“Although we do not anticipate these enhancements to affect your overall experience at the resort, it is our goal to ensure we communicate any and all activities underway,” the site says.
Guests check in at the spa entrance now and are shuttled to their rooms by golf cart. Hotel representatives say they have tried to keep the work from affecting people’s stays.
“We’ve obviously taken the guest experience in the forefront,” Sotelo said.
He said members and repeat guests are “super excited” about the upgrades and that the resort is ahead of pace for future group bookings.
While the entire project is expected to wrap up by fall of 2014, the pool, which will have more seating and new landscaping, is scheduled for completion by this November. Renovated rooms are done in neutral colors with mahogany furniture and gold accents. Each villa will be named for a golf legend and decorated with black and white photos of famous golfers. The clubhouse, which is set to be partially finished by the end of the year, will have four ballrooms instead of the previous three, a new signature restaurant and an outdoor veranda. The spa and spa suites will be renovated next year.
Sotelo said the Trumps, including Donald and adult children Ivanka and Eric, have been on site several times a month.
He said the family has been open to hearing from workers about the renovations — and come up with new ideas themselves. Sotelo said it’s not unusual for a new visit to bring a new idea about the project.
“They look at this asset as long term,” he said. “They’re not looking to beautify it and get rid of it.”