NCB to Build Hilton’s First Hotel in the Cayman Islands

Main Photo: The Curio Collection by Hilton

Date: February 2019

Location: George Town, Grand Cayman

Name: Curio Collection by Hilton – opening 2021

No. of Keys: 80 suites

Seller:

Buyer:  Hilton announces the signing of an agreement for a new-build Curio Collection by Hilton property in the Cayman Islands with NCB Group, one of Cayman’s leading residential and commercial developers. The company is headed up by Naul Bodden, President.

“As tourist arrivals in the Caribbean continue to increase, we have prioritised the region in our larger expansion efforts with Hilton’s first property in Grand Cayman,” said Juan Corvinos, vice president, development, Latin America and the Caribbean, Hilton. “In partnership with NCB Group, we are working toward embodying a retreat that caters to the needs of today’s discerning travellers that prioritise wellness while at home and abroad.”

Situated on the edge of George Town, the beachfront hotel boasts 80 suites, with spacious floorplans ranging from one to three bedrooms, which will also be available for purchase. Each suite will feature energy-efficient technologies, in-room yoga mats, fitness equipment and lighting that regulates circadian rhythm. Travellers will also be able to opt for executive and penthouse suites with premier private pools.

“We are elated to be partnering with an industry leader like Hilton and have the opportunity to introduce this internationally renowned, global hospitality company to the Cayman Islands,” said Matthew Wight, managing director of NCB Group. “It’s an honour that our hotel was selected to be a part of this exclusive collection of one-of-a-kind, independent hotels and resorts that are all celebrated for their individuality. Through this alliance we will be delivering an innovative wellness tourism product that also caters to the discerning business traveller.”

Guests will enjoy farm-to-table dining at two of the property’s restaurants and poolside café, offering local seafood, fresh produce, organic wines and craft cocktails. With a fully-equipped gym, rejuvenating spa and conference facilities, the hotel will also provide guests with a refreshing swimming pool complete with a swim-up bar and a fresh juice bar. The hotel will also have electric vehicle rentals and complimentary bicycles for eco-conscious guests to ride along and enjoy Grand Cayman’s Seven Mile Beach.

Rosa Harris, director of the Cayman Islands Department of Tourism shared, “It’s important for the destination to welcome accommodations that will provide exceptional experiences such as those offered by the Curio Collection by Hilton. Having a one-of-a-kind boutique property with wellness-focused offerings in our capital aligns with key segments of our visitor demographic and the strategic vision for tourism in the Cayman Islands. The property will be a welcome addition to room inventory and will further enhance our diverse product offerings and accommodations sector.”

As a successful developer of sustainable residential communities, beachfront condos and commercial buildings, NCB Group is continuing its commitment in the design and operation of the hotel with sustainability at the core of the project. Renewable energy, environmental considerations and energy efficient mechanical, electrical and plumbing elements are intelligently integrated. Solar panels, geothermal cooling, water recycling, SMART building management systems, LED lighting and solar water heating will also be introduced to significantly reduce operating costs, lower the reliance on the electrical grid and reduce the carbon footprint.

Hilton currently has a portfolio of nearly 150 hotels and resorts open in 25 countries across the Caribbean and Latin America. The company is actively pursuing additional growth opportunities and currently has a robust development pipeline of more than 80 hotels throughout the region.

Price: Undisclosed

THPT Comment: Hilton catching up with IHG’s Kimpton and Holiday Inn, Marriott’s Ritz-Carlton, Marriott Beach and Westin, Wyndham and Margaritaville as the chain-brand hotels in the Cayman Islands.

First Seen: Infabode

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