Marriott International signs agreement to bring W Hotels to the Dominican Republic
The new construction beachfront project in Uvero Alto is expected to have 349 rooms
Marriott International, Inc. today 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, an adults-only all-inclusive luxury property in the Dominican Republic. This hotel is expected to be the first W Hotels property to market and one of the first W All-Inclusive resorts globally.
The W All-Inclusive Punta Cana Uvero Alto will feature 349 rooms with balconies and plunge pools, as well as several suites. Featuring dynamic adult-focused programming, plans for the resort include a spa with 11 treatment rooms, a shopping area, three pools with swim-up 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, Director of Development, Caribbean and Latin America for Marriott International. “We are looking forward to bringing the vision of this fun park for adults to life with Grupo Puntacana and MAC Hotels.”
Today's agreement is the result of the Punta Cana Group's diversification and growth strategy. The company's pioneering work has contributed to the development of more than 40,000 hotel rooms in the area. The region generates the equivalent of 6.8% of the GDP of the Dominican Republic in the tourism sector and has become the province with the highest per capita income in the country.
“The signing of the W Punta Cana Uvero Alto demonstrates our strong commitment to the tourist development of Uvero Alto. This project will increase the hotel offer in the region and will generate nearly 600 new jobs”, said Frank Elías Rainieri, President and General Director of Grupo Puntacana.
For MAC Hotels, the original developer of this project, the investment represents its third project in the country. MAC updated its hospitality strategy in which the company has traditionally been both the owner and operator of all its projects, until today.
“This agreement with Grupo Puntacana and Marriott International allows us to move to the next stage in the growth and development of our company, and we thank both Marriott and Grupo Puntacana for the trust they have shown us. We are very happy to be able to offer an unparalleled experience to guests who come to the beaches of Punta Cana”, commented Begoña Amengual, General Director, MAC Hotels.
The project is expected to break ground in the coming months and is scheduled to open in 2025.