BASSETERRE, St. Kitts – The advanced stage of construction of the Ramada Hotel in St. Kitts has moved to a second gear as the developer – Caribbean Galaxy Real Estate Corporation – has officially begun Phase II of the luxury development.
Nineteen structures housing a luxury clubhouse, garden villas, spa villas, and condos were constructed under Phase I. There is also a swimming pool, and buildings for a state-of-the-art gym, and a spa that will significantly add to the comfort of the high-end guests.
Phase II began about two weeks ago and when completed, will see the current stock of rooms increased from 273 to 603. Additionally, exclusive facilities such as pavilions that allow guests to enjoy the spectacular sunsets on the northern side of the island, a wooden deck stretching over the side of a cliff for thrill seekers, and a water park for family fun will be built. A recreational facility will also be built to promote community-oriented activities for locals and Ramada guests.
Local construction workers have been busy laying the foundation for the new buildings while landscapers, air conditioner technicians, and others are engaged in various tasks on the site. This is in keeping with management’s commitment to employing skilled workers from across the federation. Caribbean Galaxy officials say that this helps to promote buy-in for the project amongst the population and provides employment opportunities for many residents.
The number of employed locals will significantly increase once the hotel opens in the near future. The economic empowerment of community residents is envisioned in management’s developmental agenda for the area. The spin-offs from activities generated by the multimillion-dollar Ramada Hotel is expected to open up opportunities for tour guides, taxi operators, dining establishments, craft vendors, and mom and pop stores, in the White Gate area, to name a few.
The timeline for completing Phase II is approximately three years barring any major setbacks from weather-related phenomena such as hurricanes, or a shortage of construction materials due to external factors.