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Hyatt Regency Grand Reserve takes on Puerto Rico with Multi-Million-Dollar Redo

Set on Puerto Rico’s northeastern shoreline, the new hotel represents Hyatt’s only full-service hotel on the island

The new Hyatt Regency Grand Reserve Puerto Rico is now open as a sophisticated, oceanfront haven on a secluded 72 acres of tropical lush gardens. Framed against the island’s quiet northeast coast and the El Yunque National Forest, the 579-room property is the result of a multi-million transformation and  full resort redesign.

Formerly the Gran Meliá Hotel, and then relaunched as The Resort at Coco Beach, a Hyatt affiliate, Hyatt Regency Grand Reserve Puerto Rico was acquired in 2019 by Monarch Alternative Capital in partnership with Royal Palm Companies and an affiliate of Aimbridge Hospitality, LLC. The resort then underwent an extensive multi-million-dollar renovation, creating 300 direct employees with 525 direct jobs upon the opening of the hotel. Hyatt Regency Grand Reserve Puerto Rico is the first entity of RPC Holding’s development plans for the 946-acre peninsula, set to be renamed as Grand Reserve.

“Tourism development is a key driver of economic growth and a priority for the Government of Puerto Rico,” said Carla Campos, executive director of the Puerto Rico Tourism Company.  “The Island offers highly competitive incentive packages and benefits, which makes us an ideal destination for investors, developers, and hotel management leaders such as Aimbridge Hospitality.”

Hyatt Regency Grand Reserve Puerto Rico is the closest full-service luxury resort from the San Juan International Airport. The oceanfront oasis also offers convenient access to nearby attractions such as Old San Juan, El Morro Castle, and Bio Bay Fajardo.

The new Hyatt Regency Grand Reserve Puerto Rico joins four other  Hyatt-branded options in Puerto Rico: Hyatt House San Juan, Hyatt Place Manati, Hyatt Place San Juan Bayamon and Hyatt Place San Juan City Center.

“With this new addition, Hyatt continues its strong brand growth in the region and introduces the Hyatt Regency brand to Puerto Rico,” said George Vizer, senior vice president, Americas franchise operations, Hyatt.

The Suites

Known for natural-reserve setting with bungalow-style accommodations, Hyatt Regency Grand Reserve Puerto Rico has 480 deluxe guest rooms, 93 deluxe suites, five club suites and one presidential suite. Each unit is decorated in soothing neutral Caribbean shades. Find complimentary Wi-Fi and large flat-screen televisions to premium bath amenities and in-suite coffeemakers, as well as private balconies or terraces, and one-bedroom suites include a dining room, kitchenette, two double-beds and a cozy corner with a sleeper.

The Restaurants

The resort offers five on-site culinary and mixology experiences including:

• Water’s Edge – Caribbean- and buffet-style restaurant serving breakfast, lunch and dinner made from local ingredients

• Prime 787 – Upscale, fine-dining environment offering prime steaks and fresh local seafood

•  Nori – Asian fusion experience serving sushi, sashimi, ceviche bar and teppanyaki grill

• Pasión by Chef Myrta – Gourmet culinary experience offering Puerto Rican cuisine

• Lobby Bar – Casual bar featuring craft cocktails and live entertainment

Resort Amenities

The hotel offers guests the opportunity to unwind at four expansive swimming pools including the largest lagoon-style pool in Puerto Rico. Find a swim-up bar serving cool drinks and creative cocktails as well as in-pool lounge chairs.

Amenities designed to foster an energizing resort experience include the 12,000-square-foot Rainforest Spa which is currently undergoing a $2 million renovation and set to open this winter, 24-hour fitness center, two tennis courts, and a basketball court. Guests can also spend the day on the green on one of two world-class Tom Kite-designed 18-hole championship golf courses – home of the PGA Puerto Rico Open. Additionally, a dedicated concierge service provides lifestyle management, transportation, travel and vacation planning, and personalized service.

The property also offers a  high-touch experience for the meetings and events market, with 41,208 square feet of total function space and state-of-the-art meeting facilities all backed by a dedicated team to aid planners.

To celebrate the resort’s opening, travelers can take advantage of a special rate offering a third night free valid through April 30, 2020.