2018 turned out to be quite a momentous year for Playa Hotels & Resorts! The year was action-packed and filled with many milestones and advancements throughout the company in both partnerships and developments.
Now that 2018 has come to a close, there’s no better time to look back at why this year was one for the books. Read on for Playa’s top five highlights of 2018.
1. PLAYA 1-Year Anniversary
March 2018 marked the one-year anniversary of Playa Hotels and Resorts becoming a publicly traded company. This was a large milestone for the entire hospitality industry, seeing that Playa was the first ever company solely devoted to the all-inclusive space to become publicly traded.
2. Sagicor Partnership
On June 4, 2018, Playa Hotels & Resorts completed a business combination with Sagicor Group Jamaica Limited where Sagicor contributed to Playa a portfolio of five all-inclusive resorts and two adjacent oceanfront developable land sites located on the North Coast of Jamaica.
What does this mean? Playa now owns and manages Hilton Rose Hall, Jewel Runaway Bay, Jewel Dunn’s River and Jewel Paradise Cove. It also included an 88-room hotel tower and spa, two developable land sites with a potential density of up to 700 rooms and a hotel management contract for Jewel Grande Montego Bay.
3. Property Updates
Earlier this year, the Hyatt Zilara Cancun Zen Spa was completely rebuilt to include 22,800 square feet, including 11 treatment rooms four couple’s suites with hot tubs, an outdoor terrace and lounge, beauty salon and robust hydrotherapy circuit.
The magnificent spa was thoughtfully redesigned to provide guests with peace through the stimulation of the senses. The bi-level spa is adorned with Mayan-inspired art made with “barro negro” (black clay) and plush lounge chairs.
The Zen Spa at Hyatt Zilara Rose Hall also received a makeover. Inspired by nature, inhouse Playa Hotels & Resorts’ architects and designers redesigned the spa areas to provide a serene, contemporary environment with the use of natural materials and organic shapes to create a balanced atmosphere with nature.
Comprising of four beachfront treatment cabanas, each enclosed with air-conditioning, the new Zen Spa at Hyatt Zilara Rose Hall offers a variety of treatments including rejuvenating body wraps, facials and massages—from aromatherapy and reflexology to sports and deep tissue.
Hyatt Ziva Puerto Vallarta continued their transformation with the completion of the Club Tower, the expansion of the renowned Blaze Restaurant and the addition of the newly built swim out suites. As if it can’t get any better, the longtime guest favorite, Jungle Tour, was just added to the activities program effective December 28!
4. Alliance with Hilton Hotels
On September 17, 2018, Playa Hotels & Resorts announced their plan to leverage their industry-leading, all-inclusive expertise with Hilton’s global portfolio of brands, to accelerate the growth of Hilton’s all-inclusive resorts.
As part of the alliance, two existing resorts owned by Playa, THE Royal Playa del Carmen and Dreams La Romana, have been converted to Hilton all-inclusive resorts, with the potential for the conversion and management of eight additional resorts by 2025.
5. Sanctuary Grand Reopening
This September, Sanctuary Cap Cana officially reopened after undergoing a $35 million modernization with completely re-imagined guest rooms with sweeping views of the Caribbean Sea and enhanced public spaces, including the lobby, dining outlets and the world-class spa.
2019 will mark the debut of two new towers with an additional 140 suites, which officially opened December 15.
Can 2019 top 2018?
With the official openings of Hyatt Zilara and Hyatt Ziva Cap Cana to the complete redesigns of Hilton Playa del Carmen and Hilton La Romana slated for 2019, we say the answer is yes!