AMResorts is bringing its Secrets Resorts & Spas brand to St. Martin via a conversion of the former Riu Palace St. Martin. The official announcement was made by Alex Zozaya, CEO of AMResorts parent company Apple Leisure Group (ALG), and Tommaso Sandretto, CEO of Sole Resorts, at an event held by Daniel Gibbs, president of the Collectivity of St. Martin.
The resort is owned by Sole Resorts, a longstanding partner of ALG. This will be the fourth resort conversion the companies have collaborated on and the first Secrets property for Sole Resorts, which counts Zoëtry Wellness & Spa Resorts, Dreams and Sunscape Resorts & Spas in its current portfolio.
The Riu Palace St. Martin will undergo a $20 million renovation designed by Luis Pons before re-opening in 2019 under the Secrets brand. The 350-room, adults-only resort is in Anse Marcel, on the north side of the island and 35 minutes from Princess Juliana International Airport. The property is set on a private enclave with views of Anguilla. The resort has the largest pool in the Caribbean, according to AMResorts, and the renovation project is set to add a new rooftop pool with ocean views and swim-out suites, among other enhancements.
Following the renovation the resort will offer Secrets’ signature Unlimited-Luxury vacation concept, which includes rooms and suites with 24-hour concierge and room service, multiple gourmet a la carte restaurants and lounges serving top-shelf spirits, spa facilities, and day and evening activities.
The deal brings ALG’s all-inclusive pipeline in the Caribbean to more than 6,000 rooms in development.