Hyatt is set to use modular tiny homes as hotel rooms at a new all-inclusive Caribbean resort — see inside

Hyatt is set to use modular tiny homes as hotel rooms at a new all-inclusive Caribbean resort — see inside
  • Hyatt is expanding one of its family-friendly all-inclusive resorts with an adults-only section.

  • The expanded property is set to use modular, tiny home-sized units as hotel rooms.

  • The 52 units are scheduled to open in June at Hyatt's Dreams Curaçao resort in the Caribbean.

Tiny homes have been popping up everywhere, from backyards in California to entire neighborhoods in Florida.

Soon, they'll be dropped onto the sunny and sandy beaches of tourist-beloved Curaçao in the Caribbean — not as housing, but as hotel rooms.

Hyatt is expanding its all-inclusive Dreams resort on the Caribbean island. But instead of building another typical highrise hotel, the hospitality giant is taking a page out of the glamping resort playbook with plans to deploy 52 tiny home-sized modular units as hotel rooms, set to open in June.

Hyatt operates about 30 Dreams properties throughout Europe and North and South America.

rendering of a pool next to palm trees
Following this 52-unit expansion, Dreams Curaçao Resort, Spa, and Casino would have 249 guest rooms. The new section would also have an infinity pool, shown in a rendering.Hyatt

All of the Dreams properties are all-inclusive and family-friendly.

But not for long: The Curaçao property's upcoming 52 units are set to be located in a new adult-only section called Il Mare.

Travelers have been scrambling to book all-inclusive resorts. Hyatt has been taking notes.

rendering of Hyatt Vivid hotel in Cancun
Like the upcoming Dreams extension, the recently unveiled Hyatt Vivid brand's first location in Cancún, Mexico, is adult-only, all-inclusive. Hyatt Vivid

In late February, the hotel giant reported an 11% surge in bookings for Apple Leisure Group's all-inclusive resorts in the first quarter of 2024 compared to the same time last year. Hyatt acquired Apple Leisure Group and its properties — which includes Zoëtry, another resort in Curaçao — in late 2021.

To meet this demand, Hyatt launched its 10th all-inclusive brand, Hyatt Vivid, in April with an adult-only resort in Cancún, Mexico.

Two months after Vivid’s launch, the hotel giant says it’ll begin welcoming adults to the new Il Mare section of its all-inclusive Dreams Curaçao resort.

rendering of hyatt modular hotel room
A spokesperson for Hyatt told Business Insider that architecture firm Spazio Italia would build the modular tiny home-style units, shown in a rendering.Hyatt

Compared to traditional hotel rooms, these futuristic units provide travelers extra privacy.

No more shared walls. And no more opening a hotel room door to a hallway shared with other guests: The upcoming tiny home-like modular units would instead open onto the beach.

The property’s traditional accommodations range from 350 square feet to 715 square feet.

interior rendering of a modular hotel room
The modular units, shown in a rendering, would have indoor and outdoor lounges and upgraded amenities like a pillow menu and concierge services.Hyatt

The beachfront fiberglass dwellings would fall on the smaller end at either 377 square feet or 436 square feet, depending on the room category.

Both sizes would still be able to fit a king bed, a dual vanity bathroom, and a furnished terrace for guests to soak in the beach views.

The adult-only expansion is also set to outfit the resort with an additional infinity pool, bar, and Mediterranean restaurant, all exclusive to guests who’ve booked the modular dwellings.

rendering of people in a pool behind modular hotel rooms
Dreams Curaçao would have 249 rooms following the expansion. Shown in a rendering is the expanded property's pool.Hyatt

Travelers would still have access to the rest of Dreams' family-friendly resort, which includes three complimentary eateries, three à la carte restaurants, three pools, four bars, and activities like tennis and kayaks.

Hyatt already has a stronghold on the island: Its all-inclusive Sunscape and Zoëtry brands also have resorts on Curaçao.

rendering of dreams' adult only expansion
Guests at Dream's new adult-only expansion, shown in a rendering, also have access to Zoëtry, which features a pool, upcharge restaurants, and bars.Hyatt

On the first weekend of September, rates for one night and two guests at Zoëtry Curaçao — a 10-minute walk from Dreams — come in at about $580. A 20-minute drive away, Sunscape hovers close to $290.

Dreams' traditional hotel rooms fall in the middle at about $350 for the same night and party size. However, its upcoming oceanfront modular cabins would start at more than $1,060, according to a recent search of its website.

(Competitor Hilton also has two all-inclusive waterfront properties in Curaçao starting at $430 for the same weekend.)

The 52 tiny homes would mark Hyatt’s first deployment of modular units at an all-inclusive resort.

A Moliving unit sits atop a hill.
A Moliving unit, shown in a rendering.David Mitchell

But it's not a new concept.

Startups like European Nokken and New York-based Moliving sell high-end modular "tiny home" hotel rooms. The latter plans to launch its own modular resort about two hours outside New York City.

The property, known as Hurley House, is slated to open this year, although it's already been delayed by two years.

But for the most part, hotel giants like Hyatt, Hilton, and Marriott have yet to cash in on the factory-made, tiny dwelling boom.

Dreams Curaçao's modular expansion could be a litmus test of how well these unique dwellings perform on the mainstream, all-inclusive stage. Who knows, maybe tiny homes could become the hottest beachfront vacation accommodation someday.

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