A new guest-room wing, a lazy river, and a restaurant are among the expanded facilities coming to The Woodlands Resort & Conference Center as part of a $60 million project. The property’s 60,000-square-foot conference center also is being renovated.
The Dallas-based interior design firm Jim Looney & Associates and the architectural firm Gensler of Houston will be responsible for the renovated resort’s new openness, warmth of materials, and connectedness to the landscape.
Nestled in 28,000 acres of forest preserves north of Houston, The Woodlands Resort & Conference Center caters to conferences, business travelers, and families, with deluxe accommodations, three restaurants and bar, two on-property golf courses, a full-service spa, water features, access to 194 miles of hike-and-bike trails, and more. The conference center features natural light and views of the lake or forest, two full-service business centers, and an executive-level floor with private boardroom. The Woodlands is a founding member of the International Association of Conference Centers.
The resort will introduce a third Fairway Pines building, adding 184 new guest rooms and suites with views of the property’s Panther Trail golf course, in addition to transforming its existing Fairway Pines guest rooms. The new restaurant will be a 140-seat steakhousewith views of the 18th hole. Also planned is a private wine vault and outdoor patio.
A new signature lazy river will wind 1,000 feet through the surrounding forest, highlighting the property’s Forest Oasis Waterscape. There guests enjoy a lagoon-style pool, two-story waterslide tower, flowing waterfalls, and Puffy’s Spraygroud, a synchronized water experience complete with computer-activated waterspouts and fountains themed after The Woodlands’ mascot, Puffy Pine Cone.
The property’s spa will also be enhanced.
The renovation is taking placein phases to maintain resort operations as usual. The resort’s two on-property golf courses will also remain open during the project, which began in March and is expected to take 18 months.
“This significant expansion and renovation marks a high point in our resort’s 38-year history,” said Greg Parsons, general manager of The Woodlands Resort & Conference Center, which is owned by The Woodlands Development Co., a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Howard Hughes Corp.