It’s been over two years since investors Robert De Niro and billionaire James Packer announced their plans to turn Barbuda’s K Club Resort into a $250 million hotel. Although having been abandoned for 12 years, locals went to battle with investors to stop the project. Under Barbudan law, the island’s land is owned by the people, allowing them the right to decide on how it’s used. Finally, this past winter, locals and the government of Antigua and Barbuda came to an agreement and green lit the proposal.
Named Paradise Found, the resort will take over 859 acres in Barbuda which includes 251 acres of the former K-Club as well as 137 and 167 acres of buffer land, respectively. The hotel is projected to include a spa, four restaurants, a superyacht marina, casino and 50 cottages and overwater bungalows, each with their own private pool. The first phase is set to take place in the coming months which will include constructing the guestrooms, spa and restaurants.
Guests arriving to Antigua will be given access to the VC Bird International Airport’s VIP lounge, Fast Track service and a helicopter transfer to the island. For yacht visitors, the private marina will host 12 water moorings and six more will be available in front of the Princess Diana Beach. Following phase one, investors will focus on a beautification project for Barbuda which will include a donkey sanitary as well as turning the Government House into a museum open to the public. At the time of publication, no set date has been announced for its opening.
By Nicolle Monico