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
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