Meliá Hotels International Opens Three Properties In PUJ
Bruce Parkinson, Open Jaw
Meliá Hotels International has announced its latest addition in the Dominican Republic with the launch of The Grand Reserve at Paradisus Palma Real, which officially opened its doors last Saturday.
The new hotel is the first of its kind in the Paradisus portfolio and and the third Paradisus property to open in the D.R.
In addition to the debut of The Grand Reserve, Meliá Hotels International has transformed the neighbouring Meliá Caribe Tropical resort into two distinct properties – Meliá Punta Cana Beach Resort for adults-only and Meliá Caribe Beach Resort for families.
Both those properties opened their doors this past weekend. They represent a combined US$140 million in renovations – US$30 million for Meliá Punta Cana Beach Resort and Meliá Caribe Beach Resort and US$110 million for The Grand Reserve.
Designed in the shape of a circle, which Meliá describes as “the universal symbol of wholeness and perfection,” The Grand Reserve offers 288 expansive, brand-new accommodations ranging from 800 to over 3,000 square feet. Suites feature either one or two bedrooms and a variety of amenities including living and dining spaces, , independent soaking tubs and walk-in showers, as well as private secluded balconies with hydro-massage whirlpool tubs and outdoor living spaces.
Most noteworthy of the suites are The Grand Reserve’s Swim-Up Suites. Offering one or two-bedroom accommodations, these uniquely luxurious suites have direct access to an exclusive pool, complete with lush garden areas and a solarium.
With an immersive culinary program, The Grand Reserve features fourteen restaurants and bars including a gourmet market, modern steakhouse with open-format kitchen, ceviche bar featuring fresh signature ceviches, pokes and tartars, plus an Asian-inspired concept featuring a sushi bar, teppanyaki and robatayaki tables. Also debuting at its first Paradisus property is Black Oak, a modern take on the classic cigar bar offering a premium selection of cigars, liqueurs and artisanal cocktails.
Grand Reserve at Paradisus Palma Real is suited for guests of all ages and offers activities that include relaxing at the Beach Club along the vibrant Bavaro Beach, participating in WOGA (water yoga) or taking a fitness class at the Circle Studio featuring new state-of-the-art fitness equipment and Blast! AquaFun Park, a kid’s adventure park featuring water games and slides.
Also debuting alongside the resort and new to the Paradisus portfolio are the MAIA Signature Treatments by Natura Bissé. The new spa features products by the Spain-based beauty line Natura Bissé and boasts 14 treatment rooms and a relaxation room.
In addition to the amenities offered at The Grand Reserve, guests will be able to Stay at One & Play at Three, with complete access to the extensive property offerings at both The Reserve and Paradisus Palma Real, with 15 world-class restaurants including Passion by Chef Martin Berasategui, who holds ten Michelin stars (additional cost), YHI Spa and YHI Spa Oriental Garden, five distinct pools and complimentary Life Enriching Experiences.
Bruce Parkinson Editor-in-Chief
An observer and analyst of the Canadian and international travel industries for over 25 years, Bruce uses the pre-dawn hours to prepare a daily news and information package to keep industry members up to date.