On October 17, 2011, it was announced that Preferred Residences®, a hospitality branded membership and exchange program for luxury shared ownership resorts offered by an operating business of Interval Leisure Group (Nasdaq:IILG), has added Kittitian Hill in St. Kitts and Nevis to its exchange network. Located on 400 acres, the resort will feature a mix of whole and fractional ownership villas, cottages, and townhomes with panoramic views of the nearby islands of St. Barth’s, St. Maarten, St. Eustatius, and Saba.
“We are very pleased to welcome Kittitian Hill, a top-quality property that will provide Preferred Residences members with memorable vacation experiences. One of its distinctive elements will be a village designed to celebrate the art and culture of Kittitian living and offer guests the opportunity to interact with the community and participate in local activities and events,” noted David Gilbert, Executive Vice President of Resort Sales and Marketing for Preferred Residences.
Situated at the heart of the property, the village will include an array of fine dining and entertainment options, gourmet and duty-free shops, and a creative arts center with an amphitheater, cinema, artisan shops, and artists’ studios where visitors can purchase handmade jewelry and art.
Among the other upscale amenities and personalized services that owners and guests will be able to enjoy are concierge, in-room, and pre-arrival services; child care; a 20,000-square-foot destination spa; beach club with valet service; signature pools with multi-level decks and outdoor hot tubs; state-of-the-art fitness center; tennis courts; and an Ian Woosnam 18-hole championship golf course and clubhouse.
“We are very pleased to affiliate Kittitian Hill with Preferred Residences and to welcome its members to our exceptional property,” said Val Kempadoo, Managing Director of Belmont Resorts, Ltd., developer of Kittitian Hill. “We designed the resort to incorporate all the elements that are essential for environmentally responsible development in the Caribbean, so that it will become a model for sustainable luxury living.”
Bill Bensley, founder of the prestigious Bill Bensley Design Studios, is responsible for the architecture, interior, and landscape design of the property. The Bangkok-based firm is renowned for integrating the environment and cultural art forms into its projects and has worked on award-winning lifestyle resorts for hospitality brands around the world.
The first phase of construction, which features hotel cottages, villas, golf course and clubhouse, beach club, pools, restaurants, bars, and shops, is currently underway and is slated for completion in November 2012. The second phase includes the village, spa, and spa cottages, and is scheduled to begin the following year. All components of Kittitian Hill will be managed by Sedona Resorts International, a division of Sedona Resorts.
In addition to the sales and marketing opportunities for developers, Preferred Residences offers owners “high-touch” exchange services and year-round leisure and lifestyle benefits tailored especially for sophisticated, affluent travelers. These include preferential pricing at participating Preferred Hotel Group affiliated properties worldwide, complimentary Prestige membership in Priority Pass™ airport VIP lounge program, personal concierge services accessible 24/7 online and via phone, and complimentary annual membership in Hertz #1 Club Gold®.
ABOUT PREFERRED RESIDENCES
Preferred Residences is a hospitality-branded membership and exchange program for luxury fractional resorts, private residence clubs, and condominium-style hotels. The program gives developers the opportunity to promote their upscale vacation residences within a network of exclusive accommodations and to deliver high-quality vacation experiences to owners of exceptional real estate. Members have access to a rich menu of benefits and services designed to enhance a sophisticated lifestyle. Preferred Residences is an alliance between Interval International, a leader in vacation ownership for 35 years and an operating business of Interval Leisure Group, and the Preferred Hotel Group, representing more than 800 of the world’s finest independently owned hotels in over 70 countries.