Paradise beaches, usually with calm waters and thousands of coconut trees on fine sand, accompanied by drinks and food (of all kinds) and with a concierge to take care of everything.
It’s the routine of tourists who stay at resorts in Punta Cana, in the Dominican Republic, a place that allows guests to leave the resort for nothing—nothing at all, as they can even find a casino and cabaret on site.
Do not want peace and are tired of constantly seeing waiters and waiters? Good too. Head to Isla Saona by the Caribbean, or go for more radical walks along Bavaro Beach itself, home to the trendy city’s giant hotel complexes.
The fact is that, regardless of the choice, the biggest challenge a visitor to Punta Cana will face when staying at its luxury resorts is choosing what they want to eat or drink, from breakfast to bedtime. And yet, to resolve the issue, just go to the resort application and determine if you choose a la carte.
Perhaps the choice of a preferred pool or sun lounger around it or on the sand is also on the list of “difficulties”.
Resorts such as the all-inclusive Grand Palladium Punta Cana Resort & Spa cater to guests even on the sand. The refrigerator is always replenished, and some restaurant will always be open.
When this journalist told the hotel employee at the door of his room that he just needed a soda and water to refill the minibar, he was surprised and replied, “Just?” – Are you sure that’s all? he insisted.
Punta Cana concentrates more than half of the hotels in the Dominican Republic, a country of about 10 million people in Central America, and even positions itself as an all-inclusive destination, not least because there are few options in the area around the resorts compared to what you see in hotels. .
He is on an island that he shares with poor Haiti, and in February he began building a wall that would close nearly half of the 392-kilometer border with the neighboring country. The claim is to curb illegal immigration.
The country expects to host 7 million foreign tourists this year, up 9% from 2019, the last year without the impact of the pandemic on global tourism.
According to the Dominican Tourism Bureau in Brazil, 107,000 Brazilians were in the country that year, mainly from January to March and from November to December. Twenty years ago there were 4,000 Brazilian tourists here.
The dates with the highest tourist flow are not random and correspond to the calendar of hurricanes, which can usually hit the region from June to October.
The average stay of Brazilians in the country is six to seven days, which is longer than four or five days for North American tourists. Distance explains.
The pandemic has seen the number of Brazilians plummet to 41,000 in 2021, but major hotels such as the Grand Palladium Punta Cana Resort & Spa are already back to pre-pandemic levels in terms of guest profile, dominated by tourists from the US, Canada and Europeans, followed by South Americans, as well as Brazilians, Argentines and Uruguayans.
Here guests can venture into the casino or enjoy a night out at Chic, a cabaret with a tasting menu and over two hours of music shows. It’s one of the few options that pays separately (between $35 and $135, depending on the resort you’re staying at), and the client can sample scallops, duck, and short ribs, among others.
Punta Cana, however, is more than a hype resort. Attractions outside of hotels are the highlight of the natural scenery, but these are invariably expensive tours due to the current exchange rate.
An example is Isla Saona, which has only 300 inhabitants and can be reached in almost two hours on a catamaran that brings tourists through the Caribbean, among Latin American music and a lot of rum.
The $100 tour includes drinks and lunch on the island. Unlike resorts, food in Saona is very simple, unsophisticated, served with cutlery and single-use plastic.
This does not stop you from enjoying the main itinerary offered at your destination, which lasts all day, and you will already be paid for the blueness of the water. A boat trip with already tired (very tired) tourists is carried out on speed boats with a stop in the natural pools of the Caribbean.
Another option is parasailing, in which a tourist is towed by a kind of parachute boat into the ocean and he is at a distance of 80 meters from the water. The cost can vary from $60 to $100 (two people), for a trip of about 15 minutes.
Coco Bongo, an open bar in the city center, offers nightlife for about five hours, with an average of 50 artists such as musicians and acrobats taking turns taking the stage.
Although it is not necessary to spend money during your stay, it is recommended that you bring Dominican pesos with you, as tourists are unlikely to receive change in dollars. On tours, it is also important to be careful with the price of souvenirs.
And, after a day at the beach or an adventure at sea, you might still be lucky enough to see a sand wedding common at Grand Palladium, which has four resorts in the same area – one of them, TRS Turquesa. , exclusively for adults.
The hotel has 15 restaurants, 25 bars and 1993 suites with hot tubs. According to Antonio Parrado, CEO of the hotels, each of the restaurants has its own chef, while the other two are responsible for the overall coordination of the establishment.
The most popular among families are devoted to meat, as well as Italian and Mexican cuisine.
The cost of living in resorts depends on the category and time of year. Seven days at the Grand Palladium Bavaro, one of the complexes, can cost BRL 8,500 for two adults. You can buy tickets on Copa Airlines for $606 per person.