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Cabrits Resort Kempinski Dominica is luxury brand's latest Caribbean development

Luxury heritage hotel company Kempinski is set to open a new resort on the Caribbean island of Dominica in the summer of 2019. The high-end Cabrits Resort and Spa Kempinski Dominica will be the brand's second recent opening in the region following the debut of Cuba's first five-star hotel Gran Hotel Manzana Kempinski La Habana in the heart of Havana last year.

Cabrits Resort Kempinski Dominica is luxury brand's latest Caribbean development

 Luxe heritage hotel brand Kempinski Hotels has announced it is planning to open a luxurious hideaway on the Caribbean island of Dominica in the second half of next year. This follows the successful launch of its new property in Cuba – the Gran Hotel Manzana Kempinski La Habana – which became the country’s first five-star hotel when it opened in Havana last year.

Set to open in summer 2019, the new Cabrits Resort and Spa Kempinski Dominica will have 160 rooms surrounded by the tropical island’s Cabrits National Park. Known for its natural beauty and eco-tourism, Dominica is located in the Lesser Antilles region of the Caribbean, and is home to 365 rivers, waterfalls and hot springs.

Kempinski Dominica has been designed to preserve the natural balance between land and the sea, while ensuring a modern contemporary guest experience. The company has appointed Michael J. Schoonewagen as the new general manager of the resort, who is an experienced and passionate hotelier with some 30 years of experience in luxury resorts around the world.

Overseeing the opening, the new manager will lead the team to open this first luxury resort for Kempinski in Dominica, working closely with resort development partners, Range Developments, to position the island as the new go-to luxury travel destination in the region.

Commenting on this appointment, Kempinski’s COO for the Americas Xavier Destribats said:

“We are delighted to welcome Michael to the Kempinski family. With his successful track-record of managing luxury resort properties in pioneering destinations, and his focused expertise in the luxury segment, I am confident that Michael will build on our considerable momentum in the region with the opening of Cabrits Resort & Spa Kempinski Dominica next year.”

Mr Schoonewagen also added:

“It is a great privilege to join Kempinski and lead this exciting development in Dominica. I have long admired the pioneering spirit and cultural empathy of Kempinski as a luxury heritage brand, and look forward to building on these roots to create the ultimate luxury destination in the Caribbean.”

Kempinski’s partner Range Developments is an award winning and leading developer of resorts in the Caribbean under citizenship by investment programmes. Range's flagship development, the Park Hyatt St Kitts, opened its doors in November 2017 and has established itself as the finest hotel in the region.

Range Developments’ founder and Vice Chairman Mohammed Asaria, said:

“Hiring a general manager is a key step in completing a successful project – it shows the project is 12 months away from opening. Having Michael Schoonewagen on board at this stage is a clear sign of commitment from Range and Kempinski and reflects well both on the development and the future of tourism in Dominica.”

Created in 1897, Kempinski Hotels is Europe’s oldest luxury hotel group. According to the company, its rich heritage of impeccable personal service and superb hospitality is complemented by the exclusivity and individuality of its resorts.

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