Caribbean Hotel Landscape

Sublime Samana Hotel & Residence in the Dominican Republic.
Sublime Samana Hotel & Residence in the Dominican Republic.

Keep an eye on these three properties in the Caribbean, all either new or in the works.

Brand Spanking New
And luxurious, too. Sublime Samana Hotel & Residence, newly open since March, is not just the most recent hotel to pop up on the coast of the Dominican Republic, it’s also the newest property to gain a spot in the Small Luxury Hotels of the World’s Caribbean portfolio.

Boasting only 16 suites and four casitas, Sublime Samana provides ample opportunities for a Caribbean escape, including outdoor massages at the oceanside spa pavilion, meals prepared to feature local ingredients and the catch of the day, and a pool structure stretching nearly 500 ft. from one end to the other.

Each suite and casita features floor-to-ceiling windows; flat-screen TV with DVD and sound system; balcony or terrace; full dining rooms and kitchens plus top-of-the-line appliances. Don’t want to cook while on vacation? No problem—guests can call in a private chef to prepare their breakfast or dinner right there in the suite. And if your clients are in a top-floor villa, they’ll enjoy a rooftop terrace and plunge pool as well.

Rates start at $275. For more information, call (888) 896-9416 or visit

Anticipating Alteration
As of June 1, Breezes Runaway Bay Resort & Spa in St. Ann, Jamaica will be rebranded as a Jewel property under the Jewel Resorts umbrella and its new owners—Sagicor—and operators, Ambridge Hospitality.

The purchase—made at an undisclosed amount—includes the 266-room family-oriented all-inclusive resort, plus an 18-hole par 72 golf course. While its new name and rates are yet to be announced, it’s been established that the property will remain open during the rebranding with all existing reservations to be honored. Future goals for the hotel include an expansion and renovation.

To make bookings for this rebranded property, call The Jewel Dunn’s River Beach Resort & Spa—also owned by Sagicor and the sister property of its newest venture—at (876) 972-7400.

On the Horizon
After prior troubles in opening a previously planned Westin property in the Dominican Republic, Starwood Hotels & Resorts is back on track with plans to open The Westin Puntacana Resort in the winter of 2013.

It will have a beachfront location on Playa Blanca and be located inside the 26-sq.-acre resort and real estate community PUNTACANA Resort & Club, in close proximity to shopping, dining, adventure excursions, and the Punta Cana International Airport. The resort’s PUNTACANA Resort & Club homesite also features nine restaurants, 45 holes of golf, and a Six Senses Spa—amenities that will be available to guests of The Westin Puntacana Resort.

Construction on The Westin Puntacana Resort will begin this summer. Guestrooms will number 204, and amenities will feature an outdoor pool, poolside grill, lobby bar, cigar bar, spa, walking trails and the Westin WORKOUT gym. For more information, visit