Salamander Hotels & Resorts to Manage Aurora Resort in Anguilla

Entrepreneur Richard M. Schulze, the founder of Best Buy and owner of Aurora Anguilla Resort & Golf Club  has selected Salamander Hotels & Resorts to manage the resort. Salamander Hotels & Resorts will assume management of the Anguilla resort on April 26.

Set on the beaches of Rendezvous Bay, the 300-acre property (formerly Cuisinart Resort) was purchased by Schulze in 2020 and has since undergone a multimillion-dollar renovation. The 178-suite resort offers seven restaurants and lounges, a 27,000-square-foot spa, and Aurora International Golf Club—the 18-hole Championship Golf Course recently redesigned by Greg Norman. A nine-hole short course, also a Greg Norman Signature design, will be introduced this summer.

Schulze further plans to improve the Aurora Anguilla experience, including adding an entertainment center with a water park, which includes a 500-seat amphitheater for live entertainment, and courts for sand volleyball, pickleball, tennis, basketball and bocce ball.

Schulze’s goal is to make Aurora Anguilla appealing to a range of luxury travelers, inclusive of families. Through his Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation, Schulze is also supporting a several causes on the island, including food insecurity, educational technology and health care. He is also instrumental in developing a local school lunch program and a neighborhood health clinic.

Salamander Hotels & Resorts was founded by entrepreneur Sheila Johnson who, like Schulze, has a deep commitment to Anguilla, where she owned a home for over a decade. “Anguilla is such a special place for me, and I have a deep love for the island, its people and their authentic passion for hospitality,” said Johnson. “The improvements that have already been made are incredible and Salamander is committed to helping realize Richard’s vision of excellence. We look forward to introducing Aurora Anguilla and the beauty of its people to our Salamander loyalists.”

Aurora Anguilla is in good company as it joins a Salamander Collection that includes the Salamander Resort & Spa in Middleburg, Virginia; the Half Moon resort in Montego Bay, Jamaica; Innisbrook Resort in Tampa Bay, which hosts the annual PGA TOUR’s Valspar Championship; and Hotel Bennett in Charleston, South Carolina. Next month, the company will assume management of Aspen Meadows Resort in Aspen, Colorado.

Commercial flights to Anguilla are available from the U.S., in addition to Aurora Anguilla’s own fleet of private jets. It is also accessible via a 30-minute ferry ride from Saint Martin.

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