Apple Leisure Group Signs First Resort Deal in Aruba

PHILADELPHIA—Apple Leisure Group subsidiary AMResorts has signed its fifth hotel in the first quarter of 2015, Zoëtry Isla Di Oro Aruba. The contract brings AMResorts’ Zoëtry Wellness & Spa Resorts brand to Aruba for the first time and expands Apple Leisure Group’s footprint to its eighth country.

“Aruba reached the one-millionth tourist mark in 2014 and saw a 3.7% increase in arrivals from U.S. travelers,” said Alex Zozaya, CEO of Apple Leisure Group. “Now is the perfect time to enter the market and introduce our world-class products and services to Aruba’s booming tourism industry.”

The resort will be one of the first properties in the Caribbean featuring overwater bungalow-style accommodations. The 126 suites will overlook a secluded inlet featuring views of the water and surrounding tropical landscape. The resort, owned by developer/hotelier Franz Sydow and an international investment group, will start construction in 2015 and welcome guests in the summer of 2018. Upon opening in the Isla Di Oro area, this will be the fifth property for the luxury boutique hotel brand Zoëtry Wellness & Spa Resorts.

“Entering Aruba with a resort offering that is different from anything in our portfolio demonstrates Apple Leisure Group’s ability to merge owners’ interests and travelers’ desires with opportunities in the market,” said Javier Coll, EVP and chief strategy officer of Apple Leisure Group. “Our multi-faceted industry expertise is a valuable resource for those interested in bringing luxury resorts to the Caribbean, as we know where travelers want to go and how to strategically position owners in those markets.”

Amenities offered at the resort will include no check-in or checkout times, maid service three times daily, gourmet à la carte dining options with an assortment of organic food and beverage selections, unlimited top-shelf spirits, 24-hour concierge service and private in-suite dining.

“Aruba’s award-winning beaches, vibrant local culture and natural beauty make it the right addition to our strong Caribbean portfolio and the ideal destination to grow our Zoëtry brand,” said Gonzalo del Peon, president of AMResorts. “With more than 100 nonstop flights from 14 gateways in the U.S., and connecting flights from almost every major U.S. and Canadian city every week, the island is also an easily accessible piece of paradise for North American travelers.”