Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic is in the midst of a hotel boom with more than 1,100 rooms set to join the area's room pool over the next two years.

New this month is the Golf Suites in Punta Cana, featuring 58 villas with 94 suites. The hotel brand is part of the Spanish-owned CTCOP Group.

Facilities include an infinity pool, a beach club, meeting rooms, 24-hour room service and a spa and fitness center. In addition, the 27-hole Cocotal Golf & Country Club adjacent to the Golf Suites is accessible to guests of the hotel.

For rates and details, visit www.thegolfsuites.com or call (305) 767-2656.

The Agua Resort & Spa, also in Punta Cana, will open its doors May 11. Although the luxury property, 24 miles from Punta Cana International Airport, will offer an American Plan (three meals a day) menu option, it will not be an all-inclusive resort.

The property's 53 suites are situated in 18 villas and resort facilities include a spa, a beachfront infinity pool, a fitness room, meetings facilities, 24-hour room service, three restaurants, concierge and butler services, Wi-Fi throughout the property, a mini kids' club, tennis courts and a variety of water sports.

Rates this summer range from $400 to $600 per room, per night, double. For details, visit www.aguaresort.com.

The Spanish NH Hoteles chain will make its Caribbean debut with two properties in Punta Cana, the first to open in December followed by a second in mid-2008.

The 660-room Hotel Bavaro Real Arena, described as a five-star facility, is set to open this December and will include a small convention center.

Hotel VIP Real Arena, meanwhile, is slated to open in mid-2008 with 375 rooms and also is targeted at the luxury market.

Both properties represent an investment of $150 million. NH Hoteles' portion of the investment represents $5 million; several other partners also are involved, according to Gabriele Burgio, president.

NH Hoteles also is involved in the Cap Cana development project near Punta Cana and will build a 90-room boutique beachfront hotel and 250 rental apartments, which will be owned 50% each by NH Hoteles and Cap Cana. No opening date has been released.

NH Hoteles operates 258 hotels with 37,643 rooms in 19 countries in Europe, Latin America and Africa. For details on the chain's properties, visit www.nh-hotels.com.

To contact reporter Gay Nagle Myers, send e-mail to [email protected].

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