Punta Cana, República Dominicana
One of the most popular destinations among Royal Holiday members, Punta Cana is located on the East Coast of the Dominican Republic in the province of La Altagracia and has served for decades as one of the most beautiful resort cities in the world. Travelers have consistently ranked its windy beaches as among the finest on the globe, and it features a world-class resort culture to match, with everything from the best golf courses in the Dominican Republic to jeep safari rides through the inland jungle. Punta Cana has garnered a sterling reputation for its class and abundant charms, as well as its friendly and welcoming culture, and Royal Holiday makes it simple to travel to the city with three resort options for members.
The easiest and most affordable way to enjoy Punta Cana can be found at the Caribe Club Princess, which offers an all-inclusive package that provides everything from shows at night to classes for novice divers. With private balconies and numerous on-site restaurants, as well as easy access to the beautiful Playa Bavaro, it is the perfect choice for a family getaway. The Bavaro Princess will be the choice for Royal Holiday members looking to truly relax, as it features a premier spa, as well as all-inclusive access to food ranging from Japanese haute cuisine to beachside grills. However, for couples looking to escape the kids, the Punta Cana Princess can’t be beat. An adults-only, all-inclusive resort that opened in 2013, it has numerous swimming pools and restaurants, in addition to features such as the Areíto Discotheque and the La Rumba Theater.
Punta Cana provides everything that a Caribbean vacation should: year-round sunshine, gorgeous beaches, and every kind of water sport imaginable. Whether one wants to charter a catamaran for a romantic cruise or to splash around with dolphins, Punta Cana makes it easy to enjoy a vacation. Natural marine pools can be found dotting the area, which makes for perfectly safe swimming, while deep sea fishermen and women can find easy access to sporting supplies and rides out across the ocean. Royal Holiday members interested in golf, however, may never make it to the beach. Twelve courses in the Punta Cana area offer challenges for every skill level, with numerous holes designed by golf legends such as José-Pepe-Gancedo and Jack Nicklaus.
Royal Holiday members looking to soak up some authentic Dominican culture will do well to leave the enclave of the balnearios and visit some of the local landmarks in the Punta Cana region. The underground river at Fun Fun Cave, where authentic cave paintings can be found after an invigorating horseback ride through the mangroves, has delighted visitors for years, while the Indigenous Eyes Ecological Park provides tours of astounding lagoons surrounded by over 500 different types of tropical plants. The “jeep safari” culture, which can include anything from ATV tours to real monster trucks, offers glimpses of the many facets of the island, with tours often stopping off at handsome hidden beaches and gentle rivers, while the scenic retreat at Caño Hondo offers ecological delights in the form of a forest preserve.