Everything On Track For August Hotel Reopening

Karma St Martin's Hotel

Karma St Martin’s Hotel

It’s full steam ahead for St Martin’s new hotel with everything on track for reopening next month.

Karma Royal Manager, Neha Sharma says she’s been “overwhelmed” by the encouraging and positive response she’s been getting from everyone on the islands.

Neha says everything is “heading in the right direction” for the 1st August relaunch, which will consist of around 15 rooms being made available and the opening of the downstairs bistro restaurant.

Some locals didn’t like the chosen name, Karma Scillonia, so they have decided to call the hotel Karma St Martin’s instead.

The marketing seems to be off to a flying start with several bookings already being taken, before they’re even open and she says the company has had a tremendous response from their recruitment drive.

They’ve recruited 16 staff, half of which, Neha says, are from the islands, including their new chef from St Mary’s.

They’ll have a second chef arriving from India at the end of this month and there are still a couple of positions available for housekeeping and waiting staff.

Neha says everyone she speaks to, both residents and visitors, is “genuinely very excited” about the prospect of getting Indian food on the islands.

It will be authentic, with an emphasis on northern Indian dishes such as butter chicken and tikka masala, which she says many people will already be familiar with.

With the limited time available to get the hotel ready, Neha says the décor will look very familiar to anyone who has visited in the past.

But she says there’s an exciting refurbishment planned for this winter, which will bring the other rooms back into use. The designers will be arriving soon to get ready for that.

Neha says the hotel will be “100% open to everybody”- islanders, visitors and day-trippers alike, to drop in for drink or a bite to eat. And she’s hoping to encourage boat trips from the other islands in the evenings.

St Martin’s islanders will get a chance to take a look soon – the hotel is planning an opening event at the end of this month.

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