Cathy A. Preece / Candice Adams-Kimmel
Full Refurbishment and Upgrade to Commence in May 2012
Basseterre, St. Kitts – Frigate Bay Resort, a landmark St. Kitts property, has announced that a complete refurbishment and upgrade of the 64- room resort will commence in May 2012.
Plans call for the creation of a stylish boutique hotel to add to the island’s growing hotel product by mid-2013.The architectural surveys have been completed and the plans are being finalized this month. Concurrently, the design team is working on room layout and the color scheme with renderings and boards coming early in the New Year.
“We are thrilled that one of our classic, well established hotels is taking the initiative to modernize and improve its product consistent with current market demands,” said Senator Ricky Skerritt, Minister of Tourism & International Transport. “This is particularly significant as we continue to grow the island’s tourism infrastructure with several new world class resort developments currently underway.”
Frigate Bay will remain open for business during the current peak season, rather than begin an extensive renovation at the start of St. Kitts’ busiest travel period. Enhancements to the public areas include upgrades of the exterior walls, new steps from the middle level to the top level of the resort, and more tropical landscaping to open up the vistas to the pool and the sea beyond and give the property a more spacious feel. The conference room and front desk area will be upgraded and boast a modern look and clean simple lines. Rooms will be outfitted with new balcony rails, windows, doors and sliding glass doors, new kitchens, bathroom tiles and new air conditioning units. New bedding, window treatments and upholstery in a soft Caribbean color palate will give the rooms a casual, contemporary feel.
Handling the renovations are architectural firm Elmes & Associates and contractors are Moorjani Ltd, both based in St. Kitts.
St. Kitts was named one of the “Top 12 Spots that should be on your list for 2012” by Caribbean Travel + Life magazine and the island’s Brimstone Hill Fortress was named one of “10 Great Places To Explore The World's Best-Kept Secrets” by USA Today. As of summer 2011, the destination also ranks #1 on a list of the 16 Best Caribbean Vacations by US News & World Report. Last year, St. Kitts was named a top destination for 2011 by both AOL Travel and British Airways. Located in the northern Leeward Islands of the Caribbean, it offers a diverse tourism product developed from the destination’s natural beauty, cultural heritage and rich history. The island’s stunning variety of tourism attractions include hiking through the tropical rainforest, riding the scenic railway that connects the island’s former sugar plantations, visiting the Caribelle Batik factory, touring Brimstone Hill Fortress National Park, the only man-made UNESCO World Heritage Site in the Eastern Caribbean, and more traditional vacation pastimes such as watersports, golf, shopping, tennis, gourmet dining, gaming at St. Kitts’ exclusive casino or simply relaxing on one of the island’s sandy beaches. Accommodations range from intimate plantation inns to larger hotels and resorts.
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