Thursday, December 24, 2015

Affiliates of Gencom and Private Equity Group (PEG) Complete Sale of the 295-Room Marriott Grand Cayman Beach Resort to Affiliates of London & Regional

Marriott Grand Cayman Beach Resort

            MIAMI, FL (Dec. 24, 2015) - -Representatives of Gencom, one of North America’s leading luxury hospitality and residential/mixed-use real estate investment and development firms, today announced that its affiliates in partnership with  Private Equity Group (PEG) have sold the 295-room (including 22 suites) Marriott Grand Cayman Beach Resort to affiliates of London & Regional for an undisclosed sum.

  The sale was brokered by CBRE’s Miami office, and the hotel will continue to be operated by Marriott International.

OJ Buigas
            "The Marriott Grand Cayman Beach Resort is a world-class destination that was struggling from the after-effects of Hurricane Ivan and needed a bold, new vision when we acquired it in 2006,” said Tom Bezold, Gencom CFO. 

 “We completely repositioned the property, partnered with  PEG in 2011 and refinanced the property’s debt with the first CMBS loan outside of the US since the Great Recession. 

“In 2013-2014, Ownership  invested more than $15 million to  redefine the property.  We believe the property still has excellent upside potential, but it no longer meets our core investment strategy.  Our plan is to continue to aggressively seek hotel real estate investment opportunities that match up with our turn-around expertise.”

            Located directly on Seven Mile Beach, the property is in one of the highest barrier to entry markets in the Caribbean. 

Following completion of its  most recent renovation, the resort received a number of prestigious awards for operations, design and renovation, including Marriott’s 2014 Hotel of the Year Award within the Caribbean/Latin American Region and Marriott’s Mustang Award for Innovation for its “Beach House” design inspiration.

            “This has been a classic case of taking a great resort with a number of difficult problems and making it into something few could foresee,” said OJ Buigas, CEO of Private Equity Group.

 “Through active asset management and a vision of what the property could become, the resort has performed magnificently to become one of the prize assets of the Marriott resort portfolio.  We wish the new ownership continued good fortune and prosperity with this hotel gem as they take it through its next phase.”

For a complete copy of the company’s news release, please contact:

  Chris Daly, media
  (703) 435-6293

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