REPLAY Resorts Acquires Half Moon Bay, Enlists Designers OBMI

Replay Announces OBMI A Lead Architect for Development & Design of Half Moon Bay

Replay Resorts selected OBMI to serve as lead architect to design the master plan and building architecture for Half Moon Bay. In addition, OBMI will lead the coordination of consultants in the design and engineering of the destination. “We could not be more pleased to be working with OBMI on the envisioning, design, and execution of our plan for Half Moon Bay,” said Bill Green, Managing Director of Replay Resorts. “OBMI’s philosophy and approach of embracing the culture, history, and heritage of a place, and combining those fundamentals with our vision and the market’s needs, is completely aligned with Replay’s approach. We will be working with OBMI on the master planning and building architecture and assembling other world-renowned experts for our team including a landscape architect. The landscape experience at Half Moon Bay will be unlike anything else in the Caribbean, revolving around stewardship of the land and native plantings to create amazing natural environments that entice participation and emotional engagement.”

OBMI to Develop Antigua Sustainable Tourism Development Plan

Strides are being made toward the preparation of a Sustainable Tourism Development Plan (STDP) which will be used to develop and set guidelines for the future enhancement of Antigua and Barbuda as a tourist destination. The Government has secured the professional services of consultants OBMI and T&L Europraxis to partner on this project, to deliver the STDP and all related master planning, business planning, and negotiations. OBM International (OBMI), one of the world’s leading international architectural and planning firms with nine global offices, has a deep understanding of the vast opportunities for tourism investment in Antigua. The 75-year-old company has maintained an office in the region for 25 years and has completed notable local projects, including Sugar Ridge Hotel, Hermitage Bay, Carlisle Bay Hotel, and Blue Waters Hotel. OBMI was recently commissioned to prepare a Sustainable Tourism Development Plan (STDP) for Antigua, which aims to attract foreign capital for tourism development. The project is led by OBMI Antigua Partner Brian D’Ornellas, an island native who has been a trusted advisor to businesses and the government for over two decades. In partnership with the Tourism Ministry and the Investment Authority, OBMI and their consultant partners, Tourism and Leisure SL (part of the Europraxis Group), will develop a STDP that sets the guidelines for future development of the destination, helps identify specific development projects, and provides a cohesive and structured 10-year roadmap for foreign investors. Through the STDP, Antigua will continue to enjoy the competitive advantages of an attractive environment, a stable government that is actively involved in the tourism industry, an advantageous tax regime for tourism investment, and a key geographic location in the Caribbean near source markets such as the U.S. The project will also help raise the profile of Antigua, to generate employment and economic growth by creating value for the country’s assets.  

Rosewood Half Moon Bay

Antigua

Enhancing A Historic Landmark At Half Moon Bay

The vision for the new Rosewood Half Moon Bay is to create a destination that allows visitors to experience the beauty of the site and the culture of Antigua as through the eyes of a local. Therefore, OBMI set out to design the ultra-luxury resort across the spectacular 132-acre site that included a 5-star branded hotel, oceanfront villas, and cottages, with a thriving retail village as a destination that blends harmoniously into its surroundings, preserving and enhancing the site’s natural beauty. It is shaped as a perfect crescent, boasting one of the finest pink-sand beaches in Antigua, with turquoise waters, cooling breezes and an active surf life.

Showcasing the property’s overlook unto Half Moon Bay, the resort’s plan of clustered hotel units focuses around guest activities around a central courtyard and shared amenities for social gathering. The goal is to encourage guests to share experiences in the central spaces that naturally flow into the surrounding landscape. Rosewood Half Moon Bay will accommodate guests in 47 pavilion-style suites which include an ultra-luxurious three-bedroom presidential suite. The hotel’s innovative architecture is guided by an Eastern Caribbean aesthetic and is finely tuned to meet the desires of today’s affluent explorer. The resort will also feature an exclusive residential component comprised of branded oceanfront and ocean view residences, and just 10 exceptional estate home parcels. Amenities will include beachfront pools, tennis courts, Sense, A Rosewood Spa, and a biodynamic farm- all on 8,000 feet of oceanfront.

Half Moon Bay’s design marries classic Caribbean architecture with contemporary elements such as copper finishes, bringing a natural warmth and touch of elegance to the property’s natural environment.  The property’s design approach was a collaboration with Studio Piet Boon, and allows nature to inspire and govern the architecture with built elements offsetting and complementing the site’s natural features. A moment of unexpected discovery for guests upon arrival comes by way of the observation deck overlooking Half Moon Bay, allowing for a moment of contemplation in a picturesque setting. Upon wandering the property further, guests are taken on a journey through edible gardens, reflection ponds, native landscape and breathtaking views of Half Moon Bay, all carefully planned so one can best connect with the environment.

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Project Sheet Press

Centre of Excellence

Destination Creation

Type

Hospitality

Site

211 acres

Components

130 Room Hotel
6 Beachfront Residences
43 Peninsula Residences
15 Ocean View Residences
Hillside Residences

Services

Master Planning
Architecture

Client

REPLAY Resorts