Travel experts, Doug Griffin, Spencer Clarke & Jean Arseneau give us the scoop from their Transat Holidays Familiarization Trip this past September. They visited over 30 resorts in one week in Punta Cana, and here is what they have to say:
Secrets Royal Beach
The Secrets Royal Beach is located side-by-side with the NOW Larimar. It features modern-décor buildings with 465 rooms. All rooms come with outside Jacuzzis, a safe, and 24-hour room service. The beach here is outstanding! During our stay, we had a lunch buffet on a patio facing the ocean. We enjoyed the food and loved the view.
Located on the east side of Secrets Royal Beach, the NOW Larimar has a large central plaza with an entertainment stage set in the centre. Their array of amenities include a sports bar with bowling ($10/line), Xbox, PlayStation 3, pool tables, a business centre, casino, and disco on the 2nd level with visible swimming pools. There is also a kids club for ages 3 to 12, so the little ones can have a memorable vacation.
Paradisus Punta Cana
The Paradisus Punta Cana is a family hotel featuring 2-storey villas with 16 rooms in each. The lobby leads out to the pool, entertainment area, bar, coffee shop, and shopping stores. It is a large resort with a beautiful white sand beach and complimentary bike stations throughout. Guests at this property will also enjoy the spa centre where they can indulge in a rejuvenating massage and adventure park which offers wall climbing and bungee jumping.
The Reserve at Paradisus
The Reserve at Paradisus is located within Paradisus Punta Cana, and is a good distance from the beach. It is a boutique hotel with 170 rooms (many of them are timeshare properties) in 3-storey buildings surrounding the pool and garden area. Guests here will enjoy Wi-Fi access on their rooms, access to all Paradisus PUJ facilities, and the private beach area.
Paradisus Palma Real
The Paradisus Palma Real is essentially a carbon copy of the Paradisus PUJ/Reserve. There are 554 rooms (214 in Royal Service) distributed across 2-storey buildings. Guests will enjoy views of the beach from the lobby. The main court which is past the lobby at a lower level is surrounded by water fountains, shops, restaurants, the casino and auditorium. The main pool is large with a swim-up bar and 3 Jacuzzis. Reservations are required for the restaurants. Guests planning on staying here may also opt for the Royal Service which is exclusive to adults, offers special check-in services, access to the Gabi Beach and Gabi Club, and a butler (one for each 6 rooms). During our visit, we had lunch at the outdoor buffet restaurant and enjoyed the quality of their dishes.
The Reserve at Paradisus Palma Real
The Reserve at Paradisus Palma Real is a boutique hotel with 190 rooms and residential suites (50% are timeshare properties). Travelers with children will be pleased with the kids club which caters to ages 1 to 12. This property has 3-storey buildings with doors leading to the internal courtyard which opens up to the sky.
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