With ever-darkening autumn days heralding the swift approach of winter, it’s high time to start plotting a Caribbean escape, replacing scarves with swimsuits and trading biting winds for balmy breezes. However, not all tropical getaways are created equal. For those in search of sun, sand and sea alongside carefully curated activities, pampering amenities, unforgettable experiences and exceptional service in one all-inclusive luxury package – there’s Paradisus Palma Real Golf & Spa Resort.
Boasting an enviable location on the crystal-clear waters of Punta Cana’s Bavaró Beach, Paradisus Palma Real lures well-heeled travellers with its array of tempting opportunities for relaxation, invigoration and exploration. Whether indulging in a treatment at the beautiful YHI spa and fitness centre, sipping cocktails by one of the resort’s 11 swimming pools or teeing off at the nearby Cocotal Golf & Country Club, there’s no need to wander far to find exactly what you’re looking for.
Following a recent $40 million renovation, Paradisus Palma Real now offers an even more elevated guest experience, starting with the complete refurbishment of all of the resort’s 596 spacious suites. Natural light floods the living and sleeping areas through floor-to-ceiling windows, illuminating the rustic wooden furnishings and earth-tone decor designed to make you feel as though you’re sitting in the warm Caribbean sands. Rainfall showers, nature-based bath amenities and furnished outdoor areas – either a balcony or terrace – that overlook golden-sand beaches or verdant tropical gardens further blur the lines between indoors and out.
Paradisus Palma Real offers a range of accommodation categories to select from, allowing guests to craft their own personal paradise. Book, for example, one of the 58 brand new swim-up suites, and slip into the cool waters of your own private pool mere steps from your door. Or up the luxury ante by choosing one of the Nikté suites, which come with thoughtful perks like a premium minibar, turndown service, priority dinner reservations, a dedicated destination concierge and a complimentary water ritual at YHI Spa.
For the ultimate in R&R, however, nothing beats The Reserve at Paradisus by Meliá. Encompassing 152 newly revamped suites in a serene adults-only area, The Reserve is an oasis within an oasis, equipped with its own private beaches, pools, lounge areas and exclusive restaurants. Guests here are swathed in tranquillity and pampered to the max, able to take advantage of further amenities like turndown services, a premium concierge and a dedicated private check-in and check-out.
Guests of both Nikté and The Reserve can also enjoy a Destination Inclusive® Experience created just for them, designed for immersion in the vibrant culture and natural riches of Punta Cana. From masterclasses in local arts, to expert guided tours, tastings of authentic specialites and relaxing nature experiences – like a private yoga session on a secluded beach – the Destination Inclusive® programme, included in the daily rate, gets you up close and personal with the people, places, nature and traditions that make Punta Cana unique.
Beyond the newly minted creature comforts and accommodations, Paradisus Palma Real has also unveiled nine fresh new restaurant concepts as part of the resort’s recent re-imagination. Mealtime is now a smorgasbord of cuisines and character, from Asian, Mexican and Italian cuisines amid an elegant ambience, to a steakhouse with casual vibes, as well as two new adults-only dining venues: Flora, with an eye towards sustainable, artisanal fare and vegan delights, and Malva, serving up local Dominican dishes in a bazaar-style buffet at breakfast, lunch and dinner – so you can savour the local culture with every meal.