AMResorts Adds Golden Bear Lodge & Spa to Exclusive Property Lineup in Cap Cana

Company Partners with the Caribbean’s Premier Destination to Open the First Jack Nicklaus-inspired Hotel Under New Zoëtry Collection

AMResorts, award-winning provider of resort sales, marketing and brand management services, announced recently a partnership with Cap Cana in the Dominican Republic to open and manage the Golden Bear Lodge & Spa, the first hotel inspired by the life and legacy of golf legend Jack Nicklaus. The Golden Bear Lodge & Spa at Cap Cana, located on the eastern coastline of the Dominican and less than 10 minutes from the Punta Cana airport, will be added to AMResorts’ exclusive portfolio under the Zoëtry Collection.

For years, Nicklaus has left his mark on some of the greatest golf courses in the world, which have anchored some of the most sought-after and captivating destinations. Now, for the first time, guests can vacation and play at the Golden Bear Lodge & Spa, located in Cap Cana, the Caribbean’s most talked-about golf and tourist destination. Sitting majestically atop a bluff overlooking Las Iguanas—one of the two Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Courses on property—the Lodge provides guests with stunning views of white-sand beaches and the aqua-blue Caribbean Sea.

The announcement was made by Alex Zozaya, AMResorts’ CEO and president, and Dr. Ricardo Hazoury, president of Cap Cana’s board and vice president of the Abrisa Group, one of the chief economic groups in the Dominican Republic. Zozaya and Hazoury joined Jack Nicklaus at his offices to make the announcement.

“Our award-winning vacation experiences and outstanding guest services attracted Cap Cana to AMResorts and the new Zoëtry Collection,” Zozaya said. “We are proud to be entrusted with the brand associated with Mr. Nicklaus and to ensure him and Cap Cana that the Golden Bear Lodge & Spa becomes a marquis destination for discerning travelers.”

Recognized by many as “The World’s New Great Destination,” Cap Cana is already a mecca for sophisticated travelers and golf enthusiasts alike.

Inspired by the beauty of Cap Cana and the life and lifestyle of the legendary Jack Nicklaus, the Golden Bear Lodge & Spa will offer guests unparalleled attention ranging from butler services to a personal golf concierge in a comfortable and relaxed environment. The 126 finely appointed one- and two-bedroom suites will feature accommodations complete with stylish furnishings, marbled bathrooms and impressive views of the Caribbean Sea and the magnificent Las Iguanas golf course—the second of three Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Courses that will ultimately play across Cap Cana. Other in-room amenities include pillow selection menus, Jacuzzis for two, fully equipped kitchenettes, private terraces or patios, personalized turn-down service and more. Select suites also offer private plunge pools. 

Appealing to sophisticated couples and families, the Golden Bear Lodge & Spa accommodates guests with one a la carte gourmet restaurant, a full-service spa, fitness center, free-form infinity swimming pool and four lighted tennis courts. Additional amenities include twice-daily maid service, 24-hour in-room dining, limousine, helicopter and nanny services, laundry and dry cleaning, and more. In addition to offering the utmost comfort in luxurious and spacious accommodations, the Lodge is also conveniently located near all of Cap Cana’s celebrated fine-dining restaurants, exclusive membership clubs, elegant boutiques, horseback-riding grounds, and the Caribbean’s most modern and complete marina.

A personal haven for golf enthusiasts, guests of the Golden Bear Lodge & Spa will soon be able to choose between two spectacular Jack Nicklaus designs—the world-ranked Punta Espada Golf Club, host of the Cap Cana Championship, a popular stop on the PGA Tour’s Champions Tour, or Las Iguanas, which will have a mix of ocean holes, inland holes and also natural wetland holes to give golfers variety of landscape, vegetation and challenge. Three of Las Iguanas’ back-nine holes—Nos. 12-14—hug the coastline and will provide golfers windswept challenges in a postcard setting.

The Golden Bear Lodge & Spa is the first property under AMResorts’ newly introduced Zoëtry Collection, an exquisite group of distinct small luxury hotels and resorts, all which embrace exceptional quality standards, accommodations and devoted personal service. All resorts under the Zoëtry Collection offer the same incomparable service standards as Zoëtry Wellness & Spa Resorts. From impressive locations and design to fine dining and meal options, each property represents a unique option for guests. Resorts under the Zoëtry Collection will also range in diversity from magnificent beachfront villa properties and elegant yet understated bed and breakfasts to legendary golf and family resorts located on the most-renowned championship courses in the world.

AMResorts will bring two additional resorts to this destination–Zoëtry Pearl Sands Cap Cana and Pure Secrets at Cap Cana–both opening late 2010.

About the Zoёtry Collection
The Zoëtry Collection operated by and offering the same incomparable service standards as Zoëtry Wellness & Spa Resorts is an exquisite collection of distinct, intimate luxury resorts all embracing exceptional quality standards, lavish accommodations and devoted personal service. Designed for the sophisticated traveler and set amidst some of the most alluring locations, this stand-out collection of lifestyle resorts offers endless possibilities for gatherings, family getaways, romantic interludes, golf outings and business meetings. For more information about Zoëtry Collection or for reservations, please visit or call 1.888.4ZOETRY.

About Cap Cana
Located on the eastern coastline of the Dominican Republic, less than 10 minutes from the Punta Cana airport and encompassing over 120 million square meters, Cap Cana is recognized as a prime tourist and residential community that perfectly melds comfort, elegance and luxury.

Cap Cana is home to the Jack Nicklaus-designed signature golf course, Punta Espada; ranked as the number one golf course in the Caribbean and Mexico by Golfweek Magazine and venue for the 2008 and 2009 PGA Champions Tour. With over 65% of construction completed, a second signature Nicklaus course, Las Iguanas, is set to open in 2009. The destination also features elegant boutiques, 14 gourmet restaurants, spas, exclusive yacht club memberships, a selection of sport activities, beaches and a bilingual school, the Cap Cana Heritage School. The Cap Cana Marina, which accommodates yachts of up to 150 feet, is fully operational.

Cap Cana is also recognized as one of the first companies to successfully restructure during the financial crisis to adjust to new global market trends. Previously halted development and construction is currently underway.

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