IHG makes Turks and Caicos debut

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IHG Hotels & Resorts is expanding its Caribbean presence into Turks & Caicos with three distinct luxury and lifestyle retreats.

The major hotel group has announced three signings across its global luxury and lifestyle portfolio in Turks & Caicos, an archipelago south-west of the Bahamas.

Three hotels, three IHG brands

This will include hotels from three separate IHG brands, namely the InterContinental Hotels & Resorts, Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants and Hotel Indigo

Developed in partnership with owner Molo Hotel Group and UK-based management group Lighthouse Hotel Management, the resorts are all poised to open by 2027.

Set on Turks & Caicos’ Grace Bay, the properties will be brought to life by Glasgow-based architecture and interior design studio Ica, working in partnership with Turks & Caicos-based Conservative Architecture and Miami-based landscape architecture firm EDSA. 

InterContinental Turks & Caicos will be a new build hotel spanning seven stories. The property will be 59 keys, all of which are suites. 

The InterContinental will contain multiple facilities, including a ground floor restaurant and bar, outdoor pool, on-site fitness center and the brand’s signature Club InterContinental lounge.

IHG’s second property, a 192-room new-build Kimpton Turks & Caicos will also be located on the waterfront. 

The boutique luxury property is due to feature three outdoor pools as well as a spa and fitness center. The property will feature seven dining options, including a beachfront restaurant, rooftop bar, poolside bars, ice cream and coffee parlor, juice bar as well as a ground floor restaurant and lobby bar. 

Hotel Indigo Turks & Caicos will be a 56-room resort spread over one new building as well as two existing structures that will undergo a complete transformation. 

Guests can mingle amongst the locals at the on-site restaurant, lobby bar or coffee shop, while an outdoor pool and fitness room will be available exclusively for those staying on-property.

An up-and-coming destination

Paul Adan, Regional SVP of Development, Mexico, Latin America and the Caribbean for IHG Hotels & Resorts, said the group was happy to expand to Turks and Caicos, given the destination’s popularity among holidaymakers. 

“Turks & Caicos is one of the Caribbean’s most spectacular destinations, and we’re excited to mark the company’s much-anticipated debut there with our InterContinental, Kimpton and Hotel Indigo brands,” he said. 

“These stunning havens will welcome visitors and locals alike with unique, yet complementary experiences. We also are especially thrilled to expand our partnership with Molo Hotel Group.”

A continued partnership with Molo Hotel Group

These openings represent an exciting expansion of Molo Hotel Group and Lighthouse Hotel Management’s IHG portfolio. Molo Hotel Group, privately owned by the Slominski family, was formed in 2017 as a developer and owner-operator. The group has seven hotels in operation, with a further five under construction. Lighthouse Hotel Management has a multi-talented team with a wealth of experience who continually strive to achieve efficient and profitable operations. 

The owner and operator currently have two Vignette Collection hotels in Europe – the recently opened The Halyard Liverpool and Hotel Alexandra, opening in Rome in 2025.

Hon. Charles Washington Misick, Premier of the Turks and Caicos Islands, stated: “The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signing of IHG/Molo Hotels is a significant step towards a sustainable future for hospitality in the Turks and Caicos Islands.

“Three hotels, InterContinental, Kimpton and Hotel Indigo, will be introduced, enhancing our tourism product and creating employment opportunities.” he added.

“Partnerships with the Turks and Caicos Islands Community College and Turks and Caicos Islands Sports Commission are underway, demonstrating the Government’s commitment to developing human capital and elevating tourism offerings. This project will bring economic growth, embrace local talent, and enrich our economy.”

Angela Musgrove, CEO of Invest Turks and Caicos, said her agency believed the developments would bolster the island’s tourism sector. 

“Attracting such investment to the islands is essential for enhancing the economy and fostering the growth of local enterprises through affiliations with the resorts,” she said. 

“Moreover, it will fortify the educational opportunities for the local population through the close relationship and programmes which have been established with the Turks and Caicos Islands Community College. 

“Invest TCI is pleased to work with Molo to ensure that we collaborate with stakeholders so that the maximum impact of the development can be felt within the community.”

These latest signings reflect momentum in the Americas region where 12 percent of signings in 2023 sat within the portfolio. Globally, IHG’s six luxury and lifestyle brands continue to represent a growing proportion of IHG with over 850 open and pipeline hotels.*