Palace Resorts Breaks Ground on Moon Palace Punta Cana
Palace Resorts has officially broken ground on what is set to be the brand's third Moon Palace, located in the Macao area of the Dominican Republic's Eastern region. The groundbreaking ceremony for Moon Palace Punta Cana, took place with the presence of the Dominican Republic's President Danilo Medina; Minister of Tourism, Francisco Javier García, representatives from the government and legislative branches; along with executives from Palace Resorts and VIPs.
The event began with Palace Resorts President and Managing Director Jose Chapur offering words of welcome to those present, followed by Executive Vice President Gibrán Chapur sharing details of the project.
Moon Palace Punta Cana represents an investment that surpasses $600 million and will generate an average of 5,000 local jobs during the construction phase and over 4,000 permanent jobs once occupancy reaches 95 percent. The resort is projected to bring in an additional 250,000 potential new tourists per year.
Moon Palace Punta Cana is part of the expansion plan in place for Palace Resorts, a company with over 30 years' experience in the tourism sector with 11 hotels throughout Mexico and Jamaica. The new resort, located 500 meters inland from the coastline, will have 2,149 rooms spread out over 18 floors in a design that will occupy a mere 6 percent of the development's total terrain.
Seventy percent of the rooms at Moon Palace Punta Cana will have spectacular ocean views for the enjoyment of its guests. The balance will face a spectacular 18-hole golf course designed by world-renowned Australian golfer, Greg Norman. Designed by famed interior designer and renowned architect, Francois Frossard, the resort will feature culinary offerings including 21 restaurants and seven bars. There will also be sports amenities and swimming pools, a spa, a beach club, and a convention center, all designed for guests to enjoy an elite experience.
This concept will allow for sustainable operation not only from an environmental standpoint but from a logistical one as well. The area's natural resources will be preserved—including the mangroves—and will form part of the 4.5 million square meters of protected land owned by Palace Resorts. The project's sustainability also implies the use of renewable energy and water treatment systems that will permit residual use for irrigation purposes. Last but not least, the resort will boost the area's supply chain regarding food production and fishing, as well as the offer of guest tours in the vicinity, which could extend all the way out to the capital city of Santo Domingo.
The concept of luxury all-inclusive is still new to the Dominican Republic and the Moon Palace Punta Cana project is intended to complement the country's existing offering and attract tourists who, until now, hadn't included the destination on their must-visit list.
“Expanding the Moon Palace brand is part of our company's long term growth strategy. The brand's expansion comes after the wildly successful resort, Moon Palace Cancun, the newly opened The Grand at Moon Palace Cancun and Moon Palace Jamaica. The development in the Dominican Republic was a natural fit for the expansion of the brand, given its popularity in the Caribbean”, said Gibran Chapur.
“The country offers lush, tropical and paradisiacal miles of coastline, magnificent resorts and hotels, and a variety of sports, recreation and entertainment options. From delicious gastronomy to a variety of ecotourism adventures in the country's national parks, mountain ranges, rivers and beaches, Dominican Republic is a destination like no other. We're here to add to and contribute to this country's goal of continually increasing the number of visitors that can generate a better income for its inhabitants” said Chapur.