General Manager appointed for Kempinski Resorts in Dominica

Kempinski under construction at the Cabrits

Range Developments has announced the appointment of Michael Schoonewagen as General Manager for its highly anticipated hotel, Cabrits Resort & Spa Kempinski Dominica, which is expected to open in the second half of 2019.

Cabrits Resort & Spa Kempinski Dominica is a government-approved project under the Citizenship-by-Investment Program (CBI). An investment in the resort gives prospective investors an opportunity to apply for second citizenship for themselves and their families.


Schoonewagen has decades of hospitality experience across the world. Most recently, he was General Manager of the renowned La Samanna Hotel is St Martin, prior to which Michael has worked at the St. Regis Bora Bora, as well as at several iconic properties worldwide. Range has expressed full confidence Michael will inject the soul into Cabrits Resort & Spa Kempinski Dominica– the hotel which is set to mark Dominica’s entrance into the luxury hospitality landscape.

Significant progress has been made on the project’s construction. Exterior works are fast approaching completion. Mechanical, electrical and plumbing (MEP) and interior finishing is advancing. There are consistently over 400 people on site, and in the coming months, this will rise towards 700.

The contract for the construction of the hotel was signed in November 2014 between the government of Dominica, Range Capital Partners LTD and the Kempinski Group.

The 160-room hotel, which was initially expected to be completed by the end of 2018, is located Douglas Bay on the north shore of the island, close to the town of Portsmouth.

In 2015, parliament enacted a piece of legislation to amend the National Parks and Protected Areas Act, Chapter 42:0, extracting 15 acres of land from the Cabrits National Park for the construction of the hotel.

Meantime, Range also made public a partnership with Six Senses to develop the Six Senses Resorts Spas on the island of St. Kitts.

Preparation for the construction of Six Senses St. Kitts is underway and work is to commence in September 2018, with an anticipated 18-month construction period.


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  1. En Ba La
    August 16, 2018

    Thanks for all the sponsorships Range. Recruits someone to do a job that’s business tell them about it.

  2. Dominica
    August 15, 2018

    But what has become of the other hotels on the East coast? Laro Club, sunset. Bay etc? I do not hava problem with a manage with such experience, my hope is that he will hire a local assistant manager. Being in the hotel industry for the past 13 years, I know that we do not pay enough attention to the tourism product in Dominica. I am still trying to figure out how they plan on keeping it full. Well it is a CBI invesymet. So I guess time share will do it.

  3. High school teacher.
    August 15, 2018

    It’s a very easy job to manage empty hotel rooms, just ask the the landlords of the empty apartments in Picard. couldn’t we have gotton a Dominica to do this.

  4. Muks
    August 14, 2018

    People in Dominica are so critical of any progress that is made to advance the country.I am a Dominicanliving in new york city and I feel the citizens their needs to get up from sitting down and participate in the building of Dominica so they can benefit themselves and their families. Nothing will come to u without hard work and percieverence.muksr

    • %
      August 14, 2018

      You must stop your foolishness.I am living on island.Unemployment,hopelessness,poverty,insults from DLP MISLEADERS, the losing of Ross,etc,etc ,are the order of the day.Stop making yourself sound stupid. Skerrit is a lazy guy,an incompetent guy,a square peg in round hole. Patriot Linton will soon oust him.Patriot Linton is the man.
      Where The Wicked Rule the People MOURN
      This DLP is a Wicked and Evil Party

    • Me
      August 15, 2018

      Tell that to Skerrit.

  5. Lady
    August 14, 2018

    How long has this bay been called Douglas bay. I’ve always known it for belle hall. Belle hall is a nicer name anyways. That beach is pretty

    • Malatete
      August 15, 2018

      Bell Hall is the name of an estate and has not changed. Dougals Bay, is the name of the bay it is located on and has been used ever since the British were here.

  6. Neville
    August 14, 2018

    The next failure under Skerrits corrupt regime. If this thing ever opens it will be closed again within a year. By the way Skerrit, who are the legal owners of this hotel?? The people of Dominica need to know.

  7. Carrotop
    August 14, 2018

    Just another white elephant.

  8. Looking
    August 14, 2018

    Good PR work from those paid to do so. An international airport may be way beyond us at the moment but air access is very critical in fulling these resorts. Its going to be a very long and difficult road ahead, We better be prepared.

  9. Filip
    August 14, 2018

    But who goin in them hotel there??? What does Dominica has to offer to get people to come here??? My God ….. who coming in them that??? For what reason?

  10. Liz M
    August 14, 2018

    Nice, hope lots of positive things come out of this project. Some day this may be the place to be the get away for stars and lovers of exotic places. Good investment idea looking forward.
    Taking a page from Las Vegas: If you build it they will come.

    • Liz M
      August 14, 2018

      Oops I forgot, they’d need an airport to get here directly too.

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