Meliá Hotels International, one of the world’s leading leisure hotel companies operating more than 380 hotels throughout 40 countries, and its joint venture partner Falcon’s Beyond (“Falcon’s Beyond” or the “Company”), a global entertainment development company, today announces the opening of Falcon’s Resort by Meliá | All Suites Punta Cana. It is the first resort to open under the new leisure and entertainment-based brand, Falcon’s Resorts by Meliá that offers a unique “resortainment” hospitality experience.
The new brand seamlessly blends premium resort amenities with extraordinary entertainment experiences, including access to a new world-class theme park, Katmandu Park | Punta Cana, just steps away from the property. Now through March 15, 2023, resort guests will receive exclusive access to select attractions, as a sneak peek before the full park opens to the public. In the future, guests will also have direct access to vibrant and curated dining, shopping, and entertainment venues as part of a larger destination experience in development.
Falcon’s Resort by Meliá | All Suites Punta Cana, a five-star all-inclusive resort located on the Dominican Republic’s Bávaro Beach, is a multi-phase transformation of two existing Meliá properties, Paradisus Grand Cana and Garden Suites by Meliá, comprising 622 rooms. Phase one, has rebranded Paradisus Grand Cana and includes 432 luxury suites, three swimming pools, nine specialty restaurants and a world-class spa & fitness center. Phase two, the rebrand of Garden Suites by Meliá, will include 190 rooms, to be completed by late 2023. Incorporating the beauty of the Caribbean landscape, common areas are filled with bright, natural light, and designed to inspire vibrant, sophisticated fun that complement the property’s bold details.
“It is a sincere honor to welcome guests to the first Falcon’s Resort by Meliá property in beautiful Punta Cana,” said André Gerondeau, COO of Meliá Hotels International. “Meliá has deep roots in the Dominican Republic – with our first property opening in Punta Cana over 30 years ago. The development of Falcon’s Resort by Meliá will add a new level of casual, sophisticated, and unexpected fun to the traditional vacation experience.”
Designed for every type of traveler, the property’s suites range from 800 to 2990 square feet with spacious living areas, furnished private balconies and terraces complete with spectacular views of the garden or main pool. The spacious suites feature a dining area and bar counter for cocktails or morning coffee and a lounge area equipped with a smart TV and comfortable seating. Resort guests who book a standard suite will receive one 1-use pass to Katmandu Park, per guest.
Guests can also upgrade to The Beyond Suite Experience, providing an elevated room and exclusive benefits to enhance their stay. These include a personalized Beyond Concierge, priority reservations for activities and restaurants, customized turn-down, a dinner experience around the Beyond Pool (one per stay) and a multi-day pass to Katmandu Park. With this upgrade, guests can also select from a variety of accommodation categories, including swim-up suites with a relaxing whirlpool bathtub on their private terrace.
Global Cuisine and an Elegant Spa
Falcon’s Resort by Meliá | All Suites Punta Cana will offer nine restaurant concepts providing a wide variety of global cuisine. Diners can indulge in culinary experiences from Asian, Latin, Mediterranean, and Caribbean menus offering international flavors using local ingredients. Top-shelf liquor and wines are available throughout the property’s four bars.
Discerning travelers can indulge in the services and treatments at MAIA Signature Spa by Natura Bissé. Setting the trend in combining avant-garde techniques with technological innovation and traditional therapies, MAIA Signature Spa provides peace, serenity, and total relaxation.
Caribbean’s First-Ever Theme Park: Foundation of Resortainment
Falcon’s Resort by Meliá | All Suites Punta Cana is one component of a new $350 million entertainment destination called Falcon’s Beyond Destinations that will feature three distinct guest experiences: the resort, a new theme park and a retail, dining, and entertainment district called Falcon’s Central. Through the property’s “resortainment” offering, guests can complement their beach vacation in the Caribbean with a theme park experience at the all-new Katmandu Park | Punta Cana.
The state-of-the-art Katmandu Park | Punta Cana will transport guests through immersive storytelling experiences, including four marquee attractions and the use of several proprietary never-before-seen ride technologies. Additional attractions include 36-holes of mini golf, an outdoor ropes course and Katmandu-themed carousel among others.
“We are thrilled to bring one-of-a-kind ‘resortainment’ experiences to the Caribbean with the opening of Falcon’s Resort by Meliá | All Suites Punta Cana and Katmandu Park | Punta Cana,” said Cecil D. Magpuri, CEO of Falcon’s Beyond. “Our distinctive big experience and small footprint theme park concept provides our guests with access to innovative ride technologies, immersive experiences and other day and night entertainment. This combination creates an extraordinary beach getaway with endless thrills and adventure for families, groups, couples and travelers of all ages.”
Going Beyond with Innovative BeyondME™ Technology
In early 2023, resort guests can also access BeyondME™, a new fan loyalty and online game platform that will enable individuals of all ages to connect, personalize, and be rewarded for their engagement across both digital and real-world experiences. The BeyondME smart wearable technology provides access to rooms, Katmandu Park | Punta Cana rides, park passes and individual profiles, and enables guests to conduct cashless transactions and interact with various attractions and immersive touch points across the properties.
BeyondME encourages players to gain “experience points,” called XP, by participating in a variety of real-world experiences across the resort, park, Falcon’s Central and virtual experiences within the BeyondME web app, and by playing BeyondME-enabled online games. XP points can be redeemed for various discounts and upgrades. MeliáRewards members will soon be able to link their account to unlock higher BeyondME status tiers and convert MeliaRewards points to XP. Guests staying in a Beyond Suite will receive extra XP points and higher tiered status during their stay.
“This new type of ‘resortainment’ experience will change the way we think about the traditional beach vacation,” said Scott Demerau, Executive Chairman of Falcon’s Beyond. “Falcon’s Resort by Meliá | All Suites Punta Cana and Katmandu Park | Punta Cana is redefining the tourism experience in the Dominican Republic. We are thrilled to partner with Meliá Hotels International to bring this entertainment destination to life.”
Falcon’s Resort by Meliá | All Suites Punta Cana also features two offerings for kids: the Habitat Club and BLAST! Waterpark. Habitat Club is a modern and spacious kids club that encourages children of multiple age groups to explore their many curiosities through creative activity programs. At the resort’s BLAST! Waterpark, kids can enjoy multiple attractions and water slides to cool off from the Caribbean heat.
Meliá and Falcon’s will develop multiple Falcon’s Beyond Destination locations across the globe in the upcoming years, including sites in Tenerife, Canary Islands, and Mexico.
Falcon’s Resort by Meliá | All Suites Punta Cana opening rates start at $420 per night for standard rooms and $700 per night for Beyond Suites, all-inclusive at double occupancy.
On July 12, 2022, Falcon’s Beyond announced plans to become a publicly listed company on Nasdaq through a definitive merger agreement with FAST Acquisition Corp. II (NYSE: FZT), a special purpose acquisition company founded by Doug Jacob and headed by Sandy Beall. Upon the closing of the transaction, the new combined company will be named “Falcon’s Beyond Global, Inc.” and is expected to be listed on Nasdaq under the ticker symbol “FBYD.” More information about the transaction can be found in the Investor Relations section of Falcon’s website