DOMINICAN REPUBLIC: LATEST & GREATEST

The Dominican Republic has a total of 77,259 rooms and will add 15,000 new rooms and update 6,000 existing rooms this year.

The 750-room Hyatt Zilara & Hyatt Ziva Cap Cana will open in the third quarter of 2019. It will have a 17,500 ballroom, 21,000 square feet of event space and three even lawns.

Club Med recently began construction on Club Med Miches Playa Esmeralda. The 5-Trident property is located on Dominican Republic’s east coast in El Seibo Province and is scheduled to open in December 2019.

The $45 million Alta Vista Mountain Village in the Bayacanes community of La Vega began construction. The project will consist of nearly 2 million square feet of development, including a boutique hotel, villas, condos, apartments and a restaurant; completion has yet to be announced.

The $40 million Terrazas de Juan Dolio, a luxury property comprised of condos and hotel rooms, is on track to open in 2019 in the up-and-coming beach town of Juan Dolio between Santo Domingo and Punta Cana.

Construction has begun for the new Southwest tourism project Playa de Puntarena Hotel and Condominiums, a $195 million residential and hotel development in Los Corbanitos, Bani, including luxury apartments, a recreation area, bars and restaurants, and a marina.

The historic 104-room Hodelpa Nicolas de Ovando Hotel recently opened a new 12-room Imperial Club within the existing property, located in Ciudad Colonial (Colonial City), Santo Domingo’s UNESCO World Heritage Site. The expansion features a lounge open daily for signature cocktails, food and an on-staff butler.

The 183-room Casa de Campo Resort & Villas recently opened a new Golf Learning Center and practice course at its La Romana property. Also new is the Minitas Beach Club & Restaurant at the property’s exclusive private beach, Playa Minitas. The resort has more than 15,000 square feet of meeting space across two conference centers.

Santo Domingo’s El Embajador, a Royal Hideaway Hotel with 298 rooms, unveiled a two-year, $40 million renovation project that includes 10,000 square feet of ballrooms, upgraded rooms and a new wellness and spa center.

The newly opened 730-suite resort Royalton Bavaro Resort & Spa features a world-class spa, a 1,200-foot lazy river and extensive beachfront access located on Bavaro Beach.