ESJ Towers rebadged as ESJ Azul after $12M facelift

Written by  //  January 28, 2016  //  Tourism/Transportation  //  4 Comments

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Keith St. Clair

Keith St. Clair

ESJ Towers, located in the municipality of Carolina, has undergone an extensive six-month renovation to the tune of $12 million led by travel industry veteran Keith St. Clair. After the renovation that added approximately 30 direct employees to the roster  the property has been re-branded as ESJ Azul.

The collection of properties now branded as ESJ Collection include the new ESJ Azul, The Noir and Verde, which in aggregate will create approximately 1,000 new jobs according to a statement from the Puerto Rico Tourism Company.

“Our vision is to create a number of ESJ hotels in Isla Verde and recreation and entertainment spaces as well,” said St. Clair.

He declined to give more specific information, saying that there contracts “that are being completed and done.” St. Clair said he would be ready to announce the “next stage of the ESJ Collection” in 30 days.

The ESJ Azul has 170 timeshare rooms out of 450 total rooms. The property has 5,000 timeshare members and he expects that number to more than double to 11,000 once the next two properties are developed. Timeshare members tend to be families that drive repeat business,” the executive said.

Last summer, St. Clair headed an investment group that acquired the ESJ Towers and quickly subjected the 40 year-old property to an extensive renovation of the building and its grounds, which included hallways and landings on all 17 floors, game room, lobby bar and lounge area and a new hospitality center.

The changes included creating an entrance from the lobby directly to the beach with additional landscaping enhancements to allow for unobstructed views of the ocean and the beach.

“I want to make a difference, not just in the renaissance of Isla Verde but of Puerto Rico,” said St. Clair, who went on to suggest renaming the Isla Verde area as Isla Verde Beach, comparing it favorably to Venice Beach, California.

“I am living in Isla Verde, building in Isla Verde and investing in Isla Verde,” said St. Clair, who received an Act 22 decree in September 2015.

“Keith pays a lot of taxes, his operations pay a lot of taxes and employ a lot of people,” said Economic Development and Commerce Secretary Alberto Bacó.

“He is a visionary and a visionary with capital”, something that Puerto Rico needs, Bacó added.

“I am a young Puerto Rican, an old man, but a young Puerto Rican,” quipped St. Clair.

4 Comments on "ESJ Towers rebadged as ESJ Azul after $12M facelift"

  1. GREG RIVERA April 4, 2017 at 11:44 PM · Reply

    give people free drink when they come in

  2. Tim Yromans July 29, 2017 at 1:51 AM · Reply

    Why and how our they charging timeshare owners a renovation fee of 2 times their maintenance fee for each week they own on top of the yearly maintenance fee.

  3. Evie July 31, 2017 at 11:01 AM · Reply

    “Why and how our they charging timeshare owners a renovation fee of 2 times their maintenance fee for each week they own on top of the yearly maintenance fee.” Exactly Tim Yromans. I just received a letter about the same with a bill due 5 days from correspondence delivery. Surprise!…Here is a bill you were not even aware it was even coming and nevertheless prepared for. Unbelievable!

    • Bob Brennan September 18, 2017 at 3:12 PM · Reply

      If the 2x main ten ever fee is not paid for the renovation ,what is the timeframe for payment- some units have 10years some 5 some 12- need more info- -I have 5 years left on my original agreement-Need an update- BobB

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