WILLEMSTAD.- Yesterday, during a press conference in Curaçao, Corendon founder and hotel owner Atilay Uslu revealed the name of the five-star ultra all-inclusive resort that Corendon Hotels & Resorts is developing on the island. The Corendon Mangrove Beach Resort is the largest hotel in the Caribbean after the total renovation with over 850 rooms. In the first phase Corendon is realizing a five-star hotel with 381 rooms and eighteen suites, four swimming pools, nine eateries and bars, an aqua park and three meeting rooms. The opening of the first phase of the resort is planned for April 2020.
Curaçao has been on the World Heritage List of UNESCO for more than twenty years. Part of this is the surrounding waters and coastal areas of the island, rich in mangrove forests, seagrass beds and coral reefs. Mangrove forests are under serious threat worldwide, but are of enormous importance for biodiversity, water purification, carbon capture and coastal protection. Since the resort is located in a special nature area with mangrove forests, Corendon will clean the mangroves on its own grounds, as well as adjacent parts. The land is cleaned up in consultation with nature conservation organizations on the island; the area is manually stripped of mountains of litter and is completely tidied up.
Together with Aqualectra Curaçao, Corendon shares ideas and insights to develop innovative solutions to create a sustainable hotel concept. For the Corendon Mangrove Beach Resort, Corendon uses solar panels to generate 2.3 megawatts of electricity and is therefore completely self-sufficient. In addition, water from the sea is used via reverse osmosis for showers, sinks, toilets and swimming pools. The waste water from this is then filtered and a quarter is used for the gardens. The remaining three-quarters are made available by the hotel free of charge to farmers in order to contribute to a more sustainable environment.
Corendon started in 2018 with the renovation and expansion of the very outdated former Holiday Beach complex. In the first phase Corendon is realizing a five-star hotel with 399 rooms and various facilities. The resort will initially provide employment for around 350 employees. Corendon also establishes its own academy where people from the island are trained to cook, waiter or front office positions such as receptionist. In the second phase, more than 450 rooms will be developed that are expected to be delivered by the end of 2020. This will once again offer employment to 250 residents of Curaçao.
In addition to the swimming pools, there is also a slide paradise. The hotel’s aqua park consists of six slides, of which the King Cobra is the most spectacular with the head, colors and snake pattern of a cobra. Moreover, the King Cobra is the only slide of its kind in the Caribbean.