"I'm a private-island kind of guy, but I am going to make this the best resort in Barbados," said Wayne Kafcsak, new general manager of the Fairmont Royal Pavilion in Barbados.
The 72-room, 13-villa property, set on 11 beachfront acres on Barbados' west coast, completed a $4 million renovation project during a two-month closure last fall. The project included the creation of 24 beachfront junior suites with butler service and an upgrade of public spaces, and the property now has the U.S. market in its sights.
"The Fairmont currently draws 16% of its business from North America, divided between U.S. and Canadian travelers," Kafcsak said. "The balance of our guests comes from the U.K. and the rest of Europe.
"I am aiming to up the number of U.S. travelers. Barbados has one of the best airports in the Caribbean, great air access from U.S. gateways, friendly people, an amazing number and variety of attractions and low crime rates," Kafcsak said.
Kafcsak has been working, operating and managing resorts in the Caribbean for 33 years, including the Raffles Canouan Resort in the Grenadines and Peter Island Resort in the British Virgin Islands. But he said he is as enthusiastic about his newest post as he was about his first, adding there is "a real opportunity to put this resort top of mind for travelers who have Barbados in their travel plans."
Future plans for the Fairmont Royal Pavilion include recruiting "some great chefs" for the poolside Cafe Taboras and the dinner-only Palm Terrace restaurants, according to Kafcsak.
The resort has a no-kids-under-12 policy from Nov. 1 through March 31.
"This is the time of year we cater to the romance market. From April through June, we target the bridal segment, and it's a family focus through October," Kafcsak said.
The Fairmont currently offers no all-inclusive plans, although there are several meals-included packages in the summer months.
Luxury touches at the resort include the beach butlers who provide guests with refreshments and towels and reservations for spa treatments, dinner or golf. The butlers also can arrange private picnics on the island's east coast.