New developments, upgraded attractions and
the Cricket World Cup matches this spring are focusing attention on
Grenada these days in a far more positive light than in the
aftermath of Hurricane Ivan in 2004.
Peter de Savary is spearheading the $555 million Port Louis Grenada
development, described as a mixed-use maritime community and the
destination's newest and largest-to-date tourism project. Work
began with the demolition of the Islander Hotel at Ballast Ground
to make room for the 120-room, high-end resort.
of the Port Louis project include a 350-slip marina for
mega-yachts; individual homes and villas; a spa; a 120-room,
midprice hotel and a beach area with recreational
De Savary spent
more than $3 million on a massive cleanup at the marina to remove
scrap metal, sunken and abandoned boats and the remains of the old
Grenada Yacht Services dock.
One of the first
uses for the marina, when completed, will be as a berthing site for
visiting yachts that are expected to call in Grenada for the
cricket events in April.
In addition to
the Port Louis project, de Savary is spending $600 million
upgrading the Cinnamon Hill Hotel in
Grand Anse, which includes the conversion of 21 apartments into
luxury villas; the conversion of Cinnamon Hill into Mount Cinnamon,
a 200-room hotel with a pool and clubhouse; and a 300-unit
" Construction on Prickly Bay Waterside, a
residential development on the southern end of Grenada, begins this
spring. Facilities will include a gym, a spa, a pool, dive
services, shops and meeting rooms.
" The Bacolet Bay project on
Grenada's east coast is a residential project that will have a spa,
bars, restaurants, hiking and biking trails and water
" The Mount Edgecombe Plantation
along the west coast will be revived as a working plantation
growing deciduous fruits and vegetables. The facility will include
a holistic spa and 20 guest rooms.
" A private airport terminal will
open at the end of this year near the current Point Salines
" The Grand Etang Welcome Center
and Park, along with Fort Fredererik and the Annandale and Concord
Falls, have been refurbished. In northern Grenada, construction has
begun on a heritage project at Leaper's Hill, highlighting customs
and lifestyles of the past.
" Queen's Park Stadium, which was
financed by the government of China, will host Cricket World Cup
matches in April.
To contact reporter Gay Nagle Myers, send e-mail to [email protected].