St. Kitts to boost room count

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 development.

    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.

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