Hyatt steps up Latin America expansion

Hyatt Hotels Corp. highlighted Hyatt's expected growth trajectory in Latin America and the Caribbean. The company has more than 30 new hotels in the region.

"Hyatt's brand growth in Latin America & the Caribbean is fueled by robust travel across all customer segments and our effective execution of an asset-light strategy, including the 2021 acquisition of Apple Leisure Group," Camilo Bolaños, SVP of development for Latin America & the Caribbean at Hyatt, said in a statement. "Since 2017, our intentional growth strategy and commitment to an asset-light earnings model have allowed us to double our luxury rooms, triple our resort rooms and quintuple our lifestyle rooms, making us the world's largest portfolio of luxury branded rooms in resort locations. ... We are dedicated to growing in the region, entering new and thriving markets, and are excited about the continued momentum ahead.”

The Destination by Hyatt Brand Debut

The brand is expanding its footprint in Latin America and the Caribbean with the introduction of properties in two new markets:

  • The Legend Paracas Resort (Peru, expected to open in summer): The resort, located on the coast of Peru about three hours south of Lima, is expected to join the Destination by Hyatt brand this summer amid a phased enhancement project focused on elevating guestrooms and common areas. 
  • Cas En Bas Beach Resort (St. Lucia, expected to open in early 2025): Located on the northern tip of St. Lucia and situated between two 18-hole championship golf courses and a white sand beach, the resort is expected to open in early 2025 with contemporary residential-style studios as well as one- and two-bedroom suites.

Hyatt’s Inclusive Collection Resorts

With 10 all-inclusive brands, the collection is growing in Mexico and the Caribbean with recent openings including the family-friendly Dreams Estrella del Mar Mazatlán Golf & Spa Resort, Sunscape Coco Punta Cana and Sunscape Dominicus La Romana. Recent additions to the adults-only resorts include the all-inclusive Impression Moxché by Secrets and Impression Isla Mujeres by Secrets, Secrets Tides Punta Cana, Secrets Playa Blanca Costa Mujeres and Hyatt Vivid Grand Island, the first resort within the new Hyatt Vivid brand.

Hyatt’s Inclusive Collection is expanding its brand footprint with planned openings in key Latin America and Caribbean resort destinations such as:

  • Dreams Curacao Resort, Spa & Casino adults-only expansion (expected to debut this summer): Expected to debut on July 1, Dreams Curacao Resort, Spa & Casino will open an all-new adult-only preferred club section to complement the existing family-friendly offerings. The 53 modern-designed standalone units use next-generation architecture with modern interior design with amenities such as custom crafted furniture, a bathroom with two vanities, an indoor sitting area and an oversized oceanfront terrace with direct beach access.  
  • Dreams Bahia Mita Surf & Spa Resort family-friendly expansion (expected to open in the summer): Located adjacent to the existing Dreams Bahia Mita Surf & Spa Resort, this new section will add 58 additional rooms, a new restaurant and three new pools, including a dedicated pool for children with a pirate ship, a pool with water slides and an adults-only pool.  
  • Dreams Sapphire Resort & Spa family-friendly expansion (expected to open in 2024): The new expansion of this resort will add new private villas and a new event space, dining venues and separate building with premium room categories.
  • Secrets Playa Esmeralda Punta Cana (expected to open in 2024): Designed with the adults-only concept in mind, this intimate resort will have nine dining options, including six à la carte restaurants, a buffet, a cafe and a grill by the pool.
  • Dreams Playa Esmeralda Punta Cana (expected to open in 2024): The family-friendly resort will have nine restaurants, three snack bars, an ice cream parlor as well as its own Preferred Club lounge, an Explorer’s Club for Kids, a Core Zone Teens Club with entertainment for teens ages 13-17 and a water park.
  • Secrets Baby Beach Aruba (expected to open in 2025): This adults-only resort will mark Hyatt’s Inclusive Collection debut to the island of Aruba. Located alongside Baby Beach on the southern part of the island close to San Nicolas, this new resort will have architecture that blends with the landscape.
  • Secrets St. Lucia Resort & Spa (expected to open in 2025): Close to the Rodney Bay Marina, Cap Estate Golf Course and capital city of Castries, this new property will be adults-only.
  • Breathless Puerto Vallarta Resort & Spa (expected to open in 2025): Located 10 minutes from Puerto Vallarta International Airport, the resort will be an adults-only property with four swimming pools, a rooftop and multiple dining venues.

Boundless Collection Hotels

Upcoming openings in the region include:

  • Dream Valle de Guadalupe (expected to open in 2025): This 35-acre resort in Ensenada, Mexico, will be the first Hyatt hotel in Mexico’s dynamic wine region complete with a large vineyard, 58 guestrooms and villas, a spa and wellness concept and three dining and nightlife venues, including a private tasting room and rooftop bar.
  • Hyatt Centric San José Escazu (expected to open in 2024): Located in Plaza Tempo with 161 guestrooms and suites, this property will be the Hyatt Centric brand’s first hotel in Costa Rica.
  • Hyatt Centric Santo Domingo (expected to open in 2024): Hyatt Centric Santo Domingo will be the first Hyatt branded hotel in Santo Domingo located in the central area of the city within the Ensanche Piantini neighborhood. The 130-room hotel will have a rooftop bar, coffee shop, signature restaurant and lobby bar.
  • Hyatt Centric Querétaro (expected to open in 2025): The Hyatt Centric lifestyle brand will soon debut in Querétaro, Mexico, with Hyatt Centric Querétaro. Inspired by the city’s colonial ambiance, the hotel’s design will blend modern and culturally authentic elements with innovative dining options.

Timeless Collection

Upcoming openings in the region include:

  • Grand Hyatt Grand Cayman Hotel & Residences (expected to open in 2025): Grand Hyatt Grand Cayman Hotel & Residences will be the first Hyatt-branded hotel in the Cayman Islands with 351 guestrooms, studio suites and one-, two-, and three-bedroom layouts along a seafront eco-walk.
  • Grand Hyatt Mexico City Santa Fe (expected to open in 2025): This 275-room hotel will be the first urban Grand Hyatt property in Mexico and the second Grand Hyatt hotel in the region. It will have 360-degree views of the city and more than 10,000 square feet of meeting and event space as part of the mixed-use project Distrito Santa Fe.
  • Grand Hyatt Cancun Beach Resort (expected to open in 2025): Situated on the eastern part of the Yucatán Peninsula, Grand Hyatt Cancun Beach resort will have 500 guestrooms with panoramic views of the Caribbean Sea and Isla Mujeres. The resort will have 11 vibrant dining experiences, six bars, an indoor and outdoor destination spa and fitness center and more than 16,000 square feet of gathering space.
  • Park Hyatt Los Cabos at Cabo del Sol (expected to open in 2025): Slated to open as the first Park Hyatt hotel in Mexico, the luxury resort will have 163 ocean-view guestrooms and suites, 19 for-sale villas and residences, five pools, five dining venues, a golf course, a full-service 20,000-square-foot spa and a fitness and wellness center with a yoga studio and nail salon.