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caribbean Clubhouse at the St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort, opening in November. PuERto RIco a community experience M ciara lavelle 58 august 2010 A handful of new upscale properties are coming into Puerto Rico over the next few years—and they’re building in residential resort communities. It’s a savvy strategy with benefits for clients, locals and even the resorts themselves. More importantly, in these economically uncertain times, they may be the key to keeping the island’s luxury market on its feet. Indeed, Puerto Rico has a lot to look forward to in the next several years, as resorts the likes of St. Regis and Regent open their doors. But there’s more in common with these new resorts than just their high-luxury reputations. Many of the island’s new resorts are building within resort communities, adding a short-term stay component to an already established plot of land with full-time and/or long-term vacation housing—a trend that’s showing no signs of slowing. And no wonder, says Danna Holck, general manager at the Wyndham Rio Mar Beach Resort & Spa. Being a part of the Rio Mar resort community, set in the shadow of the mountains of the El Yunque rainforest, has worked in the property’s favor since it opened over a decade ago as a Westin. “It helps to keep business alive,” she explains. “Even in the off-season, when business levels drop because it’s a down time across the region, there’s always activity [at the resort].” Residents of the community continue to use the resort’s golf course, spa, restaurants and more, providing a steady flow of income that allows the Wyndham to maintain its upscale standards. “It keeps the resort flowing, keeps our work going, and keeps our employees employed with full-time hours,” Holck says. continued on page 60

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Recommend August 2010

Editor's Notes/Agent Speak
Hotel Desk
Tour Talk
Uniworld's River Royale
Discover flanders
Five-Star Taiwan
Karisma Sweetens the Pot
Barcelo Los Cabos Palace Deluxe
Playa Grande Resort & Grand Spa
Central America Calling...
Garza  Blanca Preserve, Resort & Spa
Israel With Goway Travel
Puerto Rico: A community Experience
Hyatt Regency Curacao Golf Resort, Spa and Marina
The Bahamas: Players' Paradise
Orlando World Center Marriott Resort
All-American St. Louis
PH Towers by Westgate, Las Vegas

Recommend August 2010