Dominican resorts undergo changes, expansion
Punta Cana, Dominican Republic – Salamander Hotels & Resorts is now managing Sanctuary Cap Cana, a 176-room oceanfront resort.
The Cap Cana development in which the Sanctuary is located also is home to Punta Espada Golf Club, a Jack Nicklaus seaside design ranked No. 1 among Golfweek’s Best Caribbean Courses. The resort is on the east coast of the Dominican Republic, just south of the Punta Cana International Airport.
Virginia-based Salamander plans to transition away from Sanctuary’s all-inclusive, couples-only format, though existing all-inclusive reservations will be honored. Salamander plans to begin offering a la carte dining by Oct. 31, and families will be able to book packages starting Dec. 12.
Salamander also plans to establish an adults-only section in an area called “The Castle,” which has its own reception, bar, lounge and infinity pool, as well as swim-out villas. Salamander’s stated goal is to turn the Sanctuary into a AAA Five Diamond property.
The resort will become part of Salamander’s Grand Resorts at Cap Cana collection, which includes nearby sister properties the Fishing Lodge and Ocean Club.
The Fishing Lodge, a 298-villa property that is scheduled to open Oct. 12, has the largest inland marina in the Caribbean. The Ocean Club, opening in 2012, will be a 113-room boutique hotel.
Hendrick Santos, who spent 19 years managing Hyatt resorts in the Caribbean and U.S., will be managing director of the properties.
La Romana, Dominican Republic – Casa de Campo now has 63 holes of golf with the recent opening of a new nine-hole layout designed by Pete Dye.
The Dye Fore Chavon nine will create a 27-hole complex, complementing the existing Dye Fore course that opened in 2003. The new nine holes is grassed entirely with Paspalum; the original Dye Fore course combines Paspalum with Tifdwarf Bermuda greens.
Casa de Campo is a 7,000-acre resort property on the Dominican Republic’s southern coast. It is home to two other Dye designs: Teeth of the Dog, which opened in 1971 and is ranked No. 3 among Golfweek’s Best Caribbean Courses, and The Links, which opened in 1976. The Links is undergoing renovations and is scheduled to reopen in February 2012.