Tuesday, June 10, 2014
Tuesday, June 10, 2014
PARADISE ISLAND, The Bahamas–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Access Industries (“Access”) today [Thursday, June 5/14] announced that it has acquired the renowned One&Only Ocean Club on Paradise Island in The Bahamas from Brookfield Asset Management and its institutional partners. As part of the transaction, Access also acquired additional beachfront property for future development. Kerzner International (“Kerzner”), a leading international developer and operator of destination resorts, casinos and luxury hotels will continue to manage the property under the award-winning One&Only brand.
“The Ocean Club has a storied history as one of the most exclusive destinations in the Caribbean. We are pleased to include this unique property in Access’ portfolio of iconic hotels and we look forward to working with Kerzner’s experienced management team to bring the Resort to a new level of excellence,” said Len Blavatnik, Chairman of Access Industries.
Kerzner International Chief Executive Officer Alan Leibman said, “Our long-term commitment to The Bahamas continues. We are extremely excited to begin working with Access at One&Only Ocean Club. They are a world-class organization with a shared vision for the continued excellence of the property, ensuring that the resort remains positioned as the ultimate ultra-luxury guest experience in the region.”
“We will invest in and continue to enhance the property to provide discerning global travelers the ultimate luxury experience in the Caribbean,” said Jonah Sonnenborn, Head of Real Estate at Access Industries. “The uniqueness of the property will be celebrated and enriched to provide our guests with a sophisticated, yet relaxed experience. We look forward to working with our neighbors on Paradise Island, the Bahamian Government and Kerzner at this distinctive property.”
A landmark resort in the Caribbean, the 105-room One&Only Ocean Club sits high on a prime 36-acre beachfront site overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Accommodations range from spacious guest rooms to private beachfront villas. Amenities at the Resort currently include Jean-Georges Vongertichten’s Dune Restaurant among the three dining options, two outdoor pools, an award winning One&Only Spa, fitness center, six tennis courts and two meeting space venues and several outdoor event venues. The One&Only management team currently in place will continue to operate the resort under the leadership of Mark DeCocinis, President and Chief Operating Officer, One&Only, and John Conway, General Manager, One&Only Ocean Club.
Access Industries is a privately held industrial group with long-term holdings worldwide. Access was founded in 1986 by its Chairman, Len Blavatnik, an American industrialist. Its focus spans three key sectors: natural resources and chemicals; telecommunications and media; and real estate. Access owns a diverse portfolio of world-renowned hotels and commercial real estate properties in the United States, Europe and South America. Amongst its hospitality portfolio, in Miami, Access is developing the iconic Saxony Hotel, which is part of a 1,000,000+ square feet district owned by Access in prime Miami Beach. In France, Access owns the Grand-Hôtel du Cap-Ferrat, the premier luxury hotel property on the Côte d’Azur. In Buenos Aires, Access owns the Faena Hotel + Universe, an award-winning, Philippe Starck-designed, hotel and luxury apartment complex which has transformed the Puerto Madero area of this vibrant city. (accessindustries.com).