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New beachfront resort

Carlson Hotels Worldwide announces new beachfront resort in French St. Martin. Luxurious Radisson St. Martin Resort and Spa to open at the end of 2006


St. Martin, French West Indies (November 1, 2005) - Carlson Hotels Worldwide today announced a major strategic expansion in the Caribbean. With the acquisition of a premier beachfront resort property in French St. Martin, the chain plans to transform it into a showcase Radisson Resort and Spa in 2006.

Carlson is investing $60 million for the acquisition and renovation of the L'Habitation de Lonvilliers Resort (formerly the Le Meridien), which includes a leasehold on an adjacent 160-slip marina, to create the luxurious new Radisson St. Martin Resort and Spa. The current resort operation is expected to close for construction work in early 2006 and reopen as the Radisson prior to the year-end holidays in 2006.

The total transformation of the existing hotel property includes reconstruction and complete renovation of all existing guest rooms and public spaces to create large, luxuriously decorated accommodations with flat-screen televisions, large bathrooms, and premium amenities. The 253 guest rooms and suites will be located in several three-story buildings surrounding the pool and garden areas, plus waterfront villas adjacent to the property's marina.

The Radisson St. Martin Resort and Spa's grounds will be totally redesigned with the construction of extensive lush tropical gardens, water lagoons, a "lazy river" recreational pool, and a signature swimming pool located in the area between the guest rooms and the beach. The project also includes construction of a new spa facility, which will offer a full range of treatments plus health and wellness facilities and programs for guests. A 6,000-square-foot ballroom and two new restaurants will also be created.

The site of the Radisson St. Martin Resort and Spa features 1,600 feet of beachfront on Anse Marcel, one of St. Martin's best preserved bays. This picturesque, exclusive cove on the northwest coast of St. Martin is surrounded on three sides by mountains and by a magnificent white-sand beach on the Caribbean Sea to the west.

The location is approximately a five-minute drive from the small village of Grand Case, which is known as the Culinary Capital of the Caribbean with its numerous acclaimed restaurants, some operated by the top chefs of Paris. Orient Beach, site of an underwater marine reserve and coral reef, is ten minutes away. The hotel is a 15-minute drive to the French-side capital of Marigot, approximately 25 minutes to the cruise port of Phillipsburg, and 30 minutes to the international airport.

"The vision for the Radisson St. Martin Resort and Spa will focus on combining its tranquil and majestic seaside location with world-class facilities and services to provide our guests an exotic and relaxing resort experience," says Jay Witzel, president and CEO of Carlson Hotels Worldwide and CEO of Carlson Cruises Worldwide.

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