The Caribbean hotel sector is approaching pre-pandemic performance due to rising leisure demand and a recovering group market. The United Nations World Tourism Organization statistics show that travel to the Caribbean has returned to the levels before the COVID-19 pandemic.

Despite the COVID-19 Pandemic’s recent effects, statistics on hotel performance indicate that hotel investors or owners can still make significant returns on investments in the Caribbean. Most Caribbean nations provide alluring incentives for investment, including tax breaks, citizenship opportunities, and special considerations on property taxes. Additionally, official investment facilitation centers help investors realize their projects.

But, to successfully operate, sell, or expand a hotel business in the Caribbean, most owners benefit from the assistance of specialized Caribbean hotel consultants with a proven track record of creating value for hotel owners and investors. This is where the knowledgeable team at Luxury Hotel Advisors in the Caribbean, led by Stephane Zaharia, comes in.

LHA Connects Investors with Caribbean Resort Assets and Expertise

The team’s primary goal is to give hotel owners and investors the essential high-level hospitality consulting services that aid in maximizing the value of their investments. A principal with Luxury Hotel Advisors is involved in every project to guide clients through the process with a comprehensive plan for increasing the size of the hotel portfolio or assisting with the discreet disposition of an asset.

Our team has exceptional expertise in asset disposition, locating acquisitions for portfolio expansion and offering recapitalization and financing support. Additionally, we have the knowledge, connections and network necessary to add value to Caribbean assets and the variety of skills required to execute sensitive and private transactions.
With an office in Anguilla and extensive experience serving the hotel industry in the Caribbean, we are well-positioned to provide consultancy, assistance with hotel dispositions and the expansion of your portfolio discreetly.

Critical Caribbean Resort Real Estate Market Knowledge

Understanding the market and each individual project is crucial for making wise judgments in the hotel industry. We provide you with the information you need to make important decisions. Our Caribbean office makes it possible to provide a hands-on approach for every project.

Today, hotel owners and investors work to strike a balance between maximizing revenue and profitability and managing the expectations of knowledgeable and global customers in both mature and rising hotel markets. Although it can be difficult, this is what makes the hotel industry so alluring.

Luxury Hotel Advisors (LHA) provides the knowledge, adaptability, and experience needed to understand precisely what your hotel business requires at any given time. We provide solutions in the Caribbean and Latin America tailored to your needs, from conducting feasibility studies and creating a brand position to managing acquisitions and development projects. Caribbean projects have included the iconic Cap Juluca Resort and the CuisinArt Resort on Anguilla and we are just beginning work on a development in St. Marteen. And all of this is done under the leadership of Stephane Zaharia and his team who have extensive experience in the luxury hotel market and bring a plethora of best practices from around the globe to every project.

What Stephane Zaharia Brings to the Table

Stephane Zaharia is the director of the Luxury Hotel Advisors Caribbean Division providing leadership for our Caribbean hotel advisory and brokerage services team. He joins Eric Prevette, Carlos Lopes and Teresa Holden as a managing director in the company. Zaharia assumed responsibilities as the Managing Director for the Caribbean region in January 2021. Since then, Luxury Hotel Advisors has helped many hotel owners and investors grow their portfolios.

Zaharia has brought many critical skills to Luxury Hotel Advisors, including advisory services, acquisitions, dispositions, asset management, financing, recapitalization, and marketing planning. He has also provided valuable insight that has assisted the team in the Caribbean to improve their market research, construction and development projects and client database.

Luxury Hotel Advisors Office in Anguilla

Prior to leading the LHA Caribbean office, Zaharia worked at the Resorts and Residences by Cuisinart Anguilla, where he served as President & Managing Director for 15 years. During this time, he worked closely with CBRE Miami Office on Sales & Marketing for the properties, including but not limited to identifying potential Investors and developers, negotiating purchase and sales agreements, assisting potential buyers with the due diligence process, assisting in the Memorandum of Understanding negotiations between Buyers and Anguillan Government, and successfully led the sale between seller and buyer as seller’s Owner Rep.

Zaharia and the LHA team are always available to assist a client successfully re-launch a hotel, negotiate its sale, or provide access to high net worth individuals, family offices, and institutional investors for expanding the portfolio of hotels. With an office on Anguilla, the firm has easy access to the entire Caribbean.

How Luxury Hotel Advisors Can Help

Luxury Hotel Advisors works with hotel owners and investors on buying and selling assets, repositioning renovated assets and revenue growth. We offer a broad range of services, including acquisitions, dispositions, asset management, and consultancy, all of which are tailored to the requirements of owners, investors, and operators. We comprehend the complexities of each market and how it pertains to specific goals and objectives in addition to previous data and trends.

To make more informed decisions on purchasing hospitality real estate in the Caribbean and Latin America, we provide market expertise, historical knowledge of the area and recommendations for maximizing revenue and future value. We are aware of the significance of local government and labor sensitivities and the necessity to uphold the asset’s reputation and assure future income, due to our extensive expertise in these markets.

Stephane Zaharia can be contacted in our Anguilla office via email at [email protected] or by calling 264-235-2000.

About the Author

L.K. Eric Prevette is a 30-year veteran in the hospitality industry and served as CEO of several luxury hotel companies, including RockResorts and the Resort Properties Division of The Irvine Company. He also served as Chief Financial Officer and Chief Development Officer for Rosewood Hotels and Resorts.

Mr. Prevette has spent most of his hospitality career working exclusively with independent luxury and boutique hotel assets. He and his partner, Carlos Lopes, launched Unique Hotels in 1987 and later co-founded Bel Air Hotel Company. During his career, he has successfully repositioned and assisted in the sale of hotel properties valued at more than $500 million and provided valuable asset management and other advisory services to owners and lender of over 50 hotels in the US, Europe, Mexico, the Caribbean and Asia.

Mr. Prevette brings creative financial and operational thinking to each project with the ultimate goal of optimizing asset value. He is now a managing principal with Luxury Hotel Advisors

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