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Marriott Opens Its First Caribbean Luxury Collection Resort in the Dominican Republic
Marriott International's first Luxury Collection resort in the Caribbean, Ocean Club, has opened on the north coast of the Dominican Republic. Marriott's Luxury Collection embraces the most alluring and exquisite destinations to develop the world's most prestigious properties. "Each hotel and resort is a unique representation of its locale and a fusion of impeccable luxury service and captivating, authentic experiences" (marriott.com).
The Dominican Republic resort is joined by seven sister Luxury Collection Resort properties in Mexico and another on the outskirts of Panama City. Led by Hervé Humler, co-founder and former CEO of the Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, the new resort incorporates some serious luxury. The Ocean Club is a residential-style resort with a total of 68 suites, including several four-bedroom penthouse suites (caribjournal.com). "That is along with a bi-level, seaside pool complex (with two pools) and a spa branded by leading French company L'Occitane and a private beach, among other amenities" (caribjournal.com). Highlights include elegant accommodations; daily, locally authentic breakfast; rich and unique experiences; and the utmost service (marriott.com). Dining options include Agua Azul, an Asian-Peruvian fusion eatery; Wine Cellar, a tapas-focused restaurant; Rock Bar, an oceanside establishment; and Peperoni Costa Norte, featuring international-cuisine (caribjournal.com).
Marriott International's opening of the luxurious Ocean Club has created a significant boost for the greater Puerto Plata area, according to Dominican Republic Tourism Minister David Colladom (caribjournal.com). The Ocean Club is the first of the three hotels in the works on the north coast by developer Grupo Ocean Club, a company that is part of a broader group of investors. These investors are not only bringing the finest luxury hotels to the north coast but are also sinking $350 million into other projects on the north coast, an area where the Dominican Republic is focusing much of its tourism efforts (caribjournal.com).