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Punta Cana, Dominican Republic – Already one of the most refined vacation destinations in the Caribbean, the 15,000-acre Puntacana Resort & Club has now expanded its guest offerings to include the Six Senses Spa and Oscar de la Renta-designed villas at Tortuga Bay.
An oasis of luxury located on over four miles of white sandy beaches and pristine turquoise water, Puntacana Resort & Club caters to those who appreciate exceptional standards of beauty, quality and comfort delivered with true Dominican hospitality. Situated on the island’s eastern coast, Puntacana Resort & Club is the brainchild of Dominican businessman and hotelier, Frank R. Rainieri, and prominent New York attorney and labour mediator, Theodore W. Kheel. More then thirty years ago, they together created a complete resort community that respects the natural habitat of Punta Cana; celebrated personalities such as Oscar de la Renta and Julio Iglesias have since become part-owners and made the resort their home.
The 355-room Puntacana Hotel is nestled amongst 105-acres of lush gardens bordering the magnificent Caribbean and also features nicely appointed two and three-bedroom ocean-view and garden-view Casitas. Nestled in private jungles, the Casitas offer bedrooms with king-size beds and bedrooms with two full-size beds, along with a common area including a living-dining room and a garden or terrace for guests’ privacy and comfort.
Those wanting a more exclusive experience will enjoy Tortuga Bay, offering 15 luxurious beachfront villas designed by none other than world-renowned designer Oscar de la Renta. With uncompromised privacy and five-star service, Tortuga Bay is located within a gated community, and offers one, two, three and four bedroom villas along five miles of immaculate private beach with every convenience at arms length. With respect to the raw beauty of the resort’s setting, all villas are decorated in natural island colors, using an authentic combination of wicker and wood furnishings and luxurious linens to create a look that is at once luminous, serene and utterly elegant.
Each villa comes to life with a host of luxurious amenities, including Frette linens, plasma TV’s in both the bedrooms and living areas, DVD players, Jacuzzi bath tubs and separate showers, private outdoor dining areas, and a mini-bar stocked with a plethora of decadent necessities such as Fiji water, fine wine and chocolate chip cookies.
Delivering the level of service the resort’s most exclusive guests have come to expect, Villa Managers are always on hand to assist guests of Tortuga Bay with a wide variety of services. Guests may reach their appointed Villa Manager via a complimentary mobile phone throughout the duration of their stay to arrange for anything from nanny services to VIP transportation to private dinner parties. Guests of Tortuga Bay are also each provided with a private golf cart to for exploring the property’s breathtaking grounds.
Tortuga Bay’s private pool area is set amongst lush gardens backing onto the Caribbean and offers wireless Internet access for those who find it hard to unplug. A laptop rental service is also available.
Whether arriving by private plane or by one of the numerous carriers flying daily to Punta Cana, guests of Tortuga Bay are greeted as VIPs at Punta Cana International Airport (owned and operated by Grupo Puntacana, the resort’s developers), where they are met upon arrival and swiftly escorted through both immigration and customs, and then whisked to the resort, just 10 minutes away.
Dining at Puntacana Resort & Club is in itself a heavenly experience. With seven restaurants across the property, guests can feast on an array of delectable cuisines at restaurants such as La Yola, which with its grand palapa and glass-bottomed floor perched in the Caribbean, is the perfect setting for serving a seafood-based menu with an Asian fusion twist. Bamboo, a more intimate setting at Tortuga Bay with interiors decorated by Oscar de la Renta, offers a beautiful array of lighter fare, while El Cocoloba serves nouvelle cuisine at the resort’s new beachfront clubhouse.
Recognized as one of the top spa chains in the world, the Six Senses Spa has only 16 exclusive properties throughout Europe and Asia and the Puntacana Resort & Club is the company’s first Caribbean project. The Six Senses Spa at Puntacana Resort & Club offers a wide range of holistic wellness, rejuvenation and beauty treatments to balance the senses, all of which are administered under the guidance of expert therapists from around the world. With eight indoor private treatment rooms and four outdoors palapas built upon a breathtaking deck overlooking the expansive beach and sea, the Spa is a contemporary sanctuary set amidst natural surroundings designed to rejuvenate and revitalize mind, body and soul.
In line with Puntacana Resort & Club’s long-standing commitment to preserving the environment and growing and protecting local natural resources, Six Senses Spa and the Puntacana Ecological Foundation have together developed a number of unique treatments using ingredients from the surrounding area.
Treatments offered at the Six Senses Spa include specialty Massages (Deep Tissue, Scalp & Head, Swedish, Thai, Oriental, Energizer, Holistic), Salt Body Therapy, Body Exfoliation, Body Wraps, Revitalizing Salt Body Therapy, Jet Lag Recovery, Sunburn Soother, Yoga, Tai Chi, Meditation, Foot and Hand Treatments, Six Senses Sodashi Facial Treatments, Foot Acupressure and Ear Candling.
Golf lovers looking to perfect their swing can enjoy the P.B. Dye-designed oceanfront golf course with spectacular views of the Caribbean Sea, while exercise enthusiasts can stay healthy and rejuvenate at Tortuga Bay's fitness center. Countless activities also await resort guests both young and young-at-heart, including five miles of private beaches, tours of the resort’s 1,500 acre ecological park and reserve, freshwater swimming lagoons, offshore reefs and sunken wreck for snorkeling and scuba diving, a full service marina, a tennis complex with lighted clay-caliche courts, a children’s petting zoo, and horseback riding.
The Puntacana Ecological Foundation is a model for sustainable tourism and offers guests of the resort the opportunity to learn about how the property was developed and continues to operate in harmony with the regional ecology. As its mission statement aptly states, the Foundation aims “to protect and restore the natural resources of the Punta Cana region while contributing to the sustainable development of the Dominican Republic." Since it’s formation in 1988, the Foundation has created a climate of co-operation by linking economic development, environmental protection and community involvement. This unique organization includes an inguanatorium, organic vegetable gardens that provide for the restaurants at the resort and throughout the community, etymology exhibits, and medicinal plant garden. The Foundation also regularly hosts scholar groups from prestigious universities such as Harvard, Columbia, Cornell and the University of Miami to conduct research and educational programs on topics such as Mangrove seeding, beach erosion, turtle nesting areas, and reef restoration.
Puntacana Resort & Club is located 4 mi. from the Punta Cana International Airport, 30 mi. from the city of Higuey and 125 mi. from Santo Domingo, the country’s capital. The property, which was awarded with the Leading Hotels of The World prestigious Commitment to Excellence Award in December of 2007, is situated directly on one of the most beautiful and exclusive beaches of the Caribbean with fine sand, crystalline waters and more than 2,000 palm trees, and is the most complete resort for those who seek to live the dream.
The development of Puntacana Resort & Club dates back to 1971 when Dominican businessman and hotelier Frank R. Rainieri and Theodore W. Kheel, the prominent New York attorney and labor mediator, created a partnership to construct a resort and real estate community that respects the natural habitat of Punta Cana while offering a world-class vacation experience. Maintaining a dedication to sustainable tourism, Puntacana Resort & Club has since grown to encompass over 26 square miles and now includes Tortuga Bay, Six Senses Spa, the Puntacana Ecological Foundation, three residential communities (Corales, Hacienda and Arrecife), a full service marina, seven restaurants, a shopping village, a P.B. Dye-designed golf course, and Punta Cana International Airport, a modern facility that incorporates innovative and eco-friendly design. In 1997, Julio Iglesias and Oscar de la Renta joined the Group as co-investors and have made Puntacana Resort & Club their home. Currently, Punta Cana is the most highly visited Caribbean destination and is easily accessible from all over the globe.
The Puntacana Ecological Foundation (PCEF) is a non-profit foundation established in 1994 by the Grupo Puntacana to protect and restore the natural resources of the Punta Cana region and contribute to the sustainable development of the country. The Foundation is endowed with a 1,500-acre ecological park and reserve, filled with an array of local flora and fauna, experimental gardens, and a petting zoo. The Puntacana Ecological Foundation works directly with the Puntacana Resort & Club and numerous partners and researchers from around the world (such as researchers from Harvard, Columbia and Cornell Universities) to protect and contribute to the rational use of natural resources and respect for nature as a model for the sustainable development of destinations. Major projects include providing education and health care to the local community as well as protecting and conserving the area’s coral reefs.
For further resort information and reservations, please call 888 442 2262 or or visit Puntacana.com