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We had a lot of news last week that made you all unhappy – the two BVI increases, for example – so we wanted to hold off on today’s story for a bit because we weren’t sure the reaction we’d receive. But it’s made the rounds in the traditional news media, so we figured it was time to share it. So here it goes… A new hotel is planned for Cruz Bay. And from what we’ve been told, it’s going to have up to 200 rooms if approved.
The hotel is being planned by Delbert Parsons and Delrise Varlack. Delbert owns Sea Shore Allure, a beautifully-designed, upscale hotel in Cruz Bay. Ms. Varlack owns Varlack Ventures, one of the companies that runs the ferry boats. She also owns a car rental company of the same name.
The hotel is going to have up to 200 rooms – both one and two bedroom suites. They will not have kitchens, Delbert said Thursday. It’s going to be a higher end hotel, along the lines of Sea Shore Allure, but the price point will be less than the Westin and Caneel Bay, he said.
If approved, the hotel have two pools – one at ground level and another roof-top pool. It will also have a walking path connecting it to nearby Mongoose Junction. He’s still working on the renderings and expects to have them completed within a month.
Delbert doesn’t foresee any approval issues, as he has the space, waste management and water plans, etc. If approved, he expects the project to take roughly three years to complete.
The site is located above the Lumberyard and would be accessed from the road behind the Islandia Building. It’s a perfect location, according to Delbert.
“The view is unbelievable. The sunsets – oh man, it’s priceless. The way it’s located, we don’t have the noise up there. That’s what’s so amazing about it.”
And when asked about potential backlash, which happened when Grande Bay and Sirenusa were announced, for example, Delbert remains positive.
“Progress is something you cannot stop,” he said. “We lost Maho Bay. We lost the Westin. (The Westin is being converted to all timeshares.) So we’re trying to bring back something we lost. We’re not adding more to the situation. We can probably bring back half the rooms we lost.”
We will keep you all posted on this folks.