The Future of Relaxation at Avaza Resort in Turkmenistan

The Future of Relaxation at Avaza Resort in Turkmenistan
Sep 30, 2014
By Greg Stephenson

Avaza Resort is located on the eastern shore of the Caspian Sea in Turkmenistan. Designed to compete with the resorts in Dubai and other regional tourist attractions, the Avaza Resort will soon take its place among the elite resorts of the region.

While the dream of building the resort belonged to Turkmenbashi, the first president of Turkmenistan, actual planning didn’t begin until May 2007, a few months after his death. Since then, the resort has grown incrementally. In April 2010 a gas turbine was installed to provide 254 megawatts of power, a water desalination plant, a new international airport in nearby Turkmenbashi, and a 7 kilometer canal. Later in 2010 a health center was built and a waterfront area with decorative fountains, leisure facilities, and an amphitheater.

In 2012 a complex of cottages were built and the Hotel Bereket was completed.

In 2013 more cottages were completed, the Hotel Deniz, and the Yelken Yacht Club were opened for business. Later in the year Avaza welcomed three additional hotels: Seyrana, Tajir, and Berkarar.

In the future, more tourist attractions will be built which include a water park, aquarium, go-kart track, golf course, supermarkets, cycle track, dolphinarium, planetarium, a movie theater, amusement park, casinos, a conference center, and an artificial island. In total, 60 hotels are planned for Avaza. Encompassing an area of 5,000 acres and constructed at a cost of $5 billion (USD), Avaza Resort has envisioned itself as the “Las Vegas” of Central Asia. Construction is scheduled to be fully completed by 2020, although it is possible to visit and enjoy many of the amenities available today.

Greg Stephenson

Greg has lived and worked in Central Asia since 1997. His hands-on understanding of the people, culture, and tourist destinations provides our clients the opportunity to feel comfortable knowing that they are in good hands. His travels throughout Central Asia have given him the opportunity to interact with many professionals in the tourism industry that enables him to providing the highest quality of services anywhere in the world.

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