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. 

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