Marriott to bring W to Dominican Republic

Marriott International Inc. has signed a management agreement with Grupo Puntacana and MAC Hotels to begin construction on the W All-Inclusive Punta Cana in Uvero Alto, an adults-only all-inclusive luxury property in the Dominican Republic. This hotel is expected to be the first W Hotels property in the market and one of the first W All-Inclusive resorts globally.

The property is anticipated to feature 349 guestrooms with balconies and plunge pools, as well as several suites. Amenities include a spa with 11 treatment rooms, a retail area, three pools with pool bars and 11 food and beverage destinations.

“Punta Cana is the perfect destination for both the W Hotels brand and an all-inclusive luxury resort,” said Laurent de Kousemaeker, chief development officer, Caribbean and Latin America, Marriott International. “We look forward to bringing the vision for this fun adult playground to life with Grupo Puntacana and MAC Hotels.”

The agreement is a result of the diversification and growth strategy of Grupo Punta Cana, according to the company, which has contributed to the development of more than 40,000 hotel rooms in the area.

“The signing of W Punta Cana Uvero Alto demonstrates our strong commitment to tourism development in Uvero Alto,” stated Frank Elías Rainieri, president/CEO, Grupo Puntacana. “This project is set to elevate the hotel supply in the region and generate about 600 new jobs.”

For MAC Hotels, the original developer of this property, the investment represents its third project in the country.

“Today’s signing with Grupo Puntacana and Marriott International allows us to move up to the next stage in our company’s growth and development, and we thank both Marriott and Grupo Puntacana for the confidence they have shown us,” said Begoña Amengual, CEO, MAC Hotels.

The project is expected to break ground in the coming months with an anticipated opening date in 2025.