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Luxury hotel in Anguilla re-opens to revitalize island’s tourism

Malliouhana Hotel & Spa (photo from CaribJournal)

San Juan, Nov 7 (EFE).- The iconic Malliouhana Hotel & Spa has reopened in Anguilla after three years and is expected to revitalize the economy of the Caribbean island.

The hotel, whose name refers to the Amerindian name for the island, opened in 1984 and was the economic engine of Anguilla over the next two decades, but the owners closed the establishment in 2011 with the intention of selling.

In February 2013, the hotel was bought by U.S. firm Adventurous Journeys Capital Partners, owners of the Isle de France Hotel in St. Barts.

The new owners entrusted management of the hotel to Auberge Resorts, who re-opened the Malliouhana on Nov. 1 after $80 million in renovations.

“Malliouhana has an incredible legacy in the Caribbean, and it has been a thrill to revitalize such an iconic resort,” Auberge CEO Craig Reid said in a statement.

Anguilla is a British overseas territory located in the northeastern Caribbean and its economy depends mainly on luxury tourism, fishing and offshore banking.