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CARIBBEAN L A newview


Katie McGonagle rounds up the latest openings and refurbs across the Caribbean


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epeat guests are a big thing for the Caribbean, with


visitors who come back year after year to the same resort – the same room, even – and expect everything to be just as they left it last time. There’s no point persuading them to try something different – just enjoy the easy sell and move along. For everyone else, it helps to


have something new to offer, which is where this year’s swathe of hotel openings comes in, from big-brand new-builds to long- awaited acquisitions and much- needed refurbs. While hoteliers are abuzz with activity, putting the finishing touches to their creations before the seasons starts, it’s time to get to grips with what’s new in the Caribbean.


w OPENINGS One of the hottest openings this year is Silversands Grenada, a departure from the Spice Island’s colonial-style hotels with a chic, design-led resort on Grand Anse beach. Its 43 suites will feature minimalist decor and neutral tones, complemented by a 100m infinity pool, and a cigar and rum bar. It is set to open on November 1. Similarly chic, Hodges Bay


Resort & Spa, Antigua, promises to bring “contemporary luxury” to the island’s north coast. It comes with a choice of adult- only infinity pool or family pool lined with daybeds and cabanas, and activities including wine- and-cheese pairing or a mixology workshop. It’s due to open in the final quarter of the year, with rates from £677 per night. Luxury travellers might


also want to put The Grand


Reserve at Paradisus Palma Real, Dominican Republic, on their list. This $110 million development, opening in December, offers high-end, all- inclusive accommodation in Playa de Bavaro, with 288 sizeable rooms, including swim-up suites, seven bars and restaurants, a spa and aqua park. Sister hotel Melia Caribe Tropical is also being divided into two distinct properties: one adult-only and the other more family-oriented. Look out for the October opening of S Hotel Jamaica, a modern, 120-room resort in Montego Bay – expect a trendy crowd at the Sky Bar and Lounge. Multi-


resort development Baha Mar now has the final


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