Sited along 1000ft of the world-famous Shoal Bay beach, Zemi Beach Resort aims to supplement the already-lengthy list of beautiful, luxury properties on the island of Anguilla. Since 1959, the Goldstein family has been responsible for the construction and management of thousands of residential units and millions of square feet of commercial and industrial property in the United States. Zemi Beach marks their first foray into the Caribbean.
The resort will consist of 73 residences of one-, two-, and three-bedrooms. To execute their vision, the Goldsteins enlisted Lane Pettigrew, the award-winning architect based in St. Lucia. His firm’s extensive portfolio includes dozens of homes and resorts in more than 20 countries. Mariel Ascencio, of Santo Domingo-based Mav Studio, was tasked with designing the interiors. Mav Studio has completed resort, residential and development projects in a number of Caribbean countries, their latest triumph being the Residences at Sugar Beach in St. Lucia.
The result is a refined, modern interpretation of traditional Caribbean style with sweeping verandas and graceful roof lines. Natural materials play a very prominent role in shaping the design. Cedar-shingled roofs – a respectful nod to the Caribbean’s iconic Georgian architecture, along with a neutral, earthy palette were chosen to complement and advance this natural look and feel. The exterior spaces are clad in coral stone, whilst porcelain and travertine tiles line the main indoor living spaces. Warmth is added to the bedroom floors by using Brazilian hardwood.
A marked indoor-outdoor approach was adopted with large glass doors and windows flanked by Cedar jalousies (louvres). Additionally, natural ventilation is utilized as much as possible in order to take advantage of the ocean breezes. Undescoring the connection with the outdoors, each residential unit will have a private pool. Visitors to the hotel will have access to the property’s three main pools.
The developers signalled their intent to keep the development minimally intrusive on the natural environment by incorporating storm- and wastewater collection and treatment systems for irrigation reuse. Indigenous plants, significant trees and natural stone formations were either repositioned, or preserved in their original locations. Additionally, solar water heaters are being used to reduce energy consumption.
The approach to construction on Zemi Beach has been a deliberate, measured one with work being done in three phases. No doubt the cautionary tale made up of numerous stalled developments during the recent property boom has been heeded. Construction for Phase 1 of the development is well underway with residence building #1 approaching completion. This will be marked by an open house in September 2012. Buildings #3 and #5 will be completed by June 2013. Phase 2 will involve buildings #2, #4, and #6, as well as the restaurant, gym, spa, pools and landscaping, and will be completed by October 2014. This milestone will coincide with the resort’s “soft opening”. The remaining buildings will be completed in 2016, when the resort will be opened fully.
Zemi Beach’s emergence is timely, considering the devastating effects the global recession has had on property markets worldwide. It is expected that 300 workers will be needed over the course of construction, with an additional 175 being employed once the resort is operational.
The project’s success should benefit the local property, construction and tourism markets in the short, medium and longer term.
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