Sharks are associated with barristers, beaches, bestsellers and bad bites. Now a new resort in St. Lucia, Le Paradis, is touting a shark’s “bight” to lure in vacation home buyers. ‘The Shark’s Bight’ refers to the signature 14th hole of Le Paradis Resort and Residences’ new Greg Norman-designed championship course. The name plays off Norman’s moniker and the breathtaking jagged end of the Praslin Bay peninsula.
Perched on virgin rocky cliffs and amidst lush tropical foliage, Norman’s latest triumph is on par to become one of the world’s premier golf courses. The course offers cliff-side tee boxes and oceanfront greens, while ‘The Shark’s Bight’ beckons the bravest of golfers to drive into the island’s windward breezes and over the Atlantic Ocean to reach the pin.
“This is one of the most stunning, yet challenging holes I have ever designed,” said Norman, CEO of Great White Shark Enterprises, which encompasses Greg Norman Golf Course Design (GNGCD). “There are few places in the world so pure and untouched, and with land in St. Lucia rising 610 feet, the 14th hole offers serene vistas of the island with the innate difficulty of a water hazard.”
A 554-acre ultra-exclusive multi-phased luxury residential resort community, Le Paradis will be managed by Starwood-Westin Hotels & Resorts and will feature a first-class spa, 50-slip marina, premier restaurants, conference facilities, mixed-use components and much more. With Greg Norman’s acclaimed course framing the resort, the tropical paradise will be the premier address on St. Lucia and one of the most luxurious in the Caribbean. The course will be managed by renowned Troon Golf.
First established in 1987 in Sydney, Australia, GNGCD is today recognized as one of the premier signature golf course design firms. Headquartered in Jupiter, Florida, GNGCD has opened 47 courses for play worldwide, with an additional 20 projects in various stages of development, including Le Paradis in Praslin Bay.
Le Paradis’ limited number of residences include two- to three-bedroom turnkey condominiums and villas with unobstructed ocean views. Developed by DCG Properties Ltd., prices range from the mid $800,000s to $1.3 million, with incentives including Le Paradis’ golf initiation membership waived, golf dues waived for three years and a Troon Advantage VIP card. Phase One of the project is slated to open in November 2007. For more information on Le Paradis, visit http://www.leparadisstlucia.com