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The Future of Hawk's Cay - Northview Hotel Group

Previously in summer of 2006 rumors had circulated that Cay Clubs was a possible candidate for buying Hawk's Cay Resort. Additionally there was talk of the Blackstone group possibly acquiring Hawk's Cay. See earlier Rumors


During the month of November rumors circulated that the Northview Hotel Group was interested in purchasing Hawk's Cay Resort from the Barrington Group. Other than to say that Hawk's Cay Resort had a serious potential buyer, no one had gone on the record as to what group or party was interested in acquiring Hawk's Cay, and those who did know anything had agreed to keep the information confidential.

On December 22, 2006 Manager Tom Cherniofsky sent a memo to all resort personnel announcing that

"Northview Hotel Group, LLC, . . . has formed a joint venture partnership with a real estate investment fund to acquire the Hawk's Cay Resort from its current owner. The sale is due to close towards the end of the first quarter 2007, following which Northview will manage the property on behalf of their venture, while overseeing a significant renovation of the hotel and its associated amenities. The current budget for this work is in excess of $25 million.

Northview is currently in discussions with several hotel companies about branding the resort. Northview's goal is to enhance the rate and occupancy achieved by the hotel and those villas that are in the Hawk's Cay Rental Management Program. Northview believes that the introduction of an upper upscale brand for the resort will be a key factor in helping achieve this goal.

. . . . Northview has indicated that they are also working on a strategy to create a more integrated product with the villas and the hotel."


Hawk's Cay Village Owners' Association

Previously, the Board of Hawk's Cay Village Owners' Association had met with the potential buyer In Miami possibly as part of the buyer's due diligence process. They agreed to maintain confidentiality so no information at the time came from them.

In late December 2006, it was announced by the Association

"The Board of the Homeowner's Association will be inviting Northview's and the venture's representatives to our Annual Meeting next month.  Northview has told us that its representatives look forward to meeting as many of the villa owners as possible at this meeting and hope they will have the opportunity to present you an overview of their plans and the exciting changes they are proposing for the resort.  Northview is also planning to provide as much time as needed to answer any questions you may have."

The Village owners' annual meeting is scheduled for January 29, 2006

Rental Management

A Rental Committee of villa owners met with John White from Rental Management and Hawk's Cay President , Don Johnson on November 6. The Committee spokeman reported back to the villa owners that

"the meeting went very well and we are encouraged about the future of the Resort. We will continue the open and very productibe [sic] dialogue over coming months. We have been assured, and have seen, plans for the future. While I can't discuss specifics at this point, I was impressed with the proposed upgrades of the hotel and resort. Nothing is final just yet, plans are being made for a makeover, and I am sure that, in some form, they will materialize.

 We all left the meeting with a better understanding of the resort management and them of us. I have been asked, and will abide, by Don Johnson's wishes that this remain confidential for the time being.

. . . 

Simply put, the future does indeed look bright. I will provide specifics when I am able to."


Northview Hotel Group

To find information about the Northview Hotel Group go to their website at

A Mark Mance and Simon Hallgarten are identified as owners of Northview. Northview Hotel Group was formed in 2004 with the goal of making opportunistic hotel investments, and to provide services in hotel management, management of assets, and construction management.

So far the Northview Group in partnership with Westbrook Partners has acquired the City Center Hotel or Wyndham City Center in Washington, DC. The facility located in Lafayette Square area of downtown Washington, DC at the corner of M Street and New Hampshire Avenue is currently identified as the M Street Hotel. The 355-room hotel is undergoing an eighteen million dollar renovation and plans call for it to become the Renaissance M Street Hotel. The hotel is being managed by Marriott as the M Street Hotel until the re-branding to a Renaissance in the fall. Renaissance Hotels & Resorts, is Marriott International's upscale, distinctive full-service brand.

Also acquired by the Northview Group in a joint venture with Westbrook Partners was the leasehold interest in the Bethesda Marriot Hotel from Host Marriott. This is a Mobil Four Star Hotel and Four Diamond rated hotel with AAA.

* * * Recently overheard while lunching at the Butterfly Cafe were several people discussing Hawk's Cay Resort's potential sale. One person indicated efforts to make it part of the upscale JW Marriott brand. The source of this information seemed to think that most people were not able to distinquish between a Marriot Hotel and the JW Marriott brand.


Marriott Hotels Brands

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Marriott International has nearly 2,800 operating units in the United States and 67 other countries and territories under the following brands:

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Marriott Conference Centers
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