EAT, PLAY, STAY IN
Golden orange sunsets, soft white-sand beaches, vibrant aqua-blue skies, swaying coconut palms—Punta Cana has all of the right ingredients for paradise perfection. Not only is it the fastest growing tourist destination in the Caribbean, it’s also the largest single destination for golf. If you are looking to surprise your partner with an all-inclusive resort stay for the holidays, or possibly a romantic beach getaway for some rest and relaxation, this is the place for you. To make your visit as easy as possible, here are some quick tips to help you plan an authentic and unforgettable Punta Cana getaway.
At Simon Mansion, a consistently top-rated restaurant inside the Hard Rock Hotel, you can feast on fresh seafood options like ceviches and tartars, as well as Asian-inspired delicacies like charred edamame and crispy sesame rice. For exotic cravings, head to Passion inside the stunning Paradisus Punta Cana. Here, famed Spanish chef Martín Berasategui delivers a tantalizing marriage of Mexican, French and Spanish flavors with dishes such as Kobe steak, warm lobster salad and liquid Brie cheese spheres decorating the menu. For an authentic taste of the Dominican Republic, head to Nam Nam in the quirky Plaza Sol Caribe Shopping Center and order a bowl of tres leches ice cream or a rich, coffee-spiced cake topped with juicy guavas.
While many of Punta Cana’s impressive beaches belong to resorts, Bávaro Beach is open to everyone. And a good thing too, since everyone loves visiting this slice of Caribbean heaven to swim and snorkel in the crystal blue waters. Boat rides are also plentiful, so hop on a sunset sail or fishing expedition to enjoy a view of the island that will leave you speechless. For an immersive experience into the island’s wild interior, visit HorsePlay Punta Cana, a 300-acre plantation home to lush walking trails, a treetop course and horseback riding paths. Adventurous types flock to the river tour to dash through rushing rivers on horseback then fly through the trees on a zip line.
Located on the island’s eastern-most coast, Zoetry Agua Punta Cana is rated highly by travel agents and with good reason. Not only will you enjoy a wealth of luxurious services and gourmet dining through their Endless Privileges® philosophy, but the cane-thatched suites with hardwood floors and natural stone accents just might inspire you to remodel your own home when you return. Overlooking one of the 10 best beaches in the world, the Barceló Bávaro Palace has enough room for the entire family, including spacious family suites with separate rooms for parents and children.
PERFECT DAY AT COCOCAY
ROYAL CARIBBEAN GIVES THEIR PRIVATE ISLAND A $200 MILLION MAKEOVERRoyal Caribbean is about to reset all your expectations for what a beach day can be. CocoCay, its much-loved Bahamas escape, is getting a revolutionary, $200 million sand-to-sky makeover, with all-new adventures for every type of vacationer. And once completed, you’ll easily appreciate the meaning behind the aptly named Perfect Day at CocoCay.DRENCHED IN FUNGet ready for gallons of adventure in the heart of the island, Thrill Waterpark—home to the tallest waterslide in North America, Daredevil’s Peak, a 135-foot plunge. And that’s just one of 13 slides at the park across two towers. After conquering Daredevil’s Peak, experience the other thrilling chutes of Daredevil’s Tower. You can race a friend down the twin Dueling Demons with an addictively frightening drop. The Screeching Serpent will have you doing just that (in a good way) all the way down a fully vertical speed slide. And face the coils of the Green Mamba, a don’t-miss aqua tube slide.You’ll find another entire set of adventures at Thrill Waterpark’s Family Tower. But don’t let the name fool you—because its six awesome slides are anything but tame. On The Slingshot, four at a time can share a raft and experience a zero-gravity moment before freefalling. Grab a buddy for the two-person winding tube slide, The Twister. Or let your competitive side roam free on the four-lane Splash Speedway racers.And no visit to Thrill Waterpark will be complete without a dip in the largest wave pool in the Caribbean, complete with a countdown clock that signals the big wipeout.The kids can leave their cares behind with an entire section of thrills just for them. Royal Caribbean is already known for Splashaway Bay, the fan-favorite children’s aqua park onboard its ships. Now it’s going ashore at Perfect Day at CocoCay and it’s bigger than ever, with more fountains, sprinklers, geysers and water cannons, plus five slides and two massive drench buckets. All in all, no island has more ways to get soaked.WAY ABOVE ORDINARYBut you don’t have to get wet to enjoy the fun. Take things up a notch, literally, on 1,600 feet of zip line, with the only water landing in the Bahamas. Or go even higher—up to 450 feet above land and sea—onboard the Up, Up and Away helium balloon which gives “view from the top” a wholenew meaning.BOLD BEACH-BOUND BLISSPerfect Day at CocoCay will be more than slides and rides—three beach areas make the island the ultimate sun soaking escape. Chill Island maxes out the relaxation while South Beach is the go-to spot for those who like to get their game on. Volleyball, beachside basketball, paddle boarding, kayaking, and even zorbing amp up the excitement. Be sure to refuel over burgers, sandwiches, salads and more at the Snack Shack. And to quench your thirst, wade on over to the floating bar just offshore.For those seeking the ultimate in luxury, head to Coco Beach Club —an upscale take on the island’s authentic Caribbean vibe. Spend the afternoon in the comfort of the only overwater cabanas in the Bahamas, each complete with its own hammock, freshwater shower and a slide that plunges you into the ocean. Take a dip in the beachfront infinity edge pool with in-water loungers. And indulge in Mediterranean flavors at the Club’s exclusive on-site restaurant.Experience all this and more when Perfect Day at CocoCay is completed in May 2019.Coco Beach ClubSM