NEW YORK -- The
march of the planned mega-resorts in the Caribbean continues. Just
weeks after a Canada-based company announced plans to build the
worlds largest resort, a lunar-themed island property just off
Grand Bahama, developer Puerto Luperon Corp. unveiled designs for
Atlantica, a huge, multi-billion-dollar development on the northern
coast of the Dominican Republic.
Described as a
multi-use residential resort community that will become the
Caribbeans leading yachting destination and golf capital, Atlantica
-- to be built on Luperon Bay in three stages over 10 years -- will
eventually add 25,000 guest beds to the Dominican Republics room
Plans call for
seven pedestrian villages, with more than 3,000 homes, 20 hotels --
including both luxury boutique and major high-end international
hotel brands -- and three golf courses, with two designed by Arnold
Palmer and Jim Fazio.
Also on the drawing
board: a harbor with 450 slips and drydock facilities for up to 280
yachts; a shuttle to transport yachts between the Mediterranean and
Caribbean seas; a day-cruise ship terminal; an airstrip with
hangars for 160 jets; a casino; and club and sports
The first phase
breaks ground this December, with the first 99 town homes and a
beach club available in December 2005 and the golf course opening
the following May. These will be followed by 68 more town homes and
a bed and breakfast in June 2006, and 60 town homes, 30 marina
estates and the Ambar Hotel that December.
information, visit www.atlanticadr.com.
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