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ST. LUCIA HOT HOT HOT IN 2008 Caribbean Island the Next “It” Locale

Praslin Bay, St. Lucia (January 5, 2008) – St. Lucia, the Caribbean island located in the Lesser Antilles and nestled between Martinique and St. Vincent, is feeling hot, hot, hot for 2008! Travel + Leisure, The New York Times, Food & Wine and the New York Post, not to mention Oprah’s O magazine, have put it on the front burner. Frommers and Concierge.com have even touted it as a top ten “must-visit” location for 2008.

Considered by many to be the most beautiful island in the Caribbean with its lush tropical vegetation, jagged cliffs and surrounding turquoise waters, the island is gaining national acclaim as the new “hot” destination. Frommers states that the “Caribbean island is perfect for both low-key vacationers and active travelers.”

St. Lucia is drawing attention from around the globe – the St. Lucia Food & Rum festival drew top-name chefs and thousands of visitors, the Cricket World Cup was a highlight for sports enthusiasts and HBO has tapped the island to host ‘Showtime in Paradise’ World Boxing Championship, a prime-time event that will capture millions of viewers.

“It’s no surprise that the island is garnering such great exposure,” says Kierron Dolby, Managing Director of DCG Properties, a development firm on the island. “It’s been the best kept secret for years and people are finally uncovering this hidden gem of the Caribbean. St. Lucia truly has it all – beaches, adventure, golf, luxury accommodations, fine cuisine and premier shopping.”

Now that the secret to St. Lucia has been discovered, developments are taking shape around the island, including projects from Westin, Ritz-Carlton, Raffles and more. Not to mention the already established luxury properties like Anse Chastanet, Ladera and Jade Mountain.

“Once people experience St. Lucia for the first time, they never want to leave,” says Dolby. “It’s a place they want to come back to, which is why we are also seeing a boom in residential development.”

One of the developments on the radar of many visitors looking for a Caribbean residence, is the Le Paradis Beach, Golf & Marina Resort. Due for completion late this year, Le Paradis is situated on 554 acres in Praslin Bay, on St. Lucia’s Eastern coastline. The largest development undertaken on St. Lucia, the project is an ultra-exclusive, multi-phased luxury five-star community resort that will feature the Westin Le Paradis St. Lucia Residences; a Greg Norman signature golf course; an internationally branded spa with 26 ocean side 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; Westin Kids Club; a golf academy; an aquatic center; a wellness center; an equestrian center; and a helipad once all phases of construction are completed.

The Westin 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 home sites start in the high US $300,000’s, while Ocean and beachfront luxury residences range from US $500,000’s to $1.4 million with future releases encompassing villas, penthouses, marina homes, slips which will be valued to US $4 million. Tax relief includes: 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