St. Lucia welcomes The Landings opening

This week has seen the official
grand opening of The Landings St. Lucia, A RockResort.Located on Rodney
Bay, St. Lucia, in the West Indies, The Landings is the most luxurious
resort on the island, spanning 19 acres and nearly 800 feet of the island’s
most stunning beachfront.

  “The Landings St. Lucia is an exciting addition to the RockResorts
collection, as it marks the brand’s return into the Caribbean after 13
years,” said Rob Katz, CEO of Vail Resorts. “This island location further
enhances the diverse destination experiences within our collection of
world-class resorts.”

  The Landings will be developed in four distinct phases. Phase One,
opening today, includes 62 guest suites, an entrance pavilion, RockResorts
Spa(TM), salon, fitness center, pool, water sports concession, four-acre
private yacht harbor and the Beach Club restaurant. Phases Two, Three and
Four will incorporate additional suites, pools and restaurants and will be
completed during 2008, 2009 and 2010, respectively. The resort will offer a
total of 231 one-, two- and three-bedroom suites, all featuring water

  The Landings St. Lucia combines high style, indigenous local material
and regional artisan craftsmanship to result in an architecturally
compelling resort. Guests entering The Landings step into the airy, elegant
five-story grand pavilion, which features a spectacular three-story
waterfall comprised of indigenous dark green andesite stone, and walls clad
in coral rendering handmade by Guyanese artisans. Each of the resort’s
suites is designed in either traditional or contemporary Caribbean style.
Traditional suites blend European and Caribbean colonial decor with Italian
porcelain tile, kitchens highlighted with Tuscan-stone mosaics, traditional
West Indian colonial furniture, and antique and bamboo accents.
Contemporary suites bring the freshness of the Caribbean indoors with aqua,
teal and sky-blue accents, hand-rubbed paint finishes, rattan, mahogany and
smoothly honed marble.

  Ideal for families, each suite ranges in size from 900 to 2,300 square
feet and offers a fully-equipped, high-end kitchen. A variety of
kid-friendly amenities are available, including a “Creole Kids” cooking
class with cooking demos to highlight recipes that encourage kids to cook
with their parents. Families can enjoy activities including swimming at the
beach or pool, golfing at the nearby St. Lucian Golf & Country Club or
exploring the island’s many sites such as the Piton mountains, nearby
Pigeon Island or old plantations and botanical gardens.


  The resort’s 7,000 square-foot RockResorts Spa(TM) features eight
treatment rooms (including one couples suite), several relaxation rooms, a
state-of-the-art fitness gallery and a full-service salon. Offering more
than 40 spa treatments and three signature treatments, the spa blends the
traditional St. Lucian culture with innovative techniques drawn from the
global spa community. Each signature treatment invigorates and replenishes
the skin through St. Lucian spices including hints of Vanilla, Bay Leaf,
Ginger, Cinnamon and Boise Bande Bark. Traditional Coal Pots filled with
local herbs, spices and fragrant botanicals are placed throughout the spa.

  The Yacht Haven serves breakfast, lunch and dinner in a casual dining,
open-air atmosphere overlooking the yacht harbor and Rodney Beach. The menu
reflects Caribbean and Mediterranean influences, and utilizes the island’s
seafood and fruit from local farmers and markets. Chef Roland Czekelius’
culinary creations include regional and international fare favorites with a

  “We are excited to usher in a new level of luxury to the island,” said
Gary Thulander, managing director of The Landings St. Lucia. “The resort’s
magnificent accommodations, amenities, and personalized service will
establish The Landings as the ultimate Caribbean resort experience.”

  The resort is centered around an 80-slip private yacht harbor, which
invites guests to take a water taxi from the main pavilion to their guest
room. The four-acre state-of-the-art yacht harbor is exclusive to The
Landings’ owners and guests and has been honored with the coveted Bentley
International Property Awards for “Best Marina Development” and “Best
Caribbean Development.”