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6 brand-new resorts you need to visit this winter

From rooftop sky clubs to Hollywood-themed events and the biggest water parks in the Caribbean, there are plenty of exciting new resorts to choose from this winter. Want to beat the crowds and be the first to tell all your friends about them? Read on for our list of six brand-new resorts that should definitely be on your vacation bucket list this winter.

View of the pool and resort backing on to lush landscapes
Planet Hollywood Beach Resort Costa Rica

Located on the picturesque Gulf of Papagayo in Costa Rica, the luxurious Planet Hollywood Beach Resort Costa Rica opened its doors in October 2018 as the first-ever all inclusive Planet Hollywood resort in the Americas. With gourmet dining at six different restaurants (including celebrity Guy Fieri’s Burger Joint), luxury suites with Gulf views and authentic Hollywood memorabilia, this resort will make you feel like an A-lister from the moment you walk the red carpet through the doors. There’s plenty for mini-vacationers to do as well. At the Stars Kids Club, children can create, film and edit their own videos for Resort TV; take singer/songwriter classes with a karaoke machine and a green screen; enjoy movie nights under the stars and more. Hollywood divas can upgrade to Star Class™ for the full VIP experience including the assistance of your own personal agent who will take care of your very own resort ‘rider’. You’ll also enjoy access to the exclusive Star Class™ pool area, bar and Beach Club.

Aerial view of rooftop Sky Club with pool and shady cabanas
Royalton Suites Cancun Resort and Spa

This latest addition to the leading luxury resort chain, Royalton Suites Cancun will offer an All-In Luxury™ vacation experience on the sparkling white-sand shores of Cancun when it opens in early 2019. You can look forward to the world-class service and gourmet dining that Royalton Luxury Resorts are famous for on one of the Caribbean’s most spectacular beachfronts. Spend your days relaxing in a poolside cabana at the adults only Rooftop Skyclub, the first of its kind at Royalton Luxury Resorts with a sprawling pool and panoramic ocean views. You can also look forward to unlimited reservation-free dining at the sophisticated Hunter Steakhouse or the authentic Mexican Agave restaurant. Little ones can stay busy at the Clubhouse Kids Club and Hangout Teens Lounge with favourite characters, Max & Ruby™, or visit the on-site splash park.

Rooftop lounge with infinity pool overlooking Los Cabos Arch
Riu Palace Baja California

Overlooking the picturesque coast of Los Cabos, the adults only Riu Palace Baja California is set to open its doors in December 2018, providing all the renowned amenities of a RIU Palace resort with unique extras like oceanview infinity pools and a rooftop lounge. Pull up a sun lounger and sip on a refreshing margarita by one of the resort’s sprawling infinity pools with views of Cabo’s famous Arches in the distance, or visit nearby Riu Santa Fe for one of their weekly pool parties that are spun by some of the area’s best DJs. You can also enjoy exclusive RIU-topia and RIU Palace inclusions such as champagne breakfasts, poolside wait service, 24-hour room service for any early morning or late-night cravings and more.

Swim-up bar and sparkling pool with views of the ocean
Starfish Tobago

Explore both a new destination and a new resort when you vacation at Starfish Tobago Resort, a picturesque property opening in December 2018 in one of Sunwing’s hottest new destinations. With a new direct flight service to Tobago starting in December, you can be one of the first to visit this exotic tropical island with Sunwing. Take a stroll along the pristine sandy beaches that Tobago is famous for or kick back and relax by the oceanside pool with your favourite drink from the poolside Surf Bar. After a relaxing day in paradise, you can dine at the resort’s Courlanders Seaside Restaurant, which serves up fresh seafood, local delicacies and picturesque ocean views. Younger vacationers will have a great time at the complimentary kids club, or the whole family can try out activities like snorkelling and sailing.

Set of winding water slides
Grand Memories Splash

Opening in November 2018, Grand Memories Splash is home to Splash Water Park, one of the largest on-site water parks in the Caribbean with seven monster slides, a wave pool, splash pads and more. Aside from the water park, there are plenty of activities and amenities for the whole family to enjoy including the exciting Kids Club with beloved characters Toopy and Binoo™ and dining options serving cuisine such as Italian and Mexican. For a more luxurious stay, you can upgrade to Diamond Club™ for elevated amenities, services and exclusive resort areas including a reserved beach area at Royalton Punta Cana next door.

Aerial view of Iberostar Bella Vista resort and pools
Iberostar Bella Vista

While this resort first opened its doors back in late 2017, we couldn’t resist adding one of Varadero’s hottest new properties to the list! With a new, modern look unique to Cuba and nestled on a private white-sand beach, Iberostar Bella Vista is the perfect place to kick back and relax. Younger guests can splash around the water playground or hang out at the Star Camp Kids Club, while parents enjoy some coveted alone time at the adults only pool or a romantic date night at the rooftop restaurant. Plus, you can choose from a range of modern accommodation options including swim-out suites and the new Star Prestige suites for adults only.

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