Rob Sequin | Havana Journal
Information gathered from promotional email, press release and company website.
The Havana Journal received a promotional email today from Esencia Hotels and Resorts announcing that applications for membership and private villa ownership at the resort are now being accepted and that members will be able to reserve their “pre-launch” property.
Esencia is working with the Cuban government to develop a new era of leisure facilities and the unique opportunity to buy property in Cuba.
This joint venture will be called The Carbonera Club. This facility, when built, will include a hotel and spa, a beach and water sports club, a tennis club, an eighteen hole golf course and use of the Varadero Yacht Club, its Marina and an associate membership at Xanadu in Varadero.
Cuban Golf Resorts is a joint venture of UK based Esencia Hotels & Resorts Ltd and Cuban Government owned Palmares. The Carbonera Club project will combine the design talents of an award-winning team of PGADC golf course designers, Spanish architect Rafael De La Hoz, Italian architectural firm OneWorks (no website available), elite Spa managers Six Senses and UK designer Terence Conran.
These teams will create 720 properties consisting of private villas, one, two and three bedroom apartments and Conran residences spread over 170 hectares on the north coast of Cuba.
The search result for Carbonera Cuba on Google Maps shows Carbonera Cuba to be located between the city of Matanzas and the tourist resort of Varadero.
Driving times as stated by the company are 20 minutes from Varadero, 40 minutes from Havana International Airport, 10 minutes from Varadero International Airport and 15 minutes from Varadero Yacht Basin.
As you can see from this Google Maps satellite image of the small town of Carbonera and the surrounding area, the developers will have the entire area pretty much to themselves so one can envision the expanse of the project.
The Carbonera Club is expected to offer ownership and full rental management which would be a unique opportunity to own residential resort property in Cuba.
The Carbonera Club will be a membership only resort in Cuba. An application for club membership must be approved by a Board of Admissions and there is a $1000 refundable application fee. The official public launch will begin in Spring 2009. Priority membership applications can be received now and approved members can reserve property pre-launch.
The opportunity is not open to US citizens due to the trade Embargo against Cuba that forbids US citizens from owning property in Cuba.
Some of the features of the Carbonera Club membership when built are expected to be:
* Golf rights to Varadero Golf Course
* Membership to new PGADC Championship Golf Course
* Ownership of villas
* Rental of apartments and Conran residences
* Use of tennis, spa, restaurants and hotel
* Access to the beach and water sports club, marina and yacht club
* Marina berths available for 20m yachts
* Nightclub, retail village, children’s creche and on site medical clinic
The application form asks for general personal details and if you are interested in a villa, apartment or marina information. The $1000 application fee is to be wired to the Royal Bank of Scotland International then you have to return the application with a copy of your passport by fax.
SALES PROCESS PHASES
The candidate must complete an application form for membership to The Carbonera Club. Information required includes Name, Place of Birth, Nationality, and Occupation. The membership is a pre-requisite of proceeding to the Reservation Contract phase. Membership offers immediate privileges such as special access to the existing Xanadu Hotel and Golf Course in Varadero.
Board of Admission Phase
The application fee for membership to The Carbonera Club is US$1,000. The application is subject to the approval of the Board of Admission and the decision is entirely at its discretion. No reason for refusal need be given. If an application is denied, the candidate will receive a full refund of the application fee. Successful applicants may proceed to the Reservation Contract.
Reservation Contract Phase
The Buyer is given the Reservation Contract. This document contains the basic aspects of the Sales Contract between the Buyer and the Seller. Upon signing of the Reservation Contract, the Buyer must make a deposit of 10% of the total purchase cost. The deposit has a cooling off period of 30 days, during which the full amount will be refunded if the buyer requests so by fax to the Seller.
Sales Contract Phase
After signing the Reservation Contract and once the cooling period of 30 days has expired, the Buyer will proceed to the Sales Contract. This is a private document and contains all the terms and conditions of the sale. Upon signing the Sales Contract, the Buyer must make a deposit of 30% of the total purchase cost. The deposits are nonrefundable unless the terms of the contract are not met by the Seller.
Completion and Delivery Phase
Upon completion of construction of the unit and delivery of the keys of the property by the Seller, the Buyer must pay the remaining 60% of the total purchase cost. Both the buyer and the Seller sign before a Public Notary to complete the legal registration in the Registry. The execution of this contract formalizes the transfer of title of the property and completion of the Contract.
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