Melia Hotels signs three new properties
Above: Meliá at Baha Mar, previously known as Meliá Nassau Beach Resort
 
Spanish hospitality group Melia Hotels has acquired two new Caribbean properties, with the signing of the Melia at Baha Mar in the Bahamas and the Melia Jamaica. 
 
The Melia at Baha Mar, currently know as the Melia Nassau Beach Resort, forms part of the large-scale Baha Mar complex, incorporating five hotels with a total of 2,900 rooms, private residences, a 9,290sq m casino, an 18-hole Jack Nicklaus golf course an Espa spa, more than a dozen pools and 1,858sq m of meetings and events space. 
 
The property will be officially renamed once the extensive refurbishments planned for next years are finished, a process due to be completed by December 2014. Among the facilities to be updated at the 694-room hotel is the food and beverage offering and the pool and lobby areas. 
 
Continuing its expansion into the Caribbean, Melia has also taken over the 226-room Braco Village Hotel & Spa on Jamaica’s north coast. The hotel group’s first property in Jamaica, the scheduled renovations of the hotel are due to be completed by November 2014, when it will reopen as the Melia Jamaica. 
 
The acquisition of the two Caribbean properties follows the announcement of the ME by Melia Dubai. Due to open in 2016, the hotel will feature 100 rooms and will be located in the Opus building – designed by renowned architect Zaha Hadid. Amenities at the hotel will include Michelin-starred restaurants.