Palace Resorts has broken ground on the new Moon Palace Punta Cana, which will bring a new convention center to the Dominican Republic. The new resort, which is the third property for the company’s Moon Palace brand, celebrated its groundbreaking ceremony with the presence of the Dominican Republic’s President Danilo Medina; Minister of Tourism Francisco Javier García; representatives from the government and legislative branches; executives from Palace Resorts; and VIPs.
The event began with Palace Resorts President and Managing Director José Chapur offering words of welcome to those present, followed by Executive Vice President Gibrán Chapur sharing details of the project.
Moon Palace Punta Cana represents an investment that surpasses $600 million and will generate an average of 5,000 local jobs during the construction phase and over 4,000 permanent jobs once occupancy reaches 95 percent. The resort is projected to bring in an additional 250,000 potential new tourists per year.
Moon Palace Punta Cana is part of the expansion plan in place for Palace Resorts, a company with over 30 years’ experience in the tourism sector with 11 hotels throughout Mexico and Jamaica. The new resort, located approximately 1,640 feet inland from the coastline, will have 2,149 rooms spread out over 18 floors in a design that will occupy 6 percent of the development’s total terrain.
Seventy percent of the rooms at Moon Palace Punta Cana will have ocean views, while the balance will face an 18-hole golf course designed by Greg Norman. Designed by interior designer and architect Francois Frossard, the resort will have culinary offerings including 21 restaurants and seven bars. There will also be sports amenities and swimming pools, a spa, a beach club, and a convention center, all designed for guests to enjoy an elite experience.
This concept will aim to allow for sustainable operation not only from an environmental standpoint but from a logistical one as well. The area’s natural resources will be preserved—including the mangroves—and will form part of the 4.5 million square meters of protected land owned by Palace Resorts. The project’s sustainability also implies the use of renewable energy and water treatment systems that will permit residual use for irrigation purposes. The resort will also boost the area’s supply chain regarding food production and fishing, as well as the offer of guest tours in the vicinity, which could extend all the way out to the capital city of Santo Domingo.