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First W Resort To Open In Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

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The famed international hospitality firm Marriott has signed an agreement to build the first W Resort in the Dominican Republic in Punta Cana. Set for opening in 2024, the new luxury resort is a major milestone in Marriot’s W brand and will be one of the first all-inclusive resorts to feature on the list of 67 renowned upscale properties worldwide. 

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According to the agreement, which was signed this week in Punta Cana, the new W resort will be built in Uvero Alto, one of the top beachside locations in the popular resort destination. Although the resort’s exact whereabouts are yet to be announced, visitors are guaranteed spectacular oceanfront views in true luxury. Uvero Alto is home to several lavish resorts, including the Dreams Punta Cana Resort & Spa, and is also a hotspot for all kinds of aquatic excursions.

Uvero Alto area, Punta Cana

The new W resort will be an adults-only, all-inclusive property. Guests will find plenty of top-shelf amenities across the new resort, from stylish rooms to sumptuous poolside areas. The lavish resort will take advantage of the area’s stunning natural beauty, including lush palm-tree-lined beaches and endless tropical views. Located north of Punta Cana’s downtown area, the new W resort will be conveniently located near a range of services and attractions.

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Poolside, Punta Cana

Under the ambitious plan, signed by Grupo Puntacana and Mac Hotels, a new 349-room W resort will be built by 2024. The signing of the agreement coincides with a boom in the Dominican travel and tourism industry, as the country sets new records for international arrivals. 

As an adults-only property, the new W resort in Punta Cana is ideal for couples of all ages. The W brand is known for its exclusive, adults-only concept, and the new resort has been described as a “playground for adults.” Guests can look forward to staying in a luxurious setting coupled with plenty of entertainment, fine dining, and tropical delight.

Punta Cana

Punta Cana’s W resort will also be one of the first all-inclusive properties to feature in the W collection. There are currently 67 lavish W resorts and hotels around the world, including the iconic sail-shaped W Barcelona. Properties belonging to the prestigious brand are known for their unique design, featuring a ‘living room’-style lobby area, as well as plenty of references to local art and culture. 

Although the resort will be packed with luxury and fun, guests can also enjoy the surrounding area, including Macao beach, one of the most popular natural attractions in the Punta Cana area. Guests can also splash around in the nearby AquaGames waterpark and dine in the area’s array of top-rated restaurants featuring both tropical and international flavors.

W villas

Few details have been revealed about the new resort, and the project is still in the early design and planning stage. However, executives from Grupo Puntacana and Marriott are thrilled about the new opportunities the resort will bring for travelers and the brand. According to Laurent de Kousmaeker, Marriott’s head of development for Latin America, “Punta Cana is the perfect destination for all-inclusive hotels and for the W brand.”

Marriott hotel

Growing travel demand to the tropical island is prompting several leading hotel chains to invest more in the region. Aside from Punta Cana, there are at least two regions in the Dominican Republic that are currently seeing massive investments: Miches, a new eco-tourist haven, and Pedernales, the location of the Dominican Republic’s flagship cruise ship terminal, currently under construction. 

Sanctuary Cap Cana, Punta Cana
Image courtesy of: Sanctuary Cap Cana

For its part, Marriott is also betting big on the Dominican Republic, especially Punta Cana. Recently, the 5-star Sanctuary Cap Cana joined Marriott’s Luxury Collection brand, a select group of the most lavish properties worldwide that promise to create lasting memories for discerning travelers.

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