Hospitality on Horizon: Caribbean & Mexico

Luxury hotels opening in the Caribbean and Mexico in 2015 exemplify exactly what today’s top-tier meeting attendees expect—and then some. Here’s a preview.

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Properties Opening in 2015—Caribbean & Mexico

Bahamas  

Nassau
Baha Mar Casino & Hotel
OPENING Spring ROOMS 1,000 MEETING SPACE * THE BUZZ The Caribbean region’s largest casino—100,000 square feet—and a nightclub and Ultra Villa designed by the Grammy-winning musician, actor, and designer Lenny Kravitz. THE PERKS The casino for starters, 30,000-square-foot spa, and lineup of restaurants recalling the best of New York, Paris, Tokyo, and Hong Kong.  844.800.BAHA; bahamar.com 

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Grand Hyatt at Baha Mar
OPENING Spring ROOMS 707 MEETING SPACE 85,000 square feet THE BUZZ Grand Hyatt’s task of managing its own hotel plus Baha Mar’s convention center, which includes three large ballrooms and a 2,000-seat venue for sports and entertainment. THE PERKS Casually elegant seafood on-site—plus nearly 40 other bars and restaurants, golf, gaming, and more around the resort. 888.591.1234; www.hyatt.com

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Rosewood at Baha Mar
OPENING Spring ROOMS 190 MEETING SPACE 7,500 square feet THE BUZZ The elegance of a Rosewood hotel at the new Baha Mar resort outside Nassau. THE PERKS Beach, pools, and cabanas reserved for Rosewood guests; an intimate spa; and farm-to-table dining at Commonwealth, the signature restaurant, which will host private dinners in its Rum Room. 888.767.3966; www.rosewoodhotels.com

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SLS_K_V2PreviewSLS Lux at Baha Mar
OPENING Spring ROOMS 299 MEETING SPACE 6,307 square feet THE BUZZ The site’s surprise mid-construction switch to SLS, opening in the “new Riviera.” THE PERKS Tinseltown glamour for on-site dining at Cleo and world-class luxury, creativity, and social interaction on Cable Beach—with turquoise waters as far as the eye can see. 855.290.3344; www.slshotels.com

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Mexico

Los Cabos
JW Marriott Puerto Los Cabos
OPENING *  ROOMS 300  MEETING SPACE 13,127 square feet THE BUZZ Puerto Los Cabos’s master plan for three hotels completed as a JW Marriott joins a Secrets and El Ganzo. THE PERKS First-class dining, beach, pool, fitness center, spa, and seaside golf designed by Greg Norman and Jack Nicklaus. 888.236.2427; www.jwmarriott.com

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Mexico City
W Santa Fe, Mexico
OPENING January  ROOMS 165 MEETING SPACE 7,800 square feet THE BUZZ A shimmering mirage—inside and out—for Mexico City’s second W hotel, this in the Santa Fe district’s new Liberty Plaza complex. THE PERKS Fashion-forward bars and restaurants, fitness center, spa, and outdoor pool. 877.946.8357; www.whotels.com

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Riviera Maya
W Kanai Retreat, Riviera Maya, Mexico
OPENING July 1 ROOMS 180 MEETING SPACE 7,500 square feet THE BUZZ Cutting-edge design on one of the world’s most scenic beaches, six miles from Playa del Carmen at the new Kanai Resort. THE PERKS An enormous full-service spa and view-filled guest rooms with private terraces laid out to seamlessly merge the indoor-outdoor lifestyle. 877.946.8357;  www.whotels.com

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Annette Burden

Annette Burden

Annette Burden has written and edited for Elite Meetings International since 2007. In addition to writing on travel for other publications, she founded and edited Meeting Traveler, Resorts & Great Hotels, and Destination Weddings & Honeymoons magazines.

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