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This is a list of the most-anticipated Caribbean hotel openings this winter

This is a list of the most-anticipated Caribbean hotel openings this winter
Karine Rochdi

Karine Rochdi likes to travel differently. Spending hours looking for the perfect restaurant, hotel, vineyard or cooking class to make her getaway memorable, finding secret addresses and unusual places while travelling is her hobby.

Drum roll, please...here's an overview of the most anticipated Caribbean hotel openings in the coming months.


Muthu Imperial Cayo Guillermo

This luxurious 500-room adults-only hotel will feature five restaurants (one buffet and four themed), three bars, an entertainment room, a spa and a small shopping centre with shops.

Projected opening date: end of 2018, beginning of 2019

Rainbow Muthu Cayo Guillermo

This 248-room, five-star hotel is located in Playa Playuelas (just off Cayo Guillermo). It will be the first hotel in Cuba aimed at LGBTQ+ customers.

The resort will accommodate an adult clientele, operate five restaurants (including Indian specialty and Asian specialty), three bars, an entertainment room and water facilities.

Projected opening date: June 2019

Paradisus Los Cayos

Built in natural surroundings in Cayo Santa Maria, this modern ecological complex has been designed in harmony with the coastal landscape. Comprising three and four-storey bungalows with 802 suites, it will offer three separate sections, each with their reception and independent pools.

Projected opening date: December 2018

Costa Rica

Planet Hollywood Beach Resort

This new luxury resort consists of 294 rooms, two swimming pools, six restaurants and two bars. Built amid the lush landscapes of Costa Rica, it offers panoramic views of the Gulf of Papagayo and offers guests a Hollywood VIP experience. 

READ MORE: Sunwing & Planet Hollywood to launch new luxury resorts

Open since October 1st


Riu Palace Tropical Bay

Nestled on Negril Beach, Riu Palace Tropical Bay has been completely refurbished. The 416-room hotel features three swimming pools, five restaurants and five bars, and includes a brand new building, upgraded rooms and expanded facilities.

Projected reopening date: October 20, 2018


Grand Palladium Costa Mujeres Resort & Spa

Surrounded by lush greenery, the property offers 673 suites, seven themed restaurants, three bars and five pools. There is also the first tennis center Rafael Nadal outside Majorca, the hometown of the champion.

Projected opening date: November 1, 2018

TRS Coral Hotel

Built with sustainable materials on the Costa Mujeres beach, the adults-only property offers avant-garde design with 473 luxurious suites. Guests have access to the facilities and restaurants of the Grand Palladium Costa Mujeres & Spa located next door.

Proposed opening date: November 1, 2018 


Haven Riviera Cancun Resort & Spa

Located between Cancun and the Riviera Maya, this 5-star property has 333 rooms, three swimming pools and five restaurants. It offers an adult clientele a stay focused on well-being.

READ MORE: PAX On Location: Haven Riviera Cancún

Open since October 5th

Paradisus Playa Mujeres

Paradisus Playa Mujeres is located near Isla Mujeres, on the coast on the outskirts of Cancun. It will have 498 rooms, four swimming pools, six bars and seven international restaurants. The amenities offered will include the signature services of Paradisus hotels.

READ MORE: Paradisus Playa Mujeres coming to Mexico for 2019

Projected opening date: first quarter 2019

Riu Palace Costa Mujeres

This new complex located on the beach of Bahía de Mujeres will have more than 670 rooms. The facilities will include five pools including two with swim-up bar and a  private area on the beach  with hammocks and umbrellas.

READ MORE: New look, new hotels and more for RIU in 2018

Proposed opening date: November 17, 2018

Sandos Palm Bay Playacar

Located on Playacar Beach in Playa del Carmen, the luxury hotel will consist of 314 rooms in seven buildings. It will include a water park.

Projected opening date: April 2019

Sunscape Star Cancun 

Located in the Cancun Hotel Zone, five minutes from the Isla Mujeres Ferry and not far from the Puerto Cancun Golf Club, the resort will be the first Sunscape hotel that is a new construction. It will include a wave pool for stationary surfing and an adult rooftop pool for Sun Club guests.

READ MORE: Sunscape Star Cancun to open Dec. 1

Projected opening date: April 1, 2019

Dominican Republic

Grand Memories Punta Cana and Grand Memories Splash

Closed for two months for renovations and the addition of new equipment, the Memories Splash Resort will reopen under two resorts: Grand Memories Punta Cana and Grand Memories Splash.  

READ MORE: The Memories Splash Resort will be split in two

Projected opening date: November 16

Grand Sirenis Punta Cana

The Grand Sirenis Punta Cana Resort Casino & Aquagames will reopen its luxuriously renovated resort complex with a new concept that builds on a modernized, local essence, with elegant design and lush greenery. 

Consisting of two hotels, Grand Sirenis Cocotal Beach Resort and Grand Sirenis Tropical Suites, the five-star property is located in one of Punta Cana's most beautiful coconut groves.

Projected opening date: December 1, 2018

Grand Bahia Principe Aquamarine

Formerly known as Luxury Bahia Principe Ambar Green, the Grand Bahia Principe Aquamarine will offer relaxation and entertainment in a unique setting for adults. With 498 rooms, the property in Punta Cana offers wine tasting, mixology, table games and theme nights with music.

READ MORE: PHOTOS: Adults-only Grand Bahia Principe Aquamarine debuts Nov. 1

Projected opening date: November 1, 2018

Luxury Bahia Principe Ambar

Luxury Bahia Principe Ambar (formerly Luxury Bahia Principe Ambar Blue) is a luxury hotel for adults only. Located in Punta Cana, it will offer 528 superior junior suites, spacious and elegantly appointed, spread over several three-story villas.

READ MORE: Bahia Principe to open a new Fantasia property this November

Projected opening date: November 1, 2018

Melia Punta Cana Beach Resort and Melia Caribe Beach Resort

Meliá Hotels & Resorts has split its Meliá Caribe Tropical property into two distinct properties: Meliá Punta Cana Beach Resort for adults-only and Meliá Caribe Beach Resort for families both located on the beachfront in Playa Bávaro. 

The Meliá Punta Cana Beach will offer 546 junior and luxurious suites divided into four categories and the Meliá Caribe Beach Resort will feature 599 junior suites and spacious suites, divided into six categories, six pools, eight restaurants and eight bars.

READ MORE: Exclusive: The Meliá Caribe Tropical Punta Cana will be divided into two distinct hotels

Proposed opening date: December 15, 2018

The Grand Reserve at Paradisus Palma Real

This all-inclusive family-friendly hotel in Punta Cana will feature 288 spacious suites, in addition to 144 Circle by Melia suites members' suites. 

There will be seven bars and restaurants, a children's water park and access to the services of the neighboring Paradisus Palma Real and The Reserve at Paradisus Palma Real Resort under the Stay at One program. & Play at Three.

READ MORE: Melia introduces a $110M property in Dominican Republic

Projected opening date: December 2018

Sanctuary Cape Cana by Playa Hotels

Built on a cliff by the ocean, this luxurious adults-only resort in Punta Cana has been completely transformed after extensive renovations. It is composed of 323 sumptuous suites, five à la carte restaurants and five swimming pools, one of which is saltwater.

Open since September 1; the opening of the new tower is planned for December 1.

TRS Cap Cana Hotel

The brand new TRS Cap Cana is located in the most exclusive part of Punta Cana. It will allow adult guests to escape to a luxurious oasis of 115 upscale suites.

READ MORE: TRS Cap Cana opens its doors Nov. 1

Proposed opening date: November 1, 2018

St. Lucia

Coconut Bay Beach Resort & Spa St. Lucia 

Closed last September to modernize its infrastructure, the establishment is located on 34 hectares of the south coast of Saint Lucia. 

It has 250 rooms in the Splash family section and the Harmony adult section. It has the largest water park on the island.

READ MORE: Coconut Bay closes this month; set to reopen Oct. 2018

Open since October 1, 2018

Sint Maarten - St. Maarten

Planet Hollywood Sint Maarten

Sunwing Travel Group, which announced the acquisition of the Sonesta Great Bay Beach Resort in Sint Maarten last year, will reopen it under the Planet Hollywood banner. Located in Great Bay, the resort will include 450 rooms, five restaurants, a casino, a beach club and a spa.

READ MORE: Sunwing Travel Group to build a Planet Hollywood resort in St. Maarten

Projected opening date: first quarter of 2019

Sonesta Ocean Point Resort and Sonesta Maho Beach Resort, Casino & Spa

Sonesta Ocean Point Resort offers breathtaking views of Maho Bay. Adjacent to the Sonesta Maho Beach Resort, Casino & Spa, this adult resort of 129 luxurious suites will include three pools, four bars and two restaurants. Guests will have full access to all services and facilities at the Sonesta Maho Beach Resort. 

The Sonesta Maho Beach Resort, Casino & Spa will become the largest all-inclusive family resort in Sint Maarten. Located on the south-west coast of Sint Maarten, the 416-room hotel includes five restaurants, five bars and a pizzeria.

READ MORE: Sonesta Resorts St. Maarten releases sneak peek of renovations

Projected reopening date: 

Sonesta Ocean Point Resort: December 15, 2018

Sonesta Maho Beach Resort, Casino & Spa: February 1, 2019