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Apple Leisure Group Caribbean footprint with new resort management deal in the Dominican Republic

Group announces entry into new destination with first AMResorts’ branded property in El Macao

NEWTOWN SQUARE, Pennsylvania (May 22, 2019) – AMResorts®, an Apple Leisure Group® (ALG) related brand, today announced a new resort brand management deal that will bring Dreams® Resorts & Spas to El Macao in the Dominican Republic. Upon opening in the second quarter of 2020, Dreams Macao Beach Punta Cana will be the eleventh AMResorts branded property on the island, while Macao Beach becomes the fifth destination in the Dominican Republic in the AMResorts Collection.

The resort is owned by Grupo Santa Maria SA, a company known for its strong presence in the development of aquatic parks, hotels and entertainment centers in the Caribbean and Europe.

“Our partnership with Grupo Santa Maria will help to further expand AMResorts’ presence in the Dominican Republic with the addition of the highly marketable destination of El Macao to our branded resort portfolio,” said Javier Coll, Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer of ALG. “Demand for all-inclusive resorts remains strong in the Caribbean, and we are able to offer owners an incomparable advantage through our powerful distribution networks and brand management services.”

The beachfront resort is the only hotel property located on the picturesque Macao Beach, labeled one of the Caribbean’s top beaches by UNESCO, which is near Punta Cana and next to the regions of Bavaro and Uvero Alto. Once complete, Dreams Macao Beach Punta Cana will be comprised of 500 rooms and suites, all with spectacular ocean views. Guests looking for a more private experience can choose a unit within the exclusive family villa area, which will feature private swimming pools, play areas and more.

Guests will enjoy Dreams Resorts & Spa’s signature Unlimited-Luxury® vacation concept, including reservation-free dining options at six specialty restaurants, including a luxurious buffet, a French restaurant featuring a carefully curated cellar, and a Coco Café with an ice cream parlor. Guests will also be able to enjoy seven distinct bar experiences, including a swim-up bar, and a sports bar concept.

On-site amenities will include three stunning pools, two of which are Infinity pools overlooking Macao Beach and the hills of Punta Cana; an on-site waterpark, Core Zone Teen’s Club, Explorer’s Club for Kids, gaming lounge, a batting cage and more.

AMResorts is a resort brand management company with 64 resorts in its current portfolio, plus 10,000 rooms under development. The brand is a recognized leader in the luxury all-inclusive sector, possessing a global sales, marketing and brand management platform, and a portfolio of over 21,000 rooms under several award-winning brands in Mexico, the Caribbean, Central America, and Spain.

For more information on Dreams Macao Beach Punta Cana, please watch the video below of the project. To learn more about the Apple Leisure Group advantage, visit www.algdevelopment.com.

About Apple Leisure Group Apple Leisure Group® (ALG) is the leading North American travel, hospitality and leisure management group with the only vertically-integrated business model, serving travelers and destinations worldwide. ALG consistently delivers exceptional value to travelers and strong performance to resort owners and partners by strategically leveraging the power of its portfolio of brands, including: the largest seller of vacation packages and charter flights in the U.S. for travel to Mexico and the Caribbean, moving approximately 3.2 million passengers annually through the well-established vacation brands Apple Vacations ®, BeachBound®, Funway Holidays®, Travel Impressions®, CheapCaribbean.com®,, Blue Sky Tours®, Southwest Vacations®, Funjet Vacations®, and United Vacations®; brand management of 5-star and 4-star luxury resorts through AMResorts® award-winning brand portfolio including Zoëtry® Wellness & Spas Resorts, Secrets® Resorts & Spas, Breathless Resorts & Spas®, Dreams® Resorts & Spas, Now Resorts & Spas®, Reflect Resorts & Spas®, Sunscape® Resorts & Spas and Alua® Hotels & Resorts; best-in-class destination management services provided by Amstar DMC and Worldstar®, the exclusive loyalty program Unlimited Vacation Club®; and the innovative technology solutions provider Trisept Solutions®, connecting over 88,000 travel agents with leading travel suppliers. To learn more about the Apple Leisure Group advantage, visit appleleisuregroup.com.

About AMResorts AMResorts collectively provide sales, marketing and brand management services to eight individually unique resort brands including Zoëtry Wellness & Spa Resorts, Secrets, Breathless, Dreams, Now, Reflect and Sunscape Resorts & Spas, and Alua Hotels & Resorts. The AMResorts Collection of Brands is continuously raising the all-inclusive concept to a new level of luxury with its signature Endless Privileges®, Unlimited-Luxury®, and Unlimited-Fun® programs. Located throughout Mexico, Jamaica, Curacao, Dominican Republic, Costa Rica, Panama, and Spain, AMResorts’ 64 award-winning properties treat every guest to premium accommodations, desirable locations and extraordinary inclusions. The brands in the collection include: Zoëtry Wellness & Spa Resorts (zoetryresorts.com; 1-888-4-ZOËTRY); Secrets Resorts & Spas (secretsresorts.com; 1-866-GO SECRETS); Breathless Resorts & Spas (breathlessresorts.com; 1-855-65-BREATHE); Dreams Resorts & Spas (dreamsresorts.com; 1-866-2-DREAMS); Now Resorts & Spas (nowresorts.com; 1-877-NOW-9953); Reflect Resorts & Spas (reflectresorts.com; 1-855-4REFLECT), Sunscape Resorts & Spas (sunscaperesorts.com; 1-866-SUNSCAPE) and Alua Hotels & Resorts (aluahotels.com). Images, logos and informational material about the AMResorts Collection of Brands and properties are available at amresorts.com/mediasite/media.