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by Matt Alderton | July 29, 2016
Plans are underway to open a new Hyatt Centric hotel in Carlisle Bay, Barbados, Hyatt Hotels Corp. announced this week. Scheduled to open in 2019, the hotel will be Hyatt's first property on the island of Barbados.

"Hyatt continues to focus on expanding its presence in Latin America and the Caribbean where our loyal guests want to travel. We are thrilled to announce that the Hyatt Centric brand is coming to this vibrant tropical island, and we believe Hyatt Centric Carlisle Bay, Barbados, will offer a fresh new option for travelers looking to explore this historic and picturesque destination," said Pat McCudden, senior vice president, capital strategy, real estate, and corporate development for Hyatt. "The addition of Hyatt Centric Carlisle Bay, Barbados, to the brand's portfolio allows us to meet the needs of our guests traveling on leisure or business in this important region."

Launched last year, the Hyatt Centric brand caters to business and leisure travelers who want experiences in addition to accommodations, who Hyatt calls "Modern Explorers." Brand highlights include artwork, furniture, food, and beverages designed to tell a local story customized to the destination. Hotels offer "knock 'n' drop" room service, which allows guests to order food to be left outside their door rather than brought into the room; a space called "The Corner," where guests can work, socialize, and peruse a curated selection of local books and magazines; and a bar and restaurant serving locally inspired food and cocktails.

Hyatt Centric Carlisle Bay, Barbados, will have 237 rooms on nearly three acres of waterfront along Carlisle Bay's Brownes Beach. Located adjacent to the capital city of Bridgetown (pictured), it will have a signature restaurant, a pool bar and grill, a market-style café, a full-service spa with six treatment rooms, a fitness center, an outdoor pool, a kids' club, and 6,135 square feet of meeting space. Activities available to guests will include shipwreck diving and snorkeling opportunities, strolls through historic Bridgetown, beach activities, and a visit to St. Ann's Garrison, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Said Mark Maloney, director of Vision Developments Inc., the project's developer, "Vision Developments is excited to partner with Hyatt to bring the Hyatt Centric brand to Carlisle Bay. We believe this project will serve as a catalyst for the development of many more hotel and real estate projects in the area, continuing Carlisle Bay's transformation into a world-class resort destination."