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Mandarin Oriental confirms St.Kitts project

Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group will manage a new luxurious 125-room resort with 20
Residences at Mandarin Oriental on the island of St. Kitts in the British
West Indies, which will open in 2010.The Group now has a portfolio of five
resorts open or under development in the Caribbean region.
  Mandarin Oriental, St. Kitts will be an extraordinary resort ideally
situated on a pristine 50-acre site at Majors Bay, a private cove on the
island’s secluded southeast peninsula. The resort will appeal to
sophisticated leisure travelers and naturalists alike with a wide range of
unspoiled ecosystems, from coral reefs to salt ponds and lush vegetation in
the surrounding verdant hillsides. The champagne-colored beach, with its
powder-fine sand, will provide an ideal setting for active recreation or
complete relaxation.
  The resort will be an integral part of Christophe Harbour, a 2,400 acre
project being developed along the coastline of both the Caribbean Sea and
Atlantic Ocean. The overall development will offer an array of leisure
activities, including a Marina village offering docking spaces for private
yachts, an eclectic choice of restaurants and boutiques, as well as an
18-hole Tom Fazio Championship golf course.
  The guestrooms and suites at Mandarin Oriental, St. Kitts will
captivate guests with a graceful style reflective of the Caribbean. The
accommodation will be amongst the largest in the region, each incorporating
superior technology and entertainment systems. Among the hotel’s specialty
accommodations are “Lagoon Suites,” designed as luxurious over-water
bungalows, set above the property’s tranquil, pristine lagoon. The resort’s
4,800-square-foot beachfront Presidential Suite will offer among the finest
interiors to be found on the island.
  Included in the development will be 20 private Residences at Mandarin
Oriental, each approximately 3,000 square feet, providing an opportunity
for ownership in this incomparable island retreat. As with all Residences
at Mandarin Oriental, owners will be treated as permanent guests of the
hotel and will enjoy privileged access to the services and amenities
provided on property.
  A wide range of contemporary cuisine and alfresco dining will be
featured in five restaurants and bars, all with spectacular views over the
azure waters of the Caribbean Sea. A 225-seat ballroom and three additional
meeting rooms will also be incorporated into the hotel design.
  The comprehensive 15,000-square-foot spa will feature 11
state-of-the-art treatment rooms offering holistic rejuvenation and
relaxation in a tranquil, meditative setting. Incorporating the most
extensive range of wellness treatments in St. Kitts, The Spa at Mandarin
Oriental will feature signature programs that are exclusive to the Group
and rooted in oriental philosophy and practice. A sophisticated fitness
centre, as well as outdoor swimming pools will also be available.
  Guests at the resort will enjoy a wide selection of recreational water
sports activities including world-class snorkeling and sailing. Guided
hiking tours through the island’s rainforests up to Mount Liamuiga and the
mile-wide crater rim of this dormant volcano will also be a prominent
attraction. The island is abundantly populated by tropical birds,
white-tailed deer and green Vervet monkeys, affording exceptional
opportunities for wildlife viewing.
  Edouard Ettedgui, Group Chief Executive of Mandarin Oriental said, “We
look forward to bringing Mandarin Oriental’s renowned levels of luxury
hospitality to this beautiful Caribbean destination. Mandarin Oriental, St.
Kitts, along with the extensive facilities of the overall peninsula
development, will further enhance the appeal of St. Kitts as an
international destination of choice for leisure travelers from around the
  Mandarin Oriental, St. Kitts is a 20 minute drive from the Robert L.
Bradshaw International Airport, near Basseterre, the island nation’s
capital city. The airport receives flights from around the world, from key
gateway cities including Charlotte, Miami, New York, Philadelphia, San Juan
and London. The property is also accessible by yacht.
  The hotel is owned by Majors Bay Group Limited, a private investment
company based in St. Kitts.