Located in the Dominican Republic, Puntacana Resort & Club is a 15,000-acre beachside playground, with several different styles of accommodations, from upscale hotels to entire villas.
You’ll be drawn in by the three miles of white sand beaches, two championship golf courses and many other attractions. Once you’re ensconced at the resort, a plethora of activities is on offer, including snorkeling and diving trips offered by the aquatic center, hiking and swimming at the 1,500-acre ecological park and shopping at boutiques in Puntacana Village.
Of course, a trip to Six Senses Spa or simply sunbathing by the pool is a must, too. Here are some of our favorite things about the resort.
Tortuga Bay Puntacana Resort & Club
Of all the options for accommodations, Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star Tortuga Bay, made up of 13 luxurious Oscar de la Renta-designed beachfront villas, is the one we love best. Tucked away in its own area of the resort, Tortuga Bay gives you your own villa concierge, who will check up on you during your stay and attend to your every need, whether it’s dinner reservations or help crafting an itinerary. Bonus: The Dominican Republic hotel will lend you a cell phone with your villa concierge on speed dial so that he will be available to you 24/7.
Other perks at the one- or two-bedroom suites, or three- or four-bedroom villas include views of either the Caribbean Sea or the golf course; a personal golf cart to use during your stay; sunken Jacuzzi bathtubs; and breakfast at your villa, if you choose. The excellent Bamboo restaurant and the spa are also located within Tortuga Bay.
Oscar de la Renta Tennis Club
On the eight private clay tennis courts, three professional assistants stand by for private or semi-private sessions, camps, groups, singles and doubles strategy lessons and social tournaments for players of any level and age. There are also seven ball boy players for match playing and 14 ball boys to chase tennis balls (the resort has an innovative program for training budding tennis players).
Lighted tennis courts allow for nighttime play. Each day, there is an adults drill group, a clinic for children and other events throughout the week. Don’t be surprised to bump into big-name celebrities at the tennis club. De la Renta used to bring his friends here, and they still come to this day.
VIP service at Punta Cana International Airport
Located less than 10 minutes from the resort, Punta Cana International Airport is designed to get you from your plane to your hotel and the beach as quickly as possible. There are direct flights from more than 28 countries and 96 cities, making it quite convenient to get to from destinations around the world. The airport accommodates private and executive aircrafts as well.
Guests staying at Tortuga Bay get VIP service, with staff waiting to expedite arrival procedures and ready to take you to your villa in no time. And when it’s time to leave, you’ll get exclusive access to an air-conditioned lounge (the rest of the open-air airport doesn’t have that luxury) with gratis snacks, drinks and WiFi.
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