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Caribbean: new hotel openings

With a packed pipeline of new or planned properties following recent premiere launches – such as Silversands in Grenada, Hodges Bay in Antigua and Baha Mar in the Bahamas – the region’s hotel scene has never been hotter. Here, Karl Cushing picks out eight of the most exciting new arrivals

1. S Hotel Montego Bay, Jamaica

One of early 2019’s hot beachfront openings, the 120-guestroom S Hotel is light years away from Jamaica’s myriad mix of all-inclusives. With its strong, internationally influenced design ethic, the super-stylish S oozes sophistication and swagger. Selling points include its Irie Baths & Spa wellness offering, while the Sky Deck bar and lounge area make the most of the views over Doctor’s Cave Beach. shoteljamaica.com

2. Royalton Antigua Resort and Spa, Antigua

Small wonder this 294-guestroom, all-inclusive charmer from Royalton has won a loyal following since recently opening its doors. Set in Deep Bay, it firmly ticks all the main boxes, from its great range of food and beverage outlets and on-site microbrewery, Score Brewhouse, to its Clubhouse Kids Club and Hangout Teens Lounge. For ‘wow factor’ look no further than its adults-only overwater bungalows – a first for the island. royaltonresorts.com/royalton-antigua

3. SO/ Havana Paseo del Prado La Habana, Cuba

Cuba’s tourism drive powers on with September seeing the opening of the ten-floor, 250-guestroom SO/ Paseo del Prado in the capital. The operator Accor promises a ‘rebellious lifestyle hotel bursting with local energy’. Whether it delivers remains to be seen, but the property makes the most of its location at the point Havana’s fabled Malecon and Prado meet. The views are stunning – not least from its infinity pool. accorhotels.com

4. Cabrits Resort & Spa Kempinski, Dominica

Following hot on the heels of the reopened Secret Bay and Jungle Bay Eco Villas, the Cabrits is arguably the year’s most exciting opening. Located just outside Portsmouth and enveloped by the simply gorgeous Cabrits National Park, this new 160-guestroom development is very easy on the eye and offers an enticing spa, with a Presidential Villa for the deep of pocket. It opens in October. kempinski.com

5. Hyatt Zilara and Hyatt Ziva Cap Cana, Dominican Republic

Having cut its Caribbean teeth in Mexico and Jamaica, the all-inclusive specialist Playa Hotels and Resorts has set its sights on the Dominican Republic. This autumn sees the operator open a dynamic duo of Hyatt-branded properties in the upscale enclave of Cap Cana. Set on Juanillo Beach, the properties will serve two distinct markets, Zilara being adults-only while Ziva will cater to the family market. resortsbyhyatt.com

6. Club Med Michès Playa Esmeralda, Dominican Republic

Part of Club Med’s Exclusive Collection, this exciting new development, located in the northeast and slated to open in December, looks set to be a big hit in the trade. The all-inclusive Michès will be themed over four distinct ‘boutique village’ areas, from family-friendly Explorer Cove and adults-only Archipelago to ‘eco chic’ Emerald Jungle and lush, tropical Caribbean Paradise, while offering the brand’s usual strong programme of activities. clubmed.co.uk 

7. Secrets St. Martin

Opening next February, this latest offering from AMResorts’ Secrets brand is further proof that hurricane-battered St Martin has its game face back on. Set on the French side of the island in Anse Marcel, on the site of the former Riu Palace, the 350-guestroom adults-only all-inclusive fronts one of the island’s best beaches. Other selling points include the swim-out suites and the palatial pool, rumoured to be the region’s biggest. secretsresorts.com

8. Four Seasons Caye Chapel and Blackadore Caye, Belize

These two high-end havens are the latest upscale offerings transforming Belize’s dreamy Caribbean Cayes. Actor Leonardo DiCaprio now plans to unveil his high-end eco resort, Blackadore Caye, sometime next year, featuring a strong focus on eco-tourism, albeit with a healthy dash of exclusivity. Launching in 2021, the seriously extravagant Four Seasons will feature overwater bungalows, a golf course and a marina – with its very own airstrip. fourseasons.com