Belmond acquires iconic Caribbean Resort

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Belmond has announced that it has signed agreements to acquire Cap Juluca, a luxury beach resort on the Caribbean island of Anguilla, British West Indies. The addition of the elegant, 96-room resort marks an important milestone in the strategic development of the Belmond brand, which is committed to doubling the size of its portfolio by 2020.

Upon completing the acquisition towards the end of May 2017, the company will immediately operate Belmond Cap Juluca and will be ready to welcome guests.

Authentic Anguilla

Belmond Cap Juluca complements the brand’s personality of authentic escapes that blend perfectly with nature, local culture and inspire a sense of wellbeing. Set on one of the Caribbean’s most beautiful beaches, overlooking Maundays Bay, the unspoilt setting encourages guests to unwind to the slow rhythm of Caribbean island life.

The multi-award-winning property features Greco-Moorish architecture spread over two crescent-shaped coves with ocean-view suites and villas that offer secluded privacy set within lush tropical gardens. There are four restaurants and bars, a large saltwater pool, tennis courts, a fitness centre, a library and private screening room.

The property was developed by Linda and Charles Hickox, the current resort owners, nearly 30 years ago.

The laid-back island of Anguilla boasts some of the best beaches in the Caribbean with the softest white sand and clear blue waters where dolphins swim in the surf.

There is a well-developed pioneering food scene and colourful beach bars; the island is a haven for those wishing to escape and disconnect from everyday distractions.

Complimentary water sports are available on the beach including scuba diving excursions, water skiing on Maundays Bay, wake boarding, sea kayaking, windsurfing, paddle boarding, Sunfish and Hobie Cat catamaran sailing.

Restoring an icon

Roeland Vos, president and CEO, commented, “We believe this one-of- a-kind resort presents a compelling opportunity to build on our experience of restoring iconic status to properties with exceptional heritage and stories to tell. As one of the most recognised resorts in the Caribbean, Cap Juluca is a natural fit for the Belmond portfolio and we look forward to continuing Linda and Charles Hickox’s inspiring legacy.”

After planning and obtaining all necessary permits in 2017, the company expects to carry out a top-to-toe renovation and develop a further 25 new beachfront villas or suites, bringing the resort’s total inventory to 121 rooms.

The refurbishments, starting after the end of the 2017/18 festive season, are expected to include interior furnishings of all suites and villas; the introduction of new culinary concepts that celebrate the local food culture; enhancements to the spa; and new and renovated public areas. After refurbishment, which it expects to complete by the end of 2018, Belmond will have invested a total of approximately $121 million in the acquisition and subsequent renovation and expansion of the resort.

Building global travel experiences

Belmond is now firmly on the path to doubling the size of its portfolio of properties, from beach and mountain resorts, to city hotels, safaris, luxury trains and cruises in some of the world’s most inspiring locations.

The news of Belmond Cap Juluca follows the most recent launches of Belmond Andean Explorer, South America’s first luxury sleeper train, and the addition of the Belmond Las Casitas hotel in Colca Canyon, Peru. Belmond Cap Juluca is Belmond’s third Caribbean resort, joining Belmond La Samanna on the neighbouring island of St Martin and Belmond Maroma Resort & Spa in Riviera Maya, Mexico.

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