Construction for luxury retreat, 'The Chatwal Lodge', commenced after the groundbreaking ceremony which was attended by Indian-American hotelier Sant Singh Chatwal, New York State Assembly Member Aileen M. Gunther and Bethel Town Supervisor Dan Sturm, amongst other figures.
The Chatwal Lodge, a part of the Dream Hotel Group, is touted to be a driving force in the ongoing restoration and revitalization of New York's Catskill Mountains. Nestled amongst 26 acres along the wooded shores of the 1,000-acre Toronto Reservoir, the five-star luxury retreat is expected to open in 2020. It will comprise 34 private villas and suite accommodations, refined rustic design and world-class, and farm-to-table culinary experiences by DUCASSE Paris, founded by multi-Michelin-starred chef Alain Ducasse.
"The Chatwal Lodge is born from our signature New York City location and five-star luxury brand The Chatwal," Sant Singh Chatwal, Chairman of the Dream Hotel Group said. "Within this decadent and simply unprecedented country retreat, The Chatwal Lodge is a magical destination where luxury meets nature, and we are committed to embracing the natural resources of the area to create an enterprise that truly redefines the town and country luxury living experience," he further stated.
"We're grateful for Mr Sant Chatwal and his Dream Hotel Group team bringing The Chatwal Lodge to the region. The caliber of this project is remarkable, and, once open, will become a world-class destination and an extraordinary addition to both New York State and Sullivan County," Aileen M. Gunther, a New York State Assembly Member said on December 5.
"The Chatwal Lodge will bring full- and part-time jobs, both during construction and after it opens," Dan Sturm, the Bethel Town Supervisor said. "The new tourists and visitors that will come to Bethel will also bring new commerce and better economic opportunity for all the businesses already located here," he further added.
The Chatwal Lodge is located within the Chapin Estate along the shores of Sullivan County's two largest lakes. Named as one of the 'top 10 regions to visit in 2019' by Lonely Planet, the Catskills and Sullivan County have seen an increasing number of visitors due to its vast recreational activities, as well as growing arts and culture community.
"The Catskills is a picturesque mountainous region that has been long known as a popular getaway since the beginning of the twentieth century. The Chatwal Lodge will help solidify its reputation as a global destination for years to come," the President and CEO of Sullivan Catskills Visitors Association, Roberta Byron-Lockwood, remarked.
The opening of the lodge is part of a larger economic development plan for the town of Bethel, New York. It is expected to generate tax revenue and create new jobs, while also offering the growing residential and business communities a new reason to work and play in the countryside destination.
"We are delighted to finally commence construction on this iconic project," said Developer Steve Dubrovsky. "We greatly appreciate the patience and guidance of everyone involved as we carefully design and connect this new, five-star retreat within the expanse of Chapin Estate, one of the Catskills' most serene and beautiful natural landscapes," Dubrovsky opined.
"All of us at Dream Hotel Group are proud to play a role in creating what will be one of the most spectacular destinations in Sullivan County," remarked Jay Stein, the CEO of the Dream Hotel Group. "Drawing inspiration from the Catskills' rich history, rustic architecture and breathtaking natural setting, The Chatwal Lodge will be the star of Sullivan County and a critical addition to our growing global portfolio," Stein mentioned.
The Dream Hotel Group has 18 hotels open today and 20 new locations currently in development worldwide. They plan on tripling their existing portfolio by 2022.
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