The Royal Treatment with Paradisus
Punta Cana has become one of the most popular year-round tourist destinations in the Caribbean. Its name refers to the cane palms in the region, and literally means “Tip of the White Cane Palms.” Its climate is constant, the temperature warm and the land absolutely beautiful. Located at the junction of the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, Punta Cana is situated at the most eastern tip of the country. It’s hard to believe that the history of Punta Cana really only began in 1969 when investors arrived in the area, purchased just over 50 square kilometres of beach and built paradise. Being at the junction of these two bodies of water with their differing currents, the area has incredible biodiversity and its fine, white sandy beaches are breathtaking.
Located right on that idyllic stretch of beach, and specifically the Bavaro Beach, are the luxury hotels Paradisus Punta Cana Resort and its sister resort, the Paradisus Palma Real. Their extensive and comfortable facilities, lush gardens and tropical mangroves, their wide range of activities and entertainment and the quality of their services make either location the perfect dream holiday. Needless to say, Paradisus All-Inclusive Resorts are par none in luxury, ambiance and cuisine but what makes these two properties in Punta Cana so special? The service, Royal Service actually!!
Both resorts offer a Royal service package which provides its guest with the VIP treatment during their stay. This adult’s only package offers access to private pools with Bali beds, access to the private beach area with a concierge service, complimentary wifi, entry to private restaurants for Royal Service guests only, and access to the Royal Service lounge for private check ins/outs alongside breakfast, international newspapers, cocktails, premium bar and hors d’oeuvres.
If that’s not enough, the best part of the Royal Service package is the exclusive yet discrete Butler Service. All butlers have been certified by the International Butler Academy and are dedicated to ensuring your every vacation need is met. Before your arrival, your butler will send you a preference form via email so they can get a sense of what you’re interested in and help organize any activities if need be. During your stay, your butler will set you up with a cell phone that reaches him/her directly at any time where you can take advantage of a variety of services such as:
- Personal Resort overview
- Personalized contents of the in-room mini bar
- Personalized in-room coffee machine service
- Luggage packing and unpacking
- Whirlpool bath preparation
- Personalized turndown service
- In-room aromas experience
- Bali beds & chaise lounge reservation at the private pool and private beach area
- Delivery of pillow selection from the pillow menu
- Assistance in planning tours and excursions
- Preferential spa reservations
- Preferential dinner reservations for the à la carte restaurants
- Preferential reservations for golf, tennis courts and other activities
- Mail and newspaper delivery
- Personalized wake-up calls
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Both Paradisus Palma Real and Paradisus Punta Cana have an extensive selection of restaurants and bars to suit any taste. At Palma Real, the standouts are Aqua which highlights the best in Mediterranean fusion and Gabi Beach, particularly at lunch while taking in the ocean views. At Paradisus Punta Cana, try Fuego for out of this world Latin fusion. After dinner enjoy a cocktail and a dance or two at Avenue bar or Gabi Club bar.
Each restaurant at either property is uniquely innovative and tasty however, the cuisine claim to fame for Paradisus is most definitely Passion by Michelin Star Chef Martin Berastategui. Awarded the 4-Diamond standing by AAA, the Passion experience is like no other. The restaurant is elegantly decorated with a black, white and red colour palate. Guests may choose to dine à la carte or sample Berastategui’s creations and try the chef’s tasting menu which is based on seasonal and local ingredients as well as recipes from his Spanish roots. Each dish is made with care and plated to perfection. Upon your first bite, you’ll realize why Martin has had such a successful career, the food is delicious!
So now that you’ve been treated like a royal and sampled the best cuisine on the island and arguably the Caribbean, it’s time to indulge at the famous YHI Spa. As soon as you step foot into YHI, you feel as if you’ve just entered heaven. It’s a world within the resort that’s tranquil and relaxing on so many levels. Let the spa aromas enchant your spirit and enjoy themed massages, facials, body treatments, or wraps. YHI also provides salon services and access to the fitness club. Be sure to take advantage of the Water Ritual Center where you can enjoy the sauna, herbal steam room, chromo therapy shower, hydrotherapy shower and whirlpool before or after any spa treatment.
Paradisus is a true luxury destination in every regard. Once you arrive, you’ll never want to leave! Don’t worry, your butler can arrange for a longer stay!
Paradisus Punta Cana and OLM are teaming up to bring one lucky family of 4 a dream vacation. Vacation gift certificate includes a 4-night stay at Paradisus Punta Cana for 2 adults and 2 kid. To enter, visit Ottawa Life at Facebook or on Twitter and share your family photo to be entered into a draw for the grand prize. Draw takes place July 1, 2015. The winner will be announced on Facebook and on Twitter. The prize is valid for one year. Blackout dates apply.
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