W Hotels to debut in the Dominican Republic

by | 02 Nov 2022 | Hotel Projects, Projects

Marriott International will be introducing its W Hotels brand to the Dominican Republic with an all-inclusive luxury property on Uvero Alto beach.

The chain signed a management agreement with Grupo Puntacana and MAC Hotels to begin construction on W All-Inclusive Punta Cana.

Resort firsts

This adults-only hotel is expected to be the first W Hotels property in the market and one of the first W All-Inclusive resorts globally.

The beachfront development is anticipated to feature 349 guestrooms with balconies and plunge pools, as well as several suites. Plans for the resort include a spa with 11 treatment rooms, a retail area, three pools with pool bars and eleven food and beverage destinations.

Perfect destination

Marriott International’s chief development officer, Caribbean and Latin America, Laurent de Kousemaeker, said: “Punta Cana is the perfect destination for both the W Hotels brand and an all-inclusive luxury resort. We look forward to bringing the vision for this fun adult playground to life with Grupo Puntacana and MAC Hotels.”

Grupo Puntacana president and CEO Frank Elías Rainier commented: “The signing of W Punta Cana Uvero Alto demonstrates our strong commitment to tourism development in Uvero Alto. This project is set to elevate the hotel supply in the region and generate about 600 new jobs.”

Next development stage

For MAC Hotels, the original developer of this project, the investment represents its third project in the country. MAC has evolved its hospitality strategy in which the company has traditionally been both an owner and the operator for all of its projects until now.

Begoña Amengual, CEO, MAC Hotels, stated: “The signing with Grupo Puntacana and Marriott International allows us to move up to the next stage in our company’s growth and development, and we thank both Marriott and Grupo Puntacana for the confidence they have shown us. We are excited to provide an unparalleled experience for guests coming to the beaches of Punta Cana.”

The project is expected to break ground in the coming months with an anticipated opening date in 2025.

Other Marriott group projects underway in the country include St. Regis Cap Cana Resort & Residences  also in Punta Cana, bringing 200 keys to the area in Q4 2023; plus a dual development within the Latitude 18 project in the nation’s capital city, the 192-key Aloft Hotel Santo Domingo and the 208-room Marriott Santo Domingo, both due to complete in Q3 2023.

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