AN ALL-SEASON RESORT 80 miles east of Seattle, Suncadia (www.suncadia.com) is an exclusive eco-friendly retreat for couples and families, golfers and nature lovers. The 6,400-acre resort is managed by Destination Hotels & Resorts (www.destinationhotels.com); it's also a new member of the Associated Luxury Hotels International (www.alhi.com) group.
Construction began in 2003 and is expected to be finished by 2013, when it may contain as many as 3,785 residential units. Agents can already book the 18-room Inn at Suncadia, the only hotel in Washington situated directly on a golf course. Suncadia already has two championship golf courses: Prospector, which is open to the public, and Tumble Creek, for members only. A third course will open in summer 2009.
Upon completion, Suncadia will comprise a resort village, a condominium lodge, conference facilities, a sports center, retail shops, a spa and more than 40 miles of groomed hiking and biking trails, all of which will come on line in phases.
Suncadia Village will include the 254-room, six-story Lodge at Suncadia, due to open in April 2008 (it is already accepting group reservations). The top accommodations promise to be the two-bedroom penthouses; there is also a 2,500-square-foot, three-bedroom unit for groups. The lodge will include Portals, a 120-seat restaurant serving fresh local artisanal cuisine.
Next door, the 9,600-foot Spa at Suncadia, slated to open in summer 2008, will have 14 indoor treatment rooms (including a couple's room, Vichy room and Japanese wet room with attached glade), three outdoor mineral baths, an outdoor dry sauna, two outdoor forest treatment decks, outdoor lounges, fire pits and a salon. A signature treatment will be the Inner View Massage.
Seasonal activities such as golfing, hiking, biking, fishing and horseback riding in warmer months, and cross-country skiing and snowshoeing in winter, are available at Suncadia. Nearby recreation includes downhill skiing, snowmobiling, excursions in the 2.2 million-acre Wenatchee National Forest and tours and tastings at local wineries.
Suncadia, which can be booked over your GDS, pays a 10 percent commission. Agents can call a vacation sales specialist at 866-904-6300 or visit www.suncadiaresort.com/washington-state-travel-agents.php. —DAN BUTCHER