I’m a beach girl at heart so anytime I get the chance, I pack up my bags and head south to enjoy a little R & R. I mean, any excuse to get away from the freezing cold and indulge is simply the best. What’s not to love? Well, this time it was a no brainer to book a trip away to one of my favourite destination spots in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.
Why Punta Cana? Being on an island surrounded by beautiful, lush beaches is exactly my definition of a vacation and it never disappoints. Other than being the spot to go to when the temperatures drops, I think what I love most about it is that there’s so much to discover every time I visit.
WHERE TO STAY
Though I’ve stayed at many resorts on previous trips to Dominican Republic (previous post found here
), my two favourites hands down
are Paradisus Punta Cana
and Bavaro Princess All Suites
. Newly remodelled, both properties are just gorgeous with delicious fresh food (I don’t know about you, but I can’t imagine a proper vacation without room service).
It was funny to discover that both of these all inclusive spots were situated right beside each other.
TO UPGRADE OR NOT
The answer is a big YES
! The amenities and services offered through each resort’s upgrade makes your trip experience that
much better. With Paradisus,
their Royal Service gives you access to their VIP lounge, private check-in and check-out, a personal butler service along with my absolute favourite
, access to the private pool with Bali beds and a pool concierge. I loved how secluded their beach and pool area was. It was so relaxing and quiet that you felt like you were in your own little oasis.
|Royal Service Pool area|
With Bavaro Princess,
Platinum package offers access to three of their neighboring resorts (Hotels Punta Cana Princess, Caribe Club Princess & Tropical Princess
) along with exclusivity to their premium alcohol, private check-in, access to their beach club with luxury beds (hello private bar on the beach
) and discounts on all of their spa treatments to name a few! These reasons alone were why I opted for the upgrade at each resort. I can’t say it enough: upgrade
…. you will not be disappointed.
THINGS TO DO
Navigating around both hotels was a breeze since there was always a shuttle available to take you to different parts of the resort (yes both resorts are fairly big). It’s not too long of a walk from the lobby to the beach, but if you’re looking to make dinner reservations on time, the shuttle is always your best bet. When it comes to activities to do, both resorts offer live entertainment at night (dance lessons, evening shows etc.) and during the day you can play tennis (lessons are offered), beach volleyball, golf at their local Golf Country Club or dance the night away on the beach. Did I mention they have the best Pina Coladas?!
As I am a bit more partial to relaxing while away, I was a huge fan
of both of their spas. The YHI spa at Paradisus
is gorgeous and tucked away that you feel like you have the entire spa to yourself during your treatment of choice. It was definitely one of the things I appreciated most about Paradisus
. For those of you that want to venture off of the resort, I highly recommend trying out one of the excursion packages available (horseback riding, dune-buggies, zip lining etc).
This info is available through each resort’s guest services. Trust me, these will be nothing short of epic.
Have you stayed at either resort? Planning to visit Punta Cana? Let me know below. xoxo