Dominican Republic North Coast News!
2017 was a year full of promise for the North Coast of the Dominican Republic! The re-opening of several existing hotels and the arrival of some new names to the area show promise for the immediate future.
The venerable Victoria, owned and operated by the VH group, has been renovated and has re-opened as the VH Atmosphere, www.atmospherehotel.com
The former Celuisma in Playa Dorada is now owned by Grupo Hodelpa and has reopened after a complete renovation as the Emotions Puerto Plata, www.emotionsbyhodelpa.com
Lastly, the well-known Sol de Plata hotel near Cabarete is currently undergoing a total makeover and will open later this year as the Aldiana Cabarete, www.aldiana.de/cabarete.com.
The Luxury Market:
The fabulous Playa Grande resort and golf course have been acquired by the Discovery Land Company and a multi-year upgrade of the Robert Trent Jones golf course and associated hotel and development properties is well underway. The Aman Hotel, www.aman.com, operated by the renowned Amanera Group, is located within the Playa Grande grounds. Expansion of the Aman Hotel is under consideration, as is the addition of other Ultra-Luxury hotel names.
The recent opening of Ani Villas, www.aniprivateresort.com, near Rio San Juan, brings yet another luxury resort name to the north coast. Designed by celebrated architect, Sara Garcia, the beautiful, ultra-private resort complex is quite close to another Garcia creation, the Playa Grande Beach Club, www.playagrandebeachclub.com.
Senator Hotels, the well-known Andalusian company, has acquired the RIU Hotels in Maimon. This 1800 room property came under the operating control of Senator on 1 December, 017. In April of 2018, the existing RIU Bachata and RIU Merengue will revert to Senator Hotel’s control and will be re-named.
With the recent opening of the Carnival Cruise Lines’ new destination facility at Amber Cove has come an on-going effort to beautify and renovate roads, bridges, and landmarks in the Puerto Plata area. The Colonial Zone has seen an extensive renovation of buildings and streets, and the Puntilla Auditorium has been renewed and is currently in use.
In addition, Puerto Plata’s international airport (POP) has seen the addition of new flights from North America and Europe. In short, the North Coast is more popular than ever before!
Translated from Spanish into English. Written by Pedro Sanchez Rivas.