Back in May, we heard whispers that the Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company would cease management of its famous golf and spa resort in Rose Hall, Jamaica starting June 17. After 13 years in operation, the sprawling, 427-room resort had an uncertain future. Employing more than 400 people, the resort has a tennis center, 18-hole White Witch Golf Course, five restaurants, a spa, more than 25,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor meeting and function space, and an outdoor pool.
Rumors started to fly that perhaps Spanish-based Playa Hotels and Resorts would buy it, and now HotelChatter reports that the Montego Bay resort may reopen in the 2013-2014 winter season as a Park Hyatt. Renovations to the first Hyatt property in Jamaica would add more than 100 suites. No such news has been released on the Hyatt website, HotelChatter points out, but we're keeping an ear out for information. Ritz-Carlton has also recently ended management contracts with Palm Beach and Dublin properties.