The storied Waldorf Astoria brand is expanding in the Caribbean.
Waldorf Astoria Hotels and Resorts is expanding its portfolio with a new property in Antigua.
The Hilton luxury brand has signed a management agreement with Callaloo Cay Antigua, Waldorf Astoria’s first new-build resort in the Caribbean.
The resort is slated to debut in 2020, the latest in a wave of new hotel deals that has made Antigua the Caribbean’s current hotel investment capital.
Callaloo Cay is a project by Al Caribi Antigua Development Limited, which is a joint venture between Sheik Tariq Bin Faisal Al Qassimi of Dubai and the government of Antigua and Barbuda.
It is estimated to be a $200 million project.
“Waldorf Astoria Antigua will set a new standard of Caribbean luxury, extending our bespoke True Waldorf Service and first-class accommodations, as well as providing travelers with unforgettable experiences,” said John T.A. Vanderslice, global head, Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts. “Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts’ mission is to be the fastest growing, most innovative luxury hotel brand in the world, and hotels like Waldorf Astoria Antigua represent the brand’s commitment to continued expansion and delivering luxury to the world’s most sought after destinations.”
Waldorf Astoria Antigua will be set on a cove about 20 minutes from VC Bird International Airport on a 30-acre beachfront site.
The property will include 95 guest rooms and 25 branded villas, including both beachfront suites and hilltop accomomdations.
It will include a specialty restaurant, signature bar and waterside dining concepts, along with a fitness center and a spa.
“We are pleased to embark on this exciting development with Hilton and build a landmark luxury resort in the heart of this island sanctuary,” said Dawood Shah, senior vice president, business development, Callaloo Cay Antigua. “Hilton’s nearly 100 years of renowned hospitality, combined with the timeless sophistication of Waldorf Astoria, will help position this resort as the finest choice for luxury travel in Antigua and marquis development in global citizenship.”
It will be Waldorf Astoria’s second Caribbean hotel, along with El Conquistador, a Waldorf Astoria Resort in Fajardo, Puerto Rico.