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Raffles Hotels & Resorts Signs Agreement with Point Hardy
Development Company to Manage Raffles St Lucia, West Indies 
SINGAPORE, March 14, 2007 – Raffles Hotels & Resorts has signed an agreement with Point Hardy Development Company, to manage Raffles St Lucia, West Indies. Raffles St Lucia will feature a spectacular resort as well as Raffles residential ownership opportunities for homesites and resort residences.

Raffles St Lucia brings luxury living to one of the most picturesque islands in the Caribbean. Located on the northern end of St Lucia, the development will spread over 360 acres marked by sweeping ocean views, dramatic cliffs and secluded beaches. Within this magical backdrop is a stunning 200-room resort, 275 residential luxury villas, casitas, condominiums, 75 estate lots, including 35 exclusive Jack Nicklaus Golf Club estate lots. 

The resort will offer exquisite dining options, five pools and a 10,000-square foot RafflesAmrita Spa, well known as an oasis of calm and a sanctuary for the senses. The brand name is derived from an ancient Sanskrit legend in which deities searched for Amrita, an elixir that would grant them eternal youth. Launched in 2000, RafflesAmrita Spa is a signature component of Raffles hotels and resorts found around the world. RafflesAmrita Spa in Raffles Hotel and Raffles The Plaza in Singapore, Raffles Le Montreux Palace in Switzerland, and Raffles Resort Canouan Island in The Grenadines is acknowledged as the best spa in each of its destinations.

The golf experience at Raffles St Lucia will be any golfer’s dream. A Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course will feature as many as seven holes that play to or along the dramatic coastline of St Lucia, with stunning views of the Caribbean from most of the golf course. Complementing the golf course will be a clubhouse and pro shop, as well as tennis courts and three beach clubs to offer other sporting options. The Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course will be the centrepiece of the Jack Nicklaus Golf Club St Lucia.

St Lucia will be one of only 25 destinations worldwide to be a part of the Jack Nicklaus Golf Club program, which allows exclusive access and reciprocity for a limited number of designated members at each of these Clubs. Founder Members of the Jack Nicklaus Golf Club St Lucia will have access to this worldwide program, as well as ownership of luxury golf villas at the resort and access to an exclusive clubhouse.  The first 35 Founders at Raffles St Lucia will enjoy an exclusive membership program that includes privileges at spectacular, private “Nicklaus Homes” throughout the world. 

“I am delighted that Raffles St Lucia has brought together two legendary names – Raffles Hotels & Resorts and Jack Nicklaus,” said Dennis Nardoni, CEO of Point Hardy Development Company. “Branding this resort with world-class partners is an indication of the confidence we have in the prospects for this resort and St Lucia. We look forward to the renowned Raffles service and experience introduced for the first time in St Lucia.”

“We are proud that Raffles has been appointed to operate this spectacular development,” said Diana Ee Tan, Managing Director of Raffles Hotels & Resort. “St Lucia is one of the most desired destinations in the Caribbean, and its tourism sector is growing at an exciting pace. Raffles St Lucia, like the other Raffles properties across the globe, will certainly, in time, become an iconic landmark in its destination, well loved by both international and local residents.” 

Since 1995, Mr. Nardoni has developed several successful real estate projects in northern St Lucia, including the expansion of the St Lucia Golf Resort and Country Club to a championship 18-hole course, featuring a Jack Nicklaus Academy. Known for innovative thinking, Mr Nardoni and his partner, Mike Hughes, are the primary force behind the conception of this fabulous and exciting community. 

Nardoni and Nicklaus have selected industry-leader IMI to lead the project’s sales and marketing efforts. Bringing 17 years and $5 billion of luxury real estate sales experience to this heralded team, IMI has promoted and sold some of the most distinguished communities throughout North America and the Caribbean. 

St Lucia, part of the Lesser Antilles, is an island nation in the eastern Caribbean Sea on the boundary with the Atlantic Ocean.  It is one of the most popular vacation and cruise destinations in the Caribbean, and tourism continues to be the principal engine of its economic growth. 

Arriving at Raffles St Lucia will be a breeze, with more than a dozen airlines from major cities in the United States, Canada and United Kingdom servicing its Hewanorra International Airport and George Charles Airport, just minutes from Raffles St Lucia. 

Contact:

Tory Lorance
Laura Davidson Public Relations
P: 212-696-0660

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Also See: Raffles International Opens Raffles Canouan Island, an Ultra-luxury Resort in Grenadines, W.I. / August 2004
Jack Nicklaus' First Dominican Republic Golf Course Opens; Punta Espada One of Three Nicklause Courses Planned for Cap Cana, a 1.5 billion Destination Resort / November 2006

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