A high-end hotel is in the works for Bella Collina, born out of demand for ultra-luxe lodging for golfers, wedding guests and parents of international boarding students at the nearby Montverde Academy.
Randall Greene, partner with DCS Holdings, owner of Bella Collina, said construction should begin about November on a yet unnamed hotel/condominium that will consist of two seven-story towers overlooking Lake Sienna, with 100 units total.
Bella Collina, with its multimillion-dollar homes, and sumptuous clubhouse perched on a high rolling ridge in South Lake County, has emerged from its image as a poster child for recession-busted high-end communities.
Million-dollar-plus homes are again selling there and the golf course and clubhouse are busy year-round.
Greene said 21,000 to 25,000 rounds of golf are being played there each year, and its clubhouse, which looks like something taken from the Italian mountainside, has become the second most popular wedding venue in the area, just behind Disney.
All that, despite the fact there are no high-end hotels nearby for visitors. Golfers often stay at The Ritz or other super-high-end hotels when they visit, said Greene.
"We have actually had to turn away some of these weddings that were a couple $100,000 in costs," because there is no on-site hotel, said Greene.
So the developer decided it was time to create a lodging option onsite. Each unit will either have two bedrooms and two-and-a-half baths or three bedrooms and three-and-a-half baths.
The units will be financed by the developer and sold as condominiums. Greene said negotiations are underway with a few select high-end hotel chains to brand and handle a reservation system that will lease the units out for owners when they are not using them.