New resort in Rowlett

The Sapphire Bay Resort & Conference Center  is planned for the shores of Lake Ray Hubbard and under a public-private partnership with the City of Rowlett.

A new hotel will be part of a planned $1 billion mixed use development project on the shores of Lake Ray Hubbard.

It was announced Wednesday, Hyatt will operate the new Sapphire Bay Resort & Conference Center on behalf of a public-private partnership with the city of Rowlett.

Set to be located on the Sapphire Bay Peninsula and expected to open in fall 2023, the resort will join Hyatt’s Destination Hotels brand and have more than 500 guest rooms, suites and villas each with waterfront views overlooking Lake Ray Hubbard and the seven-acre man-made Sapphire Bay Lagoon.

“We are very excited to see Destination Hotels by Hyatt join the Sapphire Bay team,” Rowlett Mayor Tammy Dana-Bashian said. “The resort and conference center are integral components of this development. With the Hyatt brand offering their distinctly well-known and upscale experience, we look forward to the Sapphire Bay Resort becoming a sought-after and unique national destination for business conferences and vacationers alike.”

Sapphire Bay Resort will offer a full-service spa, fitness center, six pools and tropical gardens. The property will feature more than 100,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor event space including two grand ballrooms, multiple-sized breakout boardrooms, pre-function areas, event lawns, and a special event island nestled along the eastern shore of the Sapphire Bay Lagoon.

“As the anchor for the rest of the Sapphire Bay project, the Sapphire Bay Resort will set the stage for this regional and national destination,” said Kent Donahue, Development Partner of Sapphire Bay Land Development, LLC. “The Hyatt brand connects us to a world-class team of hospitality experts who will deliver an extraordinary experience in this unique and memorable setting.”

The Sapphire Bay development is expected to draw more than six million visitors each year.

The Fountains at Sapphire Bay will feature nightly performances of choreographed water effects and animated lighting. Additionally, resort guests will receive complimentary access to the Sapphire Bay Surf Village, featuring white sand beaches, resort style pools, a lazy river, swim-up bars, and a 600-foot-long surf lagoon serving seven-foot barrels to advanced surfers and smaller waves to beginners.

Construction of the resort will begin in the fall of this year and is anticipated to be complete for an exciting grand opening in the fall of 2023.

Sapphire Bay Resort will belocated near the intersection of Interstate 30 and the President George Bush Tollway. Additional information is available at

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