Apple Leisure Group Signs Deal for First Sunscape Resorts & Spas Property in the Dominican Republic
Company doubles Sunscape Resorts & Spas footprint with new resort
PHILADELPHIA, PA (Nov. 9, 2015) — Apple Leisure Group®’s subsidiary, AMResorts®, announces the addition of Sunscape® Puerto Plata to its resort management portfolio. Sunscape Puerto Plata is the latest resort signed in a record-breaking year for the leading hospitality company. Averaging one resort signing every two weeks, never before has a single hotel chain managed to incorporate in the Caribbean and Central America 17 hotels in less than 12 months. Based on signed contracts to-date, AMResorts will have 57 resorts in 26 destinations throughout eight different countries by the end of 2018
“Apple Leisure Group’s extensive Caribbean portfolio is a testament to our years of success in the region, and it’s why owners continue to choose us to expand or rebrand their resort offerings,” said Alex Zozaya, CEO of Apple Leisure Group. “The Sunscape brand meets the growing demand for affordable, family-friendly options in the Caribbean. This is a great opportunity for owners right now.”
The former Barceló Puerto Plata closed on Nov. 2, 2015 to begin extensive renovations to incorporate Sunscape’s brand standards. Once re-opened as Sunscape Puerto Plata in early 2016, guests will experience the convenience of Unlimited-Fun® – where everything is included – paired with a vibrant atmosphere that promotes a stress-free, family-friendly experience.
“After partnering with Apple Leisure Group to open Dreams® Tulum Resort & Spa, the Sandretto family have turned to us to help further diversify their resort portfolio in the Caribbean,” said Javier Coll, Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer of Apple Leisure Group. “The fact that more than 80 percent of our owners have multiple AMResorts brands within their portfolio speaks volumes about the high levels of satisfaction surrounding our robust resort management, award-winning brands, and ability to maximize demand in the market.”
The 585-room resort, located on the northern coast of Playa Dorada, offers exquisite views of the fine sand and clear waters of the Dominican Republic’s Golden Beach. The resort’s culinary options under the Unlimited-Fun® program will include eight restaurants and bars with no reservations required so guests can truly relax and have fun while enjoying the resort’s authentic Caribbean ambience. The property, located 11 miles away from the International Gregorio Luperón Airport and 42 miles from the Del Cibao International Airport in Santiago de los Caballeros, is surrounded by an 18-hole Robert Trent Jones-designed golf course and is a short ten-minute drive from downtown Puerto Plata.
“Our goal in revitalizing our Sunscape Resorts & Spas brand has been to offer a richer, family-friendly experience that also appeals to couples and groups of friends,” said Gonzalo del Peon, President of AMResorts. “Known for its beautiful mountainous backdrops, Puerto Plata brings a new and exciting location for guests to explore within our rapidly evolving list of destinations.”
Sunscape Puerto Plata marks the seventh new resort added to the Sunscape brand’s portfolio, which has grown by 133 percent in 2015. Additional Sunscape branded properties currently open to the public include Sunscape Dorado Pacifico Ixtapa, Sunscape Curacao Resort, Spa & Casino, and Sunscape Sabor Cozumel, with Sunscape Puerto Vallarta Resort & Spa opening on Dec. 1, 2015, followed by Sunscape Cove Montego Bay and Sunscape Splash Montego Bay opening on Dec. 23, 2015.
About Apple Leisure Group
Philadelphia-based Apple Leisure Group is a leading hospitality company holding a unique niche in the U.S. travel industry. Its vertically integrated business model and robust infrastructure leverages the expertise of six innovative subsidiaries to deliver exceptional value to savvy travelers and strong performance to owners. ALG’s award-winning subsidiaries include: Apple Vacations®, the world’s largest tour operator to Mexico and the Dominican Republic; Travel Impressions®, a prominent U.S. wholesaler possessing an extensive global portfolio; CheapCaribbean.com®, a popular online travel agency specializing in luxury vacation packages and resort accommodations in Mexico and the Caribbean; AMResorts, provider of marketing and brand management services to six luxury resort brands; Amstar DMC®, a destination management company offering premium airport transfers, tours and excursions; and Unlimited Vacation Club®, an elite benefits program for discerning travelers who expect the best in a vacation experience. For more information on Apple Leisure Group, visit www.appleleisuregroup.com.