Regent breaks ground on Puerto Rico resort

Ground has been broken in Puerto Rico as Regent Hotels & Resorts announced its newest luxury development, The Regent Palmas del Mar Puerto Rico.Joining in the ceremonies were top government officials, property
developers and executives of Regent Hotels & Resorts, including the
Governor of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico Anibal Acevedo Vila, Luis F.
Muniz, Chairman and CEO of RPR Development, LLC, and Bjorn Gullaksen,
President, the Regent Luxury Group. Officials gathered at the ocean-front
site of the resort, approximately 30 minutes southeast of San Juan, to
ceremoniously commence construction on this comprehensive new luxury
development, which will be anchored by a showcase new Regent resort.

Scheduled to open December 2011, The Regent Puerto Rico will be the
focal point for one of the premier integrated luxury resort communities in
Puerto Rico and the Caribbean. The new Regent will join the existing
portfolio of luxury resorts in the Americas, including The Regent Palms
Turks and Caicos and The Regent Bal Harbour, Florida. Additional Regent
Hotels & Resorts are located in Europe and Asia, with eight properties
under construction globally.

  “We are pleased to introduce Regent Hotels & Resorts for the first time
in Puerto Rico,” said Bjorn Gullaksen, President, Regent Luxury Group. “We
look forward to offering the distinctive Regent Experience to visitors and
guests at the Palmas del Mar resort, as a new Caribbean destination for
luxury travelers,” he added.

  The 150-room Regent Puerto Rico will offer beachfront accommodations
and interiors by award-winning designer Trisha Wilson, whose work includes
Little Dix Bay Villa and Spa in Virgin Gorda and The Palace of the Lost
City Hotel, Suncity, South Africa. The hotel’s architectural firm, Nichols
Brosch Wurst Wolfe & Associates, also created The Regent Bal Harbour and
The Regent Palms Turks and Caicos, as well as hotels for St. Regis and

  “We are delighted to bring the Regent Experience, with its iconic Asian
heritage, to this exciting new development,” said Luis F. Muniz, Chairman
and CEO, RPR Development, LLC. “The uncompromising quality and service
reflective of the Regent heritage aligns with our vision for this luxurious
new destination,” he added.


  The Regent Puerto Rico will include 96 guestrooms and 52 suites as well
as a spectacular 5,500-square-foot Presidential Suite and a Presidential
Beach Cottage, featuring expansive views of the Caribbean Sea, neighboring
island Vieques and Puerto Rico’s lush rainforest. The Regent Puerto Rico
will also offer 153 Regent-branded residences.

  Resort amenities will include a signature restaurant from a renowned
culinary operator, three private pools, preferred tee times at nearby
championship golf courses and a 16,000-square-foot spa featuring five
over-water spa suites. The Regent Puerto Rico will also offer an on-site
ballroom and chapel for destination weddings and events.

  Located thirty-five minutes southeast of San Juan, The Regent Puerto
Rico will be part of a comprehensive and exclusive resort community. Among
Puerto Rico and the Caribbean’s top resort communities, Palmas del Mar
offers the largest tennis center in the Caribbean, featuring 22 courts, as
well as a country club, yacht club, equestrian center, 18 restaurants and
two championship golf courses from Reese Jones and Gary Player. The
community also offers a 160-slip marina within walking distance of The
Regent Puerto Rico.

  The Regent Puerto Rico marks the latest in the luxury brand’s global
expansion, which includes upcoming properties The Regent Maldives (2009);
The Regent Phuket Cape Panwa, Thailand (2009); The Regent Manila Bay, the
Philippines (2010); The Regent Emirates Pearl Abu Dhabi (2010); The Regent
Bangkok, Thailand (2010); The Regent Dubrovnik, Croatia (2011); and The
Regent Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (2011).