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Old March 14th, 2013, 04:10 PM   #1
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BARBADOS | CHRIST CHURCH | Harlequin's H Barbados | Boutique Hotel | 6fl | Par

H BARBADOS
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Harlequin Hotels & Resorts


Harlequin boutique hotels is a new hotel concept created by Harlequin Hotels & Resorts and will comprise a range of luxury, chic boutique hotels in fantastic locations. Harlequin will completely renovate and refurbish distressed hotels which have become run down due to a lack of investment to the standard of Buccament Bay Resort with new plumbing, electricity, air conditioning, furniture and decoration.

The hotels will be managed by Harlequin Hotels & Resorts’ hotel management team to ensure the same excellent service levels that are delivered at Buccament Bay Resort. The hotels will incorporate some of the branded amenities of the larger resorts; the new concept bars & restaurants, spa & fitness centre, HQ coffee shop and boutique.

The renovation of the first Harlequin boutique hotel in Barbados will be completed in 2013, delivering purchasers a rental income far earlier for a quicker return on investment although with less capital appreciation than the new-build larger resorts from Harlequin.

Harlequin’s first boutique hotel

H Barbados occupies a seafront position at Hastings Beach in Christ Church on the southwest coast of Barbados with an outdoor swimming pool and 70 studio suites. It will have a Jack’s Steak & Seafood restaurant serving delicious local seafood and the finest cuts of prime, succulent steaks, a swimming pool with an outdoor cocktail lounge, spa pavilion & fitness centre, an HQ coffee shop and a boutique.

Barbados is an ideal location for a Harlequin boutique hotel because it is the busiest hub in the southern Caribbean. The hotel will provide guests staying at Buccament Bay Resort the opportunity to stopover in Barbados for one or more nights.

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Harlequin Hotels to convert Barbados property
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U.K.-based Harlequin Hotels & Resorts unveiled details of H Barbados, a hotel opening on the island's southwest coast in late fall 2013.

The opening will mark the debut of the H brand of luxury, boutique properties.

Harlequin operates the all-inclusive Buccament Bay Resort on St. Vincent, which opened in August 2011, and the Blu St. Lucia, which launched this past summer.

H Barbados, located on a Hastings Beach boardwalk in Christ Church, is a $5.5 million conversion of the former Allamanda Beach Hotel.

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Old March 14th, 2013, 04:16 PM   #3
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Harlequin moves in to boutique hotel market with Barbados property


Caribbean: Harlequin Hotels & Resorts is opening the first property under its new "H" boutique hotel brand in Barbados in late 2013.

H, Barbados is described as "a new, modern designed, ultra chic boutique offering for Barbados and the region that will deliver the highest standards of style, comfort and service with a unique modern flair".

It will occupy a seafront position on the boardwalk at Hastings Beach in Christ Church on the south-west coast of Barbados, where it is being created by "completely redesigning and rebuilding a previous hotel".

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Amazing construction progress at Barbados Harlequin “H” Hotel


Above photo taken February 16, 2012

Who says nothing is happening with the “H” Hotel!

Frankly, we’re tired of hearing rumours of ‘go slow’ construction at various Harlequin projects. We’re tired of hearing rumours about massive Harlequin construction projects with only five or six workers on site. We’re tired of hearing stories of Harlequin selling units that have yet to be built on land that hasn’t yet been purchased by Harlequin.

We needed something real to look at – something where we could believe our own eyes.

So we were pleased to see these very positive photos posted on the controversial exposé website Harlecon.net – because they show the amazing construction progress at the Harlequin “H” Hotel in Barbados.

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Above we have a couple of photos taken on February 16, 2012. Below, we have photos taken yesterday, March 22, 2012…
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Harlequin’s H Hotel Barbados – Five months of photos: Can you see any progress at all?




Where are the workers? Where are the materials? Where are the walls?

Five months of photos at the H Hotel construction site show little, if any, real progress happening at this David Ames Harlequin project. Barbados Free Press first published photos of the worksite dating from February 16, 2012 to March 22, 2012 (BFP’s March 23, 2012 story here). Now, six months later we publish photos taken on July 18, 2012 and we cannot see any progress at all. Some piles of sand, some concrete tiles in the corner, a few internal supports removed – but this isn’t progress. It certainly isn’t what we would expect to see on an active construction project after nearly six months.

Does this look like six months of work on a healthy, vibrant project to you?

These photos will probably cause some Harlequin investors and prospective investors to do a doubletake, and perhaps they should. What work is being done? How much money has been spent on labour and materials in the six past months? Why isn’t this construction site a beehive of activity like every other healthy site you’ve ever seen? There is, however, precedent for this snail like pace by Harlequin…

Unless there’s something we’ve missed, folks who purchased units at Harlequin’s Merricks project six years ago have yet to see one customer unit delivered. Where is all that customer money now?

Perhaps we ordinary people don’t understand how the whole Harlequin project portfolio can support itself without using customer funds from one project to keep other projects going, and by using the funds from new investors to cover existing daily expenses. We don’t understand where the money will come from to build all those sold units at Merricks, because after six years of paying some of the highest sales commissions ever to ‘investment counselors’ who push Harlequin ‘investments’, we think Harlequin is relying on new investors to support the whole scheme.

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Harlequin Barbados H Hotel – latest photos show stopped project, no workers



Sign still says “Harlequin Hotels & Resorts – H Hotel Opening 2013″

Barbados Free Press has been posting H-Hotel project photos since February 2012. The sign used to say “Opening 2012″, but they changed that to 2013 earlier this year. If Harlequin intends to open its Barbados H Hotel this year, the invisible construction workers at the site had better get cracking!

Here are the most recent two sets of photos with the dates imprinted bottom right corner – 8:45am Thursday January 31, 2013 and 2:30pm Monday March 4, 2013. The only difference seems to be that the earlier photos show a worker or two, whereas there were no workers visible at the site on Monday, March 4th at approx 230 PM.

Remember folks – these photos were taken during working hours on working days – on a Thursday at 8:45am and a Monday at 2:30pm. Where are the workers? Where are the trucks coming and going? Why are the gates closed? Where is the machinery? Where is the construction noise, foremen with drawings and teams of masons, welders, concrete finishers?

This doesn’t look like a healthy, vibrant construction site to us – it looks more like a project that has run out of money.

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No Work is currently being done on the Harlequin property at Hastings, Christ Church. (Sandy Pitt)
THU, MARCH 07, 2013 - 12:01 AM

LUXURY HOTEL PROPERTY chain Harlequin scaled back its operations in Barbados from Tuesday by laying off nearly 30 people, but has denied facing legal action in Britain.

Stating yesterday that there was a British media campaign against the firm as a result of its lawsuit against former director Padraig O’Halloran for the misappropriation of US$13.5 million (BDS$27 million), a Harlequin spokesman said: “We’ve been made aware that a solicitor in England spoke to the Press claiming that he intends to make an application to a British court for an order to freeze the assets of Harlequin.

To date no papers have been served to support this claim.”

The spokesman, from Harlequin chairman David Ames’ office in London, added that any such application would be “misconceived and would fail”, since an independent forensic accounting audit had been done on the firm months ago.

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