Central to the matrix of projects, the framework proposes further inland, a major new hotel/tourist activity complex. Set high up in the foothills of the mountains, on the edge of the rain forests, where the climate is noticeably cooler and where the views of the distant lands are the most spectacular we propose a dramatic complex and tranquil activity. This holiday destination will provide, across a broad series of accommodation, diverse sports, dining and therapeutic activity. On the immediate slope below, the plan locates one or more spectacular eighteen hole golf course, while immediately behind the development, is proposed ‘eco rain forest’ adventure trip that will consolidate a destination second to none.
This complex of buildings should bring the latest in thinking in the new dimensions of 21st century hotel accommodation with emerging requirements for adventure/activity holidays. Above all, it should combine this thinking with architectural and landscape approach that draws inspiration from the existing large plantation complexes (i.e. Ottleys and Rawlins) and provides a landmark for this unique setting.
Within the land running between approximately contour 150 and 450 lies a significant number of cane ruins. This cluster between Mt. Pleasant and Houstons Estates provide excellent development sites for small hamlets of high quality estates villas. These hamlets set within landscape clearings similar to those at Rawlins and Ottleys would be configured to re-use the old ruins where possible and be set put to establish the more prominent historical structures at the heart of each cluster. In almost all cases these developments should use the existing track structure improved where required and should be configured to take advantage on their upper levels on the views to the coast.
The framework plan also indicates more significant plantation style villas delivered through Master Planned Developments. These would be individually designed high quality modern residential resorts and villa subdivisions, each required to meet planning criteria that would encourage designs to relate appropriately to the setting and to reflect and interpret the local architectural qualities.
The framework also provides the establishment of a museum and education centre in the refurbished and extended ruins of Belmont. These ruins are among the best preserved in the area and their use as a significant island institution should be encouraged. This establishment could document and convey the history of the land and its people, as well as providing an example of an ancient working cane mill. It would become an essential research and educational resource for both the community and the visitor.