Logwood Development Company, the Turks & Caicos Island Government and The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company have announced the opening of the newest destination in the Caribbean - West Caicos Reserve, The Protected Island, www.WestCaicosReserve.tc.For the first time in nearly 100 years, the approximately 11-square-mile, 6,000-acre island of West Caicos will open its shores to a new settlement. West Caicos features some of the most sublime, virgin beaches and brilliant azure water in the Caribbean.
It is home to the 500-acre Lake Catherine, a natural wildlife sanctuary and breeding ground for pink roseate flamingoes, as well as Molasses Reef, rumoured to be the final resting place of Columbus’ Pinta and ranking among the world’s top dive sites. Reachable only by boat, small plane, or helicopter, transportation on-island will be primarily by electric vehicle and bicycle.
A new, exclusive resort community, West Caicos Reserve will include Molasses Reef, a Ritz-Carlton Resort; Ritz-Carlton-branded villas; secluded single-family homes; custom homes; cottages; and marina townhomes. Molasses Reef, a Ritz-Carlton Resort, along with the first phase of the Ritz-Carlton villas (approximately 30) and the marina, are expected to be completed in two years. Completion of other elements of West Caicos Reserve will follow.
“A unique, comprehensively planned public-private collaboration with the Turks & Caicos government, West Caicos Reserve will be an idyllic destination for visitors and residents who want to experience the ultimate unspoiled environment,” commented Honorable Dr. Michael Misick, Chief Minister of Turks & Caicos Islands.
Barefoot Luxury with Minimal Environmental Impact
To ensure that the island remains unspoiled, approximately 90 percent of the acreage will stay permanently undisturbed and the projects slated for development will all be low-density. Access to West Caicos Reserve will be primarily via boat (a 20-minute ride) from a private launch dock, a short ride from the international airport.
Through an environmental stewardship program, residents of West Caicos will be fully involved in efforts to preserve the environment, cultural heritage and archaeological treasures, as well as education in these areas for children and adults.
“West Caicos Reserve will be the reality of a vision ten years in the making that was inspired and initiated by ‘belongers’ [natives to the Turks & Caicos Islands],” explained David Hartshorn, Principal of Logwood Development Company. “We are thrilled to be able to offer such a special place that truly pays homage to the unspoiled heritage around which it is built.”