Kerzner International and Dolphin Capital Partners Break Ground at One&Only Kéa Island Site
Ultra-luxury Resort and Private Homes to Redefine Hospitality Landscape in the Aegean
Kerzner International Holdings Limited (“Kerzner”) and Dolphin Capital Partners have celebrated the ground-breaking of One&Only Kéa Island in Greece, in a ceremony which took place on the Cycladic island on Monday, 8 July 2019. Situated in a 60-hectare beachfront site on the west side of Kéa Island, the ultra-luxury development on the Aegean Sea will encompass 75 resort villas, as well as a limited number of One&Only Private Homes for purchase. As part of the brand’s strategic expansion, One&Only Kéa Island will be the second One&Only resort in Europe following the opening of One&Only Portonovi in Montenegro in 2020, and is primed to rank as one of the leading resorts in the Mediterranean, setting new standards for excellence in the Aegean. Kerzner, the leading international developer and operator of ultra-luxury resorts and residences, has plans to continue to grow and develop the One&Only brand globally. Dolphin Capital Partners, specializing in hospitality investment of ultra-luxury residential resorts, will maintain the management of the project and the sales of the Private Homes.
The ground-breaking ceremony was attended by His Excellency Mohammed Al Shaibani, Executive Director & CEO of Investment Corporation of Dubai and Chairman of Kerzner International; Michael Wale, CEO of Kerzner International; Miltos Kambourides, Founder and CEO of Dolphin Capital Partners; John Heah, architect and owner of Heah&Co.; Konstantinos Terzitanos, Managing Director Redex; the Governor of South Aegean region; the Mayor of Kea and other representatives of the local authorities.
Kéa is the closest Cycladic island to Athens and is easily accessible by ferry, speed boat or yacht from Lavrio Harbour. One&Only Kéa Island will provide the ultimate hideaway for guests with a choice of accommodation and secluded villas that are perfect for couples or large families, all with private swimming pools. Designed with a contemporary Greek elegance by Heah&Co., the resort will celebrate the incredible natural setting of the Cyclades and honour the country’s rich culture and traditions. Home to a destination spa with holistic wellness at its heart, state-of-the-art fitness facilities, captivating culinary experiences and a vibrant beach club, One&Only Kéa Island will be an inspiring destination for all generations.
The project is being developed in Vroskopos Bay in the northwest part of the island. The One&Only Kea Island resort and Private Home community will be built in a style reminiscent of a Greek amphitheatre, maximizing the endless sea views on two slopes of the bay. The total investment of the project is €150 million and is a joint venture between Dolphin Capital Investors, Dolphin Capital Partners, Heah&Co. and Kerzner International.
Created exclusively for the ultra-luxury market, One&Only is conceived as a hallmark of excellence. Set in some of the most beautiful locales in the world, each award-winning resort offers guests a distinctive style and personality borne of its local culture, a genuine hospitality and a lively energy that is unrivalled. One&Only has announced the expansion of the portfolio with the inclusion of resorts in nature, urban centres and One&Only Private Homes. These new experiences will complement the existing resort collection including One&Only Reethi Rah in the Maldives; One&Only Le Saint Géran in Mauritius; One&Only Royal Mirage and One&Only The Palm in Dubai; One&Only Palmilla in Los Cabos, Mexico; One&Only Cape Town in South Africa; Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley in The Blue Mountains in Australia and One&Only Nyungwe House in Rwanda. As part of the new portfolio, One&Only has announced a second resort in development in Rwanda, One&Only Gorilla’s Nest, as well as One&Only One Za’abeel in Dubai. Other resorts in development include One&Only Desaru Coast in Malaysia, One&Only Kéa Island in Greece and One&Only Portonovi in Montenegro, the first properties for the collection in Europe, and a new resort in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, One&Only Mandarina. More information on One&Only is available at oneandonlyresorts.com