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May 26, 2020

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Samana, perhaps the Dominican Republic’s best kept secret, is a paradise waiting to be explored. With vast stretches of white-sand beaches, an incredibly large coconut plantation, and a national park home to countless mangroves, islets and caves make this a destination not to be missed. Visitors will revel in the region’s natural beauty as they take in the exquisiteness of every inch.

 


Grand Bahia Principe Cayacoa

Located on the beachfront, in the heart of the spectacular Samana Bay – the only bay in the Caribbean that has been accepted into UNESCO’s Club of the most beautiful bays in the world. The surroundings of the Grand Bahia Principe Cayacoa hotel will impress you with the beauty of tropical nature. Gardens with countless different species of native plants, exotic animals, white sand beaches, turquoise blue sea, and high quality service make this hotel an ideal place to enjoy the perfect vacation.


Grand Bahia Principe El Portillo

Located on the crystal blue waters of “el Portillo” beach and surrounded by the natural scenery typical of the Samana Peninsula. This charming hotel has a special and unique charm that sets it apart for its most demanding guests- it’s warm evenings, its enchanting beaches and the traditional village of Las Terrenas – well known in the Dominican Republic. Colonial style hotel giving full prominence to the garden areas. All of the surroundings have a variety of vegetation, with all the local flora and fauna of the region.


Luxury Bahia Principe Cayo Levantado

The hotel is located on Cayo Levantado, a tropical island where nature bursts forth in its purest form, on which only the hotel and fabulous beaches can be found, with crystal clear waters in which swimming is a true pleasure. 15 minutes from the town of Samaná and 45 minutes from the nearest airport (Catey). The hotel beach has been awarded the prestigious Blue Flag, with which the Foundation for Environmental Education recognizes the effort put into quality of service, environmental management and education and safety.

 

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Whether travelers are planning a #destinationwedding, #familyreunion, #girlfriend getaway, or even a #romantic #honeymoon, Punta Cana has it all. Known all around the world for the most stunning beaches, this resort destination is sure to please anyone visiting. The region is also known for its upscale hotels, amazing golf courses, luxurious spas and pristine beaches as far as the eye can see. A vacation to Punta Cana will certainly not disappoint.

 

 


Grand Bahia Principe Bavaro

Located on one of the most beautiful beaches in the Caribbean – Playa Bávaro – on the east coast of the Dominican Republic, The Grand Bahia Principe Bavaro is recognized with a Blue Flag by the Foundation for Environmental Education. Playa Bávaro beach is world-famous for its white sand, turquoise water and palm trees that burst forth with their striking green color: a paradise in which three types of ecosystems converge – the mangrove forest, coral reef and sea grass.


Grand Bahia Principe Punta Cana

Located on one of the most beautiful beaches in the Caribbean – Playa Bávaro – on the east coast of the Dominican Republic, the Grand Bahia Principe Punta Cana is recognized with a Blue Flag by the Foundation for Environmental Education. Playa Bávaro beach is world-famous for its white sand, turquoise water and palm trees that burst forth with their striking green color: a paradise in which three types of ecosystems converge – the mangrove forest, coral reef, and sea grass.


Grand Bahia Principe Turquesa

The resort is located in the heart of Punta Cana, the most touristic area of the Dominican Republic, known for its great natural diversity and rich fishing waters. The Grand Bahia Principe Turquesa is the ideal place to relax. It is surrounded by gardens filled with flowers, coconut palms, banana trees, and other native species. The hotel is close to Playa Bavaro, with several pools surrounded by beach umbrellas, and offer bar service, as well as four Jacuzzis. Sports and activities can be played in the gym or outdoors on the three tennis and paddle courts.


Luxury Bahia Principe Ambar

The Luxury Bahia Principe Ambar Hotel is an adult’s only deluxe property located on Playa Bavaro in Punta Cana. Located right beside the Grand Bahia Principe Bavaro Resort complex in a natural area of special ecological interest, it has direct access to a beautiful beach of white sand and crystal clear waters, and is recognized with the Blue Flag by the Foundation of Environmental Education, and is surrounded by lush vegetation.


Luxury Bahia Principe Esmeralda

This exclusive Hotel from the Don Pablo Collection line is located right on the heavenly Bávaro beach, one of the most popular tourist destinations in the Dominican Republic. The hotel’s setting is enviable for its endless white sandy beach, turquoise blue Caribbean Sea, and the palm trees that burst forth with their striking green. The hotel has been awarded the Blue Flag by the Foundation for Environmental Education.


Excellence Punta Cana

At Excellence Punta Cana you are secluded but not isolated. This all-adult, all-suite world is situated on a beautiful Caribbean beach in a palm grove on the east coast of the Dominican Republic. Its architecture is in the classic colonial style, and two enormous pools wind through the grounds. There are eight restaurants to entice you with a range of global cuisine, a beach snack grill, plus ten bars, each with its own personality. Excellence Punta Cana is also home to a world-class spa, state-of-the-art fitness center and an exceptional range of activities and services.


Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Punta Cana

Step up to an arena of awesome at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Punta Cana and experience an All Inclusive stay like no other. Enjoy legendary amenities with a metric rock ton of extras like 24 hour room service, complimentary Wi-Fi, top shelf drinks, and endless daily activities with all taxes, gratuity, and awesome included. Yeah, this impressive kingpin is decked out with authentic memorabilia from across the globe and hosts a thrilling live entertainment theater, Rock Star Mini Golf, and even world class shopping. That’s opulence with an edge.


IBEROSTAR Dominicana

Visit a tropical heaven, where lagoon-style pools shimmer beneath swaying palm trees – just steps from the sugar white sand of Playa Bavaro and the crystal blue Caribbean. IBEROSTAR Dominicana offers the ultimate in family vacations, with incredible dining options, spa, casino, shopping, separate children’s pool and activities for every member of the family. The resorts are a relaxing and vibrant escape, with days full of sun and laughter and nights filled with music and shows.


IBEROSTAR Grand Hotel Bavaro

For those seeking the most luxurious of experiences, Iberostar presents Iberostar Grand Hotel Bavaro. Located on the stunning Playa Bavaro in Punta Cana, just 30 minutes from the Punta Cana International Airport, here you’ll find an exclusive resort filled with every pleasure imaginable. Reserved exclusively for adults, Iberostar Grand Hotel Bavaro has been created with one think in mind-your ultimate pleasure.


IBEROSTAR Punta Cana

Visit a tropical heaven, where lagoon-style pools shimmer beneath swaying palm trees – just steps from the sugar white sand of Playa Bavaro and the crystal blue Caribbean. IBEROSTAR Punta Cana offers the ultimate in family vacations, with incredible dining options, spa, casino, shopping, separate children’s pool and activities for every member of the family. The resorts are a relaxing and vibrant escape, with days full of sun and laughter and nights filled with music and shows.


Majestic Colonial Punta Cana

Since its opening in 2005, the Majestic Colonial has become one of the most in demand hotels in Punta Cana for weddings, honeymooners and families alike. Our beautiful gardens, amazing swimming pool, breathtaking beach front location, wide selection of international cuisine and choice of activities are just a few of the reasons to visit this spectacular Resort. To complete your vacation experience, enjoy your own private Jacuzzi available in all of our room categories. All this complemented by our wonderful staff are just the start of your Majestic experience.


Majestic Elegance Punta Cana

The perfect resort for a guest looking for a superb selection of amenities and services. This spectacular all-inclusive resort offering all Junior Suites and Suites is surrounded by beautiful landscapes with extensive gardens; in two words “Elegant & Sophisticated”. Offering unlimited a la carte dining, selected imported and national drinks, supervised Kids Club & Spa. Free form swimming pool with Jacuzzi, daily and nightly entertainment, disco and casino onsite access with drinks included, convention center for up to 600 guests, wedding gazebo and chapel.


Ocean Blue & Sand

Nestled among white sand beaches, Ocean Blue & Sand offers unparalleled beauty and All Inclusive luxury. Tropical landscapes provide poolside canopies, seasoned with the Caribbean flavors of its nine unique restaurants, and an array of activities synchronized to a local Latin beat. Combined with meticulous service and unprecedented value, Ocean Blue & Sand will live up to all your vacation dreams. Recent renovations of this exquisite Caribbean beachside resort have made Ocean Blue & Sand more popular than ever, with guest rooms and public areas featuring a modern Avant Gard style, as well as all the comforts and amenities that you expect during your stay.


Grand Palladium Bavaro Suites Resort & Spa

Grand Palladium Bavaro Suites Resort & Spa is located in front of the Playa de Bavaro, a half mile from the Plaza Bavaro, and is surrounded by a coconut plantation and lush tropical vegetation; guests can use the facilities of Grand Palladium Palace Resort, Spa & Casino and the Grand Palladium Punta Cana Resort & Spa. This completely renovated hotel has 673 rooms all complete with: key system with electronic locks, balcony or terrace (with table and two chairs), direct dial telephone, electronic safe, minibar (restocked daily), & air conditioning.


Grand Palladium Palace Resort Spa & Casino

The Grand Palladium Palace Resort Spa & Casino is located on the seashore of the famous Bavaro Beach in Punta Cana, right next to the other two resorts of our tourist complex: Grand Palladium Bavaro Resort & Spa, and Grand Palladium Punta Cana Resort & Spa. Its exotic landscape features a lush palm tree plantation, beautiful tropical plants and a long beach with fine white sand and pristine turquoise waters. The Resort is a perfect place to escape from all worries.


Grand Palladium Punta Cana Resort & Spa

Grand Palladium Punta Cana Resort & Spa is located in a prime location in front of the Playa de Bavaro, less than a mile from the Plaza Bavaro, surrounded by a coconut plantation and lush tropical vegetation. Our guests can use the facilities of Grand Palladium Palace Resort, Spa & Casino and the Grand Palladium Bavaro Resort & Spa.


The Royal Suites Turquesa

The Adults Only, Royal Suites Turquesa by Palladium is located alongside the All Inclusive Grand Palladium Palace Resort, Spa & Casino, Grand Palladium Punta Cana Resort & Spa, and Grand Palladium Bavaro Resort & Spa. The Royal Suites Turquesa by Palladium offers the privacy and personalized service of a small VIP resort and the unlimited access to the wide array of services available at any of the three resorts located in the tourist complex.


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With a picturesque coastline boasting more than 62 miles of beautiful beach, #PuertoPlata is a haven for travelers. There, visitors can enjoy sunbathing or partaking in various types of watersports. For those seeking rich cultural experiences, they can visit the Taino Museum and the Temple of the American located right in this region.


Bahia Principe San Juan

Located in the Rio San Juan province, better known as the Amber Coast because of the fossilized plant resin typically found on the coast, it is one of the most comprehensive tourist destinations in the Dominican Republic, due to both the cheerful and welcoming nature of its inhabitants and the beauty of its many attractions. Located right on the sea, surrounded by beautiful tropical gardens where the varied native vegetation is displayed with exuberance, and with a large expanse of beach with vegetation and marine species exclusively for the use of resort guests.


IBEROSTAR Costa Dorada

Tucked between majestic forested mountains and the shimmering blue ocean, you’ll find IBEROSATAR Costa Dorada. With a seemingly endless shoreline, the resort is a haven for divers, snorkelers, sailors and windsurfers. When you time on the water is through, relax under the shade of towering palms and thatched roofs overlooking spacious tropical gardens. Enjoy a beverage from one of five bars, dine in any of our superb restaurants or take in a nightly show. For those who love water and unrivaled amenities, this is your dream vacation.

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La Romana, the Dominican Republic’s third largest city, boasts countless attractions to please just about any traveler. From snorkeling in the crystal clear waters, to shopping for locally crafted goods, travelers will find plenty of options to fill their days.


Grand Bahia Principe La Romana

This fantastic hotel is located opposite a heavenly beach of white sand and green palms. Access by highway is easy, you’re just 27 miles away from the Santo Domingo airport and 15 miles from La Romana airport. The area is also known for the small town of Altos de Chavon, an imitation of a sixteenth century Mediterranean village that has its own Roman amphitheater, where artist the likes of Frank Sinatra, Julio Iglesias, Andrea Bocelli and Carlos Santana have performed.


Luxury Bahia Principe Bouganville

La Romana welcomes the Luxury Bahia Principe Bouganville Don Pablo Collection. La Romana’s holiday offer in the idyllic Caribbean beach resort in the Dominican Republic now has new, irresistible international appeal: the Luxury Bahia Principe Bouganville Don Pablo Collection hotel recently opened its doors. On a dreamy bay, with the exclusive services of the Luxury Bahia Principe brand, prestigious hotel chain Grupo Piñero’s top range, the new hotel emerges as a bright star in one of the most iconic destinations in the world.

 


IBEROSTAR Hacienda Dominicus

A unique blend of relaxed, Caribbean atmosphere and classic elegance along a spectacular beachfront. Iberostar Hacienda Dominicus is both authentically Caribbean and uniquely indulgent. Located 25 minutes from La Romana International Airport. Set along a magnificent vista of sand and sea, the resort resembles a quaint Caribbean village on the outside and an opulent hacienda within.

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May 25, 2020

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May 24, 2020

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Casa Colonial Beach & Spa
Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic

The absence of pink walls and plastic furniture isn’t the only refreshing thing that sets Casa Colonial apart from other hotels in the Dominican Republic. Guests arriving at the 2 1/2-acre retreat, on the northern coast, pass through the lobby’s majestic white arches while Edith Piaf croons in the background. They’re then led to one of just 50 suites, each a homage to colonial sophistication. Once settled, they can visit the quiet beach, one of two restaurants (Lucia, for Asian fusion, or the more casual Veranda), the rooftop infinity pool, or the 12,000-square-foot spa, which offers beachside yoga classes.

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May 23, 2020

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Punta Cana – The Coconut Coast

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One island, two countries. The Dominican Republic and Haiti share the island of Hispaniola, the second largest island in the Caribbean. Unlike it’s sister nation, however, the Dominican Republic has in recent years become one of the Caribbean’s most sought after playgrounds. With hundreds of miles of beaches and reefs, there is no shortage of sand and sun for visitors to the Dominican Republic. Travelers there inevitably compare the sand texture to sugar, but the crystal blue waters are an equally attractive asset. The Dominican Republic’s pristine beaches are slowly becoming the destination of choice for leisure travelers from the United States and Canada looking for real value and extraordinary all-inclusive vacations.

Punta Cana has quickly emerged as the most popular beach destination. Here, many of the island’s top beachfront resorts, amazing oceanfront scenery, and plenty of places for entertainment and activities have sprung into being. Numerous bars, restaurants, nightclubs, and shops dot a landscape where only a few years ago only small villages and hotels catering to a mostly European crowd existed.

The Dominican Republic’s beaches remain unspoiled Caribbean jewels. Almost 800 miles of coastline, and some of the most dazzling sand  anywhere ensure vacationers will never have far to go to find great surf and a stretch of soft, white sand to enjoy.

Because the region is, in many respects, still in a very young stage of its development as a destination, vacationers the crowds are all on other islands in the region, giving DR beach goers space to enjoy themselves on the island’s seashores.

This naturally calm, clear and warm water makes the DR an ideal location for water sports and swimming. The beaches are amazingly flat and very wide, easily walked or traveled on horseback, a favorite activity of many visitors. The giant expanse of white sand creates a relaxed feeling of spaciousness, never crowded. These gorgeous beaches are safe to swim year-round, and activities abound with pastimes like scuba diving (Punta Cana has 22 diving sites), snorkeling, windsurfing, kayaking, water biking, sailing, beach volleyball or soccer.

On the easternmost tip of the island, Punta Cana is famous for its spectacular beaches and completely transparent waters, With over twenty miles of white sand and palm trees. Few other destinations in the Caribbean rival the area for its pristine, clean water and open air. Punta Cana’s climate is dry and it rarely rains during the day, the arid flora like palm trees nevertheless flourishing all along the coast.

The influence of the early European crowds remains with a variety of hotel chains catering to a multinational crowd. North Americans have discovered Punta Cana, however, and now luxury all-inclusives with richly featured beach and pool facilities are found along the shore, edging right up to the water. There is a crisp, new feeling to the hotels and resorts here, and endless buffets. Punta Cana is a retreat for pure relaxation and enjoyment.

Punta Cana currently has 12 professional golf courses from designers such as Jack Nicklaus, P.B. Dye, Tom Fazio and Nick Faldo all within a short drive from each other. Several more are in the planning stages and it’s clear that the Dominican Republic is on a headlong rush to become the primary gold destination of the Caribbean.

Best of all, Punta Cana remains a real value. Prices here can range hundreds of dollars less than better known, Caribbean destinations. So if it’s value you seek, sugary white sand and swaying lines of coconut palms, Punta Cana should be on your short list of destinations to get to know.

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May 22, 2020

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May 21, 2020

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Sunset on Hispaniola

There are two sides to the Dominican Republic, just like there are two sides of the Caribbean island of Hispaniola, which the Dominican Republic shares with neighbouring Haiti. On one side, tourists languish in luxury inside the confines of the many resort hotels along the beautiful coastline, sipping cocktails under the palm trees and bathing in beautiful blue lagoons.

The other face of the Dominican Republic can be found along the country roads, among the sugar cane, coffee and cocoa bean fields, where people labour in the sun and men play dominoes outside tumble-down shacks. For the local people (there are 8.5 million people on this well-populated part of Hispaniola) tourism is an important source of income, and the thousands of visitors who come to enjoy the resorts and explore the Spanish Colonial legacy in this country ‘where America began’ are welcome.

The South Coast contains some of the country’s bigger cities and national parks. The capital, Santo Domingo, was the first Spanish settlement in the Americas. Christopher Columbus initiated the first European New World settlement here in 1496. His legacy is preserved in the bricks and mortar of the historic old section of Santo Domingo, which has been turned into an entertaining and interesting Colonial ‘theme park’.

The other tourist spots in the Dominican Republic are the northern Amber Coast region around Puerta Plata, the beautiful Samana Peninsula, and the resort communities of the east coast, where stretches of pristine tropical beach have been bought and developed into all-inclusive resorts. However, those who take the trouble to explore a little behind the scenes will find plenty of unspoilt tropical paradise off the beaten track in the Dominican Republic, and locals ready and willing to offer warm hospitality.

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May 12, 2020

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The Palace at Playa Grande Rio San Juan, Dominican Republic This 21-room boutique hotel is reminiscent of an Indian Moghul palace, with carved stone columns, onion domes, statues of Ganesh, and peacocks strutting through the landscaped tropical gardens. King of the crop here are the glass-fronted suites cut into the cliff, facing the ocean over steps down to Jacuzzis and the beach. Rooms have four-poster beds with silk drapery and tall ceilings; amenities include plush robes and slippers, complimentary Wi-Fi, and water-sports equipment like snorkeling gear.

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