Fairmont joins Roco Ki project

Roco Ki, the luxury residential and resort community being developed in the Punta Cana region of the Dominican Republic, is welcoming the addition of Fairmont Hotels & Resorts.Fairmont Roco Ki, anticipated to open in 2010, will join picturesque beachfront properties, tropical villas and The Faldo Legacy Golf Course.  The resort will offer spectacular vistas of the Caribbean Sea and the Nick Faldo-designed 18-hole championship golf course, which winds along the beach through a dense mangrove forest and stretches across the property’s headland with stunning cliff-top views of the turquoise sea.

      Upon completion, Fairmont Roco Ki will include a 255-room hotel, Fairmont Residences - a collection of condominiums, villas and estate homes - and Fairmont Heritage Place, a private residence club.  The resort will also feature restaurants and bars, 17,500 square feet of meeting space, a 15,000-square-foot Willow Stream Spa and fitness area and pool and beach facilities.

      “We are honored to have Fairmont join the Roco Ki community of distinctive residences,” said Nick Tawil, president and CEO of Roco Ki.  “Fairmont’s extraordinary history as a premier hotelier with locations in culturally rich areas and Roco Ki’s commitment to its local heritage will continue to pave the way for luxury tourism development in the Dominican Republic.”

      Roco Ki, which means, “honoring the land” in the native language of the Taino Indians who once resided there, is a community that values the vibrant environment inspiring its creation.  The area overflows with natural beauty, from the thick, green mangrove forest and magnificent limestone cliffs, to the turquoise waters that gently kiss the untouched sands of Macao Beach.  Fairmont, with its award-winning commitment to responsible tourism and sustainable hotel management, compliments the eco-friendly community.

      Chris Cahill, Fairmont’s President and COO, stated, “We look forward to working with Roco Ki to develop this community in Punta Cana, an area which promises exceptional experiences for our guests.  Fairmont continues to be committed to global growth, and we are excited to expand our presence in the Caribbean with not only this hotel, but also residential offerings. Like all our properties, Fairmont Roco Ki will afford guests a chance to create lasting memories in distinctive surroundings.  With over a century of hospitality excellence to build on, we look forward to creating unforgettable experiences for years to come.”