PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas -- Kerzner International broke ground
Sept. 10 on the first phase of a $600 million expansion on Paradise
Island, the Bahamas.
Three new luxury villas at One&Only Ocean Club are scheduled
to debut late next year as part of the rollout of Kerzner's new
luxury One&Only resort branding initiative.
The One&Only Ocean Club expansion will bring accommodations
at the resort to 109 new or renovated units, including beachfront
suites, rooms and garden cottages, all with butler service.
The Ocean Club will join other One&Only resorts that include
Palmilla in Los Cabos, Mexico, opening in February after an $80
million rebuild and expansion; two resorts in Mauritius; and one
each in the Maldives and Dubai, according to Butch Kernzer,
president and CEO of One&Only.
The $600 million Paradise Island project includes additions to
the 2,317-room Atlantis resort, where Kerzner plans new meetings
and functions space, restaurants, retail space, water-themed
attractions and a new golf course on nearby Athol Island.
The completion in 2006 will bring Kerzner's total investment on
Paradise Island to $1.7 billion since the opening of Atlantis in
Sol Kerzner, chairman and CEO, said the project "reflects our
commitment to supporting luxury tourism facilities for the
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