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Revamped Ariel Sands could be open for business in three years

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Star duo Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones.

A closed Devonshire resort co-owned by Hollywood power couple Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta Jones could be reborn as early as 2025, planning documents have revealed.

Proposals to resurrect the old Ariel Sands have been submitted to the Department of Planning.

The plans said the work was expected to create between 60 and 80 construction jobs, with about 40 people employed at the resort once it was up and running.

The plans are similar to those approved in 2015 and the property would be laid out like an hotel cottage colony.

The application said the property would have a 33 room hotel and amenities, 21 villas spread throughout the site and a 30 key condominium development.

An artist’s rendering of the proposed Ariel Sands development (Image from planning documents - architects for the project are Studio PCH, Rockefeller Keppel Architects and Bermudian-based Broadview)

“Buildings will be sited, accessed and landscaped in such a manner as to retain a low density of buildings and a high level of open space, as well as achieve the highest level of privacy between units and neighbours, while capitalising on the best sea views wherever possible.

“Resort style amenities including a gym, resort pool, a restaurant/café and bar will be provided in the hotel.”

The application also included a new waste water treatment plant, 47 car parking spaces and 20 motorcycle spaces, although the developers said they planned to promote the use of small electric vehicles.

Construction at the site is expected to take about two years, with an anticipated completion date of late 2024 or early 2025.

Proposed layout of the redeveloped Ariel Sands property. (Image from planning documents)

Ariel Sands opened as a hotel and cottage colony in 1954 but closed down in 2008.

The site was later cleared in anticipation of redevelopment and several plans were put forward, but none got off the ground.

The site was used for a three-month pop-up innovation campus and beach club organised by Bermudian-based Hub Culture in 2017.

Mr Douglas, whose mother, Diana Dill, was Bermudian, announced in November that he had joined forces with JTRE, a Slovakian real estate developer, to redevelop the 13.8-acre site as a five-star resort.

The Ariel Sands property on South Shore. (Photograph by Rego Sotheby's International Realty)

A spokesman said the redeveloped resort would be managed by an “internationally recognised operator, offering branded condominiums and luxury villas, and a multitude of desirable amenities”.

Mr Douglas said he and Ms Zeta Jones were excited by the opportunity to work with JTRE on the “rejuvenation” of the Devonshire resort.

He added: “This is a project that is close to our hearts and we feel we are in good hands working with JTRE.”

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Published February 21, 2022 at 2:40 pm (Updated February 22, 2022 at 12:49 pm)

Revamped Ariel Sands could be open for business in three years

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