Major New Hotel Coming to Statia

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A major new hotel is coming to the Dutch Caribbean island of St Eustatius.

The Oranje Bay Hotel and Restaurant has officially launched construction in its location on Oranjebaaiweg in Lower Town.

It is the first new hotel development on St Eustatius in years, the brainchild of European entrepreneurs Claudia Wickert, Bob Castelijn, Angelika Borchert and Almut Tiba-Ehlers.

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The eco-focused project will also include a restaurant focusing on high-level Mediterranean and local cuisine.

The first phase of the project will include restoring and incorporating parts of an existing ruin into the hotel buildings, with later phases to see the addition of more rooms and cabanas, with an ultimate goal of 30 rooms and 10 cabanas.

Statia, located just a short plane ride from St Maarten, has long been pushing an eco-tourism agenda and has been the site of one of the Caribbean’s leading annual conferences on sustainable tourism.

It recently rebranded itself as “Statia: The Hidden Treasure.”