CBI-funded resort promises quality and sophisticated room stock

Groundbreaking for the resort took place on Wednesday

A groundbreaking ceremony was held for the Anichi Resort and Spa in Picard on Wednesday and CEO of Anichi Development, Alick Lawrence has promised quality and sophisticated room stock for the island’s tourism industry.

Formerly called the Silver Beach Resort and Spa, the resort is funded by the island’s Citizenship by Investment Program.

“Quality room stock such as the sophisticated rooms being made available by Anichi Resort and Spa will foster an environment supportive of Dominica playing a meaningful role not just in the adventure tourism market but potentially in the meetings, conferences and exhibition part of the market and even in sports tourism,” he stated.

He added, “The hotel will boast well-appointed guest suites with private dip pools and pool lounges, swim-up bars in infinity pools, specialty restaurants, a lavish ballroom, and a spa oasis among others.”

The resort is part of the Marriott Autograph Collection.

“Being an autograph collection hotel allows us to infuse an individuality and unique narrative to the resort that makes it unlike any other, a feature definitive of all Autograph Collection properties,” he remarked. “In this way, we are able as Dominicans to create a resort that exemplifies and celebrates the culture, spirit and resilience of our people and our island.”

He said in the post-Maria era, “we are thankful for the economic injection that both the real estate and the donation components of Dominica’s Citizenship by Investment Program continue to make in our recovering economy.”

Speaking at the ceremony, Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit said that the projects such as Anichi Resort and Spa add diversity to Dominica’s economy.

“This is something which this government has been calling for Dominicans to be part of the process, empowering themselves to bring some diversification to the economy, to create jobs, to create wealth for the citizens of Dominica,” he stated. “And there are still a number of opportunities for us indigenous Dominicans to get together and to be positive, rather than being negative in our spirit.”

Skerrit pointed out that his government has made it clear that the real estate and investment aspect of the CBI program will help create a tourism industry “that can bring the kind of employment to our citizens.”

“For us in Dominica, job creation is a major priority and not only any jobs, but jobs that can bring a decent pay to the workers who are engaged,” he stated.

The Prime Minister said the resort is a testament to the confidence investors have in Dominica’s tourism product.

“Our tourism industry is growing from strength to strength with the likes of the Marriot here and Trust Hospitality,” he said. “These are two well respected international brands, international companies and they do not place their names on any and all developments. It is a very meticulous and careful examination and study and due diligence and having been satisfied that this project and the developers meet the test, pass the test, they ascribe their names to it.”

According to its website, Anichi Resort & Spa said it “seeks to provoke immersive, sensorial adventures as it does peaceful introspection. Its striking design, amplifying the spirit of Dominica and its indigenous people, fuses tropical foliage with impressive architecture, giving way to what can only be called eco-chic resort living.”

A rendition of the resort

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  1. intheknow
    February 11, 2018

    What is government’s interest in the hotel? is it government owned? why is the P.M assisting in the actual ground breaking?

  2. RandyX
    February 10, 2018

    Can the PM tell the Citizens of Dominica who are the owners or shareholders of this development. Where is this business incorporated? We want some answers!
    Lennox I urge you to ask Skerrit these questions. He is now openly making fun of us by insulting our intelligence. We can not go on like this.

  3. judy
    February 9, 2018

    Dominica needs be as much help internationally as it can get. The skill level of most Dominicans is minimal yet all want big money for any attempts to work.education and training is mandatory but who goes? The Marriott is a great chain. If they see potential in this little island, we should thank them and do our best to serve them so they will stay and complete their project. We need jobs! How do you think we will get them if people do not start motivating themselves? Think, act and give thanks!

  4. More Fire!
    February 9, 2018

    But what happen to the incomplete one down Portsmouth? I swear it have local living in it…………………

  5. Camillo 10Ofuegos
    February 9, 2018

    And the Plunder continues..

  6. Cow bite man
    February 9, 2018

    The ground breaking Doctor at work again :lol: :-P :-D

    • Me
      February 9, 2018

      Ah well, better than the customary breaking of wind.b

  7. Anonymous
    February 9, 2018

    A i hi is a Japanese name, isn’t it? Why? Is that our atonement for sending one of our tankers to break the U.N.sanctions against N. Korea?

  8. Sisserou
    February 9, 2018

    As a God fearing nation, Dominicans have to start being honest with themselves and admit Labour is a joke of a government

  9. da will be back
    February 8, 2018

    good vibes lets keep it going

  10. February 8, 2018

    This would have been wonderful news for the Dominican people and economy if a few critical circumstances were different. Firstly, we do not have a very good record when it comes to completing these types of projects. Secondly, the competent personelle are not in place to lead the charge as we continue to have strategic and vital positions filled with inept relatives and friends. Finally, our infrastructure, particularly the system of transport to get people into the country is sadly absent even at this late hour.

    • Sisserou
      February 9, 2018

      so basically the Labour Party.

  11. lady
    February 8, 2018

    Just what Dominica needs right now, another hotel…..

  12. Anonymous
    February 8, 2018

    What gets me is that here we have Skerrit taliking about resilience and then we have his cohorts plonking a big hotel development right there on the beach in Picard. For a start, how are they going to handle the effluent given that Portsmouth does not have a sewage treatment plant and most days you can smell that waste right there in the Picard area? Is this hotel going to dispose of its waste right there in the sea? Wonderful for its guests I would think. I don’t know who the real owners of this project are but it would not surprise me one bit if our suppremo would be one of them.

    • Real truth
      February 8, 2018

      It’s obvious this government doesn’t know s..t! Dominica get rid of this government now! Oh, what is the cost of this project?
      Give me the details…… We just can’t pump everything in Dominica into the sea!!

    • February 9, 2018

      Good observation, so let us fix the problem instead of making useless political rants.

  13. CIA agent
    February 8, 2018

    I am looking forward to the completion quickly so I can rent a room. Since Maria, I am unable to find skilled workers and materials on island to repair my house. Now I know where they are all going.

  14. Arthur
    February 8, 2018

    ‘Our tourism industry is growing from strength to strength’ ?? Are you living on the same island as the hoteliers whose businesses are in ruins ?

  15. Fran
    February 8, 2018

    Well hope this comes to fruition.

  16. Dowad
    February 8, 2018

    Skerit stop making a fool out of yourself and others. For eighteen years now the ground is being broken and nothing comes out of it. Total waste. Next time you break ground you should know what to do,jump in.

    • RandyX
      February 8, 2018

      How many times was the ground broken for the new hospital?? I’ve lost count. This regime is good at lying but incapable of action. Useless and incompetent!

      • Paul Rossnof
        February 8, 2018

        Boy you are so right.

      • February 9, 2018

        There was only one ground breaking ceremony for the New Hospital! ! You really lost count…….

      • RandyX
        February 10, 2018

        Ok since you are so good at counting, can you tell us when the new hospital is due to be finished. Sorry, did I hear right? You said they have not even started yet. Oh well I rest my case, more lies and empty promises from the Dominica Lying Party.

  17. Roger Burnett
    February 8, 2018

    While I cannot lay claim to being a indigenous Dominican, perhaps my daily sensorial bathe in the river qualifies me as eco-chic, at least in spirit.

    Incidentally, as part of our culture, I’m putting together a collection of artists’ renditions.

    February 8, 2018

    Great political Ploy

  19. My name
    February 8, 2018

    Omg. What about roofs for persons, roads, bridges, under the CBI programme. Omg Dominica wake up!!!!

  20. Rough & Ready
    February 8, 2018

    No flights to Dominica, Dominicans are struggling to get to their county because of NO AIRPORT. Expensive tickets are dumped on us, flights are impossible to find, to get to Dominica you have to fly all over the world in one day, or overnight in another Caribbean island. Tourist don’t have time for this. The airport has to come first, what is it so many airports are building and no hotels are being over booked on the island. What a foolish move.

  21. Real!!!!!!
    February 8, 2018

    I welcome development ……But when under this regime with CBI money will they complete a CBI Resort. Conversely how many CBI resort has St. Kitts and Antigua completed in the same period ?

    This GOVT is clueless and have a wealth of bad management in its administration which may be intentional to benefit them and fleece the poor folks of Dominica.

  22. 4 the sake of country
    February 8, 2018

    First it was Layou hotel, which was never build, never opened, never employed Dominicans, except the regular teammates and boys club that will take us before THEIR court, when we ask questions.

    Then it was The Moroccan hotel, though this one was built with lots of self designed faults so there could always be a reason to keep fixing, yet, five years now and hotel can’t be finished, can’t be opened and cannot employ any of the over 150 they trained and certified. But the big boyz continue to make their money .
    Then it was the coffee plant which was build but never opened and never employed not one of those fools they keep fooling except the regular boys keep getting richer.

    Then it was the abattoir which was built, but never opened and never employed anyone, though they went to parliament and increased taxes on export chicken because we were going to have local chicken

    Then it was our passports they gave to develop new hotel near Cabrits that will not be opened or employ…

    • 4 the sake of country
      February 8, 2018

      Then we heard of the one of Sam, around the Lubiere area. Like the others before, it will be built but won’t finish and won’t employ anyone Is the same old game on a different wicket.

      Then it’s this one that they cleverly called Anichi Resort and Spa (ARS) Why didn’t just say A for Alick, R for Roosevelt and S for Skerrit. Ohoh, they didn’t put N which would remind us of Nanthan man. Anyways so far we see one of theirs cutting and moving dirt everyday with his excavator and trucks. But like the others, it will be built, but will never be opened and never employ those poor laborites that are made poorer and poorer everyday.

      Here are a few lines of my favorite song of Bob Marley as we remember his death this week:
      Don’t let them fool ya,
      Or even try to school ya! Oh, no!
      We’ve got a mind of our own,
      So go to hell if what you’re thinking is not right!

      • Paul Rossnof
        February 10, 2018

        Welcome to the fantasy world of the Dominica Lying Party…

    • Me
      February 9, 2018

      You forget about the abattoir?

  23. jy
    February 8, 2018

    I hope they have a plan on how they will bring in tourists to fill the rooms?

    • Paul Rossnof
      February 10, 2018

      No they don’t. They will built the hotel first and than they will start thinking about that. After all, Skerrit would be able persuade the likes of BA, Delta, Emirates, Lufthansa, Air France etc. to fly a 777 or an a350 into Canefield International. Welcome to the Nature Island. I can hear the Giraudel Jing Ping band already playing the welcome tune to the thousand visitors. The PM said our tourism industry is going from strength to strength. Conversely if you look at the naked figures everything starts with a big minus

  24. 4 the sake of country
    February 8, 2018

    Before the CBS News expose’ of January 1, 2017, everything that was done in Dominica was thanks to Petro Caribe and their donation to Dominica, though after Maria the government of Venezuela said at the UN that they forgave Dominica for $100 million dollar debt. so really Dominica particularly the DLP since it was used for their propaganda, accumulated a debt of a $100 million dollars on us that we would have to pay for had it not been for Maria, and yet no one cares to give an account of that money. So clearly Petro Caribe is translated CORRUPTION! Now everything that happens in Dominica is thanks to CBI. Mr. Skerrit, you are NOT running your fathers estate; you managing our affairs and therefore instead of telling us projects are through CBS, can you please tell us how many of our passports you selling every week? Please sir tell us how many diplomatic and how many regular passports and for goodness sake tell us the true cost of each passport, so we could do the maths ourselves

    • Paul Rossnof
      February 10, 2018

      The majority of the CBI money will ‘disappear’ the same way the US$ 100 million did disappear. Now I have a pretty good idea what happened with that money. Any DLP supporters wish to hazard a guess as well? I did not think so. What I don’t understand though is, why are you happy with the crumbs of that richly filled table of your PM. It just doesn’t make sense to me. The PM is eating lobster every day and he gives you the empty shell and you all are happy?

  25. jihan
    February 8, 2018

    Another project that will never become frutile,smh,keep fooling the poor people.

    • DA 1st
      February 8, 2018

      Watch your tongue and let us all stay positive and hope for the best. It would be jobs for our people back home

      • RandyX
        February 8, 2018

        Your comment says it all. Haven’t you been fooled often enough yet?

    • RandyX
      February 8, 2018

      All I can say, see the Moroccan hotel nearby. That’s how a success story of this administration looks like. Kick them all out of the country!

      • Me
        February 9, 2018

        Oh well, that was a gift from Skrit’s friend king Mohammed…..and you never look a gift horse in the mouth.

  26. d-a born
    February 8, 2018

    They must be REALLY raking in money with those passports to even open a resort. Hope they know running and maintaining those things aren’t cheap.

  27. LifeandDeath
    February 8, 2018

    It’s very convincing when they’re wearing suits and tie to break ground..and even bows on shovel and the likes..”sensorial adventures” indeed. But the trend of Hotel/resort non-completion of late gives rise to turbulent introspection rather than peaceful self evaluation as a Dominican.
    I am inclined to wish the project well for Dominica sake but please please, do complete one of these hotels under CBI..or change focus, even look for Chinese manufacturers that will do something in Dominica.

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