The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company is expanding to St. Lucia.
The company, which is a part of Marriott International, has signed a management agreement with Dubai-based Range Developments to open a Ritz-Carlton in St. Lucia in 2021.
Range Developments is also developing the Park Hyatt in St. Kitts and a Kempinski-branded resort in Dominica.
The 180-room property will be set on the southern tip of the island close to Hewanorra International Airport, with amenities including several swimming pools, a spa, multiple dining facilities and expansive meeting space.
“We are delighted to see this first step in what will be a major project on the southern tip of the island,” said St. Lucia Prime Minister Allen Chastanet. “We have maintained that our focus is on enhancing our tourism offerings and we are committed to ensuring sustainable investment and employment in Saint Lucia and particularly in the south. I am elated that we have such eminent partners in this project in what is surely going to be one of the best resorts in the Caribbean.”
It’s the second major resort project to be announced on the island this summer, following last month’s reveal of the Fairmont project.
The Ritz-Carlton is part of the larger “Black Bay” master development, a 180-acre site on the island.
“This will be our third major luxury development in the Caribbean and we are delighted to be working with the Government of Saint Lucia,” says Mohammed Asaria, Vice Chairman of Range Developments. “Range is aggressively expanding in the Caribbean and we are excited to bring the legendary Ritz-Carlton brand to this exclusive destination.”
The resort is projected to create 500 jobs during construction, with a similar amount once the property is operational.
“We are delighted to bring The Ritz-Carlton to the stunning island of Saint Lucia, and are happy to have found the right partner and opportunity to do so,” said Hervé Humler, President and Chief Operating Officer, The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. “We’re excited about the increased demand for luxury travel offerings on Saint Lucia and look forward to welcoming guests to experience the unparalleled service of The Ritz-Carlton against such a breathtaking backdrop.”