Photos Courtesy of VAI Resort

VAI Resort, the largest hotel and entertainment destination in Arizona, is set to open in late spring 2023. With the mission to bring a water oasis to the desert, VAI Resort will be the premiere daytime and nightlife destination in the country.

VAI Resort will feature over 1,200 luxury hotel suites and rooms, a large state-of-the-art 360-degree concert stage, 13 elevated fine dining concepts, flowing white sand beaches, and pristine Caribbean-blue water. A 52,000 square foot island will be a center point for this unique 60-acre entertainment resort.

Previously announced as Crystal Lagoons, VAI Resort has transformed into Arizona’s first multi-dimensional entertainment mecca.

“Growing up in Arizona, it’s always been my dream to bring some of the best attractions from around the world right to our doorstep,” says Grant Fisher, President of VAI Resort. “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.”

VAI Resort will host top artists with more than 100 events annually. This one-of-a-kind development features the country’s largest man-made private party island. The resort will also boast a 400-foot tethered balloon for guests to take in breathtaking views of the Valley of the Sun.

“As most Arizona residents head out of state in the hot summer months, VAI Resort will bring the beach and refreshing water to their backyard,” Fisher says. “There will be no need to go anywhere else.”

VAI Resort will create more than 1,800 new jobs and have a far-reaching economic benefit for the region.

“When you pick your partners well, you can expect great things to happen,” says Glendale City Manager Kevin Phelps. “That’s precisely what we’re experiencing with VAI Resort. Mr. Fisher’s increased investment and enhanced vision for this world-class property will truly cement the City of Glendale here in the Valley, the state, and the country as a top entertainment destination.”

Set to attract travelers from all around the globe, VAI Resort showcases one of the largest 360-degree immersive concert venues in the world designed by TAIT. Concert goers will have the unique opportunity to experience the shows directly from their own private luxury hotel room balconies. With over 170 stage-facing hotel room suites, guests will be able to experience incredible shows like never before.
“TAIT sets the standard for world-class live experiences,” says Howard Weiss, Vice President of Entertainment. “They truly bring extraordinary ideas to life. Having them as our partner allows us to bring in some of the biggest talent from around the globe. Expect to see show-stopper lineups of A-list performers, comedians, and top of the line DJs here at VAI.”

With world-class entertainment, expansive white sand beaches, luxury hotel suites, and experiential restaurants, VAI Resort is elevating the hospitality game. In addition, VAI also offers a 20,000 square foot extravagant spa and wellness center, elegant wedding chapel, and over 40,000 square feet of flexible ballrooms and meeting spaces.

“Our goal is to pair this amazing new resort with a great service culture, so that our guests enjoy luxury entertainment in a friendly and fun way,” says Mike McLellan, Chief Operating Officer of VAI Resort. “Across our unmatched range of indulgences, we know you’ll enjoy VAI’s unique hospitality.”

Designed as a truly immersive playground for all ages, VAI Resort will also be home to the first Mattel Adventure Park. Families can also enjoy gorgeous public beaches and endless amusement.

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