News from Marriott International’s Caribbean properties: Property Enhancements, Renovations, and Cultural Cuisine
Marriott International Caribbean properties – part of Marriott Bonvoy’s extraordinary portfolio of 30 brands – are full of exciting news and programming this month, including property renovations and enhancements, sustainability programing, and innovative food and beverage experiences. From destinations including the Cayman Islands, Aruba, Curaçao, St. Thomas and Dominican Republic, travelers can enjoy all the Marriott International portfolio has to offer while also connecting with Marriott International’s award-winning travel program and marketplace, Marriott Bonvoy.
Grand Cayman Marriott Resort (Georgetown, Grand Cayman)
Grand Cayman Marriott Resort has embarked on an extensive renovation of room and suites. The comprehensive transformation is inspired by the eclectic atmosphere of the island, offering travelers the ultimate endless summer experience with an elevated and modernized design concept.
As part of the renovation project, the hotel will reposition its 15 junior suites by completely redesigning the space. New features include a partition to divide the bed and sitting areas for additional comfort and privacy. Four new spacious family guest rooms will feature custom bunk beds and a plethora of storage, setting these rooms apart from standard accommodations and making them perfect for families.
The waterfront property draws inspiration from its surroundings, blending beachy hues and organic textures with minimal lines and black metal accents to mimic the modern coastal essence of Grand Cayman. In addition to the suite renovations, the property will upgrade all the beds to true Kings and Queens with Sealy mattresses to provide an enhanced level of quality and comfort for a good night’s sleep. Additional room furnishings and features include a 65-inch flatscreen tv, fiberoptic internet for increased connectivity, integrated lighting, upgraded surfaces, and flooring sure to enhance the warm welcome our property already provides.
Images here, courtesy of Grand Cayman Marriott.
The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman (Georgetown, Grand Cayman)
The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman is pleased to announce the debut of the beautifully redesigned Ritz-Carlton Suite, now available for reservations. Having emerged from an extensive renovation of the resort’s accommodation and public spaces, the Ritz-Carlton Suite completes the reimagined interiors brought to life by Champalimaud Design. Among the property’s most exclusive, the Suite is rooted in thoughtful design with effortless elegance, local artwork, and luxurious amenities. Merging design moments from the public spaces and the guestrooms, the suite feels contemporary and further connects guests to the nature and culture of the Cayman Islands.
Comprised of a residential-inspired open living and dining area, 700 square-foot private terrace, pantry and one bedroom, the Ritz-Carlton Suite can be expanded to add one double queen bedroom by connecting to an adjoining room. The suite is ideal for extended stays, families and even for intimate gatherings or private receptions. In keeping with the resort’s overall transformation and inspired by the rich history and vibrant diverse culture of the Cayman Islands, guests are now welcomed to stay at the redesigned 2,400 square-foot Ritz-Carlton Suite, which features an updated color palette of whites and beiges to reflect the island’s smooth sands, complemented by sweeping views of the iconic Seven Mile Beach. A calacatta turquoise book matched marble floor greets guests as they enter, while the powder room to the left features a silver thatch palm inspired wallcovering, both an homage to place.
Set along the iconic Seven Mile Beach, The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman is also pleased to announce their recent partnership with ESPA and 111Skin. The Ritz-Carlton Spa and partners will transform the guest experience, creating a destination for holistic treatments and wellness experiences on the island.
The 20,000-square-foot spa provides a luxury oasis on Seven Mile Beach and offers guests one of the finest treatment menus in the Caribbean. The program offers treatments developed and put into practice by ESPA experts and utilize ESPA and 111Skin products, with the aim to provide guests with a holistic wellness experience. The Spa will provide a full body and skincare treatment menu along with a variety of a bespoke treatments and holistic experiences.
Images here, courtesy of The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman.
San Juan Marriott Resort and Stellaris Casino (San Juan, Puerto Rico)
The San Juan Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino continues to elevate the art of hosting – raising the bar by consistently delivering heartfelt service, with modern, comfortable spaces, and by providing experiences elevated beyond the everyday. The resort is on an extraordinary journey of transformation – slated to make the overall unveiling in Winter 2023. The design of the new guest room is modern, spacious, and elevated. It features tailored solutions that are as inventive as the guest, along with locally-inspired accents to provide a sense of place.
The new design showcases wood look tile floors for a sleeker, more contemporary appearance, along with clean line furniture and walk-in shower, giving each room a more spacious feel. Brilliant design accents include picturesque private balconies with chic seating, allowing guests to comfortably soak up breathtaking panoramas of the Atlantic Ocean. Vibrantly colored decorations blend harmoniously with gray-shaded walls and draperies, while abundant natural light brings the whole setting alive before an amazing backdrop of fantastic tropical views.
Conceived to be unlike other oceanfront rooms in Condado, each reimagined space offers modern innovations, including IPTV and wireless charging lamps for smart devices. Work desks have been optimized for laptops, making them more spacious.
A key part of the renovation is the introduction of updated public spaces – the Greatrooms, and Stellaris Casino, and Next Gen Meeting Spaces – that are designed to connect and inspire our guests, whether they are at work or play. As global travelers needs and expectations evolve, so does the resort, with a new sophisticated look and tailored spaces to enrich the guest experience beyond the expected.
Images here, courtesy of the San Juan Marriott Resort and Stellaris Casino.
The Ritz-Carlton, Aruba (Palm Beach, Aruba)
The Ritz-Carlton, Aruba announces the completion of their most recent reimagination with the debut of new, island-inspired designs in all of the 320 guestrooms, suites and corridors. The contemporary design pays homage to the hotel’s unmatched location along Aruba’s acclaimed Palm Beach with locally inspired design motifs and color waves across the resort’s new textiles and textures featuring custom artwork and elevated comfort. Perfectly paired with a stay in the refreshed guestrooms, The Ritz-Carlton, Aruba has also introduced new culinary experiences for guests to enjoy in 2023.
The refurbished guestrooms at The Ritz-Carlton, Aruba were inspired by the natural beauty of the island and offer a seamless experience for the enjoyment of all guests. The 320 spacious guest rooms now feature an organic color palate of beiges, blues and greens inspired by Aruba’s beaches, sea, and desert landscapes alongside natural woods and organic granite accents. The updated artwork displayed in each room features endemic succulents and aloe plants, reminiscent of the island’s rugged and vibrant setting, alongside new textured carpets and window curtains framing the ocean views. King guestrooms have been upgraded for extra accommodation with the addition of versatile pull-out sleeper sofas, and all rooms were updated with state-of-the-art technology, paperless offerings, and other modern touches.
Images here, courtesy of The Ritz Carlton, Aruba.
The Westin Puntacana Resort & Club (Punta Cana, Dominican Republic)
The Westin Puntacana Resort & Club is redefining contemporary travel with newly refreshed rooms, two new restaurants and bars, a lobby transformation, and new additions to its meeting rooms. Following a multi-million investment by owner Grupo Puntacana, the property will reveal a refreshing change, introducing thoughtful accommodations and sophisticated spaces that blend modern comfort with inspiring exquisiteness.
The renovation will include the complete remodeling of the existing Brassa and Anani restaurants, and the construction of two new themed restaurants, a steakhouse and a Pan Asian influenced cuisine, expanding the world-class gastronomic experience offered by Puntacana Resort & Club. The transformation of the Lobby Bar and the pool area will elevate the dynamic Westin experience, and the new gazebo on the beach will offer the perfect landscape for weddings, photo sessions and special events.
Images here, courtesy of The Westin Puntacana Resort & Club.
Sanctuary Cap Cana, a Luxury Collection All-Inclusive Resort (Punta Cana, Dominican Republic)
Sanctuary Cap Cana, a Luxury Collection All-Inclusive Resort in the Dominican Republic has opened its doors as the first luxury all-inclusive resort for Marriott International and the Luxury Collection, joining the celebrated ensemble of experiential hotels by this iconic brand.
The storied adults-only hotel is now fully open to guests following a four-month renovation in the aftermath of Hurricane Fiona, which hit just as the resort joined the All-Inclusive by Marriott Bonvoy portfolio as its 30th property in September 2022.
With a commitment to elevating the all-inclusive concept with unparalleled amenities and diverse culinary options, Marriott International – in collaboration with hotel developer Playa Hotels & Resorts – took the opportunity to further enhance the guest experience with the launch of a brand-new restaurant, beach bar, nightclub and hotel library. Guests can now enjoy light bites and grilled specialities poolside and beachfront at the La Yola Snack Grill, designed in the shape of a canoe; sip creative cocktails and healthy smoothies at a new beach bar; dance the night away at the PM PUB nightclub; and borrow a range of books from the lobby library – including a collection around Dominican culture – to read on their sun lounger.
The property features six pools for relaxation, or if preferred, cabanas and beach sunchairs. Guests can soak up the sun, savor local and international beers or cocktails from the Beach Bar and enjoy the impeccable personalized service. The resort is poised to be the backdrop for unequalled events facing the Caribbean Sea, with matchless facilities offering of approximate 46,000 sq ft of event space, 17 event rooms of indoor and outdoor venues, and 400-people capacity in its largest space.
W Punta Cana (Punta Cana, Dominican Republic)
The W Punta Cana in Uvero Alto will be an adults-only all-inclusive luxury property, the first W Hotels in the Dominican market and one of the first W All-Inclusive resorts globally. This vibrant all-inclusive resort will have 349 rooms with balconies and plunge pools, as well as dynamic programming for adults. The resort layout includes a spa with eleven treatment rooms, a shopping area, three pools, and eleven restaurant and bar options.
The project is the first W Hotels in the Dominican Republic and will be inaugurated in the summer of 2024.
Images here, courtesy of W Punta Cana.
The Ritz-Carlton, St. Thomas (U.S. Virgin Islands)
Experience a new era of island-inspired elegance at the redesigned The Ritz-Carlton, St. Thomas. The beloved resort invites families, couples, and adventure-seekers to encounter the beauty of the Virgin Islands in a new light. Experience a blend between local and global culinary dining offerings including the Archipelago Journey, an immersive food and entertainment focused experience for travelers. The in-house voyage consists of different market style cooking stations with local food from the surrounding islands, where guests are offered a passport to receive stamps from each Caribbean Island station they visit and learn about the distinguished cuisines and spirits.
The journey offers live entertainment available on site for all to enjoy the exotic experience of witnessing the various cultures of the close-knit Caribbean Island family. Visitors can enjoy this gourmet delight on Fridays on a weekly basis.
Sea to Sails is a Tuesday afternoon enjoyment, where guests watch as the local fisherman delivers the freshest catch to the beach of The Ritz-Carlton, St. Thomas at 4:00 pm. Select your fresh catch, choice of garnish and an array of sauces and sides from our seaside fish and seafood market. Each selection is prepared to your liking by our culinary team, creating a unique and customized dish. Dinner and live music from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm.
The Pyrmont, An Autograph Collection All-Inclusive Resort (Curaçao)
Autograph Collection Hotels today celebrated the groundbreaking of the Pyrmont, An Autograph Collection All-Inclusive Resort, expected to be the first Autograph Collection branded hotel in Curaçao. The resort will feature 300 guest rooms with mesmerizing ocean views out of which 28 are suites, in addition to the thoughtful amenities that distinguish this global collection of independent hotels.
The construction of the Pyrmont is expected to be finalized in the end of 2025 and will feature 8 restaurants, 5 bars, a kids club, a diving and water sports center, infinity pool, an adults-only roof top, a 250-meter-long boardwalk and water breaker, which will create a spectacular beach and pool area, and will also feature a wedding gazebo for memorable events.
Images here, courtesy of The Pyrmont, An Autograph Collection All-Inclusive Resort.
Poised to transform the all-inclusive category and inspire a shift in consumer perception, All-Inclusive by Marriott Bonvoy announced the signing of three exciting all-inclusive luxury resorts in Mexico with international developer, AB Living Group (AB Living). The three properties are:
Almare, A Luxury Collection All-Inclusive Resort, Isla Mujeres
A short car or ferry ride from Costa Mujeres, across the beautiful Caribbean Sea, will take travelers to Almare, a Luxury Collection All-Inclusive Resort, an adults-only all-inclusive resort on Isla Mujeres. The brand’s promise of unique, authentic experiences will be kept at the 105-room property, which is expected to present a modern and sophisticated take on vernacular architecture, layered with locally inspired interior design, to showcase the destination and reiterate The Luxury Collection ethos. Guests can expect to savor decadent creations both reflective of the island paradise and distinctly elevated at any of four extraordinary dining venues before spending a day at one of two swimming pools or sipping a handcrafted cocktail at the newly minted Luxury Collection Resort’s vibrant beach club. Expected to be the first of the three to debut on the picturesque shores with an expected opening to occur in 2024.
JW Marriott All-Inclusive Costa Mujeres
JW Marriott is known for being a haven for guests to focus on their mind, body, and spirit. Through curated programming and offerings that encourage guests to come together and experience every moment to the fullest, the 283-room JW Marriott All-Inclusive Costa Mujeres will move visitors to disconnect and be fully present surrounded by tropical landscapes. Six dining destinations, as well as several swimming pools, and mindfully designed spaces will invite guests to foster meaningful connections and feed the soul. The resort will also feature 53 residential units and ample meeting rooms.
W All-Inclusive Costa Mujeres
W Hotels defy expectations, and the brand’s bold approach will come to life at W All-Inclusive Costa Mujeres. The 300-room, adults-only resort is slated to feature stunning indoor and outdoor gathering spaces, five globally inspired restaurants, bars, and lounges, and expansive swimming pools ideal for fun in the Caribbean sun. The complex will also be home to 10 residences and offer more than 9,000 square feet of event space.
What’s more, a 70,000-square-foot central entertainment venue aptly named “The Village” will connect both resorts, boasting unparalleled food and beverage offerings, breathtaking event space, elegant retail shops, and more. Guests and visitors alike will mingle to enjoy authentic Mexican vibrancy just outside their door.
The 3 luxury-branded, all-inclusive properties aim to further elevate the segment with sophisticated design, curated programming, and exceptional culinary experiences tailored to the unique characteristics embodied by each brand.
Marriott Cancun, An All-Inclusive Resort
The Marriott Cancun closed its doors last March 13th, 2023, to undergo major renovations and open as the newest all-inclusive hotel in Cancun’s platinum area. This Cancun legacy hotel, previously an European Plan hotel and converting now to All-Inclusive, is slated to be the first Marriott All-Inclusive in the world and will be featuring new design in the guestrooms, ballroom, fitness center, and kids club. The renovations also include 9 new restaurant and bar concepts, a new pool area that includes a family pool, a water park and a lazy river, all surrounded by refined daily and nightly entertainment and with the Mexican Caribbean Sea as a backdrop. Travelers will be able to rediscover the experiences at Marriott Cancun, An All-Inclusive Resort when it opens in early 2024.
Delta Hotels by Marriott Riviera Nayarit, An All-Inclusive Resort
The Delta Hotels Riviera Nayarit, the first all-inclusive resort from the Delta brand and the first to surpass the borders of USA and Canada, is enhancing its guests’ experience with new additions to its offerings. The resort located in the Cruz de Huanacaxtle area is in the final stages of building a new set of room towers to bring the hotel to a total of 200 rooms, and also a Aqua splash experience comprised with cascading pools and jacuzzis, a lazy river, and adults and kids pools surrounded by the endemic flora resembling the natural wonder of the Tolantongo cave springs. These new additions are expected to be completed in Q3 2023.
Elegant Hotels by Marriott will undergo this year and the next a robust refurbishment plan of its 7 properties in Barbados according to a plan rolled out earlier this year.
Waves Resort & Spa, All-Inclusive
The Waves Resort & Spa, Elegant Hotels’ wellness focused property, will be the first of the 7 resorts to have completed refurbishments before the holiday season in December 2023. The new interior design will enhance guests’ experience with the wellness components incorporated into it. Waves Resort & Spa once completed will become a part of the Autograph Collection brand, Marriott’s collection of international, independent hotels carefully curated to leave a lasting imprint on guests.
Crystal Cove – Turtle Beach – The House – Tamarind – Treasure Beach – Colony Club
by Elegant Hotels
The six hotels will also undergo renovations starting at the end of 2023 to meet the demands of today and tomorrow’s customers. The new interior and exterior design will reflect a more modern look and will have all the amenities for a hassle-free journey. The hotels once finished will adopt their new brands though Marriott Bonvoy’s collection brands: Tribute Portfolio (Crystal Cove and Turtle Beach), Autograph Collection (The House, Tamarind and Treasure Beach) and The Luxury Collection (Colony Club).