Spain's Grupo Martinon has expanded its operations in the Dominican Republic with the opening of a new luxury hotel - the Breathless Resort & Spa - on the Uvero Alto beaches in the eastern tourist enclave of Punta Cana.
The hotel will open to the public on Nov. 15 but was inaugurated Saturday night in the presence of Dominican President Danilo Medina, the Dominican and Spanish tourism ministers, Francisco Javier Garcia and Jose Manuel Soria, respectively, and other officials, we well as local and foreign businesspeople.
Attending the ribbon-cutting ceremony were celebrities such as U.S. model and television star Kourtney Kardashian and her husband Scott Disick, along with Medina, hotel oficials and the ministers.
The complex was built by Grupo Martinon, but the marketing is in the hands of NH hotels and AMResort.
Hotel officials said they prefer to keep the amount of money invested in the complex "confidential," but it is an adults-only resort with a total of 750 suites, each one with a jacuzzi.
Grupo Martinon, in addition to its presence in Spain and the Dominican Republic, also operates in Mexico and Cuba.
Breathless is the first hotel to open its doors in the Dominican Republic in the last four years, and this constitutes "unequivocal proof" of Grupo Martinon's commitment to "continue investing and carry the name of the Dominican Republic into all corners of the world," the group's CEO, Enrique Garcia Martinon, said at a press conference before the ceremony.
This is the fifth hotel opened by the Spanish group in the Dominican Republic.
Spain is the third-largest investor nation in the Dominican Republic - having invested 1.852 billion euros (about $2.5 billion), or 18.4 percent of the total foreign investment, in the Caribbean nation - after the United States and Canada, Dominican central bank figures show. EFE