Press > Revamped Rosewood Little Dix Bay Returning Early 2020

Revamped Rosewood Little Dix Bay Returning Early 2020

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One of the Caribbean’s most legendary resorts is making its long-awaited comeback in the first quarter of 2020. The historic Rosewood Little Dix Bay resort on Virgin Gorda in the British Virgin Islands is set to relaunch in January, according to a spokesperson for the company.
Rosewood Little Dix Bay, set a spectacular crescent of sand in the southwestern corner of Virgin Gorda, will have a mix of cottages, suites and large villas. Food and beverage concepts will be comprised of the Sugar Mill eatery, the “wholesome slow food”-focused Pavilion; the Rum Room, an open-air rum bar; and The Reef House, offering a farm-to-table culinary experience. And yes, the resort’s renowned Sense, a Rosewood Spa, will return, along with a fitness center with state-of-the-art training equipment. The resort will feature two pools: the Pavilion Pool, set at the edge of the beach, and the spa infinity pool, a tiered ocean-view pool.
It will be a triumphant return for a hotel that has been closed since 2016, when it began a large-scale, multimillion-dollar renovation project lead by . That project came to a halt in 2017, when Hurricane Irma came through the BVI.
Now, the renovation and transformation of the resort, the largest of the property since Rockefeller founded the property more than a half century ago.
Its reopening will reestablish Little Dix Bay as arguably the premier resort in the BVI, joining a luxury portfolio in the archipelago that includes standouts like Guana Island and Scrub Island, among others.

Learn more: Caribbean Journal

Rosewood selected New York-based Meyer Davis Studio Inc. to lead the renovation and oversee the overall design concept for the resort’s refresh. OBMI, a Miami-based architectural firm, was selected as lead architect to manage the new structure of the Beach Grill and the remodel of the resort’s guest rooms and suites. Landscape Contractors and Design (LCD) carried out the design and overall enhancement of the resort’s landscaping, lighting and signage. Learn more about OBMI's vision for Rosewood Little Dix Bay: here.


Press > Invest St. Lucia to Develop Master Plan for Anse de Sable, Vieux-Fort

Invest St. Lucia to Develop Master Plan for Anse de Sable, Vieux-Fort

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Castries, Saint Lucia – January 28th 2019 – Invest Saint Lucia (ISL) is in the process of developing a master plan for the Anse de Sable area in Vieux-Fort, as part of the overall redevelopment plan for the southern town.

Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Roderick Cherry remarked, “Invest Saint Lucia owns a large portion of land in Vieux-Fort and it has always been the Corporation’s goal to enhance the area. From as far back as 2001, we had envisioned a mixed-use development for Anse de Sable."

Mr. Cherry continued, "Thus, the proposed redevelopment for Vieux-Fort, featuring the Hewanorra International Airport redesign and plans for homeporting at the Seaport, made this opportune for a renewal of the Corporation’s plans."

Following an international bidding process, Invest Saint Lucia approached the team of experts at renowned architectural firm OBM International (OBMI), to discuss the scope of the proposed master plan for Anse de Sable.

“OBMI’s expertise in designing successful destinations across the Caribbean, Europe, and the Middle East gives us complete confidence in the firm’s ability to execute a vision for Anse de Sable that promotes sustainable tourism enterprise and increases the opportunities for investment activities,” remarked Chief Executive Officer, Douglas Kulig.

OBMI representatives were on island in December 2018, holding consultations with ISL and other key stakeholders such as the Saint Lucia National Trust (SLNT) and the Air and Seaports Authority (SLASPA). Cherry confirmed that OBMI was indeed the right firm for the project based on extensive research conducted by the Corporation. He stated that Anse de Sable and the surrounding communities in Vieux-Fort will stand to benefit substantially from the proposed mixed-use development plan. Thus, as this project progresses, ISL will ensure transparency, hosting consultations with residents and interested parties.

“We envision an enhanced community that will encompass schools, health care facilities, retail, entertainment centers, as well as a host of other community-benefiting amenities. The idea is to have this master plan designed and use this proposal to seek out investors – both local and foreign – to capitalize on the available opportunities presented by this master plan.”

Cherry said that the architectural design for the master plan for Anse de Sable may be available as early as the first half of 2019, at which time investors will be invited to participate in the implementation of the physical structures for the area.

According to OBMI, it has managed to overcome challenges by ‘developing a proactive, nimble approach to problem-solving and is now leveraging those acquired skills to their clients’ advantage, presenting inspired solutions with flexible adaptability.’

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About INVEST SAINT LUCIA

INVEST SAINT LUCIA (formally the National Development Corporation) is charged with the responsibility to stimulate, facilitate, and promote the development of business and investment activities in selected sectors of the Saint Lucian economy. We offer a comprehensive knowledge of the processes to set up a business and information on available incentives to foster growth and to expand your business. INVEST SAINT LUCIA is a member of the Caribbean Association of Investment Promotion Agencies (CAIPA).

About OBMI
OBMI is a global architecture firm widely celebrated for creating distinctive designs for high-end hotels, luxury private residences, and engaging communities. Since 1936, our mission has been to collaborate with clients to transform their visions into three-dimensional forms that are authentic and incomparably marketable. Through global design studios, we offer an integrated approach that combines responsive design strategies, the latest innovations, and technical expertise to create experientially memorable, environmentally responsible, and financially successful destinations.

Press > Real Life Caribbean Showcases Casa del Cielo Residence

Real Life Caribbean Showcases Casa del Cielo Residence

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Home in Cayman Designed To Open It's Roof To the Sky

OBMI designed Casa del Cielo as a family home in Vista del Mar that takes a different approach to the indoor-outdoor living concept, by opening the roof to the sky.

When Chris and Kristy Capewell began to discuss designs for the house they would build together, light and openness were key concepts – but a glass roof was not initially on their list of ‘must haves’. It was one of Chris’ more outlandish suggestions, which along with an indoor koi carp pond and the glass-fronted wine storage, found their way into the final design.

With three young children, many of the Capewell’s priorities were practical - a central open plan kitchen and dining area, the family’s bedrooms all on the same floor, a play room that was easy to supervise and outside space where the kids could kick a ball around - but Kristy’s art and design background, Chris’ creative ideas, and the guidance of architect Tim Peck and Mikki Chin of OBMI, enabled them to incorporate some striking design features into this functionality.

Tim envisioned the initial design concept, then Mikki helped translate it into reality working alongside Phoenix Construction to ensure it was built to the client’s original vision.

“The original concept was based upon a reinterpretation of the traditional Mediterranean villa, centered around a courtyard as the active hub of the house,” Tim explains. “In this case the courtyard became enclosed and conditioned, with all social spaces and the upper circulation gallery leading off this ‘courtyard’.”

A double-height dining room thus occupies the courtyard, with the kitchen, sunken living room and playroom leading off it, and the master suite and children’s bedrooms are accessed from the first floor gallery.

Although the courtyard was originally designed with a flat roof, set above narrow windows that would allow light to filter through, Chris’ radical idea of replacing the solid roof with a glass atrium transformed the design into something spectacular.

“Tim was amazing to work with because of the way he absorbed and realized ideas like this so effortlessly,” Kristy says.

Now, not only do they have the light and airy quality they wanted but they can sit indoors and see airplanes, storm clouds, and frigate birds passing over head by day, and revel in the sight of the moon and stars at night.

Occupying this central space is a stunning dining table, topped by a single slice of sustainably sourced chamcha wood, with a cluster of spherical pendant lights, made from wispy strands of fibreglass, suspended above it. “We always eat at the table in this house because it is where everyone wants to be,” the owners note.

Due to the covenants governing Vista del Mar, the exterior is Mediterranean in style and is finished in earthy, terracotta tones, whilst the interior aesthetic is fresh and bright. The high gloss white kitchen cabinetry, installed by Pooley Cabinets, and the pale wood-look floor tiles from ITC create a crisp, clean background that offsets the lush greenery visible through the large windows.

A few steps down from the dining room, a snug living room with a family-size corner sofa opens onto an outdoor dining patio with pull down fly screens, ideal for entertaining. For family nights in, a home cinema, complete with seats salvaged from Camana Bay cinema, make movie nights a special occasion.

Kristy’s own artwork, much of which follows an ornithological theme, with colours cleverly matching the tones of the furniture, adds personality and colour, whilst the bold use of hardwood softens the clean, contemporary lines.

“I love the warmth and texture that the natural materials bring,” Kristy says. “The touches of wood sit so beautifully beside the modern glass features.”

Oversize rustic wooden barn doors slide across to close off the playroom from the dining room when not in use and in the master bedroom, the same doors complement the solid hardwood bed, sourced on island from Absolutely Fabulous.

The ingeniously designed open staircase, with custom made cantilevered timber treads, that winds all the way up to a third floor office and roof terrace, only found its full expression as the build progressed. Wrapping around a stairwell lit by the same hanging lights as the dining room, it was only when the concrete was being poured that it occurred to the owners to put a pond and fountain at the base. The soothing sounds of trickling water, they say, greatly enhance the sense of calm inside, whilst a security system installed by the Security Centre affords them peace of mind.

For Chris, an avid fisherman, having a dock for his boat was essential, and with young children, a safe neighbourhood where they could play outdoors was key. The lot at Vista del Mar ticked both boxes and was large enough to put in a pool, lawn and a section of Astroturf for the kids to play on. Moreover, because the land had not been cleared, they were able - with the help of Vigoro Nursery - to preserve many of the established trees at the front of the house, providing a habitat for the birds they love.

Encouraged by both OBMI and Phoenix, Chris and Kristy were very involved throughout the design and construction process. With changing skies always visible overhead, the relaxing trickle of an indoor fountain and verdant, green surroundings, the Capewells have created a family haven perfectly tailored to their personalities. Better still, Kristy says, the house has given her the space, light and inspiration to pursue her painting more seriously and she is slowly reclaiming the butler’s pantry off the kitchen as her art studio.

 

 

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Press > El Rancho Hotel & Convention Center Contracted for Construction

El Rancho Hotel & Convention Center Contracted for Construction

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Société Immobilière et Financier SA (SIF), owner of the El Rancho Hotel, signed a contract on Friday, January 26, 2018 with Estrella for the construction of the largest convention center in Haiti designed by OBMI. The contract covers more than $ 16.5 million and will allow Haiti to have a modern convention center capable of hosting more than 1,300 people in theater format.

The president of the SIF, Dr. Réginald Boulos, signed the contract with the vice-president of the Estrella group, Mr. Manuel Genao, at the El Rancho Hotel Bellevue Hall on January 26th. OBMI completed the master plan and architectural design for Villa Creole, El Rancho.

El Rancho Hotel & Convention Center will be erected in the El Rancho hotel zone with direct access to the Bourdon road via a four-lane road also built by Société immobilière et financier SA (SIF). It will feature a capacity of more than 1,300 people (in theater mode), will be modular and can be transformed as needed into smaller rooms from 100 to 500 places. It will also have a covered parking of 400 places.

The financing of this important investment in the town of Pétion-Ville is provided entirely by Haitian funds, from shareholders of the company and financial institutions, according to information obtained by the newspaper.

In addition to having the largest area to accommodate any type of event, the El Rancho Hotel & Convention Center will have a covered parking of more than 400 places. Visitors will have from the parking access directly to the foyer of the convention center, according to the plans of the architectural firm.

Reproduced from the original article printed in Le Nouvelliste.

 

 

 

Press > OBMI Designs Largest Convention Center in Haiti

OBMI Designs Largest Convention Center in Haiti

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Réginald Boulos, the President of Société immobilière et financier S.A. (SIF), owner of El Rancho Hotel, has signed a $16.5 million contract with Manuel Genao, Vice President of the Dominican firm Estrella, for the construction of the largest Convention Center in Haiti as part of the Villa Creole master plan.

The Center, designed by the U.S. architectural firm OBM International, with a capacity of more than 1,300 people (in theater mode), will be modular and can be transformed as needed into smaller rooms from 100 to 500 places. It will also have a covered parking of 400 places.

Fully Haitian financing of this future convention center will be provided by shareholders of the CIF and financial institutions. The work should begin in February and last 18 months.

Reproduced for original article in ICI Haiti

 

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Press > Rosewood Announces OBMI to Design Half Moon Bay Antigua

Rosewood Announces OBMI to Design Half Moon Bay Antigua

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Rosewood Hotels and Resorts has been tapped by Vancouver-based Replay Destinations to manage the new Rosewood Half Moon Bay Antigua, which is slated to debut in Antigua in 2021.

The OBMI-designed resort will be situated on 132 spectacular oceanfront acres along Half Moon Bay, which is internationally lauded as one of the world’s most spectacular beaches. The former Half Moon Bay Hotel was established in the 1950s and for decades was a sought-after vacation destination and resort playground for the international jet set. The new Rosewood will feature 47 pavilion-style suites, including a three-bedroom presidential suite. Each accommodation will feature breath-taking ocean views and thoughtful amenities finely tuned to the desires of today’s affluent explorer, including private infinity plunge pools, hammocks, open-air baths and showers and live orchid walls in each bathroom.

Boasting a design that reflects the lush locale, the aesthetic borrows from historic Caribbean and architectural pioneers to offer a classic and timeless feel coupled with modern amenities and services.

“With its secluded location and breathtaking beach, Half Moon Bay is one of the world’s most stunning hidden gems and a natural destination for Rosewood’s affluent explorers,” said Sonia Cheng, Chief Executive Officer of Rosewood Hotel Group. “We look forward to integrating Rosewood’s Sense of Place philosophy into Antigua’s incredible natural environment, to create unforgettable experiences for our guests.”

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