2005 Travel News ArchiveTravel

New hotels for Punta Cana

The East Coast of the Dominican Republic will kick off the 2005-2006 winter season with the opening of several new luxury hotels. First to open are the Tortuga Bay and Sivory, the first two boutique luxury hotels of the area and the Paradisus Palma Real.

Tortuga Bay, part of the Punta Cana Group hotels, was decorated by Oscar de la Renta. It has 15 luxurious beachfront villas starting at US$750 per night double with airport transportation and breakfast included. Sivory, with 55 suites right on the beach and located north of Secrets in the Uvero Alto area of the East Coast, is far removed and sells exclusivity. It is receiving its first guests this December. The hotel offers personalized service and goes for double room rates of around US$500 EP. Sivory will become the country’s second Small Luxury Hotels, following in the footsteps of Casa Colonial in Puerto Plata.

The Paradisus Palma Real with 554 luxury suites adjacent to the Melia Caribe Tropical received its first guests on 20 December, and is an operation in the new so-called six star category.

Another property scheduled to be in operation at the start of 2006 is the 659-room Majestic Colonial Punta Cana Beach Resort, a five star property, in the Arena Gorda-Bavaro area of the East Coast.

Another boutique hotel opening early next year is Villa Caleton the 16 beach villas at Villas Caleton, in the southernmost development area of the East Coast, Cap Cana. Villas Caleton are slated for a February-March opening, to precede the summer opening of the much-awaited first Jack Nicklaus Punta Espada golf course.

The Riu Palace Punta Cana in the Arena Gorda area is well advanced in construction working for a March 2006 opening also offering suites in the 6 star new luxury category.