Punta Cana

January 1, 2008 by  
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A paradise nestled in paradise

If refreshing ocean breezes, peaceful white sand beaches and first-class accommodations are your dream for the perfect Caribbean excursion, then Punta Cana should be your next trip. Located on the Dominican Republic’s east coast, Punta Cana is home to some of the best beaches in the world.

For centuries, the Dominican Republic shores have been welcome sights for sailors, but tourists have recently discovered the magic of its warm, emerald waters and curvy coastlines. Disembark at Punta Cana’s airport and you’ll get an instant initiation into this unspoiled, laid-back lifestyle. Step off your plane the old fashioned way — down the stairs and into an open-aired terminal.

After a 25-minute shuttle ride, you arrive at the Paradisus Palma Real Resort. Stress quickly checks out as you check into your room. The resort’s concierge staff welcomes you along with cascading, cavernous views of the luxurious lobby and ocean.

The all-inclusive Paradisus Palma Real Resort boasts several five-star suites. If you desire a bit more pampering, upgrade to its signature “Royal Service,” where a butler is basically at your beck and call. Meals, drinks, dinner reservations and even a chamomile-scented pillow are at your command. Exclusive, adult-only pools and bars are also available.

The first thing you’ll notice about this resort is that it seems like there is more marble than in Vatican City. But, like a river’s journey to the sea, the marble walkways flow down through the lobby, past fountains, restaurants, shops and pools until depositing you onto the beach. Tranquil tropical gardens and water features gulp up whatever square inches are left.

After making your way to the suite, schedule a spa appointment as soon as you unpack. Even during the off-season, appointments are booked quickly. The Zen Garden’s open-air massage tables are highly recommended.

When night falls, the Paradisus pleases all party personalities. Catch a cultural fire-twirling act on the beach, eat at one of the trendy restaurants, dance to the latest cuts in the local club, cash in at the casino or simply take a starlit stroll on the beach with the one you love.

Lovers are always welcome at the Paradisus Resorts and so are their kids. This hotel property boasts a segregated section for families ensuring a G-rated experience. The family concierge staff goes out of its way to make sure the little ones feel welcomed by planning child-friendly activities throughout the day. This frees the parents to explore adult activities. At night, your little one’s bed will be turned down complete with a pint-sized robe and milk and cookies.

A small warning to parents: Punta Cana is a desired destination for European beachgoers. On the beaches you might see a few sunbathers who’ll forget to tighten their tops. Simply tell beach security and they’ll bring everything back to PG-13.

The Paradisus family has another property just down the road called the Paradisus Punta Cana, which is a bit older. It boasts similar accommodations and features an even more laid-back, lived-in atmosphere that only comes with years of established excellence.

Whether it’s sunbathing, sailing, scuba diving or boating, you’ll find lots of fun in the sun in Punta Cana. A beach lovers’ paradise, the Punta Cana Paradisus Resort experience is one that will be burned into your memory long after your tan has faded.

Essentials: www.paradisuspalmareal.travel

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