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Here's a list of the most highly-anticipated hotel openings in the Caribbean


Here's a list of the most highly-anticipated hotel openings in the Caribbean
Hilton La Romana
Antoine Stab

Antoine has worked as a journalist for a publication specializing in the great outdoors. His love of travel comes from the time he spent outdoors growing up. Originally from France, relocated to Quebec, he is curious about everything, from what is happening in his own backyard to what's going on at the other end of the world.

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.

Drum roll, please...

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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