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Cat Island resort wants to keep guests busy

Visitors can try their hand at farming
  • Rollezzz Villas Beach Resort.

Guardian Business Reporter

Published: Aug 09, 2013

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For years, tourism officials have said “It’s better in The Bahamas”, but for Carl Rolle, he has taken it one step further, calling Cat Island “one of the richest islands in history and culture”.

He opened Rollezzz Villas Beach Resort with the intention of giving its visitors an unforgettable experience.

In this week’s edition of Da Plunge, Rolle, who is the owner and operator, invites you to “experience” the four-acre Rollezzz Villas Beach Resort, nestled away in the quaint community of Old Bight, Cat Island.

“If you want to give visitors something they can talk about and experience, a moment that’s going to be unforgettable, Cat Island should be first on your list. Cat Island is the premier destination in The Bahamas,” he said.

“Cat Island is one of the richest islands that the archipelago has in terms of history and culture. When you’re talking about music, culture, song, dance and history, Cat Island’s name will be mentioned first.

“We are thinking about the villas as more of an experience and not just a place for overnight stays. Our guests will be so filled with activities that they will never run out of things to do.”

Rollezzz Villas Beach Resort has 10 villas. In addition to its rooms, Rolle said guests can look forward to delicious food, story telling, musical performances and other forms of entertainment.

He said the whole idea is get guests to look at Cat Island “from a different perspective”.

“We even want our guests to try their hand at some homegrown fruit and vegetables. Right now, we have watermelons and okra,” according to Rolle.

“We are only planting trees that are indigenous to Cat Island. It should be a paradise for people that will walk through the area during their stay at Rollezzz Villas Beach Resort. We have set aside one acre for a garden in the middle of the resort.

“The landscaping is underway and to date, we have planted over 200 trees.”

Once it is officially opened for business on October 15, guests will be presented with detailed itineraries filled with activities they can participate in during their stay at the resort.

“When we open, I want to make sure that it’s first class and done in style,” said Rolle.

Despite its initial challenges and a $475,000 investment, Rolle said it’s all been worth it and he believes that Rollezzz Villas Beach Resort will eventually become world-renowned among all travelers.

“There may be places in Harbour Island that have been recognized as one of the ten best in the Caribbean, but I am looking for Rollezzz Villas Beach Resort to be one of the ten best in the world,” he added.

“That’s what we’re focused on and with that in mind, we intend to market an experience to everyone and not just a place to stay.”



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