PUNTA CANA, Dominican Republic — Hotel development in the Dominican Republic is chugging back to life, following a long pause in 2009.
"Things are leveling out, and we'll see more projects coming back on track this year and into 2011," said Juan Perez Sosa, director of sales at the all-inclusive NH Royal Beach in Punta Cana.
NH Hotels opened the 362-room, adults-only resort in late December.
Hotel developments were announced at the Dominican Annual Tourism Exchange this week, although timelines for opening dates are vague in some cases, not mentioned in others.
● Nikki Beach plans to open a 150-room luxury hotel in Cabarete on the D.R.'s north shore. The development will include condominiums and villas, a restaurant and beach bar.
Nikki Beach has properties in Panama and Thailand. Its first venture in the Caribbean opened in early 2008 in the Turks and Caicos, but the property went into receivership and closed in September 2009.
● Aman Resorts has plans for a boutique resort on the island's north coast between Puerto Plata and Samana.
● The Punta Cana Resort & Club announced plans for a new eco-resort on Playa Serena, one of the many beaches on the 15,000-acre site owned by the resort. Three more golf courses are planned, bringing the total to five courses.
● AMResorts recently announced plans for a $400 million, four-resort complex to be called the Gems at Cap Cana, slated to open in late 2012.
The development will include the 200-suite Zoetry Gems; the 350-suite, adults-only Secrets Gems; the 350-suite Now Gems; and the 200-suite Now Preferred Gems.