Antigua, West Indies (Vocus) October 23, 2009
A much-anticipated addition to the Caribbean resort scene, Sugar Ridge is set to open its doors to guests on December 1, 2009 on the island of Antigua. Leading global architectural and design firm, OBMI and interior designer Charmaine Benjamin-Werth of d Studio, was behind the project, and after more than four years and $30M USD invested, the resort is expected to set the stage as a leader in its category.
“Our entire team remained focused on this project, even in this challenging economic climate. The opening of this hotel is a tribute to what we, as visionaries, have set out to do: offer a luxurious resort experience that was affordable and unrivaled in the region. Our guests are progressive, and crave culture and exploration. They want to combine fine hotel amenities with the sensibility of their destination. We are confident that travelers the world over will embrace Sugar Ridge for its design, superior amenities, location and value,” stated company director Aidan McCauley.
A natural hillside bordered with sugar cane is the namesake location of Sugar Ridge, which is enveloped with colorful, indigenous flora and fauna in addition to the sweet cane that serves as a base of many of Antigua’s libations. Sixty rooms wrap around the property, featuring panoramic views to the south and west of palm-lined beaches and the turquoise Caribbean Sea, plus the neighboring islands of Redonda, St. Kitts and Nevis. The resort’s elevation provides vistas to the north of rolling landscape dotted with picturesque villages; to the east lays the untouched forested terrain of Antigua’s dramatic coastal highlands.
Bathed in an earth tone palette of creams, soft whites, warm beiges and accented by strong feature colors and sumptuous dark woods, each of the guest rooms at Sugar Ridge invite relaxation. Interior décor melds a fusion of modern contemporary style with the rich history of the region. Stone tiles, hardwood detailing and mixed wood shingle and metal clad roofs compliment simple render finished structures. Interior designer, Charmaine Benjamin-Werth of d Studio in Antigua reached around the globe—and around the corner—to source the details that produced the stylish ambiance of Sugar Ridge.
Large windows and doors allow seamless indoor-outdoor living. Views in all directions – from the Caribbean Sea to the backdrop of the lush foothills– are overlaid with a sense of peaceful seclusion. All accommodations feature comfortable outdoor lounging areas with private decks for basking in the sun, spacious living areas, iPod docking stations, electronic safe, telephones, mini-fridge, tea/coffee-making facilities, complimentary wireless Internet and LCD flat screen televisions. Each ground floor room offers a plunge pool, while upper floors have larger outdoor living areas with day beds.
For adventurous guests wishing to dive deep into the crystal blue ocean or explore the island, Sugar Ridge is the ultimate base for discovering everything Antigua has to offer. The guest services team at the resort are able to organize endless activities such as kite surfing, water skiing, windsurfing, kayaking, fishing, snorkeling, catamaran sailing or wake and knee boarding. Sugar Ridge can also arrange a variety of dive courses and access to the island’s most incredible coastline, wrecks and breathtaking reefs. Beach facilities, a marina and an 18-hole golf course are a three-minute drive away and accessed by the hotel’s private shuttle. The property is also home to an exclusive retail area with eight boutiques offering an extensive selection of merchandise.
A 6,000 square foot spa was developed with global sustainability leader Aveda™ providing guests a full collection of treatments featuring the latest in holistic therapies, a hair salon and manicures and pedicures. The fully air-conditioned gym features Cybex fitness equipment, 24 fitness machines including 13 for cardiovascular health. Adjacent to the gym is an air-conditioned studio for aerobics, pilates and yoga classes. The resort also boasts two swimming pools: an 82-foot long lap pool and a 44-foot pool complete with cabanas and sun bathing areas.
Guests can fulfill their epicurean desires with two restaurants and lounges. In a stunning, hilltop open-air setting with unending views of the Caribbean Sea, Carmichael’s serves an international blend of contemporary cuisine. Head Chef Matt Westwood ensures that his menu reflects ‘what’s fresh now,’ from Antigua’s local market. Carmichael’s also offers an intriguing list of American, European, and New World wines. Sugar Club, the resort’s main restaurant is the social epicenter of the resort. Head Chef Marvis Brade’s menu takes a modern approach to Caribbean and Mediterranean cuisine. In addition to indoor dining, guests may choose to dine on the verandah, overlooking the swimming pool and adjacent shopping village. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, Sugar Club is a pleasant, intimate, informal yet elegant restaurant.
Carmichael’s Bar offers a menu of fine wines and spirits, Caribbean rums, innovative cocktails and thirst-quenching beverages. This sophisticated yet comfortable bar and lounge is the prime destination for a pre-dinner cocktail or after-dinner cigar and aged rum with views overlooking the infinity edge pool and sun deck. Infused with a warm and refined atmosphere, accented by contemporary design elements, Sugar Club Bar boasts lively entertainment and is the hub of all activity day and night.
Romance blossoms naturally in this lush sanctuary and Sugar Ridge offers the opportunity to rent the entire resort for weddings, as well as smaller, more customized affairs.
Small incentive groups bring unrivaled focus to any business gathering in this ideal retreat. Host receptions amidst the resort’s gardens or on one of Antigua’s 365 beaches; the team at Sugar Ridge will also plan creative incentive activities and events ensuring a seamless trip from start to finish.
Introductory rates for travel from December 1-22, 2009 start at US $72 per person, per night, based on double occupancy including breakfast. All-inclusive rates start at US $162 per person, per night, based on double occupancy. From December 23-April 9, 2010, rates start at US $120 per person, per night based on double occupancy with breakfast.
All bookings must be made by January 31, 2010. All rates are subject to 10% service charge and 10.5% government tax. All-inclusive rates are comprised of breakfast, lunch and dinner, local beverages and house wines. A minimum five-night stay is required. Introductory rates are not combinable with any other offers.
For more information and to make a reservation, visit http://www.sugarridgeantigua.com or call, +1 268-562-7700; email: hotel (at) sugarridgeantigua (dot) com.
Rebie Bautista Lash or Andria Mitsakos
Andria Mitsakos Public Relations (AMPR)
Tel: +1 720-480-2323 or +1 212-320-3677