5 hotel openings to watch for in Latin/South America


PHOTO:  Papagayo Gulf courtesy of Planet Hollywood Beach Resort Costa Rica


Savvy travelers with a pulse on the new and noteworthy will undoubtably be excited to learn about five new hotels, opening late 2018/early 2019, in Mexico and Central America’s most sought after destinations.  From the breathtaking 1,400-acre Peninsula Papagayo on the northern shoreline of Costa Rica, to the palm-strewn beaches, sub-tropical savannahs and jungle along the Southern coast of Belize, here are five to keep your eyes on.

PHOTO:  Planet Hollywood Beach Resort Costa Rica courtesy of Planety Hollywood Beach Resort Costa Rica


Planet Hollywood Beach Resort Costa Rica – Opening October 1, 2018
Located at the base of tony, exclusive Peninsula Papagayo in the Guanacaste region of Costa Rica, Planet Hollywood Beach Resort Costa Rica will offer guests an all-inclusive vacation, natural wonders and cultural richness.  The resort will feature 294 luxury suites, eight different venues for wining and dining, PUMPED fitness center, PH Spa & Beauty Bar, two serene swimming pools and a splash zone.  A curated list of excursions will also be provided by PH Experiences such as gliding through the canopy zip-line circuit or sailing and snorkeling in the Pacific Ocean’s clear blue waters.  For more information, please visit www.planethollywoodhotels.com.

Mystique Blue – Opening October 25, 2018
Situated on Mexico’s pristine and highly sought-after island of Holbox, Mystique Blue features 28 boutique style suites perfect for a relaxing family vacation or a romantic weekend getaway.  Located within the Yum Balam nature reserve, this intimate hotel celebrates the beauty of nature with thoughtful design and indulgent features that will entice one to embrace privacy or engage in exploration.  Mystique Blue offers a natural paradise where guests can explore by riding bikes into the village, learning how to kiteboarding, snorkeling with whale sharks or kayaking through the mangroves.  For more information, please visit www.mystiqueresorts.com.

W Costa Rica, Reserva Conchal – Opening November 2018
Arriving in late 2018, iconic design and contemporary luxury will set the stage for an extraordinary experience at W Costa Rica, Reserva Conchal.  Amenities will include 151 guestrooms, the W Living Room lifestyle lounge, specialty restaurants, a destination bar and lounge, an infinity edge pool, a spa and meeting space. Unique promotions, exclusive partnerships and signature Whatever/Whenever® service will set W Costa Rica, Reserva Conchal apart as a place to work in comfort, play in style and escape the average hotel experience.
For more information, please visit www.reservaconchal.com.

Unscripted Belize – Opening late 2018
Unscripted Belize will debut in late 2018 with 24 beachfront cabana accommodations right on the Caribbean Sea.  The boutique property will also have an outdoor restaurant and bar, an expansive pool area and two private boats for snorkeling and scuba diving.  Located in the breathtaking Kanantik Belize master plan community, just north of Placencia, Unscripted Belize, owned and developed by Luke Chadwick with architectural design by Gensler, will be a driving force in the ongoing revitalization and the center of a thriving resort destination.  Kanantik is surrounded by lush palm trees on 5,800 acres in Southern Belize, kissing the edges of the nearby Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary – a jaguar preserve and birdwatcher's paradise.  For more information, please visit www.dreamhotelgroup.com.


Isla Secas Reserve & Lodge Panama – Opening January 2019
Scheduled to make a splashy debut in January 2019, Islas Secas Reserve & Lodge sets the bar high for Panama’s fledgling luxury tourism scene.  Located on an archipelago of 14 private islands 20 miles off the coast, the property’s nine stylish and elegant villas, called “casitas,” blend seamlessly with the lush and pristine landscape. Inspired by traditional Panama Canal Gamboa houses, the steep-roofed wood casitas that are dotted across the resort’s main island sleep two to eight guests.  Each casita features floor-to-ceiling louvered doors and cherry wood shutters that offer cooling breezes and panoramic sea views, as do the indoor/outdoor showers and expansive decks.  A private thatched-roof cabana and adjacent plunge pool are the perfect spots for waking up with fresh fruit and pastry treats (delivered each morning) before setting off for a day of exhilarating adventures.  For more information, please visit www.islasecas.com.


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