Kerzner International Holdings Limited (“Kerzner”), has entered into a partnership agreement with Dolphin Capital Partners and Dolphin Capital Investors, for the development of One&Only Kéa Island resort in Greece, inclusive of long-term management. Situated in a 65-hectare beachfront site on the west side of Kea island of the Cyclades, this ultimate ultra-luxury lifestyle experience will include 75 resort villas, as well as One&Only Private Homes available for purchase.
This will be the second One&Only resort in Europe as part of the expanding One&Only portfolio, with the announcement of the evolution of the brand earlier this year to include One&Only Nature Resorts, One&Only Urban Resorts and One&Only Private Homes to the existing collection of award-winning Beach Resorts. Kerzner International, the leading international developer and operator of ultra-luxury resorts and residences, has plans to continue to grow and develop the One&Only brand globally.
“One&Only resorts are the ultimate ultra-luxury experience that celebrate their destination, and Greece will be no exception. Kea is such an incredible island and our partners, Dolphin Capital Partners are leaders in development of luxury mixed-use resorts,” commented Philippe Zuber, President and Chief Operating Officer, One&Only Resorts. “Our goal is to introduce the finest resort in the Mediterranean and I am confident that One&Only Kéa Island will deliver on the One&Only promise. I look forward to welcoming our discerning guests to discover this unspoilt island and celebrating its traditional Cycladic character.”
One&Only was created exclusively for the ultra-luxury market and conceived as a hallmark of excellence. With the evolution of the One&Only portfolio, these new experiences will complement the existing award-winning resort collection, set in some of the most beautiful locations in the world. A vivid and inspiriting celebration of life—glamourous in style but wonderfully unstuffy by nature—One&Only offers guests a distinctive style and personality borne of its local culture, a genuine hospitality and a lively energy that is unparalleled.
“We are thrilled to be partnering with Kerzner, a global leader in luxury resorts, to develop One&Only Kéa Island, which is expected to set a new standard of ultra-luxury resorts in the Cyclades,” commented Miltos Kambourides, Founder and Managing Partner of Dolphin Capital Partners. “Our goal is to create another world class asset, which together with Amanzoe, will rank as two of the top resorts in the Mediterranean and elevate further the image of the Greek hospitality market.”
Kea is the closest Cycladic island to Athens and is accessible by ferry or speed boat from Lavrio Harbour. A post-modern Greek island, the One&Only resort on Kea will be inspired by the azure ocean waters, providing contemporary Greek elegance, celebrating the incredible natural elements of Greece and the Cyclades. One&Only Kéa Island will honour the country’s rich culture and traditions.
Like all properties within the One&Only collection, One&Only Kéa Island will place an emphasis on privacy, providing the ultimate hideaway, with a variety of accommodation, as well as secluded residential villas that are perfect for couples or large families. The stylish resort will also be home to an indulgent destination spa, introducing traditional and holistic practices fused with modern spa therapies, with overall wellness at its core. A cutting-edge fitness centre –featuring both indoor and outdoor spaces will also be part of the overall lifestyle offering at One&Only Kéa Island.
The resort will become a culinary destination for the intimate island, offering 3 restaurants and two bars, each defined by their own distinct ethos, energy, design and flavour and will bring the story of Kea to life through all senses, showcasing the bounty of the region. This will include a Greek piazza experience, offering fresh cuisine from morning to night, as well as the ultimate restaurant for the catch of the day, expertly grilled over open flames. One&Only Beach Resorts also offer an iconic international beach club, the vibrant location where guests and residents alike will want to linger at the water’s edge for hours. Arrivals via private luxury yacht or through the exclusive resort helicopter, the ultimate haven to lounge, socialize or play under the Greek sun. In addition, One&Only Kéa Island will be home to a cantilevered lounge built into the cliffside, offering the perfect place to watch approaching mega-yachts as the sun dips below the horizon.
New curated experiences will be offered to discover the best of both land and sea – full of adventure. As with all One&Only properties, the resort will offer innovative programming for families with children whilst carefully preserving space for adults only as well. From awe-inspiring natural landscapes to state-of-the-art facilities for sports, wellness, diving, art, cooking and more, One&Only Kéa Island will be a stimulating oasis for active, mindful and creative pursuits, regardless of age or passion.
Outdoor spaces will also be available that can be transformed into incredible locations for private events, offering spectacular views.
Kerzner International Holdings Limited, through its subsidiaries, is a leading international developer and operator of destination resorts, ultra-luxury hotels and residences and innovative entertainment and gaming experiences. Kerzner’s flagship brand Atlantis, includes Atlantis, The Palm, Dubai, a 1,500-room, water-themed resort on The Palm, overlooking the Arabian Sea and mainland Dubai; and Atlantis, Sanya Hainan in China, under development, as well as The Royal Atlantis Resort & Residences in Dubai. Under the One&Only brand, Kerzner manages eight of the top-rated luxury resort properties in the world, located in The Bahamas, Mexico, Mauritius, the Maldives, South Africa, Dubai and Australia. Additionally, Mazagan Beach & Golf Resort, a 500-room destination golf and casino resort in Morocco, is also operated by Kerzner. For more information concerning Kerzner and its operating subsidiaries, visit kerzner.com.
Created exclusively for the ultra-luxury market, One&Only is conceived as a hallmark of excellence. Set in some of the most beautiful locales in the world, each award-winning resort offers guests a distinctive style and personality borne of its local culture, a genuine hospitality and a lively energy that is unrivalled. One&Only has recently announced the expansion of the portfolio with the inclusion of Nature Resorts, Urban Resorts and Private Homes. These new experiences will complement the existing resort collection including One&Only Reethi Rah in the Maldives; One&Only Le Saint Géran in Mauritius; One&Only Royal Mirage and One&Only The Palm in Dubai; One&Only Ocean Club in The Bahamas, One&Only Palmilla in Los Cabos, Mexico, One&Only Cape Town in South Africa and Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley in The Blue Mountains in Australia. As part of the new portfolio, One&Only has announced two new Nature Resorts in Rwanda. Other resorts in development include One&Only Portonovi in Montenegro, which will be the first property for the collection in Europe, One&Only Seef in Bahrain and two new resorts in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, One&Only Mandarina and One&Only Santa Maria de Xala.
Founded in 2004 by Miltos Kambourides and Pierre Charalambides, Dolphin Capital Partners (“DCP”) is an independent private equity firm specializing in land and real estate investments in the East Mediterranean, the Caribbean and Latin America. Since 2005, DCP has raised and managed in excess of €1.2bn in equity through its various investment companies and is the developer of world class assets such as Amanzoe and Nikki Beach in Greece, Amanera in Dominican Republic and Pearl Island in Panama. DCP’s main investment vehicle is Dolphin Capital Investors (DCI), listed on AIM (Alternative Investment Market) of the London Stock Exchange.