IHG expanding in Mexico, Latin America & Caribbean

i By June 3, 2024 No Comments

IHG Hotels & Resorts (IHG) has shared its ambitious plans to expand its luxury and lifestyle portfolios in Mexico, Latin America and the Caribbean (MLAC).

Leanne Harwood, SVP, managing director for Luxury & Lifestyle Americas at IHG Hotels & Resorts, said: “The significant expansion of our luxury and lifestyle portfolio across the Mexico, Latin America and Caribbean markets demonstrates our brands continue to not only be in demand, but are also embraced for their distinct offerings. From spectacular retreats at Six Senses and storied heritage at InterContinental to laid-back luxury at Kimpton, boutique neighborhood settings at Hotel Indigo and one-of-a-kind stays at Vignette Collection, each one opens the door to more destinations than ever before.”

IHG’s MLAC openings and developments include:

Six Senses made its highly anticipated debut in the region this April with the opening of Six Senses La Sagesse in Grenada.  Six Senses Grand Bahama and Six Senses Xala (Mexico) are expected to open by 2026.

InterContinental Hotels & Resorts currently has the greatest presence amongst the luxury and lifestyle portfolio in MLAC with 20 open properties. In Spring 2023, the brand celebrated the opening of InterContinental Dominica Cabrits Resort & Nature Spa, a secluded beachfront sanctuary set amidst the island of Dominica’s natural beauty. As InterContinental continues to expand in the region, IHG announces it will open the 293-room InterContinental Presidente Monterrey in Mexico with longstanding partner Grupo Presidente in the second half of 2024. Set within San Pedro Garza García in Monterrey, the hotel will feature exceptional experiences, including a signature restaurant, craft cocktail bar and coffee shop, as well as an onsite spa offering rejuvenating treatments, more than 20,000 square feet of meetings and events space, and a Club InterContinental lounge. Looking further ahead, the InterContinental Grenada Resort is projected to open in 2025.

Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants continues its growth momentum in MLAC following the opening of Kimpton Grand Roatán Resort & Spa in Fall 2023. Demonstrating a strong start to 2024, the boutique luxury brand debuted Kimpton Virgilio in Mexico City’s vibrant Polanquito neighborhood in February, followed in April by Kimpton Mas Olas Resort & Spa (shown top of post) in the coastal town of Todos Santos on Mexico’s Baja Sur peninsula. Early this summer, it is slated to open the 130-room Kimpton Las Mercedes, located in the Dominican Republic’s bustling Santo Domingo, in partnership with Iberostar Group. The brand is also set to unveil its first all-inclusive beachfront resort, Kimpton Tres Ríos Riviera Maya, before year’s end.

Vignette Collection, IHG’s newest luxury and lifestyle brand that debuted in 2021, is a curation of distinct hand-picked hotels offering one-of-a-kind stays. Representing the brand’s first signing in both Mexico and within the Americas, El Gran Encomendero in the Yucatán Peninsula will become the first branded hotel in the historic town of Valladolid. Expected to open in 2025, the 83-room property is set within an on-the-rise destination for international leisure travel, business events and weddings. Valladolid recently received the coveted “Magical Towns” designation from the Mexican Ministry of Tourism for its efforts to protect and preserve cultural wealth.

The Hotel Indigo brand draws inspiration from each hotel’s surrounding neighborhood and culture to create a warm and vibrant atmosphere that inspires guests to discover something new. Earlier this month, the fast-growing lifestyle brand revealed the much-anticipated Hotel Indigo Grand Cayman on Grand Cayman’s famed Seven Mile Beach. The unparalleled island oasis boasts 282 water-view guestrooms, multi-concept dining including one of the island’s only rooftop lounges, elevated pool and beachside experiences, and abundant event spaces for the local community and visiting guests to enjoy. This opening in the region follows that of Hotel Indigo La Paz Puerta Cortés, nestled between the Sea of Cortez and La Paz Bay in Mexico, in January and precedes Hotel Indigo Tijuana, which is expected to open later this year.

Further demonstrating IHG’s strategic focus and investment in luxury and lifestyle in the MLAC region, three milestone signings were recently announced in Turks & Caicos for InterContinental, Kimpton and Hotel Indigo. Set on Turks & Caicos’ picturesque Grace Bay, the resorts will mark IHG’s debut on the celebrated Caribbean island and are all poised to open by 2027.