Lighthouse Bay Resort, Barbuda, Celebrates Grand Opening with Group of 120 VIPs, Local Tourism and Government Officials

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Lighthouse Bay Resort, an exclusive private island resort in Barbuda, Eastern Caribbean, just a 15-minute flight from Antigua, recently celebrated its grand opening with fanfare, local government and tourism officials and a resort full of U.S. and international guests.

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Mike Branker is showing all Barbudans that they too have an opportunity to develop and promote the island.

Mike Branker, owner of Lighthouse Bay Resort and a native of Barbuda, welcomed all to the realization of his dream. "I am very grateful to my management team and staff for their contribution to making this reality," he said. Branker petitioned the government in 1998 to reinstate his grandparent's lease on their land on Lower Bay. "I made a vow to myself that if I had two cents together, I would build on this beach."

Branker cut the ceremonial ribbon for the grand opening, along with Trevor Walker, Parliamentary Representative for Barbuda. "Lighthouse Bay Resort will bring back world recognition of Barbuda as an island paradise," Walker told the crowd of 120 who had gathered for the festivities. "Mike Branker is showing all Barbudans that they too have an opportunity to develop and promote the island."

Following the ceremony, guests were entertained with music from a local Antigua band. As a special treat, groups were taken by boat to experience the largest frigate bird sanctuary and nesting grounds in the world just 10 minutes away.

Lighthouse Bay Resort features nine luxuriously-appointed ocean-front guest rooms and suites, highly personalized service from a staff of 25, resident gourmet chef, fitness center, 24-hour concierge and roof-top restaurant with 360-degree ocean views. The resort was recently recognized in the New York Times Travel Section as Number 3 of 39 Reasons To Go To The Caribbean This Year. Lighthouse Bay is base camp to explore Barbuda's tranquility and signature activities of sailing, diving, exploring hidden caves and bays, shell hunting and horseback riding.

For more Lighthouse Bay Resort information and reservations, go to or call 1-888-836-5427.

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