JadeWaters, the new $20 million water park at the Hilton Anatole set to open July 22, isn't just for families. It has the typical water slides and kiddie park, but the relaxed atmosphere aims to tempt another type of visitor.
"This is a resort, not a water park atmosphere. It's much more serene and tranquil," Public Relations Manager Brooke Hoffman said. "We want it to be comfortable for families, but also for couples and young professionals."
Part of the appeal is the Downtown Dallas location making it easy for visitors to access the rest of the city. But JadeWaters also has plenty more to offer in its three-acre park.
The main attraction for 20- and 30-year-old visitors is the 4-ft leisure pool, open year round. Guests may watch one of the three TVs next to it or make the most of the bar area (featuring many signature cocktails developed specifically for JadeWaters) next to it. The best part is that visitors on land and in water will be at the same level, allowing comfortable conversation between those in water and out of it. Plus, visitors can bring their cocktails in the pool ("responsibly," Hoffman added).
Right next to the leisure pool, eight cabanas offer more televisions, mini-fridges, tables, and plenty of chairs. Guests can reserve the cabanas for whole ($325) or half days, and can combine two cabanas to make a larger one.
A lazy river passes through the resort, quietly surrounded by plenty of green landscaping.
"We want there to be no fighting for umbrellas and shade, so we kept a lot of our natural landscaping and shade," Hoffman said. With 443 lounge chairs and 900 total seats, they anticipate a total capacity of about 1,500.
Two 30-foot slides (one tubed and one open) will tempt the kids, but neither of them empty into the water, preventing endless splashing. The staff is currently working on naming the slides.
There's also a kiddie park, an activity pool with three basketball hoops (Mav's-colored to fit the "Dallas sports feel,"), and a large splash bucket that empties every minute.
Another unique aspect of the park is the Asian design aesthetic. The 46 new pieces of art tie into the hotel's sophisticated feel while lights hanging from the tree create an ambiance. One of the pieces of art is a propeller from the Lusitania ship (which sank in 1915), one of only three propellers remaining in the world.
JadeWaters will be open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Memorial Day through Labor day and, weather permitting, will most likely be open weekends in September and October as well. It's available to hotel guests only, but locals considering stay-cations should check out the specials, including the Southern Resident Rate available through the end of the summer.
"It's the missing piece of the puzzle," Hoffman said, adding to the already-existing restaurants, luxury V Spa, fitness center and more. General Manager Brett Kraft said JadeWaters should increase the amount of visitors during the (typically slower) summer months.