|The Landings St. Lucia plans to add 12 villas by the end of the year.|
Travel Agent sat down Tuesday with Kashmie Ali, managing director of The Landings St. Lucia, and learned that the luxury hotel plans to add 12 villas by the end of the year.
Ali says an existing building has already been gutted out and the remainder of the work should be completed by December. The plans calls for a mix of one-, two- and three-bedroom villas.
He told us hotel representatives had wanted to expand the 146-villa property for some time, but their hands were tied because the property was previously owned by the developers.
In December, however, the owners of The Landings St. Lucia acquired the assets of the insolvent development company associated with the property.
The Landings St. Lucia recently announced that the more than 140 owners of the resort have successfully pooled their resources to create a fully owned, operated and managed hotel and residence community.
"It allows us to move forward with plans we had for the resort," says Ali. "Before, were owned by the developers, but now that the owners are debt free, we can start doing some things that we could not before."
And the expansion of rooms was not the only new development since the hotel became independent.
In January, The Landings St. Lucia spruced up its offerings by adding a new dining option, upgrading an existing restaurant and opening a new sunset beach bar.
A new gift shop and boutique invites guests to linger in the lobby area and offers standard resort amenities as well as St. Lucian-branded gifts and souvenirs.
The Landings St. Lucia also recently introduced butler service, and each villa features a fully-equipped kitchen. Guests who desire a more private, upscale dining affair now have the option of requesting In-Suite Chef Service.
"We are finally getting to where we wanted to be," says Ali.