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.

British developer 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.

Other components 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 activities.

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 residential development.

Also in Grenada:

" 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 sports.

" 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 commercial airport.

" 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].

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