LARGEST CARIBBEAN HOTEL DEVELOPMENT UNVEILED IN ST. KITTS
FRIGATE BAY, ST. KITTS (NOVEMBER 4, 2007) – A 2,400-acre hotel development, reported to be the single largest of its kind ever to be seen in the Caribbean, was unveiled in St. Kitts on Sunday.
An hour-long presentation of Christophe Harbour, the 2,400-acre hotel development area on the South East Peninsula, was witnessed by hundreds of invitees representing interests from private and public sector, and was listened to by countless listeners tuned in via radio. Charles “Buddy” Darby, Chairman and CEO of Kiawah Development Partners spearheading the development, explained that Christophe Harbour will feature luxury hotels, two that will be operated by Mandarin Oriental and Auberge, a 300-acre (of water surface) marina, and an 18-hole golf course designed by renowned Tom Fazio.
“We are inspired by the spectacular setting and the tremendous potential of the harbour,” says Buddy Darby, Chairman and CEO of Kiawah Development Partners. “We are equally impressed by the resources of St. Kitts and its people. At the end of the day, the wonderful, talented and friendly citizens of St. Kitts are the key to the success of Christophe Harbour.”
Development partner J. B. Turbidy stated that, “time will tell but it is my opinion that this Cabinet was and will be responsible for the single biggest positive change in the Federation since its independence.”
In response, Prime Minister Douglas stated, “Today, FireSky Ventures, Auberge Resorts and Kiawah Development Partners, have a moment ago, unveiled before the people of St. Kitts and Nevis, a very comprehensive Tourism development programme for the South East Peninsula. That which would launch our Federation to the forefront of the high-end luxury sector of the Caribbean Tourism market.”
Ground is expected to break in 2008 and occupancy is scheduled for 2010. The development team partnered with Washington DC-based The Ocean Foundation back in January and established the St. Kitts Foundation to provide ongoing local support for sustainable development.