Ken Ellis and Arthur Berry III, co-owners of the Poconos’ premier adventure destination, Camelback Resort, have announced their next widely anticipated project. The Kartrite Hotel & Indoor Waterpark is being built on the Resorts World Catskills campus located in the Town of Thompson, N.Y. Set to open in early 2019, The Kartrite will feature two acres of exhilarating four-season indoor waterpark space and a luxury hotel with 324 exquisitely designed guest suites.
Ellis and Berry are recognized nationally as the innovators behind the award-winning Camelback Lodge & Aquatopia Indoor Waterpark located in Tannersville, Pa. Their newest development provides an opportunity for them to raise the bar for family-friendly adventure once again.
“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 (ADG) 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.
The Kartrite’s namesake is the mysterious and inspiring worldly explorer character, Kartrite Van Der Berris. The beloved character was introduced on the Camelback property and is a fitting inspiration for the new world-class hotel and waterpark. The Kartrite will feature multiple innovative restaurants, a relaxing spa, a ropes course, and an arcade.
Built in the midst of 1,600 acres of wilderness in the Catskill Mountains, this re-imagined Catskills hotel embraces the beauty and historic nature of the region while becoming the new standard for both architecture and fun-packed adventure at every turn. The décor is decidedly cheeky, featuring a bold color canvas and chic furnishings harmoniously co-existing with charming whimsical accents that are sure to spark smiles and conversation.
“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 Ken 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 opening of The Kartrite will also have a positive economic impact on the region and will create 600 permanent jobs and up to 250 construction jobs.
For more information, visit thekartrite.com.
About The Kartrite Hotel & Indoor Waterpark
Set to open in early 2019, The Kartrite Hotel & Indoor Waterpark is the latest creation of Ken Ellis and Arthur Berry III, co-owners of the Pocono’s premier adventure destination, Camelback Resort. The Kartrite Hotel & Indoor Waterpark will feature two acres of exhilarating four-season indoor waterpark space and a luxury hotel with 324 guest suites. Building upon the family-focused thrills and amenities that have made Camelback Resort & Aquatopia a premier destination in the Poconos, the new indoor waterpark and hotel will be perfectly situated to serve adventure-seekers from the New York metropolitan area and beyond. Inspired by the beauty of its Catskill locale with a nod to the region’s historic past, the cheeky, contemporary design of the hotel and indoor waterpark will set the bar for both innovative architecture and family-friendly adventure at every turn. For more information, visit thekartrite.com.
About Camelback Resort
Camelback Resort continues to reinvent itself since opening in 1963 with 14 trails and three lifts serving 41,656 skiers. Today, Camelback serves more than 1.7 million outdoor enthusiasts and visitors annually with 37 trails, 16 lifts, 100 percent snowmaking, the largest snow tubing park in the U.S. with an out-of-this-world “Galactic” light experience, Camelback Mountain Adventures (featuring the only mountain coaster in Pennsylvania and North America’s longest twin 4,000-foot Zip-Flyers), Camelbeach Waterpark (the largest waterpark in Pennsylvania) and Camelback Lodge & Aquatopia Indoor Waterpark. For more information, to purchase season passes, view webcams, and to check schedule and operating hours visit www.camelbackresort.com.
About Aquatic Development Group (ADG)
Aquatic Development Group (ADG) designs and builds water parks and recreational water and mountainside attractions for all types of venues from amusement parks and resorts, to ski mountains and small aquatic settings. They are the leading expert in creating recreational environments that are designed to attract diverse crowds, increase guest satisfaction, and maximize revenue. ADG has installed more than 90% of all wave systems in the U.S. with their patented WaveTekTM technology and has provided design/build and equipment services to more than 4,000 public, scholastic, resort and amusement facilities worldwide. They have won numerous IAPPA Brass Ring and WWA Leading Edge Awards for their innovative water parks and water ride attractions. For more information visit www.aquaticgroup.com.