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.Vida Group N.V. Expects 350 room Hyatt Regency Curacao and
Pete Dye Golf Course to Open in Early 2010


CHICAGO, June 4, 2009 - Scheduled to open in January 2010, Hyatt Regency Curacao Golf Resort, Spa & Marina, the only resort on the island to offer 18 holes of championship golf, is now accepting reservations. Each of the 350 rooms has a view of the water and is located on one of the few remaining natural preserve peninsulas in theCaribbean offering guests the kind of authentic experience for which Hyatt resorts are known. The resort will feature uninterrupted water views on three sides, white sand beaches, extensive meeting space and luxurious amenities.

Hyatt Regency Curacao Golf Resort, Spa & Marina is located at Santa Barbara Plantation, a 1,500-acre luxury master planned resort community taking shape along a natural harbor known as Spanish Water, 25 minutes from Curacao's capital city of Willemstad. Santa Barbara Plantation will offer a variety of residences and amenities such as a homeowners' beach club and the 120-slip Seru Boca Marina capable of accommodating vessels up to 80 feet in length.
 


Rendering - Hyatt Regency Curacao Golf Resort, Spa & Marina

The first phase of the master planned resort community at Santa Barbara Plantation includes the following:

  • 350-room Hyatt Regency Hotel including restaurants, spa, meeting space, pool, tennis facilities, and retail shops;
  • 18-hole championship golf course designed by Pete Dye, one of the top golf architects in the world;
  • Marina located near the resort hotel with 10 slips for dive boats, water sports, charter fishing boats and tour boats.
  • 29 condominium homes;
  • 25 fractional share units;
  • 110 residential lots; and
  • 90 terrace homes

The resort will have four restaurants, all of which will feature menu items drawn from indigenous ingredients and techniques. The three-meal restaurant will showcase an exhibition kitchen and feature Mediterranean cuisine. The Swim Pool Bar & Grill, a high-energy pool bar, will cater to pool devotees during the day and hotel guests at night. At the Grill, the hotel's food and beverage team will offer traditional bar staples with a Pan Latino influence. The golf club grill, Shor, will be an American seafood grill centered on fresh seafood presented in a contemporary way.

Resort guests may incorporate health and wellness into their stay by taking part in the Hyatt Pure(TM) experience. The hotel's 4,500 square foot full-service Hyatt Pure spa will feature four treatment rooms that can accommodate both indoor and outdoor treatments. Adjacent to the spa is a beauty salon and StayFit@Hyatt fitness center, which offers the most updated Life Fitness equipment and training. Other resort amenities include a multi-level outdoor pool, complete with dramatic water features, lounge and cabana area; four tennis courts; Camp Hyatt; bicycle and jogging paths; volleyball courts; and a marina offering water sports, diving trips, snorkeling and more.

The combination of the rugged terrain of the Tafelberg Mountain, the Caribbean Sea and Spanish Water create a world-class setting for the resort's 18-hole championship golf course.

Designed by the renowned golf architect Pete Dye, the golf course, named Old Quarry, is the jewel of the resort and will measure approximately 7,200 yards and will include a 8,000 square foot pro shop and Shor, the golf club grill. Old Quarry will also offer a driving range and golf lessons will be available for guests. The theme of Old Quarry, like Hyatt Resorts, is authenticity and is carried throughout the course. The site's topographical features will produce golf holes that are aesthetically striking and rich in character, creating a spectacular place to play for amateurs and professionals alike. The 18-hole Old Quarry course will be one of the best in the Caribbean and the only course inCuracao that is located as part of a resort.

The perfect setting for meetings and special events, the resort features more than 18,500 square feet of indoor and outdoor meeting and banquet space as well as catering that utilizes local ingredients and technology to support sophisticated presentations.

Santa Barbara Plantation is being developed by VIDA Group N.V., a real estate development and consulting company with 35 years of experience in creating premier resort and master planned community projects. For more information, visit www.santabarbaraplantation.com.
 

The Santa Barbara Plantation property is owned by SFT Investments Limited and Vida Group N.V. Christopher G. Smeets heads up the interests of the Smeets Family Trust. (http://www.santabarbararesort.com/10.html) 

VIDA Group N.V. is real estate development and consulting company whose primary focus, over the past thirty-five years, has been on premier resort and master planned community projects. VIDA’s President, Jack Marshall, is a graduate of Stanford University in Architecture.

Mr. Marshall held his first position of significant resort management responsibility when he headed up the development of Elkhorn at Sun Valley, Idaho, a 3,000 acre master planned resort community. Following his tenure at Elkhorn, he was recruited to direct all the real estate and development activities for Pebble Beach Company in California. While serving in this position for many years, Mr. Marshall was responsible for expansion of the Lodge, creation of the Poppy Hills Golf course, and design development of the Spanish Bay Resort, both in Pebble Beach. While at Pebble Beach, he also worked with Castle & Cooke to develop the preliminary master plan for the Island of Lanai in Hawaii.

After Pebble Beach, Mr. Marshall became the President of Vail Associates, the largest and most highly regarded ski resort in the United States. While at Vail, he also served as the President of Beaver Creek during the conception and successful implementation of this resort community, a 3,000-acre year-round complex which has consistently won awards as the best master planned resort in the United States.

In addition to the above, VIDA has assumed various responsibilities in the development of a number of other resort projects in the United States, Mexico and France.

Rod Moser is a graduate of Montana State University and began his professional career in 1976 as a CPA with Peat, Marwick, Mitchell & Company. Following five-year career with PMM&Co., Mr. Moser was the controller of a publicly-traded oil & gas company in Denver. Mr. Moser was the founder of a succesful real estate brokerage and it investment company that he operated until it was sold in the late 1980's. Mr. Moser holds a real estate brokers license in California.

For the past nineteen years, Mr. Moser has provided financial and development consulting services to VIDA Group and other golf and resort developers. 

Contact Information:
Santa Barbara Plantation
Porta Blancu
P.O. Box 4816
Nieuwpoort
Curacao, Netherlands Antilles

About Global Hyatt Corporation
Global Hyatt Corporation, headquartered in Chicago, is one of the world's premier hotel companies. The hotels owned, operated, managed or franchised by its subsidiaries provide authentic hospitality to guests in 44 countries through a passionate commitment to personalized service, cultural relevance, and the environment. Global Hyatt subsidiaries own, operate, manage or franchise more than 370 hotels and resorts worldwide under the Hyatt(R), Hyatt Regency(R), Hyatt Resorts(TM), Grand Hyatt(R), Park Hyatt(R), Hyatt Place(R), Hyatt Summerfield Suites(R) and Andaz(TM) brands with additional properties under development on five continents. Global Hyatt Corporation is also the owner of Hyatt Vacation Ownership, Inc., operator of Hyatt Vacation Club(R). The success of Global Hyatt is driven by the commitment and energy of the thousands of men and women around the world who provide exceptional service to hotel guests. From the U.S. and Canada, reservations for any Hyatt hotel worldwide may be obtained by calling 1-800-233-1234 or visiting www.hyatt.com.

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Also See: Hyatt Corporation and Santa Barbara Hospitality, N.V. Sign Long-term Management Agreement for Hyatt Regency Curacao Resort, Spa & Casino / April 2005
The 350-room luxury Hyatt Regency Curacao Breaks Ground, Part of the $104 million Santa Barbara Plantation Project / December 2005
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