|DALLAS, Nov. 14, 2000 - Rosewood Hotels &
Resorts announced today it has reached an agreement with Canouan Resorts
Development Ltd. (CRD) to manage its ultra-luxury resort, Carenage Bay,
on picturesque Canouan Island, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, W.I.
Spread across more than 200 acres on the remote
island in the Eastern Caribbean, 30 miles south of St. Vincent, and adjacent
to Mustique, this $160 million luxury resort opened about a year ago.
Designed by renowned Italian architects Luigi Vietti and Antonio Ferrari,
the resort is European-styled with tropical and Mediterranean accents,
evident in the colorful designs of the 155 villa suites—all overlooking
the sea. Against a spectacular white sand beach backdrop, Carenage
features a magnificent par-72, 18-tee, 13-green, golf course, which is
currently being extended to a full 18-hole championship course, a deluxe
European casino, several private yachts, tennis, sports and scuba diving,
a health and fitness center with spa facilities, one of the Caribbean’s
largest freshwater pools, four restaurants, and bars. CRD will continue
to develop the land it owns adjacent to the resort for the construction
and sale of luxurious, private villas.
|“Carenage Bay is a perfect complement to our
diverse and striking collection of resorts in the Caribbean,” said Jim
Brown, president and chief operating officer, Rosewood Hotels & Resorts.
“With our Martineau Bay property on Vieques set to open shortly, L’Avanbleu
under construction on St. Lucia, and our two existing world-renowned
resorts, Little Dix Bay and Caneel Bay, the Caribbean remains a popular
location for Rosewood’s clientele. We are committed to having a significant
presence in this region. For a company that prides itself on its
sensitivity both architecturally and humanistically to local environments,
remote Caribbean enclaves are particularly appealing.”
“We know Rosewood’s impeccable reputation as an
operator of ultra-luxury resorts and as a company that designs resorts
thoughtfully with an eye not only to guests’ desires, but also to the destination
and the preservation of its natural beauty and culture. We built
Carenage Bay with this in mind, and we believe we have chosen a true partner
in style and spirit with like-minded goals and philosophies,” said Swiss
investment banker, Antonio Saladino, CRD’s chairman.
Jim Brown -
President and Chief Operating
Officer Rosewood Hotels & Resorts
More than two hundred thousand frequent
flyer miles last year, on one airline. It’s no surprise that home is Jim’s
favorite place to “visit.” He wishes he were there more often with his
wife and son, but “duty calls.” His strong sense of home might be his guiding
force at the helm of Rosewood Hotels and Resorts. Jim, with his esteemed
colleagues, tries to create a feeling of home for new and returning guests.
This “homecoming” might mean knowing a guest’s anniversary or perhaps stocking
the mini-bar with their beverage of choice. Spanning the globe, seeking
new opportunities in every property, he aims to grow the company while
maintaining the integrity of the product.
As an accomplished Ironman triathlete,
he possesses the strength and endurance necessary. Jim gained his hospitality
expertise from almost 25 years in the industry; he began his career in
1973 at Western International (now Westin). A majority of his time, over
twenty years, was spent at Four Seasons, leaving as the senior vice president
of operations. As a Bachelor of Commerce in Hotel and Food Administration
graduate from the University of Guelph and having grown up in the retail
sporting good business, hotels and service have guided Jim’s interests.
He accepts nothing but the best at every level, believing that success
begins with attitude.
Carenage Bay will commence operations under Rosewood’s
management on November 12, 2000. In addition to spacious suites and
villas, all with private terraces and many with seaside views, all rooms
feature custom-made linens and fabrics, original works of art by renowned
Italian artist Constanzo Rovati, all depicting objects found on Canouan
Island. Guest amenities will include twice-daily maid service, daily
laundry, mini-bar refrigerators, concierge service, and dual-line phones
with Internet connection capabilities.
place™. Throughout its 21-year history, Rosewood
has delighted guests—and elevated hospitality to a new level—by providing
discreet, personal service and demonstrating remarkable attention to detail.
Canouan Island, one of the many Grenadine islands
and cays that comprise the country of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, is
serviced through five gateways including Barbados, Grenada, Martinique,
St. Lucia and St. Vincent.
Rosewood Hotels & Resorts, headquartered in
Dallas, Tex, manages properties on five continents worldwide including
The Mansion on Turtle Creek in Dallas, The Lanesborough in London, and
Las Ventanas al Paraiso in Los Cabos, Mexico. Each property is pre-eminent
in its region, and artfully designed with local inspiration to create a
distinctive sense of
The Island of Canouan, even with an area of only 3 square miles and a population
of 1100 is yet one of the largest islands in the Grenadines
St. Vincent and the Grenadines,