It was just a couple of days ago that we reported Marriott was opening the world’s first Luxury Collection all-inclusive adult-only resort. And now IHG is getting into the act, with their first all-inclusive resort under the Kimpton brand.
The resort, Kimpton Hacienda Tres Ríos Resort, Spa & Nature Park, is scheduled to open in early 2024 and will be in Playa del Carmen, Mexico.
The Kimpton brand was founded in 1981, and was the largest chain of boutique hotels in the U.S. by 2011. It was purchased by IHG for $430 million (in cash!) and added to their portfolio in 2015.
The “Tres Ríos” (Three Rivers) part of Kimpton Hacienda Tres Ríos Resort, Spa & Nature Park stems from the three freshwater rivers that flow through the Tres Ríos Nature Park’s 326 acres of well-preserved tropical forest. The park will offer over 90 species of animals and 120 species of plants. As one of the area’s privately owned natural treasures, Tres Ríos is governed by strict environmental regulations for sustainable tourism.
Rather than building from scratch, this addition will be a buyout of an established hotel that was originally built in 2008. However, the hotel will feature more than just a rebrand to turn it into an award-winning, eco-friendly resort. There will be an interior renovation of its 255 guestrooms, suites and villas. When it opens in 2024, the resort will feature 11 unique culinary concepts, five swimming pools, private beach access, a world-class spa, a fitness center and several family-friendly facilities, including a Kids Club and water activities. There will also be a total of 26,200 square feet of meetings and events space across 12 rooms.
“This development is a testament to Kimpton’s continued growth and broad resonance,” said Kimpton CEO Mike DeFrino. “We couldn’t have found better partners than Sunset World and Playa Hotels & Resorts to bring our first all-inclusive resort to life, and believe our special brand of boutique hospitality will translate perfectly in this renowned part of Mexico.”
The hotel will feature eco-friendly accolades and luxurious amenities. When open, Kimpton Hacienda Tres Ríos Resort, Spa & Nature Park will be meant to appeal to upscale travelers who are looking for a one-of-a-kind all-inclusive experience.
Playa Hotels & Resorts will manage the property. They are no newbie to the task at hand. In fact, they currently manage more than 10 all-inclusive properties around the country. They’ve successfully assisted with developing well-known brands such as Hyatt Zilara, Hyatt Ziva, and Wyndham Alltra. However, the Hacienda Tres Ríos will mark Playa’s first resort with Kimpton.
“Playa is delighted to partner with IHG Hotels & Resorts on the first ever Kimpton all-inclusive,” said Fernando Mulet, Executive Vice President and Chief Investment Officer of Playa Hotels & Resorts. “With Kimpton’s vision and our proven execution, this new all-inclusive high-end boutique brand is a welcomed addition to our portfolio of resorts. We are equally grateful for the confidence of Sunset World in allowing us to reposition and manage their environmentally responsible luxury resort.”
Kimpton Hacienda Tres Ríos Resort, Spa & Nature Park will be the first all-inclusive resort for Kimpton. It will join the 72-room Kimpton Aluna Hotel as Kimpton’s second property in Riviera Maya.
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