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Hyatt Zilara Cap Cana to open in the ‘Beverly Hills’ of Dominican Republic

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Hyatt Zilara Cap Cana to open in the ‘Beverly Hills’ of Dominican Republic

Architect Ken Shannon has completed the project the design Hyatt Ziva/Zilara’s latest flagship, which will open this November in what is commonly referred to as the ‘Beverly Hills’ of the Dominican Republic…

Nestled in Punta Cana’s sought-after, exclusive gated community of Cap Cana in the Dominican Republic, the twin Hyatt Ziva Cap Cana and Hyatt Zilara Cap Cana will be the sixth addition to Hyatt’s Ziva and Zilara all-inclusive portfolio.

While Hyatt Ziva Cap Cana features an immersive thematic atmosphere that includes suites with local flora motifs, a tailor shop inspired Italian restaurant, and a waterpark for guests of all ages, the neighbouring Hyatt Zilara Cap Cana will feature refined ocean view rooms, condo-inspired swim-up suites with fully furnished living and dining spaces, exclusive access to quiet infinity pools, and an original concept martini bar and coffee shop.

The distinct double U-Shaped Infrastructure, designed by Ken Shannon, optimises ocean views in suites across the resort, maximizing ocean-facing offerings and a sense of arrival that is unparalleled.

Harnessing dual design, the hotels interiors infuse unique personalities into the twin resorts, Zilara’s design has been described as “sexier and more sophisticated with a bold and edgy design for adults”, while Ziva is meandering and playful with softer lines and vibrant colors making it a family-friendly oasis. Shared design features include moveable wall elements, swim up suites, and a connecting, elevated vista lobby overlooking the pools and ocean below.

“The Caribbean’s most popular tourism destination had a total of 6,200 rooms in construction in April of this year.”

In more than a nod to the rise in wellness and wellbeing, a cenote-inspired underground spa will feature a larimar stone infused sky-lit lagoon and the DR’s first Himalayan Salt Lounge. In addition, an elevated Fitness Centre, modeled to look like an old rum distillery, to add further sense-of-place, is set to be Playa’s most extravagant to date, donning a brick warehouse vibe and outfitted with hanging punching bags to pay homage to the DR’s love of boxing.

The hotel opens as the Dominican Republic is continuing a full-fledged hotel development boom, according to new data from hotel analytics firm STR. The Caribbean’s most popular tourism destination had a total of 6,200 rooms in construction in April of this year.

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Establishing shot of the hotel

Meliá Hotels to open property in the Dominican Republic

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Meliá Hotels International is set to debut new $110 million exclusive vacation experience at Dominican Republic property…

Meliá Hotels International has announced its newest luxury experience which will open in December 2018 in the Dominican Republic – The Grand Reserve at Paradisus Palma Real.

The Grand Reserve at Paradisus Palma Real, designed by Alvaro Sans, is situated in the popular beach resort of Playa de Bavaro. The all-inclusive resort reflects the natural beauty of the destination and will give guests the most luxurious experience in Punta Cana where families of all ages can create everlasting memories.

As well as the opening of The Grand Reserve, Meliá Hotels International is transforming Meliá Caribe Tropical into two distinct properties, which is slated to be completed by November 2018. With this transformation, Meliá Hotels International continues its investment in the Dominican Republic region.

Designed in the shape of a circle, the universal symbol of being connected, The Grand Reserve offers brand new accommodation ranging from 800 to over 3,000 square feet. It will feature 288 expansive suite-style bedrooms, including Swim-Up Suites. They will feature either one or two bedrooms and a variety of amenities including living and dining spaces, ideal for entertaining, free-standing bathtubs and walk-in showers, as well as private secluded balconies with hydro-massage whirlpool tubs and outdoor living spaces. Offering one or two-bedrooms, Swim-Up Suites are a particular highlight of the accommodation at The Grand Reserve at Paradisus Palma Real. The uniquely luxurious suites also have direct access to an exclusive pool, complete with lush garden areas and a solarium.

The hotel is set to debut with seven new restaurant concepts and bars, all of which are influenced by local gastronomy and culture for an authentic experience.

“We’re eager and excited to welcome The Grand Reserve to the Meliá Hotels International family later this year,” Commented Alvaro Tejada, Senior Vice President for the Americas for Meliá Hotels International. “With its unique design superior amenities and new technological advancements, The Grand Reserve is set to radically transform the way travellers experience our hotels in the Dominican Republic.”

The property will also boast a full-service spa by Spanish beauty brand Natura Bissé. Offering 14 treatment rooms and a relaxation room, the hotel’s spa will feature products by Natura Bissé and offer signature services using award-winning and avant-garde line utilising techniques, with the latest technology for utmost luxury and relaxation.

As well as the accommodation for hotel guests, there will be an additional 144 suites for members of Circle by Meliá, creating a total of 432 suites in the property.

Excellence Punta Cana

Excellence Punta Cana reopens

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Excellence Punta Cana, the all-inclusive resort from luxury hospitality leaders, Excellence Group, has reopened its doors following a four-month, $45 million (£34 million) renovation.

Maintaining the resort’s original romantic island charm and elegance that earned it a spot on Trip Advisor’s ‘Top 25-All Inclusive Caribbean Resorts, the property now also features completely renovated and new onsite food and beverage offerings, an upgraded Club Lounge resulting in an elevated front desk and concierge service, a new beachfront pool, in-room renovations with improved layouts, new furniture and sleek Caribbean vibes, and an enhanced experience in the brand’s renowned Excellence Club.

Excellence Punta Cana seamlessly combines the convenience of an all-inclusive experience with the details and amenities of a luxurious five-star property. Across its portfolio of properties, the brand boasts the industry’s highest-staff-per-room ratio to provide impeccable and unmatched service.

In addition to the suite’s existing offerings that included private plunge pools, terraces, and panoramic ocean, mountain, or garden views, the improved suites have upgraded lounge furniture, plush mattresses, and soaking tubs.

The resort will also introduce a new room class, the 950 square feet Excellence Club Suite with Private Pool. The opulent new room category comes with a private pool, separate living room, furnished terrace, marble spa bathrooms with jet whirlpool tubs, and the usual luxe amenities and standards that guests have come to expect from the brand.

Palladium Hotels & Resorts rebranding Royal Suites

Palladium Hotels & Resorts rebranding Royal Suites

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Palladium Hotels & Resorts is rebranding its adults-only luxury resorts known as The Royal Suites by Palladium to TRS Hotels. The rebrand includes a fresh and elegant look on property as well as an updated marketing campaign & logo.

TRS Hotels will become independent of Grand Palladium Hotels & Resorts while remaining true to the mission of offering the best adults-only luxury experience and personalised service at the current properties in the Dominican Republic and Mexico as well as the new Costa Mujeres property set to open in autumn of 2018.

“As the adults-only market in the Caribbean and Mexico continues to grow and expand, Palladium Hotels & Resorts looks to differentiate itself by evolving its adults-only brand, TRS Hotels,” said Sergio Zertuche, Palladium Hotel Group’s Chief Sales & Marketing Officer.

In addition to the rebranding, TRS Yucatan in Riviera Maya will be undergoing various upgrades and renovations from 1 July until 15 November. These upgrades include completely renovated guestrooms, swim-up rooms, additional exclusive à la carte restaurants, a new infinity pool, and integration of the entire room stock of the former Grand Palladium Riviera Resort & Spa along with a Signature Beach Club. TRS Turquesa in Punta Cana will also be undergoing changes with the addition of a signature Beach Club, which is scheduled to open by 1 December.

Along with attention to upscale amenities, luxury hospitality and desirable offerings like accommodating beach clubs, the redesigned brand boasts an ultimately guest-centred experience where every service is designed specifically to fulfil each individual guest’s needs. As Palladium Hotels & Resorts continues to evolve, TRS Hotels drives to keep ultimate guest satisfaction at the forefront of this initiative.

TRS Yucatan and TRS Turquesa will begin their rebranding online in July featuring a simple and refined logo to represent the new and improved adults-only hideaways. On-property rebranding will be completed by late autumn 2017.