St. Kitts and Nevis as a top tourist destination will get another boost with the addition of a Six Senses Hotel to be built in Sandy Point on 500 acres previously identified as the site of the failed La Vallee Greens project.
The hotel will be constructed by Range Development the same company that constructed the Park Hyatt Hotel.
With the Caribbean’s first Park Hyatt hotel opened in St. Kitts and Nevis in November 2017 and the announcement of the construction of the Ritz Carlton and the plan for the region’s first underwater hotel another first has already been inked. The deal for a Six Senses Hotel will further solidify the Federations tourism footprint pn the global scene. .
Prime Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis the Hon. Dr. Timothy Harris indicated that the deal to bring the seven star hotel brand to the Federation when constructed, will be now part of the tourism offerings of St. Kitts and Nevis and the socio economic life of the Federation
“I thought that Six Senses was a dream of some sorts,” Dr Harris said adding, “Six Senses a luxury resort attempting to offer something distinctly different, a unique experience for its clients.”
Dr. Harris noted that three months after the historic opening of the Park Hyatt Hotel a deal has now been inked for another luxury hotel to be developed by Range.
“We now boast the first park Hyatt in the Caribbean and we now can boast having inked the first real arrangement for the six senses first luxury property in the Caribbean. With all that is happening we can say a solid foundation has now being set for the prosperity that we promised the people of St. Kitts and Nevis.”
He then noted that La Vallee Greens can now play a significant role of the landscape of St. Kitts and Nevis having formed a significant part of the public debt to the tune of nearly $62 million in a failed project.
“There is more about the history making that one should be aware because today for the first time we are giving what was then described as La Vallee Greens its first historic opportunity to contribute to the well being of our country and the welfare of our people,” Dr. Harris disclosed.
He continued, “If we were to ask randomly what was La Vallee a piece of land with some green fence that has been there for years as it was waiting for something to happen.
“Today Team Unity has consecrated the future of La Vallee Greens and development in our country by being able to bring not just any hotel but one of the most prestigious five-star resorts to La Vallee. Something good then is happening.”
Dr Harris added that more jobs will be added into the economy especially to north western tip of the island during the construction of this project, which is scheduled to begin in September of this year.
He said that a once burden on the people of St. Kitts and Nevis will soon be transformed into opportunities for the entire Federation. “If the experience of Park Hyatt represents a good foundation on which to make the deduction, hundreds of our people will be able to find work at a luxurious resort. So the albatross of nearly 500 acres of land laying waste at La Vallee Greens is now lifted and hope and opportunities spring eternal for our people,” Dr. Harris said.
Tourism Minister Lindsay Grant highlighted that the Six Senses brand only develops hotels in unique parts of the world which is a demonstration to the beauty of St. Kitts and Nevis.
“Six Senses only develops resorts in the World’s most unique and exquisite destinations. I believe that this is also a singular testament to the natural beauty of St. Kitts’ landscape to become one of those premier destinations.”
Grant added that the Six Senses Brand will seek to preserve the islands culture and incorporate the design and development of the Resort with nature in mind.”I am also advised that it is Six Senses’ philosophy with regards to sustainability, wellness and premier service that makes it an ideal fit for St. Kitts as it complements our own vision and direction for our tourism product,” he added.
“We are bringing to the Caribbean something the Caribbean has never seen,” Grant noted.
President of Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas, Mr. Bernhard Bohnenberger, was quoted in a releases as being impressed with the serene beauty at La Vallee Greens. “When I drove up to the site what fascinated me is that you see the entire nation, you see so much when you come from the airport and you go up there you see how people live, you see agriculture, you see that fortress up on the hill, you see so many things and what we always look out for in every resort is to connect with the people.”
Constistuency representative for Sandy Point Deputy Prime Minister Hon. Shawn Richards said that the rationale behind the hotel is coming to the federation and Sandy Point to make sure they are able to bring more jobs. “La Vallee became known as a long green fence. The longest green fence you saw anywhere in the world was at La Vallee, but finally something good is happening at La Vallee
“I have said that La Vallee had it been able to progress would have been good for Sandy point and the surrounding communities but under the former administration 62 Million was spent and we have nothing to show for it,” Richards added.
The 125 room Ritz Carlton Hotel announced earlier this year is set to be constructed on South Friars Bay on the South East peninsula while details of the underwater hotel have yet to be disclosed.