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Hideaway at Royalton Negril
One of three adults-only, all-suite resorts
opening this year in connection with larger
Royalton Resorts complexes (the Saint
Lucia Hideaway opening in February and
a Punta Cana Hideaway debuts in late
2017), the Hideaway at Royalton Negril
opened in March. I'm breaking my couplesonly rule here: Hideaway accepts adults
who aren't couples, but this is primarily a
couples crowd.
"Hideaway's modern design and white
stone walls bring a contemporary appeal
to the tree-lined shore," says Jordi Pelfort,


managing director of Blue Diamond
Resorts (Royalton falls under the Blue
Diamond Resorts umbrella). "The
views from every point of the resort
are breathtaking, and the sunsets are...
magnificent. Royalton Negril will set a new
standard of luxury for both international
and Jamaican visitors."
Guests enjoy the Royalton Negril's
sports, spa, fitness center, entertainment,
and restaurants, but they also have their
own bar, beach area and infinity pool with
waiter service and afternoon hors d'oeuvres,
and a beachfront restaurant. Of the six

This newbie is in a category of its own because of its singular start: Sandals
South Coast has stayed open through its transformation from Sandals
Whitehouse European Village & Spa, which will be complete by the end of the
year. So what makes it qualify as "new"?
"We have brought our most innovative absolutely reimagine
the guest experience," says Gordon "Butch" Stewart, chairman of Sandals
Resorts International. Those ideas include 12 over-the-water bungalows,
Sandals' first dedicated over-the-water bar (guests can sip cocktails while
lounging in hammocks suspended above the sea), new dining concepts, a
floating swim-up bar in the ocean, and an over-the-water wedding chapel,
with part of the floor made of glass so guests can spot gate-crashers with
gills. "The results," says Stewart, "embody the beauty of the region [while]
embracing the incredible beach and... 500 acres of nature preserve."
All accommodations face the water, and all 112 rooms in The Italian Riviera,
formerly the Italian Village, have been renovated. Rates per couple start at
about $445 a night, or $3,100 a week.
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other restaurants, Grazie Trattoria is a must,
and the de facto adults-only C/X Culinary
Experience (extra charge) offers a fine
introduction to cutting-edge gastronomy.
Rates start at $186 pp ($372 per couple;
$2,604 per week) for a 602-sq.-ft. room. An
upgrade to a Diamond Club room, which
includes access to the Diamond Club Lounge,
a Diamond Club area at the Hideaway pool,
butler service, a freestanding jacuzzi near
the bed, etc., starts at $433 per couple, or
$3,031 a week.

Secrets Cap Cana Resort & Spa
At the grand opening of Secrets Cap Cana
in late April, I was entranced by the video
over one of the bars, a vaguely spiritual
scene in India that somehow put me in a
cuddly mood. But then, so much at this
all-suite, 457-key resort abets romance:
the soft-cornered adobe-like buildings, the
landscaping, the white-sand beach....
"The new Secrets Cap Cana Resort &
Spa has become the flagship property for the
brand," says Gonzalo del Peon, president of
AMResorts. It offers "the highest level of
luxury," he adds, and Juanillo Beach,
upon which it sits, is "one of the most
beautiful beach destinations in the
Dominican Republic."
Of course, this Secrets offers new rooms
and public spaces, and the UnlimitedLuxury perks you'd expect of a new Secrets:
the absence of wristbands, 24-hour room
service, a la carte restaurants that require no
reservations, multiple recreational facilities,
free WiFi and calls to North America, plus
a fine balance between entertainment and
tranquility. In addition, guests can, for an
extra charge, enjoy some of the best angling
in the Caribbean, three Jack Nicklausdesigned golf courses, and horseback riding,
not to mention the Pevonia Spa.
Even the least expensive suite sports
sexy luxuries such as a soaking tub on the
balcony or patio. Rates start at about $420
per couple ($2,940 a week); an ocean view
suite costs just $30 more ($3,150 a week).
Contact Information
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