Big Caribbean hotel news: Fairmont Hotels & Resorts has announced plans for a new luxury hotel in Saint Lucia, the Fairmont Saint Lucia at Sunset Bay.
Expected to open in late 2019, the 120-room property will have 40 private residential villas and be set on 25 acres and 1,870 feet of beach front on the southwest coast of Saint Lucia.
The Fairmont Saint Lucia at Sunset Bay will be 20 minute from the international airport and will be the island’s southernmost luxury resort, Fairmont said, offering access to the destination’s natural landscapes, beaches, waterfalls, rainforest and the Piton Mountains.
WATG and Wimberly Interiors will spearhead the architecture an design of the project, which will aim for a contemporary look with a focus on preserving and enhancing the natural environment, particularly conserving micro-ecosystems of small mango groves and protecting the beach from tidal erosion.
Built into a natural amphitheater, each of the property’s 120 guest rooms and suites and 40 residential villas will have unobstructed views across the bay. The resort will also have four restaurants and bars; a 9,000 square foot Fairmont spa; pool facilities including a main resort pool, children's pool and adult pool with cabanas; private marina with moorings for yachts; and approximately 10,000 square feet of flexible indoor and outdoor meeting and function space.
Nearby adventure activities will include paddle surfing, mountain biking, and hiking. Guests will also be able to take in the pool or spa, or connect with local culture in the nearby fishing village, the source of many local foods and ingredients on resort menus.
Fairmont Saint Lucia at Sunset Bay will join Caribbean and Mid-Atlantic sister properties Fairmont Royal Pavilion in Barbados, and Bermuda's Fairmont Southampton and Hamilton Princess & Beach Club, A Fairmont Managed Hotel.