Ritz Carlton Cayman

Cayman Islands

Mangrove Restoration Protects Luxury Beach Resort

OBMI master planned the Ritz Carlton Cayman Beach Resort to include a number of neighborhoods, each with distinctive features and characteristics. We included a Tennis Centre with adjacent condos, a roof deck with gym and infinity pool, and a dock for water taxis. Caribbean Cottages sit on their own island connected by a bridge, maximizing waterfront exposure. In the Marina Village neighborhood, single-family boathouses have private slips.

Our designers of this luxury beach resort also worked with leading environmental consultants Applied Technology & Management to improve the property’s coastal protection and hurricane resiliency. The site was severely flooded during Hurricane Ivan, largely because the mangrove system previously had been destroyed. Mangroves have vast root systems that dissipate wave energy and protect coastal regions from erosion and storm surges. OBMI incorporated innovative marina concepts for mangrove restoration as well as a robust rock buffer. The project became the only Caribbean case study in the ULI publication: Returns on Resilience: The Business Case. As well as reducing risk of hurricane damage, the mangrove analysis supported a new plan for developing luxury condominiums for sale designed.

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