Jamaica’s Accommodation Sector Receives Boost with Addition of More World Class Resorts
Jamaica is set to maintain her position as an ideal getaway destination, with over 1,400 new or refurbished hotel rooms to be added to its accommodation portfolio. From adult-only resorts to eco-friendly hotels, those visiting Jamaica will find an array of new projects expected to appeal to a wider range of travelers.
Over the next few months, Jamaica will open a number of world-class facilities, including those of prominent hotel brands such as Hyatt, Palace Resorts and Marriott Hotels. These developments are being constructed in various resort areas of the destination and are aligned with the island’s overall strategy to broaden its appeal to consumers.
“Jamaica is welcoming various hotel brands to the island and in several instances these developments are the brands’ first entry into the Caribbean,” said Paul Pennicook, Jamaica’s Director of Tourism. “These new additions reinforce Jamaica’s appeal as a tourism destination that continues to attract the best brands in the industry. The product provides travelers with an ever increasing diverse menu of accommodation for their vacation experience.”
Below are some of the latest hotel developments in Jamaica:
- Grand Port Royal Marina and Spa
Morgan’s Harbour Hotel has been renamed Grand Port Royal Marina and Spa. The hotel has been leased by Lashmont Financial Services which took possession of the property in October 2013. The new operators will spend about $60 million to refurbish the 60-room property. Located on the archipelago leading to the historic town of Port Royal, the hotel has long been one of Kingston’s entertainment spots.
- Wyndham Has A New Owner
Hotelier Kevin Hendrickson is the new owner of the Wyndham hotel in Kingston after reportedly bidding US$17.6 million for the property. The acquisition will be the fifth property for Hendrickson, whose portfolio already includes The Jamaica Pegasus Hotel, Courtleigh Hotel and Suites and The Knutsford Court Hotel in Kingston as well as the Holiday Inn SunSpree Resort in Montego Bay.
- Courtyard by Marriott
Courtyard by Marriott is set to open a 130-room hotel in Kingston, the island’s capital and business center. The property is scheduled for completion in 2015. It will be the eighth Marriott Courtyard Hotel in the Caribbean and the third in the English-speaking Caribbean – all developed by Caribe Hospitality.
- Moon Palace Jamaica Grande
Palace Resorts has announced plans for its newest property, Moon Palace Jamaica Grande, the company’s first resort located outside of Mexico. Expected to open in early 2015, the all-inclusive property is undergoing a multimillion-dollar renovation. Extensive renovations will also include modernized guest rooms, upgrades and redesigns of the common areas, and various restaurant updates. Moon Palace Jamaica Grande will also feature a 35,000-square foot wellness sanctuary as well as 730 guest rooms and suites on a 17-acre beachfront property in Ocho Rios.
- Playa Hotels & Resorts
Following a multi-million dollar renovation, the new family-friendly Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall and the adjacent adults-only Hyatt Zilara Rose Hall will open on November 23. It will boast “six-star” all-inclusive properties with over 500 rooms; restaurants; several dramatic cascading pools; a full-service spa and wellness center; beach butler services, and a 24-hour suite service. The property is owned and managed by Playa Hotels & Resorts and located in Montego Bay.
- Jack Sprat Shack
In September 2014, Jakes Hotel in St Elizabeth opened the doors to Jack Sprat Shack, an exciting new accommodation for eco-conscious travelers and groups. Fitted with solar energy powering all electrics, air conditioning and hot water, The Shack comprises two dorms – each with 20 bunk beds, 6 double rooms and shared locker room-style bathrooms. The property also has additional bedrooms located on the upper floor for those who require more privacy.