AVALON — A 21-person hot tub is a new draw at the Beachcomber Resort in Avalon, a 53-room condominium hotel that members of its homeowners association say has revamped its image and offerings to vacationers.
“The driver was the hot tub, the 21-person hot tub,” said Randy Maier, of North Wales, Pa., president of the Beachcomber Homeowner Association. “That’s what drove the changes. That’s what we said was going to be our shoulder-season draw.”
The complex at 7900 Dune Drive is owned by individual room owners and run by on-site management like a hotel.
Open from April to late November, the facility is holding its grand opening today, highlighting its “Backyard Oasis.”
Maier, an industrial engineer and operations manager who serves on the volunteer association, said the new hot tub, refurbished pool area and other offerings reflect changes over the past two years as the “Condotel” (condo/hotel) seeks to increase rental income and values of the individual units.
These included owners renovating most of their rooms, changes to landscaping and exterior “curb appeal,” and the approximately $100,000 pool project, he said.
Maier said the recent changes have been welcomed among owners of units there. This time two years ago, 11 units were for sale, he said.
Currently, none are for sale, he said.
The hot tub has three small waterfalls illuminated by color-changing LED lights. There are also an existing larger swimming pool and a children’s pool that were changed and renovated, he said.
Maier said the Beachcomber Resort experimented last year with an idea they call “Dive-In movies,” which it plans to expand this year.
Movies such as “Shrek” were shown to viewers in the pool and sundeck area on a 12-foot by 15-foot projector.
Speakers shaped like rocks were added this year to improve sound, he said.
The group hopes to expand those outdoor capabilities to offerings such as outdoor Zumba and trivia, he said.
Maier, who owns three units there, said the condotel has long been a draw, particularly because its rooms are comparatively cheaper than some others and its bookings can be done daily instead of weekly.
A two-bedroom, one-bath unit reserved from Friday, Aug. 1 to Sunday, Aug. 3 was listed at $209 a night on its website. Prices on the website vary based on times and rooms.
“Our model is different because we’re a daily. People can rent two or three nights during the week and many other places are weekly rentals,” Maier said. “This provides guests a little more flexibility.”
Bobbie Keselicka, of Newtown Square, Pa. vice president of the association, said Avalon’s Beachcomber Resort was built in the late 1970s and became a condominium in 1984. Keselicka and her husband have owned a condo there for 14 years.
There are 48 owners of the 53 units at the facility, Maier said.
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