Palace Resorts has officially broken ground on what is set to be the brand’s third Moon Palace property, located in the Macao area of the Dominican Republic’s Eastern region.
The groundbreaking ceremony for Moon Palace Punta Cana took place with the presence of the Dominican Republic’s President Danilo Medina; Minister of Tourism, Francisco Javier García, representatives from the government and legislative branches; along with executives from Palace Resorts and VIPs.
The new resort, located 500 meters inland from the coastline and representing an investment in excess of $600 million, will have 2,149 rooms spread out over 18 floors in a design that will occupy just six per cent of the development’s total terrain.
“Expanding the Moon Palace brand is part of our company’s long term growth strategy,” said Gibrán Chapur, Executive Vice President, Palace Resorts. “The brand’s expansion comes after the wildly successful resort, Moon Palace Cancun, the newly opened The Grand at Moon Palace Cancun and Moon Palace Jamaica. The development in the Dominican Republic was a natural fit for the expansion of the brand, given its popularity in the Caribbean.”
Seventy per cent of the rooms at Moon Palace Punta Cana will boast ocean views for the enjoyment of its guests, Palace said, with the remainder facing the 18-hole golf course designed by world-renowned golfer Greg Norman. Designed by famed interior designer and renowned architect, Francois Frossard, the resort will feature culinary offerings including 21 restaurants and seven bars. There will also be sports amenities and swimming pools, a spa, a beach club, and a convention center, all designed for guests to enjoy an elite experience.
The area’s natural resources will be preserved — including the mangroves — and will form part of the 4.5 million square meters of protected land owned by Palace Resorts. Renewable energy along with efficient water treatment systems that will permit residual use for irrigation purposes will also be incorporated into the design. The resort will also boost the area’s supply chain regarding food production and fishing, as well as the offer of guest tours in the vicinity, which could extend all the way out to the capital city of Santo Domingo.