Cap Cana joins forces with Ritz-Carlton to develop exclusive resort and residential project in Dominican Republic



    SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic, Sept. 18 /CNW/ - Luxury resort
community Cap Cana, S.A. is proud to announce a two-fold partnership with
global powerhouse The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C., to develop a world
class luxury resort, The Ritz-Carlton, Cap Cana, and a residential venture
known as the Residences at The Ritz-Carlton, Cap Cana. The 220-room resort
will compliment Cap Cana's existing developments and will feature a range of
luxury amenities, including a lavish 16,000 square-foot spa, a private beach
club, and five restaurants and lounges. The Ritz-Carlton, Cap Cana and the
194-privately owned beachfront and golf Residences at The Ritz-Carlton, Cap
Cana are scheduled to open in early 2010 and are part of a two-phase $1
billion endeavor (real estate sales and construction).
    Spanning 30,000 acres of prime Caribbean waterfront, Cap Cana is ideally
situated on 3.4 miles of virgin beaches, the Ritz-Carlton mixed-use property
taking center stage on a stunning two-mile stretch of Juanillo beach. To
capture the true beauty of the Dominican Republic's most scenic beach, The
Ritz-Carlton, Cap Cana plans to enhance all rooms with spacious balconies and
ocean views, incorporating island materials and an abundance of natural light
whenever possible. As an added bonus, the resort will include 8,000 square
feet of meeting space (including a 5,800 square-foot ballroom), offering
individuals and groups a range of choices for every occasion, from corporate
meetings to destination weddings and social events.
    "We are proud to welcome Ritz-Carlton, the most recognized luxury brand
in the world, to the Cap Cana's family, as both brands share the same
impeccable service philosophy and core family values," said Dr. Ricardo
Hazoury, president of Cap Cana's Board of Directors. "The Ritz-Carlton, Cap
Cana represents a new paradise for the Dominican tourism industry. Together,
we will develop a product that integrates the tropical style and design of Cap
Cana into the beautiful natural surroundings, with the key focus on the
spectacular Juanillo beach and the magnificent views of the Caribbean Sea," he
added.
    J. W. Marriott Jr., chairman and chief executive officer of Marriott
International, expressed "Cap Cana has envisioned a bold luxury tourism and
real estate development project that promises to be one of the most exciting
new destinations in the Caribbean. We are excited that our Ritz-Carlton brand
will be represented at Cap Cana and are hopeful that one or more of our other
hotel brands will also fit in with Cap Cana's plans for this world class
destination."
    Similarly, Simon F. Cooper, president and chief operating officer of The
Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, states that "We are extremely pleased to partner
with ownership, Cap Cana, S.A., to develop a lifestyle resort and residential
community in this unique tourism and real estate project, located on the
eastern-most part of the Dominican Republic. With some of the finest beaches
in the Caribbean, an abundance of golf courses and other recreational
facilities, this project will also offer our guests and owners a collection of
designer shops, gourmet restaurants, and a significant area devoted to
ecological preservation. It will attract affluent and sophisticated travelers
from around the world, looking for leisure or group travel destinations that
are truly exceptional."
    "This is an extraordinary opportunity to adorn the paradise-like beach of
Juanillo with a world class architectural project focused on excellence, that
harmoniously combines sophisticated spaces and an authentic tropical
ambiance," said Alejandro Acebal, member of Cap Cana's architectural
committee.

    About Cap Cana, www.capcana.com

    Located on the Eastern tip of the Dominican Republic, and just five
minutes away from the Punta Cana International Airport, Cap Cana is called
"The World's Next Great Destination." It is the most important tourism and
real estate property in the Caribbean, with a master plan which will be
developed in a span of 12-15 years and comprises an area of 35 million square
meters (8,680 acres) of a total of over 120 million square meters (30,000
acres) with over three miles of white powder sand beaches. Cap Cana is a
project recognized for its ambitious dimensions as a fully integrated luxury
community.
    At the completion of the master plan, Cap Cana will feature more that
5,000 residential units and at least four luxury hotels. Also are included six
golf courses, three of them Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Courses (the first,
Punta Espada, opened in November 2006 and the second, Las Iguanas, under
construction), and two of them Trump International Golf Courses; and the most
state-of-the-art marina in the Caribbean, featuring over 1,000 slips for mega
yachts up to 200 feet. The first phase of the marina was inaugurated in April
2007. Additional services and amenities include elegant boutiques, fine dining
restaurants, world class spas, exclusive membership clubs, water sports, polo,
and horseback riding facilities, to name a few.
    Cap Cana is part of The Abrisa Group, one of the main economic and
diverse holding companies in the Dominican Republic. For the development of
the project, Cap Cana has brought together an elite and experienced team of
professionals which include Nicklaus Design, Coastal Systems International,
Inc., The Trump Organization, Weitz Golf International, GVA, Troon Golf, The
Frontier Construction, EDSA, WATG, and Stewart Title among others.

    About Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company L.L.C., www.ritzcarlton.com

    The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. of Chevy Chase, MD operates
66 hotels in the Americas, Europe, Asia, The Middle East, and Africa. Over
30 projects are under development around the globe with future openings
including Sanya, Dublin, Beijing, Dallas and Denver. The Ritz-Carlton is the
only service company to have twice earned the prestigious Malcolm Baldridge
National Quality Award, which recognized outstanding customer service. For
more information, contact The Ritz-Carlton toll free reservations line at
1 (800) 241-3333, visit the company web site at www.ritzcarlton.com, or
consult a travel professional.

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For further information: Media Contacts: Saraida De Marchena Kaluche,
Cap Cana, T: (809) 472-2525, Ext. 2238, s.demarchena@capcana.com; Seya
Maharaj, Siren Communications, T: (416) 351-0777,
seya@sirencommunications.com

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