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Punta Cana Dominican Republic

Posted on April 16, 2016 at 12:40 AM

Punta Cana

Punta Cana was full of deep soft beaches and warm people. We traveled over Sr. Patrick’s holiday so we experienced special events at our home base of Breathless. I also visited many other resorts over the course of two days.

We landed at the Punta Cana airport and deplaned on the tarmac. A bus then took us a short distance to Customs and Immigration. The airport is set up in a mostly open air fashion. There are large fans to keep you cool. The first area we came to was to purchase the tourist cards. I encourage my clients to purchase these pre travel and we did for ourselves. This allowed us to skip this line and go to the next step. After handing over our cards we proceeded through immigration. There were lines and you can purchase an expedited service in advance if you would like. Next you pick up your checked bags; but, we only do carry on so we went straight to customs. We proceeded to the Amstar desk for our transfer.

We booked a private transfer but you can do a shared transfer or take a taxi. I like that with a private transfer you do not have to wait for others to arrive to be off to your resort. I set up my site inspections with Amstar it was great to get to know our driver and guide as they would be with us for many days of our vacation. They had a sign with our name on it and our name in the window of the van. Our drive was a bit over a half an hour but that is longer than most transfers as our resort was located in Ulvero Alto.

We were met with “welcome to the party” as we arrived at Breathless. This really is their theme for this adults only (not couples only) resort. Our luggage was staged and we were handed our purple signature drink and cool towel Check in at the lobby was quick and we were off on the golf cart to our room. If you decide to go with the Xhale club your check in would be in the Xhale private lounge.

We arrived to our Second floor room and were given a short tour of its amenities. The bed was a comfortable king. The balcony had a jetted tub and faced the party pool that was just beginning a foam party. Our bath had a large shower, double sinks, separate water closet that had an additional bidet. Our mini bar had all the usual items: water, soda, juice, and Presidente beer. Coors light, Budwiser, and a few other options were available as well.

The resort is set up in a u that faces the ocean and beach. Breathless had two main interior pools with swim up bars. Both sides of the U had other pools that were off the swim up rooms complete with more bars across the resort. The resort is lush with palm trees and dappled with art. Most of the dining options were in the main building near the lobby (Tapas, Italian, French, Mediterranean, International, Asian and the Coffee/sweet shop) but there were also options near the beach (Steak, Latin, and the Barefoot Grill. Seating options varied from the traditional loungers to cabanas by the pool or bi level escapes on the beach. The gym and spa are set off to the side and offer plenty of options for the motivated or relaxation seeking traveler.

The beach was deep and soft with a slight gold color. You could stroll along for quite a distance in either direction. While we were there the waves varied from a little heavy to let’s wait till tomorrow. To be fair this is one part of the Island in the Atlantic waters instead of the Caribbean Sea. Lots of other parts of the Caribbean were also experiencing rough water the week we traveled so Mother Nature may have played a part. We ate at a restaurant next door and had wonderful grilled lobster and what we fondly refer to as “crack” fries. Lobster was an extra charge at our resort so we were happy to go out and experience eating at a spot not on a resort. The resort offered the usual kayak, hobble cat, and paddle boards for those who wished to explore further out.

Night life began with evening shows and ended in the night club or Casino. The shows varied nightly from fire to a hypnotist. We had a fun beach party one night and a crazy glow pool foam party another. Each night offered dancing opportunities to warm you up for later at the night club. The night club has a large patio that we often enjoyed the shows from as the night breeze kept us cool. Outside were the oxygen bar and the hookahs. Inside the music pounded and the stripper poles were danced upon. If this all seems like much then Conversation and great drinks were easy to find hanging out in the lobby bar Wink.

I also checked out a variety of resorts in the Punta Cana area. Family resorts from large to intimate. (Hard Rock Punta Cana, Memories/Royalton, Bahia, Dreams, Now , Majestic, Paradisus Palma Real, Bavaro Princes and Ocean Blue ). Kids clubs, teen clubs, bowling alleys, or water parks are availableyou’re your kids to enjoy. I also visited adults only resorts Like Secrets Palm Beach, Chic, Bahia Ambar, Iberostar Grand and Excellence Punta Cana. Many of the family resorts have adult’s only areas or sections. Most resorts also offer club services with certain room levels that afford you special check in, pools, lounges, beach service areas, dining, upgraded room amenities, drink options and more.

Tour options vary from ocean, mountain, and across land experiences. You can swim with dolphins or take a catamaran ride. You can zip line from the heights of the mountains or ride ATV’s to a cave. These and many more optins are just waiting for you.

Contact me to find out more about which resorts will work for your next getaway. 620-481-1659


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