The Cayman Islands is not short of luxury resorts – and it's about to get another. Covering 16 acres (6.5 ha), the US$250 million St James Point mixed-use resort on Grand Cayman island will incorporate lush grounds and a 1,000-ft (305 m) secluded and private beach while, according to the designers, remaining sensitive to the existing tropical environment.

The Caribbean resort was commissioned by developer Beach Bay Land Limited (BBLL) and will be designed by TEN Arquitectos after it won a design competition ahead of Garcia Stromberg and SB Architects.

"Providing more integrated environments for living and travel, without their losing connection to nature or sense of place, is key to the success of a project like this," says Enrique Norten of TEN in a press release. "We have a unique concept here that will fit harmoniously within the landscape."

The resort will include a 200-room hotel and more than 90 residential units, as well as multiple restaurant, retail and spa offerings. Guests will also be able to take part in watersports activities.

BBLL says the design will follow LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) principles, taking into consideration air and water quality, noise levels, native flora and fauna, soil conditions and any areas of historic and cultural interest.

Additional information and imagery is limited at the moment. BBLL tells Gizmag that the designs are not finalized, but are expected to be close to those proposed by TEN.

St James Point is expected to open in the second half of 2018.

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