Punta Cana will be getting its own all-inclusive, adults-only W Hotel, Marriott International said Monday (Oct. 24).
The hotelier announced the signing of a management agreement with Grupo Puntacana and MAC Hotels to begin construction of the “W All-Inclusive Punta Cana” in Uvero Alto in the Dominican Republic.
The hotel will be the first W in the market and one of the first W all-inclusive resorts globally.
It’s expected to feature 349 guest rooms with balconies and plunge pools, as well as several suites, according to a press release issued yesterday.
With adult-focused programming, 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.
“Punta Cana is the perfect destination for both the W Hotels brand and an all-inclusive luxury resort,” said Laurent de Kousemaeker, chief development officer, Caribbean and Latin America, Marriott International, in a statement. “We look forward to bringing the vision for this fun adult playground to life with Grupo Puntacana and MAC Hotels.”
The agreement is part of a diversification and growth strategy of Grupo Punta Cana.
The company has contributed to the development of more than 40,000 hotel rooms in the area.
The region also generates the equivalent of 6.8 per cent of the Dominican Republic’s GDP in the tourism sector and has become the province with the highest per capita income in the country.
“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,” stated Frank Elías Rainieri, president and CEO, Grupo Puntacana.
For MAC Hotels, the developer, 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.
The project is expected to break ground in the coming months with an anticipated opening date in 2025, the press release said.