(THE HOLIDAY PLACE) – With year-round sunshine, stunning beaches and relaxed Caribbean vibes, Saint Lucia is a haven for travellers looking to unwind in a paradisiacal setting. Boasting a wide range of lavish resorts, the destination is home to many international hotel brands.
Hilton Hotels will now join these hospitality firms, after announcing it would be adding the Harbor Club in Rodney Bay to its exclusive Curio Collection.
The rebranding of the property, which will take place in April, marks the return of the American hotel brand to Saint Lucia.
In 2005, Hilton had sold its interest in the former Jalousie Hilton Resort & Spa (now Sugar Ridge, A Viceroy Resort). The hotel chain’s comeback was described by Gregory Rockett, Hilton’s vice president of corporate hotel development, as a strategic move.
When discussing adding Harbor Club to Hilton’s portfolio, he said: “As the first Curio Collection by Hilton in St. Lucia, the signing of Harbor Club speaks to our commitment to further expanding Hilton’s presence in the region.”
Curio – A Collection by Hilton is Hilton’s latest brand and is currently being developed as the hotel chain selects distinctive four and five star hotels that offer travellers local discovery and authentic experiences in key markets. Just as the word “curio” can refer to something of interest, unique or even rare, each Curio hotel will be different from the next, with individuality being a common thread, along with the quiet reassurance of the Hilton name behind every location.
Curio properties range from boutique urban hotels to large beachfront resorts, all united by the fact they already have a local reputation and/or established brand identities. Some of the hotels that will join this collection are already well-known, independent hotels, such as The Sam Houston Hotel in Houston, Texas, and Hotel Alex Johnson in Rapid City, South Dakota.
Saint Lucia’s addition to the Curio Collection is the 115-suite Harbor Club.
Managed by Caribbean Hotel Services, an affiliate of Aimbridge Hospitality, the nautically-themed property opened at the Rodney Bay Marina on the island’s northwest coast in September 2017.
The all-new Harbor Club offers five world-class dining outlets (including Italian, Japanese and French fare), four sparkling swimming pools, several swim-up suites and first-class service.
Guests also have access to nearby Reduit Beach and Pigeon Island, a national landmark with historical monuments and beaches set on 44 acres.