Med revival: Club Med's Buccaneer Bay will be refurbished in
In the year since M&C profiled the
main all-inclusive chains in the Western Hemisphere (“Who’s Who in
All-Inclusives,” November 2002), 15 new properties in these groups
have either opened or are in the works; several have been
reflagged, and two chains Occidental and Viva have renamed
Growth in all-inclusive resorts is particularly strong among
budget-priced brands in areas with cost-effective labor, such as
Cuba, the Dominican Republic and Mexico, says Scott Berman,
Miami-based principal in consulting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers.
And these destinations don’t rely exclusively on the U.S. market;
they draw guests from all parts of the world.
Following is a rundown of what’s new at 10 major all-inclusive
Barceló Hotels & Resorts
Group sales: (612) 381-0036
This Spanish-owned global hotel company has 130 properties in
its portfolio. In the Americas, a large number of Barceló
properties are all-inclusive resorts.
What’s new: Next year, Barceló will begin
construction on a resort on Mexico’s Maya Riviera, south of Cancun.
At press time, size and opening date were unavailable. Also, the
Barceló Playa Blanca, with 219 guest rooms and a meeting room for
up to 200, was slated to open last month on Panama’s Pacific
Group sales: (800) 453-2582
This French company was one of the first to introduce the
all-inclusive concept. Today, Club Med has 100 properties in 40
What’s new: In April, Club Med introduced the
new Total All-Inclusive policy at its North American properties. It
enhances the chain’s standard inclusive amenities of rooms, three
meals and activities with all-day snacks and full open bars serving
On the property front, the company opened Club Med Trancoso in
Brazil’s state of Bahia. The resort has 250 guest rooms, a spa and
a nine-hole golf course.
In March, Club Med Buccaneer’s Creek in Martinique will close
for 14 months to undergo a complete refurbishment and the addition
of 100 guest rooms, for a total of 399.
Club Med La Palmyre opened on France’s Atlantic coast this
summer. The 402-room property features a spa center, where
treatments are à la carte.