By the Caribbean Journal staff
A potentially transformative hotel is coming to the rural Whitegate area of St Kitts.
Wyndham’s Ramada brand is coming to the island with a 273-suite resort.
The first phase of the new-build resort project is slated to debut this September, according to a statement from the government.
The first phase is set on an eight acre site in St Paul’s Parish, about 15 minutes from St Kitts’ Robert L. Bradshaw International Airport.
That project includes a mix of sesa-view units, pool villas and garden villas.
Hotel amenities will include conference space, a bar, a restaurant, a cultural center and a swimming pool, among others.
The project is part of the island’s Citizenship by Investment development program, an initiative that has turned the island into one of the Caribbean’s hotel investment hotspots in recent years.
St Kitts Deputy Prime Minister Shawn Richards said the property could “significantly transform” Whitegate — and draw new investment to that part of the country.
“I think this hotel holds much potential in terms of changing the landscape within this particular area and the environs,” he said.
It will be one of the largest projects outside of Basseterre and the island’s southeast peninsula, according to Richards.
It will be the second Ramada-branded hotel in the wider Caribbean, alongside an urban hotel in Belize city.
This will be the region’s first Ramada-branded resort, and one of two current Wyndham-branded resorts currently in development in the Caribbean.
The other is the Wyndham Sam Lord’s Castle in Barbados, which will debut under the Wyndham Grand banner.