Cotton Bay Villas in Eleuthera, Bahamas
Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. announced it has signed an agreement with Eleuthera Properties, Ltd., a company chaired by prominent Bahamian businessman, Franklyn R. Wilson CMG, to develop Cotton Bay Villas, an exclusive new resort that will be a member of Starwood's prestigious Luxury Collection. Evoking images of a nostalgic and bygone era, the magnificent 1,500-acre project will be unveiled in two phases with Phase I comprising of two and three bedroom villas, 114 estate lots and a spectacular 26,000-square foot Clubhouse. The soft opening is scheduled for December 2006 with 25 premier beachfront units and Clubhouse with full amenities and services and a private marina. Completion of the 73 guestroom resort is scheduled for December 2007. Future phases will include an 18-hole championship golf course, wellness center/spa, additional real estate development and expansion of the marina.
Eluthera is approximately 100 miles long and less than one mile wide. The island is a destination for an elite clientele and home to many international celebrities with access to the island from Nassau and south Florida by commercial air carriers and private jets.
“Cotton Bay Villas will evoke a casual elegance, combining simplicity with island style to create a distinctively elegant atmosphere along with the impeccable service.” said Stephen Alden, senior vice president of The Luxury Collection.
Cotton Bay Villas will feature a spectacular octagonal enclosed pavilion situated on a bluff overlooking the Atlantic, the perfect venue for weddings and social events. The Clubhouse will include a Bahamian-fusion restaurant featuring a well-renowned island chef. Guests at the resort will have access to two small, private islands which feature a 20-acre bird sanctuary and a seven-acre secluded beach. Owners and guests at the resort will have preferred access to the resort's private marina in Davis Harbour, accommodating yachts up to 70 feet. Only minutes away, guests will enjoy world-class fishing grounds and phenomenal scuba-diving, snorkeling and other recreational water sports.
This spectacular new resort is currently part of the Audubon International Signature program, which acknowledges environmentally-friendly developments. As a member of this program, Cotton Bay Villas will be home to a plant nursery and an on-site horticulturist dedicated to nurturing the property, saving trees and other foliage from cleared land for replanting throughout the development. Environmental integrity as well as economic viability will ensure that Eleuthera's unique ecological systems and scenic landscapes will be preserved for the enjoyment of residents and visitors.
(Ed note: Eleuthera has a new “eco” point-of-interest in Governor's Harbour called the Leon Levy Plant Preserve.)
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