In a strategic move to leverage St.
Kitts’ renowned beauty, cultural heritage and natural attractions - product
attributes often sought by a more sophisticated and discerning traveller -St. Kitts is pursuing the development of more luxurious accommodations and
those vacation pastimes associated with upscale, experienced travellers.
Among the projects currently planned or underway are:
Luxury Development by Auberge Resorts - Previously referred to as Whispering
Head Resort, this as yet unnamed US$78 million project is being developed by
award-winning luxury hotel company Auberge Resorts and will be the company’s
first Caribbean property.
Set on a 1,700 acre peninsula in the Sandy Bank
Bay area of St. Kitts, the project will include a small luxury hotel,
world-class golf course, spa, villas and fine dining facilities.
Construction is expected to commence in early 2006 and the resort is
tentatively scheduled to open in the fall of 2008. ww.aubergeresorts.com.
Heritage Plantation - This upscale community will consist of 19 luxury
villas in four distinctive styles ranging between 5,305 sq. ft. and 8,412
sq. ft. and will be located on 22 acres of premium land at Scotch Bonnet on
St. Kitts’ Southeast Peninsula. It will also feature a 6,500 square foot
Landmark Centre containing a fitness centre, full service spa, practice
putting green, tennis court, pool, whirlpool, children’s playground and the
Flagstaff Café. Construction on the first residence began in April 2005 and
the villas will be ready for viewing in October 2005.
La Vallee Golf Course - Located in the Sandy Point area of northern St.
Kitts with spectacular views of the Caribbean, neighbouring St. Eustatius
and Mt. Liamuiga from the tees (especially the 12th), this 18-hole
championship golf course is currently in the first phase of development.
Aside from the 18-hole course itself, the first phase will also include
construction of a practice facility with driving range and putting green as
well as a club house. Construction on the club house is expected to begin
in January 2006. Projected completion date for the golf course is November
2005. Plans for the $12 million course allot for the future development of
a marina, hotel resort, villas, sports complex and possible expansion of the
course to 27 holes. This will be the second premier golf facility for the
island following the opening of the Royal St. Kitts Golf Club in November
Rawlins Plantation Inn - This boutique plantation inn on the north side of
St. Kitts is undergoing an expansion to provide more options for those
sophisticated guests seeking an ultimate escape. Currently under
construction is a new 1,200 sq.ft. two bedroom cottage complete with a
kitchenette, plunge pool, full bath and shower, washing machine and built-in
vacuum system so that guests who want to remain undisturbed never have to
leave the privacy and comfort of their room. The cottage will be fully
wired for the Internet and satellite TV, which can be provided upon request.
The cottage will be available in December 2005 and there are plans for a
second two bedroom cottage to open in February 2006. The property is also
planning to add a 3,000 sq. ft. luxury spa in 2007, featuring a wellness
centre, fitness centre and salon. www.rawlinsplantation.com.
“Our goal for St. Kitts is to create a tourism product that can compete on
a level with the finest destinations in the world,” commented Richard
“Ricky” O. Skerritt, Minister of State in the Ministry of Tourism, Sports
and Culture for St. Kitts.
“With these new upscale developments, we have
effectively positioned St. Kitts to emerge in the coming years as the next
luxury destination of choice for discerning travellers.”