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A handy guide to the Caribbean's upcoming resort openings


A handy guide to the Caribbean's upcoming resort openings
Hilton La Romana

From million-dollar renovations, to new builds from the ground up, there's a ton of new hotel product about to make a splash in the Caribbean.

Here are a few to keep in mind for your clients, with openings slated for 2019-2020:

ANTIGUA

Hammock Cove Resort & Spa


  • Opening on Dec. 1, 2019
  • Adults only
  • 40 private suites with an intimate atmosphere, decorated in a modern Caribbean style:
    • spacious balconies
    • an infinity pool
    • a luxurious bathroom
    • a wine and spirits bar
  • Two restaurants, each offering "sophisticated menus", a full bar, a large wine list and craft beers
  • Only a few hundred meters from Devil's Bridge National Park and overlooking the turquoise waters of a protected bay

CUBA

Gran Muthu Rainbow Hotel

  • Opening end of 2019
  • The first LGBT hotel in Cuba
  • 248 rooms, divided between standard categories, junior suites and suites. All have sea views.
  • Six restaurants and a bar
  • A swimming pool for adults, and one for children

Cayo Guillermo Resort Kempinski

READ MORE: PHOTOS: Kempinski opens Cuba's first five-star luxury resort

  • Opening end of 2019
  • 245 rooms and suites
  • Seven overwater villas with stunning panoramic views and a minimal size of at least 75 m² each
  • A presidential suite on stilts of 200 m², all with private pools.
  • A kids' club, a gym, a tennis court, a lobby bar and a cigar bar

CURACAO

Dreams Curacao Resort Spa

READ MORE -  AMResorts: a new all-inclusive Dreams in the Caribbean

  • Opening on Dec. 15, 2019
  • 197 rooms, each with a private balcony and other luxury touches designed to please couples and families alike
  • Access to two private white sand beaches
  • Two culinary concepts
  • Luxury spa

DOMINICA

Cabrits Resort & Spa Kempinski Dominica

READ MORE -  PHOTOS: a Kempinski hotel will open in Dominica in autumn 2019

  • Opened on Oct.14, 2019
  • Located in Douglas Bay, in the northwest of the island, in the middle of a natural park renowned for its beauty
  • 151 luxurious rooms and suites, with panoramic views of the turquoise Caribbean Sea and 24-hour room service
  • Six beach villas
  • Three restaurants, two bars and a lounge
  • Four heated and natural pools

GRENADA

Royalton Grenada Resort & Spa

READ MORE:  PHOTOS: Royalton Grenada Resort & Spa opens March 1st

  • Opening on March 1st, 2020
  • 269 luxury suites  on the shores of Tamarind Bay
  • Each suite has a rain shower, two-person bath and hand-made mattresses with DreamBed
  • Beginning of the new Royalton Ma Maison restaurant concept, featuring French bistro style meals in a waterfront setting

JAMAICA

Ocean Coral Spring Hotel

  • Opening on Dec. 15, 2019
  • 513 rooms for the first phase
  • Two pools and  an artificial river
  • 10 restaurants, 4 bars, a coffee shop and an ice cream shop
  • A spa

RIU Ocho Rios

READ MORE:  The renovated Riu Ocho Rios has reopened with a new water park

  • Reopened September 2019
  • 901 rooms, to which were added 45 new family rooms, all divided into two buildings, surrounded by a garden of 30,000 m2.
  • Five hotel pools with sun loungers and umbrellas
  • A water park, Splash Water World
  • Six restaurants, all inclusive 24 hours a day (all meals and snacks), and seven bars
  • A spa

MEXICO

Barceló Maya Riviera

  • Opening in December 2019
  • For adults only
  • 850 rooms that will have their own spas on the balconies, including 110 suites and junior suites
  • Five restaurants (Mexican, French, Italian, Japanese and a buffet) and five bars
  • Four pools

Dreams Acapulco Resort & Spa

READ MORE - Here's a list of every AMResorts property opening in the next few months

  • Opening on November 1, 2019
  • 605 rooms in a 22-storey building
  • Eight restaurants
  • Four bars
  • A swimming pool and access to the beach
  • A spa

Dreams Vista Cancun Resort & Spa

  • Opening on November 1, 2019
  • 232 rooms
  • Three pools and access to the beach
  • Nine restaurants
  • Six bars
  • A spa

Garza Blanca Resort & Spa

  • Opening end of 2019
  • 150 rooms in three categories: 
    • Ocean Front Suite
    • Two bedroom suite
    • Three-Bedroom Panorama Suite with Private Terrace and Jacuzzi
  • Two eight-storey buildings with views of the jungle and the sea
  • Spa, storeroom and three restaurants
    • A snackbar on the beach
    • A steakhouse
    • A gourmet restaurant

Hilton Playa del Carmen

  • Open (formerly known as Royal Playa del Carmen), but renovations completed in December 2019
  • Adults only
  • 524 suites divided into 11 categories
  • 600 square feet per suite, now more spacious thanks to the reorganization of space
  • Eight restaurants, six bars, two pools in the heart of Playa del Carmen

KASA Hotel Riviera Maya

READ MORE -  PHOTOS: KASA Hotel Riviera Maya opens in November

  • Opening on Nov. 1, 2019
  • Puerto Aventuras, a private and gated community, away from the crowds
  • 42 rooms with penthouses overlooking the garden and lagoon, as well as rooms that can accommodate one, two or three bedrooms and a kitchenette

Majestic Elegance Playa Mujeres

  • Opening on Nov. 20, 2019
  • 570 rooms: nearly 70 per cent of the rooms are adults only in the Elegance Club (only for adults 18+); remainder reserved for the family section (all ages)
  • 12 pools
  • Eight restaurants and 12 bars
  • Wi-Fi Internet throughout the complex
  • A spa

Now Natura Riviera Cancun

READ MORE -   Unexpected construction delays Now Natura Riviera Cancun's debut

  • Opening on Jan. 31, 2019
  • 556 rooms
  • Three pools
  • Nine restaurants
  • Six bars

Now Sapphire Riviera Cancun

  • Open since Oct. 11, 2019
  • 62 new suites in five new categories:
    • Preferred Junior Swim Out Beach Front Suite
    • Preferred Master Suite Swim Out Beach Front
    • Preferred Master Ocean Front Suite
    • Preferred Family Junior Tropical View Suite
    • Family Junior Suite Tropical View
  • All other suites have also been renovated and modernized
  • A water park with three vertiginous slides 
  • A playful paddling pool for toddlers

Palmaia Riviera Maya

  • Opening Nov. 1, 2019
  • Neighbor of Sandos Playacar Beach Resort
  • 314 suites in three categories
  • Distributed between seven four-story buildings, all suites will offer sea views
  • The family establishment will not have an adult section

Planet Hollywood Resort Cancun

READ MORE:  Planet Hollywood will have an adult section in its new resort in Cancún

  • Opening on March 1, 2020
  • 898 luxury suites
  • Adult only section inside the resort: the Adult Scene, an exclusive and luxurious experience, including:
    • 380 suites and all-star amenities, including handmade Phabulous Beds ™ beds, sumptuous bathrobes and slippers
    • the cutting-edge concept of Your Soundtrack ™, allowing vacationers to choose the soundtrack of their stay
    • the Plugged In ™ program, so everyone can stay connected
    • A private beach and an exclusive pool with a bar inside
    • 3 specialty restaurants for Adult Scene guests: Braza Grill, Churrascaria and Catch Seafood and Grill
  • Nine bars
  • Four pools and a river
  • A trampoline park, 
  • A kids / teens club
  • A minigolf course

Riu Palace Riviera Maya

  • Reopening after renovation on Dec. 7, 2019
  • 400 rooms
  • Two swimming pools and one swimming pool with water bar
  • Among the novelties:
    • renovated rooms 
    • New space for children: a bigger pool, slides and kids club RiuLand
    • Italian and Mexican restaurants and a "Capuchino Patisserie" tea room
    • New spa and wellness center in the main building

Hotel Riu Vallarta

  • Reopening after renovation on Nov. 23, 2019
  • 678 rooms
  • Among the novelties:
    • All rooms have walk-in showers, suites also include baths
    • Swimming pool redesigned, 5 swimming pools including one with submerged bar
    • New children's area with a bigger pool, water slides and RiuLand
    • new dining areas: Grill bouveau by the pool; the gourmet restaurant, Kulinarium; Italian restaurant
    • New RiuFitT area

Sunscape Akumal Beach Resort & Spa

READ MORE -  PHOTOS: Sunscape Akumal Beach will open soon on Riviera Maya

  • Opening on October 1st, 2019
  • 362 rooms
  • Four pools
  • Seven dining options, including four à la carte, buffet, grill and coffee, offering a variety of international dishes ranging from authentic Mexican dishes (Tiki Taco) to Italian dishes (Portofino) or Mediterranean (The Olive Branch)
  • A spa
  • An exclusive Sun Club section located in front of the beach with three exclusive pools, a beachfront lounge and a bar

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

Club Med Miches Playa Esmeralda

READ MORE:  The Club Med Miches Playa Esmeralda is revealed

  • Opening on Nov. 23, 2019
  • 335 rooms
  • 38 hectares of land
  • First village of the Exclusive Collection  in the Americas
  • Four shopping villages:
    • Archipelago, an oceanfront area exclusively for adults
    • the Caribbean Paradise, a colorful and enchanting space, located in the very heart of the Village
    • the Emerald Jungle, place of retreat and relaxation eco-chic conceived the peace and the well-being of the adults
    • Explorer Bay, for families

Dreams Macao Beach Punta Cana

READ MORE:  A new Dreams resort will open in Punta Cana

  • Opening on Feb. 21, 2020
  • 500 rooms, all with spectacular ocean views
  • Six restaurants
  • Seven bars, including a poolside bar and a sports bar concept.
  • Three pools, including 2 infinity  pools overlooking Macao Beach and the Punta Cana Hills

Finest Punta Cana

  • Opening scheduled for early 2020
  • For families and adults
  • 450 suites, including 60 family suites, ranging in size from 800 to 2,000 square feet
  • A choice of at least 20 bars and world-class restaurants
  • An exclusive Finest club for all ages, and a spa with a hydrotherapy circuit
  • Six pools with children's pool and wading pool, playground and children's and teens' pavilion

Hilton La Romana

READ MORE: PAX On Location: An exclusive look at the new adults-only Hilton La Romana

  • Adult section opened summer 2019; the family section will open on Dec. 1, 2019
  • Guests in the adult section have full access to the Hilton La Romana Family
  • 350 suites (including Premium Rooms) for adult section, 412 rooms (including Premium Rooms) for family section
  • Five restaurants, three bars, two pools for the adult section
  • Seven restaurants, four bars, two swimming pools, one water park (eight slides and a leisurely river) for the family section, in addition to a casino, a nightclub and a congress centre

Hyatt Ziva and Hyatt Zilara Cap Cana

Hyatt Zilara Cape CanaHyatt Zilara Cape Cana

READ MORE: New photos of Hyatt Zilara, Hyatt Ziva surface as properties prepare for opening

  • Opening in November 2019
  • This vast complex is divided into two sections:
    • Hyatt Ziva, for families: 375 suites (including Club Level rooms), six restaurants and seven bars, on Juanillo Beach, with a water park, spa and gym
    • Hyatt Zilara, for adults only: 375 suites (including Club Level rooms), six restaurants, seven bars on Juanillo Beach,with a convention centre, spa, and a gym with spinning classes and Zumba

SAINT-MARTIN

Secrets St. Martin Resort & Spa

READ MORE: PHOTOS: Secrets St. Martin Resort & Spa will open in 2020

  • Opening on Feb. 1, 2020
  • 258 suites 
  • Each room offers views of the ocean, the marina or the mountain, next to Secrets' unlimited luxury concept
  • Preferred Club Suites include a privileged private club lounge, upgrades and upgraded amenities, as well as a daily continental breakfast served in the lounge
  • Three à la carte gourmet restaurants, a buffet and a cafe

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