Any time a country or region imposes any sort of visa stipulation - even if it’s a waiver - the travel industry sighs a collective groan, knowing the obstacles and headaches to come.
TORONTO — The Grand Reserve at Paradisus Palma Real in Punta Cana is billed as “the ultimate answer” for families needing extra space when travelling with children, and that’s no exaggeration: the lead-in accommodations are 800-square-feet.
At the other end of the scale, the luxury resort-within-a-resort, set to open by the end of 2018, promises to give guests “the most luxurious experience in Punta Cana” with accommodations that range up to 3,000+ square feet.
Suites feature either one or two bedrooms and a variety of amenities including living and dining spaces, independent soaking tubs and walk-in showers, as well as secluded balconies with hydro-massage whirlpool tubs and outdoor living spaces.
The Grand Reserve’s Swim-Up Suites meanwhile will offer one or two-bedroom accommodations with direct access to an exclusive pool, complete with garden areas and a solarium.
Tony Cortizas, Vice-President, Global Strategy Meliá Hotels International (MHI), was in Canada this week to talk about everything Melia.
By December 2018 Melia Hotels and Resorts will have transformed its Meliá Caribe Tropical property into two distinct properties: Meliá Punta Cana Beach Resort for adults-only and Meliá Caribe Beach Resort for families, set to be completed by November 2018.
And set to open in Q1 2019 is Paradisus Playa Mujeres, Mexico’s fifth Paradisus-branded property. Nestled just off the coast of Cancun, Playa Mujeres is the new popular destination for travellers and locals alike.
Farther afield MHI has just opened the doors to Meliá Serengeti Lodge, the company’s first sustainability-focused hotel.
The property was “totally designed with the protection and preservation of the surrounding environment in mind” and includes:
MHI will eliminate single-use plastics in all its hotels by the end of 2018. “That means over 22 million plastic bottles and more than 15 tonnes of CO2 emissions generated by waste disposal per year will be reduced in 2019.” MHI is now one of the largest hotel companies in the world with over 380 hotels in 40 countries.