Nomi Resort Club COO Elise Blouin said the first offering of a new 51-unit recreation community fronting Benoir Lake will be online this summer, following years of delays.

After rebranding in 2016, Nomi outlined plans for a new luxury getaway experience that Blouin said would be unique and “help bring hundreds of tourists to Haliburton County.” They broke ground on the multimillion-dollar project last January.

“It’s been a long road getting here, but we’re very excited to announce that work is underway, and we will start to see some fruits of our labour later this year,” Blouin said. “All units will be fully furnished, turnkey operations… some will be managed by us and rented out, but most will be sold.”

Twenty units are already accounted for, with Nomi planning to sell another 25. There are four different styles available, ranging in price from $899,000 to $999,000. All units will boast three bedrooms and three bathrooms and are set on their own well and sewer systems.

Blouin said the properties will be one-storey with around 1,750 sq. ft. of floor space.

“We’re going for the grand look and feel. These will be really luxurious units, featuring 10-foot ceilings. We’re going to ‘wow’ a lot of people once these are done.”

At least 10 units will be ready this year, with more to come in 2024.

Addressing the lengthy delays thus far, Blouin said her team had a difficult time securing the necessary permits and completing architectural, engineering, and septic studies. She felt the organization was in a position to move ahead in early 2020, then the pandemic hit. After breaking ground last year, Blouin was told a further study was necessary – well testing requested from the Ministry of the Environment.

“We spent the whole summer putting the test wells in and getting those done. It took us some time to get the right engineers in. Basically, another year went by, but we’re where we want to be now,” Blouin said.

There are several other projects in the pipeline – a new wellness centre, sports courts, Nespresso lounge and a clubhouse/ boathouse combo on the shore of Benoir Lake. The clubhouse should be open this summer, Blouin said, and will feature another restaurant showcasing the skills of executive chef Hugo Saenz, hired in May 2022.

Blouin is also planning to roll out club memberships in time for summer, something she believes will help bring new faces to the Highlands.

“Nomi is a really unique operation. It stands for nature occupies my imagination. It’s all about being close to nature, getting a great wellness experience. A destination people can come to and have a different level of experience,” Blouin said.

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