Shovels were officially dug into the ground yesterday marking the construction kick-off for Saint Lucia Canelles Resort, a luxury hotel project by Apple Leisure Group subsidiary AMResorts.
The Canelles development will feature two all-inclusive AMResorts brands: Dreams and Zoëtry (as well as Canelles Oceanfront apartments), marking the company’s entry onto the island. Together, the two beachfront hotels will comprise 330 rooms, along with the adjacent real estate component with 380 residential units, according toearlier reports.
Located on 209 acres, the project will also have an 18-hole Nicklaus Design Golf Course and Club.
"With spacious rooms and suites, graciously appointed and luxuriously equipped, it will provide a picture-perfect vacation experience with welcoming service and romantic inclusions," wrote Saint Lucia Prime Minister Allen M. Chastanet in a social media post showcasing the ground-breaking event.
"This hotel will fit in nicely with a number of other projects that are currently already underway or planned for the south of the island, as we attempt to spread the benefits of national development and narrow the social and economic gap between rural and urban communities."
Dreams is AMResorts’ high-end family-friendly brand, while Zoëtry offers a boutique wellness-focused experience.
Canelles Resort will be located in Micoud, a town on the southeast coast of Saint Lucia that has seen far less tourism development than the island's west.
"I want to thank the principals of the Galaxy Group (the real estate development company) and AMResorts for their vision and their confidence in Saint Lucia and for choosing this area for their hotel project," wrote Chastanet.
"It is an area that has remained in near pristine condition over the years mainly because of its rich archaeological, historical and environmental sites as well as the economic and social opportunities it provides for scores of residents, mainly in the agriculture and fisheries sectors."
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