Saint Lucia is set to get more than 1,000 new rooms in the next few years. “This hotel boom adds much-needed inventory to meet the demands of our key source markets,” Minister for Tourism Dominic Fedee said in a statement. “Tourism growth remains a priority in 2017...We are optimistic that this will be a year of tourism expansion.”
Slated to open in February, the 352-room Royalton Saint Lucia is located on a private cove in Cap Estate. The adults-only 104-room Hideaway at Royalton Saint Lucia is located on the same estate.
Serenity at Coconut Bay, Saint Lucia’s new adults-only, all-suite resort, will open in spring 2017. The all-inclusive property will have 36 suites, each with plunge pools.
Scheduled to open in September 2017, The Harbor Club on the Rodney Bay Marina will have 115 guestrooms.
Sandals has announced plans for the brand’s fourth property on Saint Lucia—the Sandals LaSource Saint Lucia. Set to break ground in spring 2017, the new 350-guestroom hotel sits on 19 acres of land next to the existing Sandals Grande Saint Lucian Resort.
The Pearl of the Caribbean will occupy a 700-acre site on the south end of the island at Beausejour, Vieux Fort. Plans include a casino, horse racetrack, resort and shopping mall complex, free trade zone, waterfront villas, boathouses, a marina, an eco-tourism zone, entertainment and leisure venues, and housing. The projected $2.6 billion dollar new-build is slated to start its initial phase in 2017. Phase one will feature 200 hotel guestrooms and a spa, with up to 500 possible villas as later phases of construction continue.
Some hotels on the island are expanding their room inventory. By the end of this month, the first of five new cottages at Fond Doux, Sugar Beach, A Viceroy Resort, will be completed in the current colonial style of the one-bedroom cottages on the property. Another four cottages will be constructed by the end of 2017.
In October 2016, Sandals Halcyon Beach Resort & Spa opened 12 new-build suites.
At Sugar Beach, A Viceroy Resort, seven new luxury villas opened at the end of October and an additional three luxury cottages were finished in December.