By Alexander Britell
The most popular destination in the Caribbean’s most-visited country is getting yet another new hotel.
The Dominican Republic’s impressive hotel development pipeline added another property this week with the groundbreaking for the Infiniti Punta Cana hotel.
The new $50 million hotel, which will be set in the Uvero Alto region of Punta Cana, will be the first Caribbean outpost of Spanish hotel company BG Hotels, which has hotels in destinations including Ibiza and Mallorca.
The five-star project, which will be built by Spanish firm Construye Capital, will have a total of 345 rooms ranging from junior suites to premium suites.
Dominican Republic President Danilo Medina laid the first stone on the project.
Amenities at the new-build hotel will include seven restaurants, eight bars, a business area, a VIP lounge, a fitness center, several pools and a “wellness zone.”
According to Dominican Republic Tourism Minister Francisco Javier Garcia, who was on hand for the groundbreaking, foreign investment in tourism is up more than 54 percent in the last five years.
BG Hotels “won’t regret building in Punta Cana,” Garcia said.
That echoes a sentiment shared by many hotel investors in the Caribbean, thanks to an investment climate that has companies like Apple Leisure Group bullish on its tourism future.