Tranquility Beach is a new luxury Hilton resort in Dominica that is a sustainable and climate resilient development. Belong spoke to its creator, Ian Edwards, who is one of the Caribbean island’s most important entrepreneurs.
Tranquility Beach will become another one of the world-class, environmentally sensitive resorts which are currently being developed in Dominica.
Tranquility Beach is located on a spectacular cliff top location with stunning views of the Caribbean Sea. It will be part of the Hilton’s Curio brand and will feature 73 rooms of two and three-bedroom villas and condo suites in the first phase, which will be expanded to up to 100 rooms in the second phase.
Its creator and CEO Ian Edwards told Belong in an exclusive interview that he wanted to return to Dominica where he is from and help develop the island. His plans for Tranquility Beach were already well developed by the time Hurricane Maria hit in September 2017.
“This is a country I love, it’s the country that gave birth to me and I felt it was a good time to contribute. Instead of being one of the people who criticise, I wanted to be part of the solution,” he said.
Dominica – The World’s First Climate-Resilient Nation
Hurricane Maria caused huge damage to Dominica in September 2017 and partly as a result of this, the Dominican Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit made a promise that the Caribbean nation would become the first climate-resilient country in the world.
“My design fits right into that,” Edwards explained. “It’s a full solid concrete building, it’s very hurricane-resistant. It’s also eco-friendly. We’ve used a lot of cisterns to collect rainwater, we will be using all the grey water as well for watering plants.”
Edwards is an architect and developer who has done a lot of work on the neighbouring Caribbean island of Anguilla and was able to fund some of the initial investment for Tranquility Beach, but the remaining finance came from Dominica’s CBI Programme.
“Without the CBI, it would be very difficult for us to get these projects done on the island,” he said.
CBI is also an integral part of Dominica’s economy and as such allows the government to fund and build infrastructure projects that are crucial to the citizens of the island nation.
Edwards explained just how important CBI is to Dominicans.
“I’ve seen the tears on people’s eyes who received keys to their climate-resilient homes, I’ve never seen that in any of the islands where a government could actually give homes to their citizens. The CBI as a whole is the backbone of our economy, it’s something that we should defend and something that we should protect,” he said.