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The Grand Opening of the Iconic Belmond Cap Juluca in Anguilla
In August of 2017, the UK-Based Belmond, Ltd closed its newly-acquired Cap Juluca resort in Maundays Bay, Anguilla, to begin a massive expansion and redesign project. As the general contractor selected by Belmond for the project, dck worldwide was responsible for all new construction and renovations to one of the most recognized luxury resorts in the Caribbean.
The project included the construction of five new villa buildings, as well as a complete renovation to the resort’s 18 existing villas. All told, 108 room keys were newly-built or renovated.
New construction also involved the addition of a beach-front infinity pool and decking, meeting and high-end events pavilion, gate house, administration and staff buildings, luxury “disappearing” spa and fitness center, sea-side beach bar, cabanas, and water sports facilities. dck worldwide also performed upgrades to the kitchen and dining facilities, as well as a re-build of the domed two-story arrivals building that reflects the quality standards of the Belmond brand.
Detailed attention was given to make sure that all new construction and renovation work blended seamlessly in the resort’s existing and unique Greco-Moorish architecture. This was important as Cap Juluca is often referred to as “the showpiece of the island’s high-end tourist industry.”
As construction was set to begin in September of 2017, the island took a direct hit from the category 5 Hurricane Irma, adding a level of complexity to the project. dck worldwide was able to quickly mobilize the on-site project team soon after the hurricane passed however, completing the project in-time to take advantage of the December 2018 Holiday tourist season.
To assure the resort would open on schedule, much of the craft work was self-performed. dck worldwide employed approximately 500 workers to meet the client’s timelines, with priority given to hiring local Anguillan labor first. To make up for the scarcity of local electricians, the company partnered with a Caribbean-based vocational institute to hire their program’s highest skilled graduates.
During the grand opening on December 10, Belmond announced that room bookings are on-track to fill the resort throughout 2019; much to the delight of all in attendance. In fact, it was once said by a tourism ministry representative, “how Cap Juluca is doing is how Anguilla is doing.”