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Aman Resorts Goes Once to the Dominican Republic, Six Times to Gabon

January 15, 2014 at 9:01 AM | by | Comments (0)

Amanyara, Turks & Caicos

We might have only gotten two out of four hoped-for openings from Aman Resorts last year (that would be Aman Canal Grande in Venice and Amano’i in Vietnam), but despite the wait for Lijiang (China) and Jordan, we’ll continue to keep an eye out for anywhere else Aman might be popping up in the (near) future.

One likely destination is the Dominican Republic, which would make it the second Aman in the Caribbean, next to Amanyara in the Turks & Caicos. Rather than the popular eastern region of Punta Cana, the hotel will be part of the Playa Grande development on the northern coast, east of Puerto Plata and kitesurfer’s paradise Cabarete.

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Riu Resorts Leads Big-Box All-Inclusives Into the 21st Century

November 28, 2012 at 12:23 PM | by | Comments (0)

The Riu Punta Canta's adults-only swimming pool promises no Marco Polo

In a somewhat shocking move, Riu Hotels & Resortsone of the biggest and most traditional of the big-box all-inclusive resort chains–is suddenly introducing a slew of new and thoughtful brand-wide amenities boldly aimed toward getting their Americas properties into the 21st century.

After spending lots of time in many all-inclusives, we though many brands would never change their buffet-lined, screaming-kid, non-Internet-having ways. Bargain rates? They haz ‘em. But innovates? They never.

Except now, RIU is.

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Sheraton Opens a Four Points Property in Punta Cana

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  Site Where: Boulevard 1ero de Noviembre, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
October 10, 2012 at 11:45 AM | by | Comment (1)

Starwood Hotels continues their global expansion by opening the 124-room Four Points by Sheraton Punta Cana on September 28th, the first US-based, internationally-branded hotel to open in the Dominican Republic.

This is the newest addition to the Puntacana Village, which is designed to be a tranquil community with all the services and amenities of an urban area. The village includes a mix of both residential and commercial real estate, an international school, a retail and dining galleria, churches, financial institutions, medical centers, gyms, and, now, a Four Points by Sheraton. The hotel hopes to attract both business and leisure travelers with its low rates (starting at $96 a night) and location.

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Another Eden Roc Joins the Hotel Scene: in the Dominican Republic

July 26, 2012 at 9:35 AM | by | Comments (0)

Another day, another hotel called Eden Roc. We're not kidding. But this plush new, all-suites property in the Cap Cana area of the Dominican Republic is a lot fancier than its U.S. namesake, the Eden Roc Renaissance Miami Beach.

Time will tell if it can become as legendary as its French namesake, Hotel Du Cap Eden Roc (a celeb and Lagerfeld fave).

What we can tell you is that Eden Roc at Cap Cana brings a new level of luxury to the area (and gets you far, far away from the party-happy scene in Punta Cana so beloved by reality TV stars).

The first 12 suites opened amid lush landscaping earlier this month, although the rest of the suites (some of them bigger than your house) and the resort's restaurants will be unveiled in October, as a more official grand opening. Earlier this year, we caught a glimpse of the candy-colored exteriors peeking through palm trees and can attest to the generous size of even the entry-level suites.

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Yes, House-made Hotel Honey is Still a Thing

November 17, 2011 at 10:35 AM | by | Comments (0)

Back in April of 2010, we posited that hotels producing their own honey was becoming a trend; in fact we offered three hotels already doing their own beekeeping and honeymaking, then added a fourth: the Fairmont Vancouver Airport.

This week, the LA Times finally catches on and notes that now Montage Deer Valley, Carmel Valley Ranch and more Fairmont Hotels join the sweet list. Well, we've got yet more to add and it benefits from the addition of some celebrity names wrapped up in the beekeeping spree: Julio Iglesias and Oscar de la Renta.

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Five Last-Minute Memorial Day Weekend Hotel Deals

May 19, 2011 at 10:21 AM | by | Comments (0)

Hotel Indigo San Diego

It's hard to believe that Memorial Day is next weekend. If it snuck up on you and you haven't made any holiday plans, don't worry, it's not too late for a getaway. There are still some hotel deals to be had.

Travelzoo is offering a bunch of Memorial weekend hotel rooms at slashed prices. Here are a couple of the highlights:

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Barceló Punta Cana to Host the Mr. Universe Competition (Again)

April 19, 2011 at 11:32 AM | by | Comment (1)

If you love men who love banana hammocks and speedos, you'll want to head to the Barceló Punta Cana Resort. The Dominican Republic hotel will be full of hard-bodied, tan men when it hosts the finale of this year's Mr. Universe pageant.

You will be able to see the ripped guys flexing their muscles and strutting on the catwalk at the all-inclusive hotel from May 10 to 14. Given that the Barceló Punta Cana sits on the water, you may also be able to "accidentally" run into a few of the muscular contestants at the beach.

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The First All-Inclusive Hard Rock Hotel Hits Punta Cana in a Few Weeks

October 13, 2010 at 4:00 PM | by | Comments (0)

Are you champing at the bit to get down to the Dominican Republic and party like a rock star on the beach? Well, you'll be able to in a few weeks, if the Hard Rock Hotel Punta Cana is to be believed. The massive complex of 121 acres, boasting more swimming pools than you can count on two hands and almost as many theme clubs and lounges, soft opens to guests on November 1, with it's official grand opening coming next spring.

It's an all-inclusive resort, of course, even though it's the first all-inclusive Hard Rock Hotel. There'll be photobooths and live performances all over the place, just be sure to budget for some extra playing in the "Vegas-style casino," which will have 457 slots and 40 tables.

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Flowers in the Hotel Toilet: Cute or Gross?

May 14, 2010 at 4:08 PM | by | Comments (3)

You know how it is when you check into a hotel and you're so tired, so desperate to just have a private place to lay down and relax? You do a quick little look around the room and the bathroom, and perhaps there's a couple cute little flowers placed on the freshly folded towels, but you never expect flowers to also be floating in the toilet, do you?

This is something we encountered for the first time ever last week, at the Puntacana Resort in the Dominican Republic. We lifted up the toilet lid and saw something in the toilet bowl, but happily they were only the little pink flowers you see pictured above. A cute gesture...or is it?

Have you ever been greeted by flowers in the hotel room's toilet? What hotel had them? Perhaps it's just an island thing, but we're curious to see just how widespread this practice is, and if it grosses out anyone else. Let us know in the comments!

Full Disclosure: We were in the DR thanks to Jetblue and the Dominican Republic Board of Tourism. But rest assured that we worked more than swam, and all views expressed here are our own.

[Photo: HotelChatter]

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Inside the Restaurants and Pools of Oscar de la Renta's Tortuga Bay Hotel

May 11, 2010 at 3:20 PM | by | Comments (2)

Now that we've already taken you inside of the exclusive, Oscar de la Renta-designed Tortuga Bay Resort in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, it's about time to show you around the grounds, since this hotel has access to almost every bit of the PUNTACANA complex, aside from the residences where Oscar de la Renta, Julio Iglesias and Mikhail Baryshnikov live.

Bamboo Restaurant: Tortuga Bay is not an all-inclusive resort, as they like giving you the freedom to go and eat at local restaurants, but what is included is a continental breakfast buffet in the de la Renta-designed Bamboo Restaurant. It also serves lunch, dinner and drinks poolside, if you don't desire to leave the hotel.

Ojos Indigenas Ecological Park: Hop in the golf cart that comes with your room to drive 5 minutes down the beach to this 1,500-acre protected ecological park, where there is a hiking trail and eleven natural freshwater pools (some of which you can swim). It's completely free, and you can see more pictures and details on it here.

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Inside Oscar de la Renta's Tortuga Bay Hotel in the Dominican Republic

May 10, 2010 at 2:41 PM | by | Comments (0)

There's a reason that the Oscar de la Renta-designed Tortuga Bay hotel in Punta Cana, Dominica Republic has a perfect five-star rating on TripAdvisor, and that reason is some of the most excellent hotel service that can be had anywhere. From picking you up from your flight right on the tarmac, as if you had arrived by private plane, to getting you tee times at one of the world's most exclusive golf courses, Tortuga can easily go beyond your greatest expectations.

We go inside of it, after the jump

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Jay-Z Does Some Big Pimpin' at Casa de Campo for His 40th Birthday

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  Site Where: La Romana, La Romana, Dominican Republic
December 9, 2009 at 9:07 AM | by | Comments (0)

Perhaps Beyoncé travels with a supply of throws.

We’re getting slightly jealous bored of these celeb-filled hotel launch parties at the moment, but we also like our lodgings to come with a little sprinkling of stardust. Luckily, Beyoncé has helped us out this week with the bash she threw at the weekend in honour of Jay Z’s 40th birthday.

She flew 50 of his mates (including Diddy, Oprah, Kate Hudson and A-Rod, Kanye and Amber Rose and Alicia Keys) out on private jets to the Casa de Campo resort in the Dominican Republic.

The theme was old-style gangster. There were two dance floors. There were fireworks. There was Alicia duetting with the birthday boy. There were even synchronized swimmers.

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