In the Caribbean, the most popular region for destination
weddings outside the continental U.S., there’s always something new, improved, or added on the accommodations
front. Here is a sampling of some recent developments.
Belmond La Samanna, a luxury beach resort and spa
destination on the exclusive Baie Longue in St. Martin,
will welcome guests again starting December 10, 2018.
All 83 rooms, as well as the Baie Longue Bar and Trellis
restaurant, were redesigned, while maintaining the
resort’s signature “pastel-chic” style. Couples can toast
each other at the renewed La Cave — one of the largest
private wine cellars in the Caribbean. It also hosts wine
pairing dinners. The garden-set spa administers treatments with French brands Sisley and Pure Altitude. For
your couples planning island nuptials, take note: When
the wedding party reserves a minimum three-night stay
for a combined total of 50 room nights, the couple is
invited back for their first wedding anniversary.
Cobblers Cove, a Relais & Châteaux property on the
west coast of Barbados, recently completed a three-year
renovation project that upgraded all 40 individually designed suites, while keeping its colonial Caribbean style
and original architecture. Locally sourced coral stone was
used for the refurbished suite floors and outdoor pathways, while the addition and enlargement of windows in
the Great House and suites increases natural light in the
room, expands views and improves cross breeze.
On December 22, the Oetker Collection’s Eden Rock
will open on St. Jean Bay after a top-to-bottom renovation and restructuring. Built on a rocky promontory surrounded by white-sand beaches and the turquoise sea,
Eden Rock has 34 guestrooms and villas. All accommo-dations received a makeover, and, of interest to honeymooners, two new suites were added with private pools.
In 2019, the resort will unveil three additional suites at
the top of the rock. Among the many perks and amenities, couples can indulge in spa treatments by Ligne St.
Barth within the privacy of their hotel room.
In response to the growing demand for exclusivity for
its guests, the Hodelpa Nicolas de Ovando Hotel, a
designated UNESCO World Heritage site in the Zona Colonial of Santo Domingo, has launched its new Imperial
Club. The owners built an elevator for the sole use of the
Club, accessed through one of the hotel’s gardens, which
enters directly into the Imperial Club’s lounge.
Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort Spa & Casino, where
the array of wedding services includes LGBTQ wedding
planning, has unveiled a top-to-bottom renovation of its
357 guestrooms and suites, as well as its Regency Club,
exclusively available to guests of the ninth floor Club
Level. The $21 million redesign introduces modern
accommodations while still paying homage to the
island’s Dutch Colonial architecture and Caribbean ac-
cents. The newly conceptualized guestrooms are bright
with white oak furnishings and natural light. Other
touches include a hand-woven, chevron wool rug, plush
pillows and bedding, a classic tufted headboard and a
large, oversized chaise lounge.
At the Baha Mar Resort in Nassau, Bahamas, Rosewood
Baha Mar opened in May with 237 rooms and suites, as
well as four beachfront villas. The hotel’s naturally lit Grand
Salon and a ballroom that opens to an elegant terrace
are suitable for receptions and celebrations.
Sunset at the Palms, an all-inclusive, treehouse-style,
adults-only resort in Negril, Jamaica, launched a new bespoke concierge service. A “Personal Sunset Concierge,”
assigned to each guest immediately upon check-in, acts
as an unofficial resort guide and assistant throughout the
stay. They also ensure a smooth check-in and check-out;
assist with any room amenities and needs; make dining
reservations on or off property; book tours, excursions,
water activities, and spa appointments; help arrange private celebrations for anniversaries and such; and more.
Each Personal Sunset Concierge is also trained to
provide general information about Negril from a tour
guide’s perspective, offering insight and advice on what
guests might want to see and do around the destination.
Concierges also will let their guests know — in personal
or via voicemail in their rooms — what time they can
experience sunset each evening of their stay. g
Cobblers Cove in Barbados recently completed a three-year renova-