Sunset Hotel is situated on the edge of the village on River road and was built in the 1970’s to become one of the first locally owned hotels. Successive owners failed to make it work and it remains derelict. In the hurricane aftermath it was used to contain the dogs that were left behind on Barbuda after evacuation.
Lighthouse Bay Resort at Low Bay was to be sold by auction in 2015 and is apparently still for sale, and guarded by out of control dogs.
“Barbuda is a place that is near and dear to my heart,” said Mike Branker, who was introduced to the island more than 50 years ago by his grandfather. “This auction is a wonderful opportunity. There aren’t many chances to own beachfront properties like this, not only in the Caribbean, but in the entire world. This is a one-of-a-kind-opportunity to own what can only be described as a piece of natural beauty.”
K Club was once a very successful luxury hotel, attracting international celebrities and famously, Princess Diana. The beach between K Club and Coco Point (still called Access) was renamed Princess Diana beach as a tribute to her love for Barbuda.
It was intended for re-development by Robert de Niro and James Packer, under the name Paradise Found, but is now sadly subject to legal action to contest the manner in which they obtained consent for the project, which included demands for acres of extra land as part of a ‘Barbuda Master Plan’.
The terms of the agreement have never been made transparent to Barbudans who will fight this in court. Paradise Found have not completed any work on the hotel and it remains derelict after Irma.
Dulcina Hotel (at River) was demolished in 2016 and the land cleared, as the lease has apparently been given to Maria Browne, the wife of Prime Minister Gaston Browne.
No other work has since been done on the project.
North Beach was sadly completely destroyed in Hurricane Irma.