by Ron Bernthal
Hyatt has partnered with a Barbadian company to build the Hyatt Ziva Barbados in the island’s Carlisle Bay. The all-inclusive resort, scheduled to open in 2022, will have 380 guest rooms, 40 condominiums and six premier rooms. It will be Barbados’ first new-build hotel in over a decade.
Originally announced and conceived in 2018 as the Hyatt Centric brand, and scheduled to open in 2019, the new $175-million project has received a major upgrade, joining other family-friendly Hyatt Ziva brands all-inclusive resorts, with locations in Montego Bay, Jamaica; Cap Cana, Dominican Republic and Cancun, Los Cabos and Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.
The property will have a conference center and an overwater restaurant. It will feature beach access and focus on sourcing local products, including food, spirits, and arts and crafts and décor. It will sit on three parcels of land totaling almost 200,00 square-feet of beachfront property in the Carlisle Bay area in Bridgetown, St. Michael.
The project will offer many benefits to the surrounding area, and to Barbados in general, starting with offering 2,000 jobs during construction, and 1,500 full time jobs after completion. Infrastructure improvements to surrounding neighborhoods include improved beach access and amenities along Shurland Alley, as well as monetary contributions to upgrade the Bridgetown sewage system. Barbadians will have access to the hotel, and creating partnerships with local suppliers will be essential. The project is anticipated to begin in late 2020 and take two years to complete. It is expected that direct investment on the island as a result of the hotel will be over US$175 million.
As part of the Hyatt Ziva Barbados design, attention and care has been given to the much needed addition of another world-class conference facility in Barbados. Existing aspects of significant historical and architectural value will be respected and incorporated into the project. For example, the Old Harbour Police Wall will be included in the design.
The property will also include environmental aspects, including capturing water for reuse for irrigation and non-potable usage, all faucets, toilets and showers will be fitted with water saving devices, and the evelopers, through sustainable design and operations, will actively support positive social. environment and economic development in Barbados. Health and safety procedures will be put in place and strictly adhered to in the construction process to mitigate discomfort (dust, noise, etc.) to its residential and business neighbours.