Founder and CEO of The Resort Group PLC, Rob Jarrett, speaks to RTP Africa's Pearls of the Ocean about investment across the archipelago of Cape Verde.
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Groundbreaking White Sands Hotel Boa Vista
Dienstag, 22 Dezember 2015 - 12:14
The groundbreaking ceremony at a leading Cape Verde development, which is taking place at the weekend, will give its property market a significant boost, it is claimed.
The Resort Group says it will start building the White Sands Hotel & Spa complex in Boa Vista, Cape Verde with a groundbreaking ceremony chaired by Prime Minister, Jose Maria Neves, on Saturday 19 December.
The five-star hotel complex is the first of The Resort Group’s six major developments on Boa Vista island – all of which will be built on Santa Monica Beach – and forms part of the Cape Verde government’s ambition for major touristic development.
As well as approving plans for new hotels and resorts, the government is investing in enhancing the island’s infrastructure including new roads, improved power supplies and desalination plants.
Rob Jarrett, Chief Executive Officer of The Resort Group, says, “The tourism success of Cape Verde has largely been driven by the increasing number of visitors to the neighbouring island of Sal, which is where our first three resort developments are located. Since opening, MELIÃ Tortuga Beach Resort and MELIÃ Dunas Beach Resort & Spa have attracted over a million tourists and Llana Beach Hotel, which is scheduled to open in 2016, will drive touristic volume even further.
“Sal has grown up, and our successful investment model is set to be replicated in Boa Vista. Like Sal, the island will become a property investment hotspot and the reasons for this are simple. Its stunning beaches, year-round sunshine and increasing number of direct flights from across the UK and Europe will entice people looking for an alternative holiday destination.”
The Resort Group’s master plan for Boa Vista incorporates a marina, developed in partnership with some of the world’s leading hotel brands that is set to transform Santa Monica into a truly luxurious beach destination. It will also meet the growing demand for high quality accommodation on the island and capitalise on the continuing growth in tourism to create an attractive property investment opportunity.
The White Sands Hotel & Spa development consists of 835 luxurious properties, from private villas and penthouse hotel suites right through to suites with private gardens, swim-up pools and hot tubs. It will be split into family and adult-only sections.
Off plan properties start from €151,450. The Resort Group is also guaranteeing an off-plan incentive of 7% per annum return during the hotel’s construction phase.
The hotel’s facilities include four themed restaurants and two large buffet-style restaurants, a range of bars including a relaxing lobby bar, lively sports bar, late bar and nightclub, plus a champagne bar, and a selection of shops offering a variety of gifts, souvenirs and holiday essentials.
In addition, guests will have access to six swimming pools, a luxurious YHI Spa, fully equipped fitness centre and water sports centre, and tennis and beach volleyball courts. For families, there will also be a children’s club, playground and baby pools.
The Resort Group currently has two resorts in operation in, with 1,629 rooms, and eight resorts and hotels in various stages of planning and development. Once completed, the total number of rooms included in the portfolio in Cape Verde is expected to be in excess of 6,500 rooms.
It specialises in developing luxurious beach front hotels and resorts in partnership with world-class hotel operators and is currently focused on a range of five-star projects in Cape Verde.
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