Work Commences on the New “Royalton Chic” Formerly the Halcyon Hotel


Demolition work is currently underway at the property formerly known as the Halcyon Hotel located at Dickenson Bay Antigua.

With a phase 1 completion and re-opening target of November 2023, construction crews are already on the ground engaged in the demolition of the structures to the far North of the property.

The project will see the addition of 227 rooms to the country’s room stock in the new Building F, the second phase of which will add 8 new water bungalows to the property’s Northwestern landscape.

Portions of the old property will be refurbished (Blocks A to E), with a host of new restaurants in addition to spas and a state-of-the-art gym facility will be added as well. A completely new back of the house or employee quarters will be constructed.

Tourism Minister the Hon. H. Charles Fernandez was granted access to the work site on Tuesday to get a firsthand view of developments.

“I am absolutely delighted that work has commenced on this project that will not only add to our hotel room stock, but which will create employment opportunities for Antiguans and Barbudans in various areas”, Minister Fernandez stated.

Well over 500 persons will be employed at the property upon completion.

He continued that, “The Royalton Chic brand is high-end and will attract the type of clientele that will enhance the country’s tourism image internationally”.

Royalton Antigua General Manager Rudy Richardson says the company is very pleased with the support received from the Government and People of Antigua and Barbuda that has contributed to the success of the brand thus far, and hopes for even more success in the future with the commissioning of the Royalton Chic luxury brand in November 2023.

The Blue Diamond Group is overseeing the management of the project with elements of construction sub-contracted to local companies.

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  1. Well thank God Harold Lovell brought Sunwing (Royalton investor) here in 2013!

    ALP keept delaying projects, including the Royalton by several years, while trying to squeeze as much as they can out of competing investors. Creative enrichment at its finest. We suffer, while projects are delayed forever – like going through 5 different buyers for Jolly Beach.

    There are just not enough jobs in this economy and not enough foreign investment to create a boom that lifts all sectors of the economy and reduce the massive unemployment. But thank God yet again that UPP has come to the rescue, from Opposition!

    Given this is a credible UPP investor, we should expect this project, and many others a revitalized ABIA will realize, to be completed to a good standard and contribute to the robust economic recovery under the UPP Administration.

  2. Please correct me if I’m wrong, but didn’t the Housing and Land Minister Maria Bird recently inform us that there was a skill shortage with building tradesmen here in Antigua?

    And hence the delay in her completing her Housing programmes on time?

    And yet, one of her colleagues Max Fernández doesn’t seem to have a problem.


  3. Seeing is believing. With 26 failed projects it would be a relief to get one of these failures off the list. Nothing was more grand than the YIDA ground faking and all now, nothing to show. God knows we need the jobs and economic activity, but this government has been so dishonest. Let’s hope it is more than just an election gimmick.

  4. Gastón the crook- it’s is actually true that this project have started. Note that they are building an employees headquarters. Who is the contractor or contractors. Are they going to bring in workers from Mexico and Dominica republic. All I am saying is that when our government gives duty free concessions and tax exemptions is for the employment of Antiguans. Also the General manager of Royalton who is also Hispanic need to realize that Antiguans need to be respected and given opportunities at the Royaltony. We recently learned of the death of two Mexican managers at Royaltan( condolences to the families back in Mexico). However, I was shocked to learn that in Antigua we have HR managers coming from Mexico .We have our young people unemployed after studying Human Resource management , F& B management at the highest levels. Similarly at other establishments owned by other investors we see no nationals occupying jobs that can be easily handled by Antiguans. These Jobs like HR managers, maintenance managers , F &B manager. Our people need to be given opportunities from manager right down . I am also calling on them to get qualified and work hard to rise to the top when ever the opportunities arises . Full time for us to have our People in top positions.

  5. Is there a push in this country to open factories, labs, parks and such? Why are we bent on this developments that only need people to serve??

  6. Another UPP plan is being executed by this government. Lovell had this on his plan as well. And he brought Sunwing here to Antigua. Kudos to Lovell. What a great man. Hip hip hip Horay. Shout out to the man of the plan.

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