Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Paradise by Design; Jan and Rowland Hull Have Found Turks and Caicos a Good Investment from [Pounds Sterling]835,000: One-Bedroom Duplex Apartment on the Deserted Island of Dellis Cay (020 7499 7766)

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Paradise by Design; Jan and Rowland Hull Have Found Turks and Caicos a Good Investment from [Pounds Sterling]835,000: One-Bedroom Duplex Apartment on the Deserted Island of Dellis Cay (020 7499 7766)

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Byline: Cathy Hawker

SOUTH of the Bahamas and east of Cuba lie 40 flat islands that are hometo some of the most idyllic beaches in the world. Fine white sand dotted withpale pink shells face an impossibly turquoise sea where osprey and pelicanssoar and dive. This is Turks and Caicos, a British Overseas Protectorate andtax haven with low crime, good infrastructure, a stable economy and exclusivehomes. Little wonder that they have become a fly-and-flop hotspot withwell-heeled Americans.

Truth is, there isn't much to do away from the water but with the world'sthird-largest reef encircling the islands, the diving, snorkelling and fishingin that clear sea are exceptional. Only a quarter of the flat islands and cays(smaller islands) are inhabited, with most development on the main island ofProvidenciales (known as Provo).

The British may be slow to arrive but tourism has surged here in the past fiveyears as Americans holiday close to home. Exclusive top-drawer hotels includeAmanyara, Aman Resorts' first hotel in the Caribbean, with a Ritz Carlton hotelunder construction and Bulgari and Fairmont rumoured to be coming.

So building is booming, and while the condo hotel market on Provo's glorious 'The British may tourism has years thanks 12-mile Grace Bay looks over-saturatedone-bedroom apartments start at [pounds sterling]231,000there are plenty of empty beaches elsewhere for bigger spenders.

Look at Dellis Cay. This deserted island, 30 minutes by boat from Provo, willintroduce cutting-edge design to a region not noted for its modernarchitecture. The O Property Collection, owned by Turkish businessman CemKinay, bought Dellis Cay in 2005 Kinay coyly declines to say for how much

and plans an ambitious and exciting project.

Seven hand-picked architects, including London-based Zaha Hadid and ItalianPiero Lissoni, will design 200 properties and a 103-room Mandarin Orientalhotel spread around the 560-acre island. The villas and hotel residences inphase one (completion due December 2009) cost from [pounds sterling]835,000 for a one-bedroomduplex to [pounds sterling]3.7 million for a five-bedroom beach villa.

All six-bedroom ocean villas are already sold, including one to actors MichaelDouglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones. Further phases include a 110-berth marina andmarina villas designed by Hadid, tree top villas overlooking the mangroves andthe first Maldives-style onwater villas in the Caribbean. The clean lines andexpanse of glass are a long way from traditional colonial architecture.

"I wanted to create an island community of exceptional beauty close to existinginfrastructure with easy access and incorporate a strong design element," saysKinay, who spent 20 years building up all-inclusive travel company Magic Life,before selling it to industry leader TUI in 2004. …

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