Ritz-Carlton has signed a management agreement with Range Developments to open a 180-guestroom Ritz-Carlton in St. Lucia as part of the Black Bay Master Development. On the southern tip of Caribbean island, the hotel is set to open in 2021.
The Ritz-Carlton will be near the Hewanorra International Airport and the Pitons twin volcanoes—a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The development of the hotel is projected to create approximately 500 jobs on St. Lucia during construction while a similar amount will also be created when hotel is up and running.
The Ritz-Carlton will be the anchor of the larger, multi-phase project led by Range Development-Black Bay Master Development, which will be constructed on a 180-acre site. The entire development, which is Range Development's third major luxury development in the Caribbean, will be constructed under St. Lucia's Citizenship by Investment program launched in January 2016.
Range Developments is currently expanding its footprint across the Caribbean with two other properties—the Park Hyatt St. Kitts and the Cabrits Resort Kempinski. The 126-guestroom St. Kitts hotel and resort—Park Hyatt's first Caribbean property—will be on the beach at Banana Bay in the Christophe Harbor development. The new project coincides with the government's initiative to increase its high-end resort and boutique hotel stock. The Kempinski in Dominica will be Kempinski’s first Caribbean hotel as well. The 160-guestroom Cabrits Resort Kempinski on Douglas Bay is Dominica’s first government-approved real estate project under the island's Citizenship by Investment program. It is set for completion in the fourth quarter of 2018.