Robin Ricketts is a classically trained hotelier with 35 years of experience in the hospitality industry. Amongst his most important accomplishments include the development of the exclusive five star hotels of Cap Juluca and Malliouhana in Anguilla for which he acted as co-developer. In both projects Mr. Ricketts was instrumental in selecting the sites, developing the concept, raising the capital, and negotiating with local authorities. Additional responsibilities along with the day to day running of the hotels included, procuring the land, construction liaison, the hiring and training of the hotel staff, the implementation of operational policies, and oversight of the sales and marketing program. Malliouhana was the trendsetter on Anguilla and spearheaded the up market image that Anguilla still retains today. Both Cap Juluca and Malliouhana have ranked many times in the top ten list of Caribbean hotels since their openings. Amongst the accolades received by Cap Juluca over the years include No 1 Hotel in the Caribbean 2003 and 2004, World's Best awards, Travel & Leisure; Top Caribbean Hotel 2004 Zagats Survey; Gold List 2004-07 Conde Nast Traveler; 500 Top Hotel in the World 2004-07, Travel & Leisure; No. 1 Resort in the Caribbean 2003, Readers Choice Awards, Conde Nast Traveler; Top 20 Resorts/Hotels in the World 2003, Conde Nast Traveler; Best Caribbean Hotel 2003-09, Hideaway Report Readers Choice survey; Top Small Hotel in the Caribbean - 2003, Caribbean Travel & Life. Cap Juluca is a member of Leading Small Hotels of the World.
Robin, with his wife, recently sold their small shareholding in Malliouhana Hotel. He sat on the Management Board of Cap Juluca until February 2007, when he left due to the imminent sale of the hotel and the end of his long standing contract with the property.
Robin was also the mastermind behind the conversion of the Grace Bay Club, Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands from a failing condominium development in the early 1990's to one of the most highly regarded hotels of the region. Grace Bay Club was recently listed in Conde Nast's top ten hotels of the Caribbean, and brought a level of sophistication that set the standard for future developments in Providenciales.
Robin, through his consulting company Ricketts & Associates (Anguilla) Ltd, is an advisor to governments, developers, hoteliers and villas throughout the Caribbean. The company, in their capacity of Caribbean specialists, was approached by Trump International in 2001 to consult for them on Donald Trump's future involvement on Canouan Island, in the Grenadines. Ricketts & Associates (Anguilla) Ltd., involvement in Canouan Island through its Italian owners CRD Limited, ended in 2008.
Robin is a member of the prestigious Cayuga Hospitality Advisors.
Ricketts & Associates (Anguilla) Ltd. have been involved with the development, management, rental and sales, marketing and public relations of villa properties on Anguilla for the last 30 years. Malliouhana had the island's first two real villas on the beach at Meads Bay when they opened in 1981/82.
Robin Ricketts hotel background includes stints at the Dorchester and the Inn on the Park - Four Seasons in London, the Meurice in Paris, and the Mandarin in Hong Kong. His Caribbean experience, of well over 25 years, encompasses several operational positions in Aruba, Bonaire, Martinique and the Bahamas, as well as Anguilla and the Turks and Caicos Island, as described above. His speciality has been in pioneering on the various islands and some of the properties mentioned above, opening hotels where ‘few have feared to tread’ before him.
Since 2008 the Ricketts have opened three eclectic boutiques on the island of Anguilla, ZaZAA Boutiques on West End Rd (Flagship store) Lower South Hill and Shoal Bay East. These stock clothing, accessories, jewellery, art, books, Anguilla Memories, sundries and so much more with items from around the world.
In 2010 the Ricketts purchased the former Sirena Hotel in the heart of West End, Anguilla with access to Meads Bay, they renovated it and turned it into an small affordable chic boutique hotel called Anacaona. Their focus is on the niche markets of culture, wellness, sports tourism, destination weddings and honeymoons, singles travel, as well as the usual couples and families. It features amongst other things an organic garden with its own farmer and a State of the Art ‘Angel of Water’ suite overseen by a medical doctor. There only a few of the latter to be found in a hotel in the Caribbean.
Robin together with his wife, Sue is the recipient of the 2007 Anguilla Pioneer of the Year award and the 2009 Anguilla Tourism Visionaries award.
A Native of England and raised in Shanghai, China, Robin Ricketts received his Bachelor of Science degree from the School of Hotel Administration at Cornell University, Ithaca, New York.