Will be Among the Largest Resort Community Developments
in the Caribbean
|ROCO KI, Dominican Republic - (April 26, 2007) - Now in count-down
mode prior to opening of Phase I in Spring 2008, construction of the multi-billion-dollar
Roco Ki resort and residential community is advancing rapidly, including
The Westin Roco Ki Beach & Golf Resort (A Starwood Hotels & Resorts
Worldwide, Inc. Hotel), the 18-hole, par-72 Nick Faldo-designed signature
championship golf course and Roco Ki's many private residences.
As floors of the hotel quickly go up, ground is broken and second floors
are poured for many of the residences, five of the spectacular Nick Faldo
golf course holes have also been approved and are in the process of being
grassed Visitors, purchasers and Roco Ki owners alike are already
enjoying practice shots to tee off from their favorite hole while enjoying
spectacular cliffside view and play.
Upon completion, Roco Ki will be among the largest resort community developments in the Caribbean, with 2,700 acres looking northward on one of the most untouched beaches in the Caribbean. The unique nature of the site has earned designation as one of the world's finest by UNESCO (United Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization).
The Westin Roco Ki Beach & Golf Resort features a combined total
of up to 364 lodging accommodations including 146 Westin-branded condominium
residences in one, two and three-bedroom designs, an impressive conference
center accommodating up to 500 for banquets, seven restaurants, a variety
of bars, gourmet market, 24-hour room service and an 18,000-square-foot
full-service spa with 15 treatment rooms.
The selection will include:
The name of the luxury resort and residential community, Roco Ki, has an approximate translation of "honoring the land" in Taino, the language of the indigenous population who originally inhabited the areas where Roco Ki is situated. From its symbolic logo to architectural features and design treatments, Roco Ki will reflect many of the unique and colorful characteristics of the area's history, culture and the Taino people.
Evidence of the Taino culture has been discovered throughout the Roco Ki site during excavations and construction, with artifacts and relics unearthed and carefully preserved in cooperation with the Dominican Republic Ministry of Culture. Plans are now in progress to open in the near future an interpretive museum at Roco Ki showcasing ancient artifacts and relics representative of the Taino Indians who once inhabited the grounds.
Nick Faldo's Latest and Greatest Creation
The 18-hole, par-72 Nick Faldo-designed signature championship golf
course is integrated into natural features of the Caribbean's most spectacular
landscape. Precise shot making, combined with an imaginative short
game will be key to playing this exceptional Nick Faldo design, already
being referred to as the "Pebble Beach of the Dominican Republic."
Becoming Part of the Community
Sarasota, Florida-based Michael Saunders & Company is the exclusive real estate broker for Roco Ki, a specialist in accommodating discriminating buyers. The brokerage is a member of Christie's Great Estates and Leading Real Estate Companies of the World, two of the world's largest real estate networks.
The Roco Ki Discovery Center is open daily and situated in the heart of the first phase of development at the destination resort, on the beachfront. The facility includes detailed large-scale model layouts depicting Roco Ki's first phase, as well as the specific location of individual home sites, villas and residential units. Prices range from $400,000 to $10 million. Site tours and orientations can be arranged by appointment.
And There's More...
After Phase I opens in Spring 2008, there will be approximately 10 more years of future additions. Those who become a member of the Roco Ki family will see more upscale facilities and services such as:
Richard Knorr, Founder and Principal of Chicago-based Richard Knorr International, is Roco Ki’s visionary and developer. Knorr’s work is already recognized in the Dominican Republic for the design and construction of the Acropolis office and retail center in Santo Domingo.
“I fell in love with the beautiful surroundings of the beaches, mangroves and cliffs in the Macao Beach area near Punta Cana, where we are building Roco Ki, “ said Knorr. “It’s something I never saw anywhere else in the Caribbean. I started to learn about the Taino Indians and the artifacts they left behind in the area.”
Knorr found the scenery and the rich Taino heritage to create a perfect combination for the concept of the Roco Ki resort community. In fact, Roco Ki’s approximate translation means “honoring the land” in Taino.
“Honoring the land and honoring the Dominican Republic is what we are
doing every step of the way with Roco Ki,” Knorr summarized.
|Also See:||Westin Roco Ki Beach & Golf Resort and Residences Unfolding in Dominican Republic / January 2007|
|Geostar, Inc. Names Starwood to Operate 315-room Westin Roco Ki Beach & Golf Resort Now Under Construction Near Punta Cana, Dominican Republic / May 2005|
|Dominican Republic Allocates $30 million to Improvements in Puerto Plata Related to Beach Preservation, Water Processing and Sanitation Systems; Desires to Maximize Use for Substantial Boost in Tourism / August 2006|