Margaritaville and Karisma Hotels & Resorts break ground for the new Margaritaville Island Reserve by Karisma Cap Cana, which will open in 2021. Margaritaville Island Reserve by Karisma Cap Cana marks the introduction of Margaritaville to the Dominican Republic and expands upon Karisma’s presence in the region.
The new property will be located beachfront on Juanillo Beach along the Caribbean Sea, and will feature 228 rooms and suites, and feature a casual-luxe experience for guests who value exceptional quality without pretense. With a focus on families, the new-build resort will deliver world-class amenities, service, and top-quality food and beverage. Guests will be presented flip-flops and welcome drinks upon arrival, setting the tone for a refreshing Island Reserve experience.
Today marked the groundbreaking ceremony on the white sand beach in the gated community of Cap Cana, led by Rafael Feliz, chairman of Karisma Hotels & Resorts and a native of the Dominican Republic and John Cohlan, CEO of Margaritaville. The ceremony was also attended by Danilo Medina Sanchez, President of the Dominican Republic.
“Margaritaville Island Reserve by Karisma Cap Cana marks Karisma’s second property in the Dominican Republic and is especially significant to me as I was born and raised here,” said Feliz in press material. “We look forward to introducing the ultimate luxury vacation for families, couples and singles to escape and have fun beachfront while enjoying authentic touches and unforgettable ‘wow’ moments. We are equally excited to offer 2,100 jobs across our two resorts, and further invest in the future of this spectacular destination.”
Local flavors and delightful moments will be introduced at seven restaurants and three bars at Margaritaville Island Reserve by Karisma Cap Cana, including the signature 5 o’Clock Somewhere Bar. The beachfront property allows for a highly personalized vacation, with plenty of space to seek refuge at any of the resort’s three pools and St. Somewhere Spa, by Karisma, ideal for rest and relaxation. Margaritaville Island Reserve by Karisma Cap Cana will offer a breathtaking backdrop for weddings and private events, including Sky Weddings overlooking nothing but the azure sea and sky. For younger guests, the resort will have a Parakeets Kid’s Club with supervised daily activities for children 4-12 years old.
Exclusive to Margaritaville Island Reserve by Karisma, the guest experience at the Cap Cana property will be kept casual yet customized thanks to a team of Island Ambassadors who are passionate about Margaritaville, the destination, and ensuring every guest’s vacation is entertaining and memorable. A concierge, vacation-planner, and a catalyst for fun rolled into one, these Ambassadors will be on-call to answer questions, take requests, and to make guests smile throughout their stay.
“We are excited to introduce the Margaritaville Island Reserve brand to Cap Cana—one of the most beautiful beach destinations in the world,” noted John Cohlan, CEO of Margaritaville Holdings in press material. “Our partnership with Rafael and the Karisma team—a match made in paradise—will create the ultimate island destination experience, all about fun, relaxation, incredible food, service, entertainment and our Margaritaville state of mind.”
Margaritaville Island Reserve by Karisma Cap Cana will be the fourth property in the Island Reserve collection, representing the milestone partnership between Karisma and Margaritaville. The new inclusive resort will follow confirmed Island Reserve properties in Mexico’s Riviera Cancun and Riviera Maya, and Jamaica—all opening in 2020—among other destinations in Latin America and the Caribbean.