Article / New flights boost St Lucia property and rental markets Posted: 2011-12-11 18:03:36| Article > Buying & Selling > Home Buying

New British Airways daily flights from Gatwick to St Lucia in the Caribbean have been welcomed by property developers and second home owners as a move that will boost the real estate sector and the holiday rental industry.

New British Airways daily flights from Gatwick to St Lucia in the Caribbean have been welcomed by property developers and second home owners as a move that will boost the real estate sector and the holiday rental industry.

St Lucia, part of the Windward Islands chain in the West Indies is a long standing holiday favourite for the British. In the last five years there have been numerous new developments of homes for second home ownership with attractive tax incentives, as well as new facilities and services that support a luxury lifestyle reflecting its luxury reputation.

The new flights will enable the many British home owners to have greater access and flexibility in reaching their homes, as well as boosting opportunities for renting them out to holiday makers.

Developments such as The Landings, a luxury marina development in the north of the island where 70% of their buyers have been British to date believe it will make a big difference to the sector.

‘The increased airlift is very welcome and makes a big difference to both the tourist and the real estate markets,’ said Ollie Gobat, who was born on St Lucia, and is sales director at The Landings.

‘An island can only develop these sectors with strong airlift and this shows the increased popularity of St Lucia as a holiday destination and place for a second or even third home. The allure of St Lucia's incomparable natural beauty and friendliness has led to this increased demand and we see it continuing to grow,’ he explained.

The Landings is an ultra luxury development of homes overlooking its own private marina near Rodney Bay, which is in the popular north west of the island. New facilities that have opened recently close to The Landings include a new casino, the first for the island, a multi million pound shopping mall with designer and duty free shops, multi screen cinema and new bars and restaurants at the nearby Rodney Bay marina.

One of the unique aspects of The Landings is that it can offer the only freehold titled ownership of beachfront properties, which are normally sold as leasehold in St Lucia, as it is built on reclaimed land. The Landings is now in phase three of development and is offering a range of property to purchase which includes beachfront apartments.

In addition to the harbour, the extensive amenities on site include a beachfront club lounge and restaurant with beautiful views over the bay plus a fine dining restaurant overlooking the marina, several pools, tennis courts, concierge services and shops. There is also a full service hair salon, fitness club and spa.

The Landings provide water sports facilities including sail boats, wind surfers, kayaks and snorkelling equipment for use. Owners at The Landings also have membership at the St. Lucia Golf and Country Club, which is a three minute drive from the resort.

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