Redefining luxury in the Dominican Republic – Eden Roc At Cap Cana… A Caribbean Gem
The Dominican Republic has lured holidaymakers to its shores with promises of uncrowded Caribbean beaches, wall-to-wall sunshine, and rich flora and fauna for decades. Indeed, it has built a thriving holiday industry on a mainstay of four-star, all-inclusive resorts – until now, that is.
If you’ve never considered the Dominican Republic for a luxury holiday, now is the time to think again. Things have changed. Hotels including Eden Roc at Cap Cana have filled the gap in the market for the luxury traveller very nicely, so all that the country has to offer can now be enjoyed in true style. With regular flights from the UK, Europe and North America, it’s easy to get to as well.
QuoteBoutique in style, Eden Roc at Cap Cana is both a resort and a beach club, located within the exclusive, not to mention, naturally beautiful, 30,000-acre leisure and residential enclave of Cap Cana – dubbed “the millionaire’s playground”. It’s also the country’s only Relais & Châteaux hotel. Laid-back jet-setters looking for a ‘fly and flop’ holiday with a host of amenities on site, and the opportunity for adventure thrown in, will fall in love. A new full-service Solaya Spa, the private Eden Roc Beach Club, an equestrian centre, three distinctive restaurants, three bars, and Punta Espada, one of Jack Nicklaus’ signature golf courses, all await. If golf is your game, don’t hesitate to visit the Dominican Republic. It’s one of the Caribbean’s hottest golfing destinations, and Punta Espada has been named the best in the Caribbean and Mexico by Golfweek.
Want to explore some of the country’s famous scenic splendour in more depth? If you can bear to tear yourself away from your pina colada at the beach club or the private pool in your villa, there is so much to see and do without even having to leave the Cap Cana Estate. Scape Park offers a host of eco adventures amongst pristine beaches, towering limestone cliffs and tropical forests, from hiking the eco-trail to horse-riding beside the sea. Or take a scuba-diving lesson, try watersports, or sail into the sunset on a catamaran trip departing from the marina.
When it comes to where to lay your head, singles, couples and multi-generational families are equally well catered for. New Beachfront One-Bedroom Suites and Beachfront Two-Bedroom Suites, completed in 2017, come with a full ocean view and either a terrace or balcony. If you’ve the family in tow, a two-bedroom Family Residence like the one we stayed in is a great option. To really push the boat out – for a family reunion or maybe as a posh pad when travelling with friends – there’s the four-bedroom Imperiale Villa. It’s what we call ‘rather special’, and it has an open-air courtyard with gardens and cascading waterfalls, a full kitchen with a personal chef on-hand, and a private butler on call 24-hours a day so that you will never have to lift a finger.
So be brave, and try somewhere new, follow our advice on where to stay, and you will discover an exclusive side to the Dominican Republic. You may just find that it gives many Caribbean islands a run for their money.
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