Water Park Project Under Construction At Resorts World Catskills Campus

Real Estate In-Depth | January 2018

A rendering of The Katrite Hotel & Indoor Waterpark now under construction in Sullivan County.

MONTICELLO—Camelback Resorts announced on Jan. 16 its The Kartrite Hotel & Indoor Waterpark project is under construction at the Resorts World Catskills campus located in the Town of Thompson in Sullivan County.

Set to open in early 2019, The Kartrite will feature two acres of four-season indoor waterpark space and a luxury hotel with 324 guest suites. The Resorts World Catskills casino is expected to open for business in mid-February of this year.

Ken Ellis and Arthur Berry, the owners of Camelback Lodge & Aquatopia Indoor Waterpark in Tannersville, PA, announced the firm’s latest waterpark venture. No financial details, including the estimated development cost, for the hotel and water park project were released.

“We’re building upon the family-focused thrills and amenities that have made Camelback Resort & Aquatopia a premier destination in the Pocono Mountains,” said Berry. “The Kartrite’s location at the Resorts World Catskills property provides a unique opportunity for us to deliver a whole new adventure for guests as part of a true global destination.”

Aquatic Development Group has been contracted to design and build the indoor waterpark at The Kartrite. ADG’s award-winning leadership and cutting-edge innovation will create a modern, state-of-the-art indoor waterpark for guests of all ages. Inspired by the architecture of indoor waterparks in Europe, the Kartrite’s unobstructed column-free construction will feature a barrel-shaped transparent Texlon roof that will bathe visitors in natural sunlight throughout the year. This will allow tropical plants to thrive inside the waterpark, allowing guests to be immersed in a vegetation-rich environment like no other indoor waterpark in the nation. The waterpark will also feature a signature mezzanine, uniquely designed with luxury cabanas, company officials stated.

The Kartrite’s namesake is the mysterious and inspiring worldly explorer character, Kartrite Van Der Berris. The character was introduced on the Camelback property and is a fitting inspiration for the new world-class hotel and waterpark. The Kartrite project will also feature multiple restaurants, a spa, a ropes course, and an arcade.

“The Kartrite brand personifies global exploration, and the cheeky, contemporary design will put an entirely re-imagined Catskills back on the map for a new generation of family travelers,” said Ellis, co-owner of The Kartrite Hotel & Indoor Waterpark and CEO of Aquatic Development Group. “The Kartrite Hotel & Indoor Waterpark will be perfectly situated to exceed the expectations of the most discerning adventure-seekers from the New York metropolitan area and beyond.”

The Kartrite development is projected to create 600 permanent jobs and up to 250 construction jobs.