Meliá plans new hotel in the Dominican Republic

The Grand Reserve at Paradisus Palma Real, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. Photo credit: Melia Hotels International (Melia Hotels International will open The Grand Reserve at Paradisus Palma Real in the Dominican Republic in December 2018.)

Meliá Hotels International will open The Grand Reserve at Paradisus Palma Real in the Dominican Republic in December 2018.

The new hotel in Punta Cana will be on the Playa de Bavaro near Punta Cana International Airport. The property will have 288 suites along with 144 suites specifically for members of the Circle by Meliá vacation membership program, bringing the total number of guestrooms to 432.  

“We’re eager and excited to welcome The Grand Reserve to the Meliá Hotels International family later this year," Alvaro Tejada, SVP for the Americas at Meliá Hotels International, said in a statement. "With its unique design superior amenities and new technological advancements, The Grand Reserve is set to radically transform the way travelers experience our hotels in the Dominican Republic.”

In Punta Cana, Meliá Hotels International is also converting its Meliá Caribe Tropical property into two separate properties: Meliá Punta Cana Beach Resort and Meliá Caribe Beach Resort. The conversion is set to be completed by November 2018. 

These additions will increase Meliá's portfolio in the Dominican Republic to a total of 13 hotels. The Paradisus Palma Real will also expand the Paradisus by Meliá brand's portfolio of 11 hotels. These operate in Cuba, Dominican Republic and Mexico. More new openings are scheduled from 2018 to 2019 in Mexico, Costa Rica and Cuba. 

The new openings in the Dominican Republic will follow the Sol House Bali Kuta, which opened in Bali, Indonesia in early June 2018. Meliá converted the Kuta Beach Club into the second Sol House hotel in Bali and Indonesia following a refurbishment program. The property, which is near the Sol House Bali Legian, is the company's latest addition to its portfolio in Indonesia, which now has eight operating properties and another eight under construction.