Marriott International 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 property in the Dominican Republic. The hotel is expected to be the first W Hotels property in the market and one of the first W All-Inclusive resorts globally.
W All-Inclusive Punta Cana Uvero Alto will have 349 guestrooms (including several suites) with balconies and plunge pools. With adult-focused programming, plans include a spa with 11 treatment rooms, a retail area, three pools with pool bars and 11 F&B outlets.
The agreement is a result of the diversification and growth strategy of Grupo Puntacana, which has contributed to the development of over 40,000 hotel rooms in the area. The region generates the equivalent of 6.8 percent of the Dominican Republic’s GDP in the tourism sector and has become the province with the highest per capita income in the country.
“The signing of W Punta Cana Uvero Alto demonstrates our strong commitment to tourism development in Uvero Alto. This project is set to elevate the hotel supply in the region and generate about 600 new jobs,” said Frank Elías Rainieri, president and CEO of Grupo Puntacana.
For Mac Hotels, the original developer of this project, the investment represents its third project in the country. The company has evolved its hospitality strategy in which it has traditionally been both an owner and the operator for all of its projects until now.
The project is expected to break ground in the coming months with an anticipated opening date in 2025.
This article originally appeared on www.travelagentcentral.com.