A Powerful Partnership Revolutionizes Caribbean Tourism With a Far-Reaching Plan for the Island of St. Kitts

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A powerful partnership of award-winning hoteliers, architects, engineers, real estate developers, golf experts and environmentalists are joining the government of St. Kitts to create an incomparable seaside resort that will revolutionize luxury travel in the Caribbean.

Christophe Harbour, on St. Kitts' stunning southeastern peninsula, will set the scene for an unprecedented master-planned resort. The project spans 2,500 acres with six spectacular beaches. Its natural harbour, sheltered by green hills and high bluffs, will provide the ideal setting for mega-yachts as centerpieces of a seaside village of restaurants, shops, boutiques, two five-star hotels managed by Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group and Auberge Resorts and oceanfront homes. Atop the green cliffs will be a Tom Fazio championship golf course and clubhouse plus a collection of luxurious villas and private homesites.

"A project of this scope and complexity demands the expertise and vision of the most prominent firms in development, hospitality and engineering," says Buddy Darby, CEO of Kiawah Development Partners (KDP), the award-winning South Carolina developer that is spearheading the ambitious project. "Nor could we succeed without the exceptional cooperation and resources of the government of St. Kitts and its people."

The partners represent several leading firms and diverse disciplines, working in synergy to create not merely a resort, but an unparalleled lifestyle experience within the framework of this unspoiled and progressive Caribbean isle. The team includes leaders in the fields of hospitality, marine engineering, development, golf, architecture, landscape design, preservation and real estate. All are working closely with the government of St. Kitts.

Kiawah Development Partners has garnered an enviable array of awards and accolades for its imaginative, environmentally responsible and successful golf, tennis and lodging resorts in South Carolina and Ireland. The firm is best known for its role as the master planner of Kiawah Island, a residential resort community on a barrier island 21 miles from Charleston, S. C., and Doonbeg Golf Club in County Clare, Ireland.

"We take a very careful approach to development," advises Darby. KDP brings together proven expertise for even the smallest aspect of each development project, which remain as continuing models for environmental conservation, coastal protection and setbacks and wildlife preservation. Kiawah also sets new standards for resort development and management.

"In the process, we worked with the leaders in every discipline needed to create a truly unique and responsibly developed resort community," concludes Darby. "We're
bringing that expertise to St. Kitts to create what will soon be an internationally renowned resort with a flair and spirit of immense benefit to Caribbean tourism in general and St. Kitts in particular."

Luxury Hotels

Initially, two luxury hotels are planned for Christophe Harbour, accommodating visitors and yachting enthusiasts who will dock at the Marina or call it home. The first hotel will be a five-star boutique property under the management of Auberge Resorts, respected for its collection of exceptional hotels, resorts, spas and clubs. The second five-star hotel will be managed by Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group, the award-winning owner and operator of some of the world's most prestigious hotels and resorts. Each property will be intimate, elegant and individually designed to take advantage of the splendid natural surroundings of these singular hotels. Among Auberge Resorts' most noted properties is its flagship, the Auberge du Soleil in California's Napa Valley, a member of the prestigious Relais & Chateaux hotel and restaurant network. Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group is the award-winning owner and operator of some of the world's most prestigious hotels and resorts, currently operating 20 luxury hotels.

Fazio Golf Course Designers, Inc. - Golf Architect

Acclaimed as one of the world's leading golf course architects, Tom Fazio has designed more than 200 spectacular golf courses in locales around the world. Many of Fazio's courses rank in the Top 100 courses in America. He brings his creative talents, expertise and vision to Christophe Harbour where an 18-hole championship golf course will overlook the marina and the Caribbean Sea.

Applied Technologoy & Management - Marine Engineers

Thanks to its natural shelter of soaring hills and bluffs to 1,000 feet MSL, favorable winds and easy access to the Atlantic Ocean, Christophe Harbour is considered an ideal natural setting for a luxury marina. Developing this precious resource is Applied Technology & Management, a prominent engineering design and consulting firm, specializing in marine and waterfront development, water resource management, beach restoration and environmental science. The new marina will consist of approximately 300 acres of water surface, accommodating about vessels up to 300 feet in length. ATM is known for their work at Yacht Haven Grande, St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, the Atlantis Resort in the Bahamas and the acclaimed Palm Jumeirah in Dubai, UAE.


Christophe Harbour offers exceptional real estate opportunities including harbour-side condominiums, oceanfront homes, golf villas and hillside retreats - all with superlative views of the Caribbean Sea.

These priorities will meet the growing demands of affluent second- and third-homeowners and affluent individuals seeking fine vacation homes with investment potential. Sales and marketing efforts will be headed by IMI, the leading luxury real estate sales and marketing firm in North America. Working closely with premier developers and strategic partners, IMI has helped create some of the most recognized real estate communities in North America and the Caribbean, including Cap Cana, Dominican Republic, Ocean Club Estates, Bahamas and Viceroy Anguilla, Anguilla, BWI.

The Federation of St. Kitts & Nevis

Now in its 23rd year of independence from Great Britain, St. Kitts offers a stable, progressive government that has worked tirelessly to advance its tourism product while maintaining the island's rich resources and rare ecosystems.

The Ocean Foundation - The St. Kitts Foundation

The St. Kitts Foundation will work with the development team to implement long-term sustainable development, community-based conservation, and sound management of the island's natural resources. The St. Kitts Foundation is an Ocean Fund hosted by The Ocean Foundation, a boutique community foundation that specializes in providing high-end philanthropic advice for a community of donors who care about the coast and oceans.

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