Baby, it’s cold outside! As the temperature dips, our LDPR team is wishing we were beachside at our incredible Caribbean and Florida clients. The hurricane season is now past – Luckily most Caribbean islands were unscathed, and those few that were impacted need tourism now more than ever.
Here are some exciting updates from our clients in the region – from a luxury resort unveil in St. Kitts to a multi-million dollar resort renovation in Antigua, and brand new island destinations announced for crewed yacht excursions…
Park Hyatt St. Kitts: November 1, 2017 marked the highly anticipated opening of Park Hyatt St. Kitts Christophe Harbour. This milestone unveiling is Park Hyatt’s first venture into the Caribbean and the first luxury beach resort to debut on St. Kitts. The 126-room resort (78 rooms and 48 suites) spans the secluded beach of Banana Bay with unobstructed views of the Caribbean Sea and neighboring Nevis. For the ultimate indulgence, the three-bedroom Presidential Villa is equipped with a private infinity pool, wellness area, personal butler and private chef. Offering a wellness sanctuary for restorative peace, the resort introduces the first Miraval Life in Balance Spa in the Caribbean, a 37,752-square-foot-state-of-the-art oasis. Home to three signature restaurants, indoor and outdoor event spaces, two pools, and distinct amenities, Park Hyatt St. Kitts invites guests on a journey of rare and intimate experiences.
Curtain Bluff: On October 28th, Curtain Bluff reopened for the season to unveil a $13 million renovation, which is the most significant refurbishment of its common spaces since opening. The project included a complete overhaul of the resort entrance, dining spaces, bar, lounge and reception area. From the moment guests enter the resort, they are greeted with an updated elegant feel complete with familiar faces and the same “family” welcome. Thanks to the resort’s guests and employees, Curtain Bluff has raised $100,000 in donations – through the Old Road Fund – to the National Office of Disaster Services in supporting Hurricane relief efforts to its sister island Barbuda.
The Cove: Atlantis, Paradise Island’s ultra-luxury enclave, just re-launched with a splashy star-studded weekend. Attendees included Fergie, Brooke Shields, Anthony Mackie, Karolina Kurkova and more. Re-launch includes:
The Coral (formerly Coral Towers): Atlantis’ new family-centric tower re-opened following a year-long renovation / revamp. The Coral features a new lobby and guest room design, including the opening of local Bahamian gelateria Sun & Ice and kid-centric in-room amenities. A Kids Concierge is available exclusively to guests of The Coral for kids to customize their vacation experience, and a swim-up ice pop bar for kids debuted this month at the Jeffrey-Beers-redesigned poolscape.
Marigot Bay Resort & Marina by Capella: Opened this month at the luxurious St. Lucia resort, Hurricane Hole Bar & Restaurant is a new casual and fun culinary option for Marigot Bay resort guests, marina visitors and Saint Lucians alike. Patrons are served in a relaxed outdoor environment with sweeping views of Marigot Bay along with its varied boats and yachts. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, Hurricane Hole Bar & Restaurant features distinct local ingredients in both its food and beverage offerings. The inland portion of Marigot Bay has historically been known to form a “hurricane hole” – a safe haven that shelters boats from hurricanes or big storms. This inside yachter intel has inspired the restaurant name. Signature dishes include Saint Lucian fish fritters and chicken roti.
Aman: Thankfully, both Amanera and Amanyara were closed for scheduled maintenance during the months of the Hurricanes. Amanera in the Dominican Republic has reopened November 1st and re-emerged revitalized for the season. In the coming months, the Playa Grande Golf Course will reopen following a full renovation and newly constructed Aman Residences. Amanyara – a nature lover’s paradise in Turks and Caicos – will reopen December 15th as the perfect romantic destination for a holiday island getaway. The property weathered the storms with minor impact, and the team remains focused on the personal needs of staff, their families and local community.
The Moorings looks forward to welcoming charter guests to the British Virgin Islands starting December 9, and to Puerto Rico beginning February 1. To date, The Moorings has raised $100K for their Employee Relief Fund to help staff recover from Hurricanes Irma and Maria. The Moorings will re-energize their fundraising efforts by hosting a Caribbean Comeback live-auction event at the St. Petersburg Yacht Club on November 30. For 2018, The Moorings is excited to announce the launch of new Caribbean charter destinations in Exumas and Antigua. Sailing, Power and all-inclusive Crewed yachts can be booked now for charters beginning in 2018.
Wyndham Grand Rio Mar Puerto Rico Golf & Beach Resort: Following Hurricane Maria, Wyndham Grand Rio Mar Puerto Rico Golf & Beach Resort is currently the only property partially open in the East area of the island and is hosting relief workers who are in Puerto Rico. The property is hosting nearly 500 first responders who are helping the island recover. The resort does not yet have an official opening date, but hopes to welcome guests by the new year and will unveil its newest addition – a brand-new lobby bar (expected to be completed in December) and a remodeled Marbella restaurant. These updated facilities will create a new ambiance and fresh look for all guests staying on property.
Grande Lakes Orlando: The property introduces Grande Lakes Sports, a new hub comprising all of the resort’s outdoor activities, from kayak eco-tours and safaris to the just-launched mountain bike trail and seaplane expeditions. The Hidden Lake bike trail offers guests (ages 13+) a two-mile mountain bike adventure on the property’s new SCOTT bicycles. Guests can venture on the trail at their own pace or embark on a guided ride led by the hotels’ resident “Trail Boss,” who points out the best places to catch a glimpse of wildlife along the way.
Wyndham Grand Clearwater Beach: The newest property in Clearwater, Florida has teamed up with nearby non-profit rehabilitation center, Clearwater Marine Aquarium, to give guests an exclusive guestroom experience and a chance to give back to the community’s marine life. The aquarium is home to dolphins Winter and Hope – the stars of the Dolphin Tales movies – and the resort has outfitted select family guestrooms with Winter & Hope decor, including a decorated bunk bed set for kids and a king bed for parents. The property is the only one in the destination to offer these guest rooms, making it a truly one-of-a-kind experience. The resort is also offering a “Visit Winter” package, which includes a donation to help support the aquarium’s mission of preserving marine life through rescue and rehabilitation.