Nestled in a triangle that connects Martinique, St. Vincent and Barbados, St. Lucia is a small mountainous island facing the Atlantic Ocean on one side and the Caribbean Sea on the other. But that’s just the geography of St. Lucia. To understand what it feels like to be on the island – to watch a black frigate bird cutting through the turquoise sky under white clouds, to sip piton (the local Pilsner beer), to see what Nobel Prize winner Derek Walcott poetically “ the theater “called the sea” – you have to experience St. Lucia. And while tourists traditionally flocked to Puerto Rico, Jamaica, or the Dominican Republic, St. Lucia has been overlooked. But that cannot be the case for much longer.
Much of the recent optimism for St. Lucia is new development on the northern tip of the island. There, a world-class golf course is lined with around 300 houses designed by the award-winning architect Richard Evans of Studio RHE. The team responsible for this project is Cabot – a brand that in just 17 years has created some of the best golf resorts in the world in the world’s most dramatic settings. “I can’t think of any other place on earth like it,” said Ben Cowan-Dewar, Co-Founder and CEO of Cabot. “And while people say that about most of the places they go, I really mean it.”
It’s hard to argue with Cowan-Dewar, considering that St. Lucia has rows of cacti on the coast with a rainforest nearby; a holocene in the holocene. Cowan-Dewar and his team have a track record of finding destinations that are as remote as they are breathtakingly beautiful and then building the best golf course on a competitor’s plane. But it’s not just about hitting the links, Cabot knows the importance of serving the local communities in which they operate. Along with philanthropic efforts, the increased employment and tourism opportunities created by Cabot contribute to the growth of the surrounding economy. Like their Cabot Cape Breton resort in Inverness, Nova Scotia, an area that was badly hit after its coal mines closed.
Investors have flocked to Cabot Saint Lucia amid COVID-19 as buyers in remote property locations are bullish.
But that was in the past; Cowan-Dewar’s team thinks about the future. And with this project the future looks bright. “In contrast to almost every other island in the region, there have been no developments to speak of on St. Lucia,” says Kristine Thompson, a native of Trinidad and CEO of Cabot Saint Lucia. “And when you build something like this, which we are working on here, the whole country takes off. It is one of those special moments that can change the whole island and its people. And for someone from the Caribbean, it’s exciting to be there. ”