A general manager has been appointed to lead the Kempinski Resort and Spa under construction at Douglas Bay, Portsmouth.
Michael Schoonewagen has been appointed to head the resort and spa scheduled to open in 2019, confirmed by chief operating officer for Kempinski in the Americas, Xavier Destribats in a report published by Breaking Travel News on 7 August 2018.
Schoonewagen reportedly has thirty years’ experience as a hotelier having worked in several renowned luxury brands across Europe, the South Pacific, Indian Ocean, and the Caribbean.
“It is a great privilege to join Kempinski and lead this exciting development in Dominica,” he told Breaking Travel News.
He will lead the team to open this first luxury resort for Kempinski in Dominica, working closely with partners, Range Developments, to position the island as the new go-to luxury travel destination in the region.
“I have long admired the pioneering spirit and cultural empathy of Kempinski as a luxury heritage brand, and look forward to building on these extensive roots to create the ultimate luxury destination in the Caribbean,” Schoonewagen added.
All major structural works have been completed on the Kempinski Resort and Spa, with the exception of ongoing roof installation that was damaged by hurricane Maria.
Four hundred and fifty (450) construction workers are currently on the job and the hotel is expected to be opened by the third quarter of 2019.
Kempinski, when completed and opened, will add one hundred and sixty-one (161) rooms to the current hotel stock.
The project, which commenced in June 2016, is being constructed by Rage Developments Limited and funded under the Citizenship by Investment Program.
The contract for the hotel was signed at a ceremony at the Fort Young Hotel on 7 November 2014 by Financial Secretary, Rosemond Edwards on behalf of the Dominica government, Mohammed Asaria, signing on behalf of Range Developments and Xavier Destribats on behalf of Kempinski.
The Kempinski brand created in 1897, is Europe’s oldest luxury hotel group. It now comprises a portfolio of 75 five-star hotels and residences in 33 countries and continues to add new properties in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia.