The Caribbean is one of the world’s most tourism-reliant regions, and as such, it is crucial that it routinely enhances its product offerings. A slate of new and renovated hotels, and expanded air service to Martinique, Cuba and Puerto Rico top the list of enhancements so far this year.
Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group will debut a luxury beachfront resort and residences on Grand Cayman beginning in 2021. Set on 67 acres, the Mandarin Oriental, Grand Cayman will be equipped with 100 guestrooms and suites, including 89 Residences at Mandarin Oriental.
All accommodations will face the sea, offering exceptional sunrise and sunset views. The property will feature five restaurants and bars, and farm-to-table dining experiences.
Situated between the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Piton Mountains, the four- and five-bedroom homes will feature open-concept living areas with floor-to-ceiling windows, full kitchens, infinity pools and outdoor dining spaces.
The Dominican Republic’s family-friendly Sirenis Punta Cana Resort Casino Aquagames will rebrand as the Grand Sirenis Punta Cana Resort, following a $30 million renovation, with the reopening slated for mid-December.
Three Belize resorts—Victoria House, Naia Resort Spa and The Lodge at Chaa Creek—have come together to form the Unique Hotels of Belize (uniquehotelsofbelize.
com). The company’s portfolio of properties offers luxury amenities and fine dining while showcasing Belize’s rainforests, secluded beaches, Maya cities, and barrier reef dive sites via local activities, tours and expeditions.
The Jamaica Inn (jamaicainn.com) in Ocho Rios is celebrating its 60th anniversary with new and upgraded accommodations, including three beach bungalows; the debut of White River Fish Sanctuary; a new saltwater sea bath treatment; and a “Land of Films” tour.
Located on a tranquil cove on the eastern end of the property adjacent to the resort’s Ocean Spa, the one-bedroom bungalows feature sitting rooms, kitchenettes and outdoor verandas. Bungalow guests enjoy access to a private beach.
C., beginning November 4, and a second daily nonstop from Miami on December 19.
Travelers from U.S.
There are also nearly 2,000 bookable rooms available across St.
Maarten, including 122 villas and condos, boutique hotels and guesthouses. In addition, some larger properties have conducted soft openings, while Divi Little Bay Beach Resort, Simpson Bay Resorts Marina and Oyster Bay Beach Resort have reopened.
1, 2019, respectively.
For information on the island’s recovery, visit vacationstmaarten.
The flights include a new afternoon departure from Fort Lauderdale and a new evening flight from Havana. JetBlue also serves Cuban airports in Camagüey, Holguín and Santa Clara with daily service from Fort Lauderdale.
The carrier has resumed its full flight schedule to Puerto Rico following last year’s hurricanes. JetBlue’s return to a full Puerto Rico schedule came six months earlier than company officials originally planned, which they attributed to “improved demand for travel to Puerto Rico as the island continues to recover from Hurricane Maria and welcome new visitors.
“This is an opportunity for us to expand our reach and showcase ‘Martinique Magnifique,’ its multiple assets, its vibrant culture, its authenticity, along with the warmth of its people,” said Karine Mousseau, Martinique Tourism Commissioner.