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Havana for sale for approx. 5 million
16 Apr, 2010, 13:10 (GMT -04:00)

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ORANJESTAD — The buildings from Havana Beach, Papas Beach and the vacant former restaurant Ambianz will possibly be sold to a ‘huge American franchise’. Owner Harry Koeman informed Amigoe on the aforementioned yesterday evening. The asking price for the building is ‘more than five million’.
The negotiations are in progress and the company has an option that expires on July 1st, 2010. Whether the sale goes through, should become clear before that date. Koeman does not wish to mention the name of the franchise, because he signed for such – by his own account. Nevertheless, several sources mention the company Nikki Beach as possible candidate. It is remarkable, that the Chamber of Commerce mentions the name Nikki Beach as statutory name of Havana. This American company has beach clubs and hotels all over the world. Their main office is located in Miami and they have establishments amongst others in France, Spain, Mexico, Morocco and Thailand. By one’s own account, Nikki Beach brings dining, fashion, music and entertainment together in a mix of luxuriousness, exclusivity and beauty.
According to Koeman, the franchise wishes to operate in the Caribbean region. The company is therefore currently working on a feasibility study on Aruba. The option on the Havana buildings implies that the interested company has sole purchase right up to July 1st, 2010.
Papas Beach
It’s possible that Papas Beach, the beach tent located at Havana Beach will be taken over as well. Sources around Koeman state that a new owner wants to exploit the beach tent himself. Papas Beach director John Oster, who also owns the adjacent diving school Fly ‘n Dive, states he is prepared to sell – depending on the price offered. Oster hinted it could become ‘unpleasant’ if an agreement on the selling price cannot be reached. “If they really want to get rid of us, they could make life very difficult for us”, he says. However, co-owner Ramon Groot Antink assures this newspaper that nothing will change with the arrival of another landlord. “We have a long-term rental contract with the option of a five-year extension.”
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