Jamaica’s Hotel Scene Welcomes New Brands

Open Jaw

Jamaica is enjoying a diversification of its hotel product with the debut of well-known brands like Hyatt and soft brands including Curio – A Collection by Hilton.

"Jamaica continues to attract some of the world's leading hotel brands, because the destination ticks all the right boxes for today's eclectic traveller," said Jamaica's Director of Tourism, Paul Pennicook. "This leaves us with a feeling of tremendous optimism for our island nation, with further proof that our destination's diversity is highly coveted by the travel and tourism community."

Here's a snapshot of recent and near-future developments in Jamaica's hotel scene:


Hilton Worldwide: Hilton Worldwide recently signed 2 Jamaican properties to Curio - A Collection by Hilton, a global brand of upper upscale and luxury hotels. Jewel Paradise Cove Beach Resort & Spa Runaway Bay, and Jewel Dunn's River Beach Resort & Spa Ocho Rios have become the 1st Curio properties in the Caribbean.


Hyatt Hotels: The official grand opening ceremony for Hyatt Zilara Rose Hall (pictured) and Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall, Hyatt's 1st dual-branded, all-inclusive resorts in Jamaica, was celebrated on March 20th. The 620 guestroom resort is the culmination of more than an $85 million renovation and re-creation of this beachfront site at Rose Hall. Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall caters to guests of all ages while Hyatt Zilara Rose Hall focuses exclusively on adults.

Meliá Hotels International: The 225 room Braco Village Hotel & Spa is currently undergoing a major upgrade and will be rebranded as the Meliá Braco Village in December 2015. The Trelawny-based resort will be the Spanish chain's 1st property in Jamaica. The long-term goal is to expand the resort and rebrand it as a Paradisus, part of Meliá Hotels International.


Karisma Hotels & Resorts: Karisma opened Azul Sensatori Jamaica in 2014, and has announced it will continue expansion into Jamaica in 2016 with Azul Beach Jamaica in Negril. The new hotel will feature over 150 suites with ocean views, 3 restaurants and 4 pools, all exclusively for sale to U.S. and Canadian visitors.

The Cliff Hotel and Spa: Florida-based developer Avra Jain, owner of the Vagabond Group, has teamed up with former Jamaican hotelier Mary Phillips, as well as culinary stars Delius Shirley and Cindy Hutson, to acquire Negril's Moon Dance Resort. The property will close June 1st for a 4 month overhaul of its 33 rooms, restaurant, spa and public areas. The hotel is scheduled to re-open on October 1st as The Cliff Hotel & Spa.

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