Walley’s gets new owner, new name
Walley’s has changed hands again.
In June, Walley’s Hot Springs was sold to Quintus Resorts, an
offshoot of The Ridge Tahoe and Resorts West, for $4.5 million.
The new name will be David Walley’s Resort, Hot Springs and Spa,
replacing Walley’s Hot Springs, Walley Hot Springs and a variety
“We want to emphasize the history of Walley’s, so we wanted to
get David’s name in there,” said Linda Gilson, executive director
of marketing for Quintus.
The new owners have a vision of Walley’s which will include something
never before planned for the historic site – 150 timeshare units
north of current buildings. Plans for the resort still show a
reverence for the unique spot.
“We want to enhance what is already here, what is Walley’s,” said
general manager since June 9, Lance Akisada. “We do not want to
Akisada, 47, was born and raised in Hawaii and has an extensive
background in the hotel industry, working the past two years at
The Ridge Tahoe. He and his wife Allyson have two children, Erin,
24, and Gavin, 21.
With a trained and experienced eye, Akisada could see the need
for repairs when he first laid eyes on the 125-year-old resort.
“It was just Walley’s,” he said. “Beautiful, but needing work.”
Akisada said the $250,000 remodeling job on the spa, rolling for
only a few months, has needed to be far more extensive than anyone
“Once we got into it, we kept excavating and excavating – finding
it necessary to go right down to the pipes,” he said. “We decided
not to stop, even though it put us over budget. We want to do
this job right.”
Some old, some new. The remodeled spa will resemble the old one, with separate entrances
for men and women, nine treatment rooms, saunas and steamrooms
– facilities complying with Americans with Disabilities Act requirements
so wheelchair patients can use the spa and come in for other treatments.
Services for clients will expand, with nail care, massages, an
aesthetician services, a personal trainer, classes and body wrapping
offered. Akisada said Quintus has already spent $45,000 on 15
pieces of exercise equipment for the exercise room.
Quintus received an OK to go ahead with their planning development
overlay at the last Douglas County Planning Commission meeting,
so the green light is on for construction of the first phase of
timeshare units, a 21-unit building, to begin in October. The
project will take several years over a many-phased schedule to
“It will literally take years,” she said. “One of the things we
want to be sure and do is to take advantage of the natural resources
at Walley’s. We’d like to develop the pathway and perhaps eventually
build a boardwalk into the marsh.”
Sensitive habitat. Gilson is compiling a list of birding experts and individuals
familiar with the unique wildlife environment at Walley’s to help
guide developers in disturbing key habitat as little as possible.
A pond which is home to several frog species and the delicate
Western Pond Turtle will not get in the way of construction, said
“We will build around it,” he said. “We don’t want to disturb
anything that is here.
“We want this to be a first class facility. We would never think
of going into the wetlands.”
The architectural theme for the timeshares will be similar to
Walley’s current design lines.
Walley’s will still be open to the general public. Carson Valley
residents will be able to buy a membership or pay a day rate to
“have a soak.”
In addition to the 150 timeshare units, Akisada said future plans
for Walley’s will include an increase in banquet business offerings
and off-site catering.
A golf course, mentioned in the past by other owners, is not what
Quintus sees as the best idea for the land adjacent to Walley’s.
“Why should we build a golf course here? The ambiance of Walley’s
is the open land – this is what gives it its unique relaxing charm,”
“In fact, we hate to have early morning meetings at Walley’s,”
“Everyone gets so relaxed that no one wants to go to work afterwards.”
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