rendering of VAI Resort, which plans to open in Glendale in 2023 with a 7-acre water way that features sandy white beaches and an island.

The project will include a 360-degree concert stage where resort guests can watch shows from their balconies, a 52,000-square-foot, man-made island in the middle of its beach and 13 restaurants.  

“From the vibes of Mykonos and Tulum, to the beaches of Miami, to the concerts and parties of Las Vegas, to the ultra-modern attractions of Dubai, we’re bringing the best of the best to VAI Resort right here in the heart of Glendale,” Fisher said in a news release about Tuesday’s announcement.

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