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Antigua to get its first Waldorf Astoria hotel

Waldorf Astoria will open its first hotel in the Caribbean in 2020. The luxury property will be located in Antigua and will be located on 30 acres of prime beachfront, and will be home to a world-class spa and multiple dining concepts.

Antigua to get its first Waldorf Astoria hotel

The Caribbean will get its first Waldorf Astoria hotel in 2020. The new property, which will be located in Antigua, is currently under construction. The luxury flagship brand is under the umbrella of the Hilton Worldwide.

Charles Max Fernandez, Minister of Tourism for Antigua and Barbuda, made the announcement at the recently concluded State of Tourism Industry Conference (SOTIC) held by the Caribbean Tourism Organisation (CTO) in the Bahamas. Fernandez said Antigua hopes to draw other star properties to the island. During the conference Mr Fernandez told Loop:

“The feeling is that it will be a special target market anyway. The good thing about luxury brands is that they tend to employ more persons per key because of the high level of service.”

According to the Waldorf Astoria, the exclusive resort will cover 30 acres of prime beachfront, with an additional five acres to be developed into a National Park and will comprise 95 rooms, 25 branded villas, a world-class spa and several waterside-dining concepts.

Both Antigua and Barbuda will see increased growth in the coming months. The new Waldorf Astoria Antigua is among 15 new properties that will be built on the islands over the next two years. The others include The Royalton, The Hammock Cove by Elite Island, Marriott Autograph Collection, Rosewood, Best Western and Elegant Hotels’ Hodges Bay Resort and Spa.

According to Fernandez, the new properties will add over 2,500 rooms to the island. He explained:

“The aim is to double our room count by 2023. It is now close to 3,000 and that does not include Airbnb.”

In an effort to attract new types of tourists, Fernandez revealed that Antigua and Barbuda will be accommodating “glamping,” a luxury way of camping. He also said that luxury glamping is available on Valley Church beach in Jolly Bay which will accommodate tents and will include comfortable double beds and stylish furniture. He said glamping will be promoted in Barbuda with its pristine water and pink sand beaches.

Fernandez said the Barbuda Belle will be the first hotel to be reopened on December 1. Despite the hurricanes of last year, Antigua has seen an increase in the number of tourists to the island.

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