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Dona Bertarelli unveils luxury boutique resort for Exumas

Plans for a resort that will transform two cays in the Exuma chain, were unveiled earlier this week during a signing ceremony in the Prime Minister’s office. 

Wednesday, February 3, 2016
Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Dona Bertarelli and PM

Bahamas Prime Minister Perry Christie (left) and developer Dona Bertarelli at the Office of the Prime Minister, Nassau, February 1. (Photo by Cay Focus Photography)

Plans for a resort that will transform two cays in the Exuma chain, were unveiled earlier this week during a signing ceremony in the Prime Minister’s office.

The low-rise, low-density, environmentally sensitive resort will be built on adjacent islands, Children’s Bay Cay and Williams Cay, off the northern tip of Great Exuma near the settlement of Barraterre.

The $200 million project will create a self-contained, ultra-luxury resort focused on service, culinary experiences, sports and an environmentally sound footprint.

Plans call for only 71 resort-residential units designed to blend with the natural environment from one-bedroom overwater pavilions to 8,000 sq ft villas with private pools – partly available for private ownership.

The developers, CB Commander Ltd and CH Amiral Ltd, unveiled the master plan February 1, with construction set to commence in the third quarter of 2016.

The resort at Children’s Bay Cay and Williams Cay is expected to generate up to 250 construction jobs and 150 permanent jobs for Bahamians. Extensive training programmes are planned for future employees leading up to the opening date, slated for late 2019.

“This investment in The Bahamas is part of a strategy to develop an international collection of ultra-luxury hotels. This new resort in the Exumas will form the centerpiece of a hospitality business currently consisting of two hotels located in Gstaad/Switzerland and Cannes/France. My vision for the collection is to offer today’s affluent travellers what they desire: outstanding attention to detail and unparalleled personalized service, relaxed yet sophisticated, delivered in very special destinations. These two cays in the Exumas will be developed following this vision, in an environmentally conscious way,” said Dona Bertarelli, owner of the new resort development.

“The choice of the Bahamas was an obvious one for me: it represents an excellent long-term business opportunity with a dedicated and talented local workforce and alongside a government committed to constructive partnership. The Bahamas, and specifically the Exumas, are truly blessed for their beauty and we are extremely grateful to be here. I would like to thank The Government of The Bahamas, the Prime Minister and all other supporters of the process thus far. I look forward to a long-lasting partnership for many years to come.”

Environmental measures include the use of hybrid power generation, initiatives to preserve flora and fauna and implementation of design technologies to minimize impact of the 18-hole golf course to be built on Williams Cay. Some 60% of the 170-acre Children’s Bay Cay will be preserved as green space. A small marina will be reserved for guests of the resort only.

Prime Minister Perry Christie was present February 1 for the signing of a Heads of Agreement between the Government of The Bahamas and sister companies CB Commander Ltd and CH Amiral Ltd, for the development of a $200 million eco-friendly high end luxury resort in Exuma.

Sixty years since the Hawksbill Creek Agreement and its enabling legislation came into being, the government is set to debate whether the legislation is still fit for purpose. Read Prime Minister Perry Christie's communication on the matter here.

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