Increasingly, the Caribbean and Mexico are proving to be a fertile ground for international resort development, with a variety of hospitality companies debuting a wide-ranging roster of properties, from five-star luxury hotels to feature-filled all-inclusive properties.

The very best of the new properties offer a generous number of luxury amenities, standout facilities and premium services.

Here are our 10 picks for new Caribbean and Mexico resorts that debuted this year and in late 2017.

BREATHLESS MONTEGO BAY RESORT & SPA

Jamaica’s Breathless Montego Bay Resort & Spa adds another outstanding property to the fast-growing adults-only segment of the all-inclusive resort category. The 150-suite beachside resort features a clean, contemporary design, a rooftop pool and bar, beach club, fire pits, poolside cabanas and five bars and lounges. The resort also offers guests full access to Secrets St. James Montego Bay and Secrets Wild Orchid Montego Bay.

What’s Included: Accommodations, meals, Wi-Fi, entertainment, nonmotorized watersports.

Target Audience: Couples, honeymooners, friends traveling together.

Insider Booking Tip: Access to adjacent Secrets properties allows guests to experience 18 additional bars and restaurants.

For Agents: amrewards.amragents.com

GRAND LIDO NEGRIL

Another new Jamaica property, Grand Lido Negril is a 26-room boutique luxury resort offering an “au naturel,” all-suite experience for guests 21 and over. All accommodations feature ocean views, butler service and exclusive amenities. Guests also can take advantage of the facilities and services at the Royalton Negril and Hideaway at Royalton Negril.

What’s Included: Accommodations, 24-hour room service, fully stocked minibars replenished daily, Wi-Fi throughout the property and in-room Bluetooth speakers and USB recharge stations.

Target Audience: Adult travelers seeking a clothing-optional vacation experience, honeymooners, destination wedding groups.

Insider Booking Tip: Grand Lido offers adults-only group travel to Negril for weddings and professional events.

For Agents: grandlidoresorts.com/travel-professionals.asp

LE BLANC SPA RESORT LOS CABOS

The 373-room Le Blanc Spa Resort Los Cabos is a standard bearer among luxury beachside all-inclusive resorts. Public areas feature white walls accented with colored glass and desert trees, a design intended to balance elegance with tranquility. All accommodations feature butler service, Bulgari bath amenities and top-shelf liquors.

Public areas include six bars, an oceanfront infinity pool and three free-form pools, an open-air oceanfront bistro, and a health and fitness center. The resort boasts seven restaurants, including signature eatery Lumiere, featuring pastries by Antonio Bachour.

What’s Included: Accommodations; all meals, including 24-hour room service; Wi-Fi; butler service; unlimited phone calls to the continental U.S., Canada and Mexico.

Target Audience: Families, couples, honeymooners, friends traveling together; travelers seeking a deluxe getaway.

Insider Booking Tip: Resort credits are available in $1,500 increments and can be applied to wellness and beauty treatments at Blanc Spa or exotic excursions.

For Agents: palaceproagents.com

MARGARITAVILLE BEACH RESORT GRAND CAYMAN

Like its sister properties, the resort is inspired by the lyrics and lifestyle of singer Jimmy Buffett. The resort, however, has something for travelers of virtually every stripe. It features four pools, including an activity pool with a waterslide, a large pool with a swim-up bar, a zero-entry kiddie pool and an adult-friendly pool.

Dining options include the 5 O’Clock Somewhere Bar & Grill; Margaritaville Coffee Shop; and the resort’s signature restaurant, YARA, which features a range of prime steaks, locally sourced seafood and handcrafted cocktails.

What’s Included: Rates at the FIT property include accommodations. Guests can also opt for the “Ultimate Escape – Food & Drinks Inclusive” package.

Target Audience: Margaritaville and Jimmy Buffett fans, families, couples, friends traveling together.

Insider Booking Tip: “Fall in Paradise” packages start at $155 per night and offer 20 percent off Red Sail Watersports excursions and free half-day activities at the Kids Club.

For Agents: margaritavillehollywoodbeachresort.com/.travel-agent-program

MONTAGE LOS CABOS

Montage Los Cabos is a 39-acre, high-end luxury resort set within the Santa Maria Bay in Baja California Sur. The hotel is situated within the 1,400-acre master-planned Twin Dolphin community in the heart of the famed coastal corridor between Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo. Montage Los Cabos includes 122 rooms and suites, three private “Casas,” 52 Montage Residences, four dining concepts and three pool experiences.

What’s Included: Accommodations are included in the FIT property’s rates.

Insider Booking Tip: The Beach Front 2-Bedroom Suite and the Beach Front Presidential Suite are among the best rooms here.

Target Audience: Couples retreats, girls’ and guys’ getaway groups, honeymooners, families.

For Agents: preferredhotels.comtravel-professionals/

PANAMA JACK RESORTS CANCUN

Playa Hotels & Resorts began a major renovation last year on the Gran Caribe Real, transitioning it into the 458-room Panama Jack on Dec. 15. Grand opening festivities are slated to take place later this year. It features five restaurants, four bars, coffee bar, four pools and fitness center.

What’s Included: Accommodations, all meals, Wi-Fi.

Target Audience: Families, couples, girls’ and guys’ getaway groups.

Insider Booking Tip: The top room categories here include the Master One-Bedroom Suite Oceanfront and the Presidential Suite.

For Agents: agentsplayaresorts.com

PARK HYATT ST. KITTS

Featuring contemporary architecture with colonial-style finishes, the 126-room Park Hyatt St. Kitts is the definition of an intimate luxury resort. The resort’s 78 rooms and 48 suites offer Kittitianinspired décor, private balconies and terraces, rain showers and soaking tubs. Public areas include two pools as well as three restaurants.

What’s Included: The FIT property includes accommodations and offers “Bed and Breakfast” and “Bed & Breakfast and Dinner” packages.

Target Audience: Families, couples, honeymooners, luxury travelers.

Insider Booking Tip: Exclusive rates are available to World of Hyatt program members.

For Agents: hyatt.com/info/traveladvisors

HOTEL RIU DUNAMAR

RIU Hotels & Resorts’ newest property, the 700-room Hotel Riu Dunamar offers guests a contemporary resort whose bleached white walls and understated, contemporary décor highlight the natural beauty of Mexico’s Costa Mujeres.

The property features five swimming pools and the Splash Water World waterpark. Cuisine options include Asian and Italian eateries and an outdoor steakhouse.

What’s Included: Accommodations, Wi-Fi, non-motorized watersports.

Target Audience: Families, couples, honeymooners, friends traveling together.

Insider Booking Tip: The Riu Class loyalty program offers travelers exclusive benefits and discounts.

For Agents: riupartnerclub.comen/rpc/index.jsp/

SANDALS ROYAL BARBADOS

The property offers guests a lushly landscaped property featuring an array of impressive pools, generous lounge areas illuminated by nighttime fire pits, and facilities ranging from a full-service spa to an Island Routes excursion office. It also offers pools for every taste, from a fun high-action pool near the resort’s watersports station to a beachfront infinity pool, to a serene, secluded pool resembling a Roman spa near food and activity options.

The aquatic facilities are highlighted by Sandals’ first-ever rooftop infinity pool, located on a six-story deck that provides sweeping views of Bridgetown and the Barbados coastline and features a whirlpool, poolside bar and lounge area.

What’s Included: Accommodations, Wi-Fi, entertainment, non-motorized water sports.

Target Audience: Families, couples, honeymooners, friends traveling together.

Insider Booking Tip: Sandals Select Rewards loyalty program offers guests points leading to exclusive benefits.

For Agents: taportal.sandals.com/landing/

VICEROY LOS CABOS

The Viceroy Hotel Group debuted its 15th property worldwide in May with the opening of Viceroy Los Cabos, set in the heart of San Jose del Cabo. The property features a variety of restaurants and bars, a rooftop lounge and three pools. Movie nights are held at an on-property theater.

What’s Included: The FIT property offers an “All-Inclusive Cabo Indulgence Getaway” package. Wi-Fi is included in rates.

Target Audience: Millennials with children, multigenerational families, couples, honeymooners, guys’ and girls’ getaway groups.

Insider Booking Tip: The Viceroy Premier Suite-Full Ocean View and the Sky Two-Bedroom Suite are among the very best guestroom categories at Viceroy Los Cabos.

For Agents: viceroyinsider.com





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