Harlequin Hotels & Resorts arrive at Rodney Bay, St Lucia, and partners with local charities.

Harlequin Hotels & Resorts, the owner and developer of the planned Marquis Estate in Babonneau, has recently acquired the Village Inn and Spa in Rodney Bay, St. Lucia.

Garrett Ronan - VP of Hotel & Resort Development, Harlequin Hotels & Resorts | Email: gronan@harlequinhotelsandresorts.com | Telephone: 246-836-2427

The hotel will reopen in April 2012 as “Blu” and will offer a new, quality experience.

The agreement to purchase the property from Rainbow Investments Limited was finalized in early February in Castries, and Harlequin Developments has already commenced an extensive refurbishment program for the property.

Commenting on the donations, Garrett Ronan, Vice president of Hotel and Resort Development for Harlequin Hotels & Resorts, said: “We are very fortunate to have found Transit Home New Beginnings and Ciceron, and to have this opportunity to work with two such worthy St Lucian children’s charities.”

Harlequin Hotels & Resorts specializes in creating first class hotels and resorts in some of the best locations in the Caribbean.

In keeping with its philosophy of strong support and involvement within the local community, Harlequin Hotels & Resorts chose to donate all the furniture and fixtures from the former Village Inn and Spa to two much deserved local charities: Transit Home New Beginnings and Ciceron.

He later added that Harlequin is looking to work further with both charities to develop youth programs in the community with its sports and arts programs. These include the Pat Cash Tennis Academy, Liverpool FC Academy Soccer School, Harlequin Performing Arts Academy, and the recently announced Buccament Bay Resort Cricket Academy in association with WICB.

This is something that Harlequin has successfully achieved in St Vincent & The Grenadines.

New Beginnings’ Transit Home” provides housing for underprivileged children in St Lucia and accommodates up to 21 children from infancy to the age of 18. It is committed to offering high quality bridge care for children and young persons who have experienced significant challenges in life.

The Home’s aim is to provide good care in a safe, family oriented environment that nurtures and develops the full potential of each ward by focusing on their physical, emotional and spiritual well-being, all the while maintaining links with their families through counseling and support.

Speaking from New Beginnings’ office near Castries, Director Angelina Muhammad stated: ‘This is a very blessed and generous gift that has already enabled us to help many of our children and their families.

It has also allowed us to raise additional funds to provide assistance to even more children in need of support. We are very grateful to Harlequin Hotels & Resorts for what they have done and look forward to working with them on several other planned initiatives.”

Ciceron Children’s Home started in 1997, and was renovated and completed in 2001. The home accommodates approximately 25 children whilst offering support, consultation and assistance to their families.

The two homes enjoy a close relationship and have both benefitted with the donation from Harlequin Hotels & Resorts.

Last year, after purchasing the Allamanda Hotel on the south coast of Barbados, Harlequin made a similar donation to the St. Philip South Foundation for Education (SPSFE). That organization was able to distribute the furniture to less privileged families in the St. Philip area, where Harlequin is steadily progressing on The Merricks Resort Show Village development.

Once concessions were granted by Government, work on the show village progressed quickly on the first phase of the multi-million dollar venture. Construction of the Show Village is already at roof level and should be completed in May 2012.

Dave Ames (Chairman of Harlequin Hotels & Resorts) and his team have also been working on the certification and launch of Harlequin Air. Based in St Lucia, Harlequin Air will provide a swift and seamless transfer service for guests arriving and departing from transatlantic and US flights, as well as international transfers to Harlequin’s other hotels and resorts.

Commenting on the exciting plans, Mr Ames said: ‘Harlequin is redefining luxury in the Caribbean and with the launch of Harlequin Air we aim to provide guests’ with a seamless experience from arrival in the Caribbean through to resort. We pride ourselves on constantly looking for new ways and initiatives to improve the luxury service that we offer our guests.’

Harlequin Air’s first 2 planes are registered locally and ready to start on final certification, which is anticipated to take place over the next few weeks.

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