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    Jul 23,2014

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The Captain’s Story

Learn More About Olivier Lange

Olivier Lange, the son of a French Ambassador, was known for his entrepreneurial spirit and love of the sea.

He began his first business venture at the age of 19, when he opened the first Whiskey-A-Go-Go nightclub in Morocco with the help of a friend. Despite the nightclub’s early success, his father was displeased by the line of work and sent Olivier to serve in the Army.

Undaunted by his father's reprimands, Olivier returned to the nightclub business after his release from the Army. He proceeded to open new nightclubs and restaurants in Morocco and in France. Ultimately, he earned his father's respect and admiration for being an astute businessman who did not compromise his principles.

Sailing had always been one of Olivier’s greatest pleasures, and in 1978 he purchased a 50-foot Gulfstar in Florida and sailed it into the Caribbean. When he arrived at the island of Saint Martin/Sint Maarten, he ventured into the allegedly "dangerous" channel of Oyster Pond. As he sailed into the lagoon, he was enchanted by the beauty and tranquility of the anchorage. He started to envision a waterfront restaurant and small marina where he could spend his winters.

When he mentioned his idea, people ridiculed him for wanting to develop in such a remote location with no electricity, telephone lines, water or roads. Still, he was determined to realize his dream.

He began by placing channel markers in Oyster Pond to guide boats through the challenging passage – the first step towards opening the lagoon to the tourist market. To invest further into his Caribbean undertaking, Olivier sold his popular restaurant in Paris, Le Mors aux Dents. He then completed a restaurant and small marina, which would go on to become the heart of Captain Oliver’s Resort.

Olivier went on to add creative elements to the property, such as a glass-sided swimming pool, mini-zoo, natural aquarium with sharks and turtles and a glass-floored restaurant. The property's location on the French/Dutch border also adds to the uniqueness of the resort. A serene seaside setting and lush tropical gardens lend their charm to Olivier’s boutique hideaway, which was designed to exist in harmony with nature.

Today, Captain Olivier’s dedicated efforts have produced a 3-star resort that is undeniably innovative in the Caribbean.