Two Caribbean resorts open as part of Marriott collections

New Caribbean properties continue to open, a positive sign amidst the impact of Covid in the region.

The Brix, Autograph Collection opened on Feb. 16 in St. Ann on the outskirts of the capital of Port of Spain, with 161 rooms and suites. All feature custom-designed furniture, warm color palettes and local art that reflects the history and culture of Trinidad and Tobago.

The name Brix comes from the chemical measurement of sugar in solution — a crop with deep history for the twin-island republic. “Brix fosters chemistry in every sense of the word where guests will find ‘human chemistry in action’ as business, friendships and family intertwine,” a spokesperson said.

Rates start at $169 per room, per night.

The Ocean Club, a Luxury Collection Resort, Costa Norte recently opened on the north coast of the Dominican Republic, a 15-minute drive from Puerto Plata’s airport.

The resort offers 64 suites ranging from one to three bedrooms as well as five four-bedroom penthouses, including the three-floor Presidential Penthouse suite with five bedrooms and multiple terraces.

Facilities include three restaurants, a Caribbean speakeasy called The Cellar, three pools (two are adult-only), beachfront whirlpools with fire pits, a secluded beach with private cabanas, L’Occitane Spa, a marina and a helipad.

A two-bedroom suite starts at $956 per night, double. Guests who pre-pay in advance by credit card can receive a lower rate.

Both properties are part of Marriott International’s independent hotel groups — The Luxury Collection comprises luxury hotels, and Autograph is in Marriott’s premium category — and are therefore part of Marriott’s Bonvoy loyalty program.

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