Developers reveal plans for mega-resort in D.R.

NEW YORK -- The march of the planned mega-resorts in the Caribbean continues. Just weeks after a Canada-based company announced plans to build the worlds largest resort, a lunar-themed island property just off Grand Bahama, developer Puerto Luperon Corp. unveiled designs for Atlantica, a huge, multi-billion-dollar development on the northern coast of the Dominican Republic.

Described as a multi-use residential resort community that will become the Caribbeans leading yachting destination and golf capital, Atlantica -- to be built on Luperon Bay in three stages over 10 years -- will eventually add 25,000 guest beds to the Dominican Republics room inventory.

Plans call for seven pedestrian villages, with more than 3,000 homes, 20 hotels -- including both luxury boutique and major high-end international hotel brands -- and three golf courses, with two designed by Arnold Palmer and Jim Fazio.

Also on the drawing board: a harbor with 450 slips and drydock facilities for up to 280 yachts; a shuttle to transport yachts between the Mediterranean and Caribbean seas; a day-cruise ship terminal; an airstrip with hangars for 160 jets; a casino; and club and sports facilities.

The first phase breaks ground this December, with the first 99 town homes and a beach club available in December 2005 and the golf course opening the following May. These will be followed by 68 more town homes and a bed and breakfast in June 2006, and 60 town homes, 30 marina estates and the Ambar Hotel that December. 

For more information, visit www.atlanticadr.com.

To contact the reporter who wrote this article, send e-mail to Kenneth Kiesnoski at [email protected].

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