Praslin Bay, St. Lucia (April 15, 2008) – “Sustainable development can only be achieved if social and environmental impacts are in balance with economic goals,” says Peter Ernest, the St. Lucian native and on-site environmental scientist overseeing the largest resort development ever undertaken on St. Lucia. The 554-acre Le Paradis St. Lucia Beach, Golf & Marina Resort is winning praise from government and community officials alike for its earnest efforts to improve the community while building the development into an upscale tourist and residential mecca.
When the first phase is completed in 2008, the St. Lucia flagship will employ more than 800 St. Lucians, from engineers and electricians to entertainers and environmentalists. In the meantime, the project is making a number of contributions to the infrastructure, social welfare and environment that promise long term benefits.
Among the efforts being undertaken include:
Creating deep underground potable drinking water wells that have the capacity to service the Eastern sea board region providing fresh water for thousands of St. Lucians
Supporting the newly developed East Coast farmers cooperative
Total interactive social program policy supporting scholarship programs, youth development through sport and academic sponsorships for individuals with high growth potential but not the financial means to excel further
The development of wellness & medical clinics within the future phases of the Le Paradis Beach, Golf & Marina Resort
Development of a nursery for the growth of local fauna & flora for the needs of all landscaping for the project
“We have stated from the very beginning of this project four years ago, that we were committed to improving the quality of life for the residents of St. Lucia, not just the tourists and vacation home owners who will come to enjoy it,” says Kierron Dolby, Managing Director of DCG Properties, LLC, developer of the Le Paradis Beach, Golf & Marina Resort.
From an environmental standpoint, the development is striving to be rated as the first total green development worldwide, with no reliance whatsoever on fossil fuels. DCG Properties is investigating the geo thermal resources for the development of electrical energy for the whole of the development, along with efforts including:
Full recirculation of waste water for the purposes of irrigation to the whole resort
Solar hot water generation
Deep bore wells for potable drinking water
An effluent waste treatment plant in an enclosed membrane system which reuses waste for all non-potable purposes (landscaping, irrigation, etc.)
Irrigation will be used primarily from storm water
A state-of-the-art computer controlled irrigation system that conserves water while promoting lush fairways
High density polyethylene (HDPE) pipes are being used in lieu of standard polyvinyl chloride PVC on Greg Norman’s golf course
St. Lucia, nestled between St. Vincent and Martinique, is experiencing an unprecedented surge in tourism and residential development. Tourism, the leading industry in Saint Lucia and leading private sector employer, pumps millions of dollars into the Saint Lucian economy each year. Tourism is up 14 percent over the last year in stop-over arrivals, with the most notable increase coming from the US markets. Cruise ship visitors grew by 25.4% according to the St. Lucia Tourism Board and airlines, like British Airways are increasing air lift. Half a dozen new resorts are underway or on the drawing board.
“The opening of Le Paradis will be an especially welcome event – the project is creating substantial employment opportunities for the St. Lucian people, in addition to helping open our east coast to its vast potential for being enjoyed,” says The Right Honorable Sir John Compton, Prime Minister and Minister for Finance and Physical Development of St. Lucia.
The Le Paradis Beach, Golf & Marina Resort is an ultra-exclusive, multi-phased luxury community resort that will feature one of the world’s leading hotels; a Greg Norman signature golf course; an internationally branded spa with 26 oceanside massage treatment cabanas; a deepwater marina with berths for mega yachts up to 200 feet; a Marina Village featuring gourmet restaurants, upscale boutique shopping, and a yacht club; extensive conference facilities; floodlit tennis courts; a resident’s beach club; Kids Club; Reebok Fitness Centre; a golf academy; an aquatic center; a wellness center; an equestrian center; and a helipad once all phases of construction are completed.
The Le Paradis St. Lucia Residences will include internationally branded deluxe one-, two- and three-bedroom residences featuring premier interior design, including plush furniture and fine fabrics, four-fixture master baths with Kohler® fixtures and a Heavenly Bath®, professional grade kitchen appliances, plasma TV’s and high speed internet connections. All residential properties will have spectacular ocean, bay or beachfront views with land rising from 0-620 feet above sea level. Prices for ocean view homesites start in the high US$300,000’s, while ocean and beachfront luxury residences range from the $500,000’s to $1.4 million. Future releases encompassing villas, penthouses, marina homes, slips will be valued to $4 million. Buyers can benefit from the island’s tax relief programs, which include no stamp duty, no income tax, no corporation tax, no vendor’s tax, and more.
For more information on Le Paradis and its construction, please call 1-866-798-9873 or 758-451-6991, e-mail