BASSETERRE, St. Kitts -- Hotel development projects here will more
than double the existing room count on St. Kitts by 2003, according
to tourism minister Dwyer Astaphan.
Projects slated to begin construction this year or already under
way will add at least 1,300 rooms, and several other developments
are in discussion stages.
Among the larger projects under construction or on the drawing
board for St. Kitts are:The 471-room Marriott Royal St. Kitts Beach Resort, under
construction on a 37-acre site on Frigate Bay.
The property will offer 237 units in a five-story main building
and a series of three-story garden villas with 234 units in the
first phase, to open in 2003.
The property will have 12,000 square feet of meeting space and a
casino.SuperClubs will break ground in July for a 225-suite Grand Lido
property, also on Frigate Bay, which is slated to open in
2003.The 480-room Paradise Beach Hotel is under construction and
partially operational. It is slated for a soft opening in winter
2002, Astaphan said.The former Sun and Sand resort reopened in 2000 as the Papillon
St. Kitts, restoring 100 rooms to hotel inventory.The Fort Thomas Hotel will add 150 new guest rooms this
year.Astaphan said Hyatt is considering construction of a 250-room
property on Friar's Bay.
A Hyatt spokeswoman confirmed that the chain is considering a
site on St. Kitts but has no immediate plans to build.The St. Kitts government has signed a memorandum of
understanding with Property Excel Group, a British/Malaysian
developer, to develop the White Gate area.
The White Gate Development Corp., a government-owned development
company, now owns a five-square-mile area designated for mixed-use
If it comes to fruition, the development project will be valued
at $1 billion, Astaphan said, with enhanced residential areas, new
commercial centers, golf courses, a marina and small hotels with a
total of 1,500 to 2,000 new hotel rooms.Tourism officials also are in talks with a developer regarding
the possible construction of an 18-hole golf course adjacent to the
Frigate Bay complex.
For information on St. Kitts, call (800) 582-6208.