New hotel developments boost Jamaica’s stocks significantly
JAMAICA HAS the distinction of boasting an enviable room stock of more than 28,400 rooms that cater to travellers with exceptional tastes and interests. The island is seeing impressive growth, with an estimated 1,756 rooms to open by the end of 2017.
“We continue to attract new brands as we focus on expanding our accommodation portfolio,” said Paul Pennicook, Jamaica’s director of tourism. “The new developments that will come on stream in the last quarter of 2016 and first quarter of 2017 are good indicators of the strength of the product and a promising outlook for the future. We are constantly making room to welcome more visitors to our beautiful island.”
The recently opened NorthSouth Highway adds to the appeal of the island as travel from Kingston to Ocho Rios is now under an hour.
The following are new hotel developments that are coming on stream:
Royalton Negril Resort & Spa and Hideaway at Royalton Negril Resort Royalton Negril Resort & Spa, the 600-room hotel is currently under construction and is slated to be completed in the fall of 2017. The new hotel, will offer complete beach access, a stylish tropical ambience and will be open to children of all ages. The Hideaway at Royalton Negril Resortwill be a 166-room adults-only resort adjacent to Royalton Negril. Each room will provide butler and concierge service, afternoon hors d’oeuvres in the adults-only pool and beach areas with waiter service, in-room premium amenities like aromatherapy, upgraded room service and more.
IThe Cliff Hotel The Cliff Hotel, a new boutique
Ihotel known for its luxury suites and villas, will reopen on October 1 after the off-season break with a new yoga pavilion and fitness centre. This is the final phase of the multimillion-dollar renovation to the property located off the renowned West End cliffs of Negril. All rooms offer unhindered views of the Caribbean Sea.
Hotel RIU Reggae Located on the beach and surrounded by incredible natural beauty, the RIU Reggae will be an all-inclusive adults-only hotel in Montego Bay. Opening in November 2016 with 450 rooms, RIU Reggae will have idyllic surroundings and a wide array of services and amenities
Iincluding free Wi-Fi, infinity pools, a gym and spa. It is the perfect place for a vacation with a partner or friends.
Hotel Royalton Blue Waters Located in Falmouth, Royalton Blue Waters will consist of 225 rooms when it opens in November 2016. The hotel will offer modern spacious rooms, beautiful architecture and sports and recreational activities for the whole family. Royalton Blue Waters shares access to the adjacent Royalton White Sands so guests can enjoy the unique features of each luxury resort.
ISandals Royal Caribbean The much-anticipated Over the Water Villas are under construction and are projected to be completed
Iby November 2016. The five villas will be the first of their kind in the Caribbean with see-through glass floors, an over-water hammock for two and private infinity pool. They are perfect for couples looking for a breathtaking and memorable vacation or honeymoon.
Breathless Resort & Spa AM Resorts’ new Breathless Resort, consisting of 150 rooms, is under construction and is to be completed by December 15, 2016. The ultra-modern adult-only resort features luxury accommodations, a world-class spa, mouthwatering gourmet cuisine and a non-stop party with the world’s hottest DJs performing. The property will be located in Freeport Montego Bay.
ISpanish Court Hotel Spanish Court Hotel will make its entrance in the Montego Bay area on Gloucester Avenue in the summer of 2017. Spanish Court Montego Bay will have a total of 120 rooms, most will have spectacular ocean-front views, as well as grand spa bathrooms. Roman tubs and specially designed sauna-sized showers are just some of its attractive features. The hotel will also feature a rooftop pool bar with views of Doctors Cave Beach and the surrounding crystal-clear turquoise waters.
Sugar Cane Early next year, Karisma Hotels and Resorts will break ground on Sugar Cane, a $900-million hotel project on over 200 acres of land in St Ann, near Ocho Rios. When complete, there will be an addition of 10 hotels and 5,000 new rooms to Jamaica’s hotel inventory. Three of the 10 hotels in the Sugar Cane project are expected to be completed two years following the start of construction, scheduled for early 2017.
The Renfrew The Renfrew will be a five-star addition to Kingston’s room inventory. The new hotel will offer 32 high-end rooms and eight two-bedroom apartments. When it opens in October 2017, it will be Kingston’s first extended-stay hotel.
Rendering of the new Spanish Court Hotel in Montego Bay.
Rendering of Hotel Royalton Blue Waters.