Paradisus Palma Real, Punta Cana - Redefining Luxury All-Inclusive

April 28, 2015

Sunny skies, vibrant tropical landscapes, warm turquoise waters and white-sand beaches, coupled with Paradisus’ LUXEclusive service and you have the ingredients for an unforgettable vacation.    

On a recent trip to Meliá Hotels International’s Paradisus Palma Real Golf & Spa Resort in Punta Cana, I was invited to experience the butler-driven, adults-only Royal Service and the NEW Family Concierge – two luxury boutique sections within the resort.

Located on the Dominican’s eastern shore, the Palma Real is a sleek and stylish 5 star oceanfront property that overlooks the pristine sands of Bávaro Beach, declared by UNESCO as one of the best beaches in the world.

Forget your typical all-inclusive resort, the Paradisus ‘LUXEclusive’ experience has raised the bar! From the moment I arrived, I was immersed in a world of exquisite design, aromatic scents and inviting sounds that took me on a sensorial journey.
The hotel’s 554 suites are located in three buildings and sections: Royal Service (18+), Family Concierge and the Standard Section (no less impressive than the rest!) that are spread throughout the property’s manicured tropical landscape with live flamingos, turtles and birds. Palma Real is an eco-conscious resort awarded the EarthCheck Silver Certified status.  

My lavish suite was stylishly decorated in contemporary earth tones with marble floors, a cozy sitting area and a luxurious bathroom with Thierry Mugler toiletries – my secret addiction!  
The property is also home to The Reserve Palma Real, a posh boutique hotel located within the resort with 190 concierge suites. This is the site of the YHI Spa & Wellness Centre, an incredible Asian inspired natural sanctuary where scenic lily ponds and the soothing sound of fountains lulled me into a state of bliss. The thermal circuit was perfect for revitalizing after my flight and is free to hotel guests. There’s also a private Royal Service YHI Spa – The Oriental Garden - featuring private massage cabanas. This was by far one of my favourite hotel spas ever!       

Their philosophy, the ‘pure freedom to just be’ ensured my every comfort and need was catered to. Everything here is premium, including the cocktails created by their very own mixologist, Miguel Lancha, a handsome gentleman from Madrid. His Rosemary & Cinnamon Silver Ginn Fizz was fabulous!   
The resort feels spacious and intimate thanks to its layout. I never had to stress about finding that perfect spot by the pool, the beach or in a restaurant – something I'm sure travellers can appreciate.

This spectacular resort houses 5 swimming pools, including the almost 40,000 square foot main pool that extends to the beach. Talk about views! This aquamarine stunner is the largest in Punta Cana and features 7 hydromassage areas. The beach is wide and spacious with sky-high coconut palms and soft sand that extends into a sea of turquoise, especially captivating when I was lounging on my Bali bed.    
The adults-only Royal Service pays close attention to luxury details such as VIP lounge with private check in/out, personal butler service, private pool and beach with Bali beds and much more. Here, everything speaks of comfort and relaxation, evidenced with their in-room Jacuzzi® preparation, pillow menu and scent selection for your nightly aromatherapy in-room turn down service. Paradisus Palma Real is redefining luxury all-inclusive.

In the Family Concierge which recently opened after a $12 million renovation project, guests can enjoy the same luxury amenities and service found in the Royal Service, but catered to the needs of families. Think Johnson & Johnson toiletries, kid friendly amenities and milk with cookies at turn down - my niece and nephew would have loved this!     
At The Reserve, little ones can enjoy the Kids Zone equipped with an adventure park that includes rock climbing and bungee jumping, a games room, a kid’s pool with slides, as well as arts, crafts and cooking activities - all under the supervision of qualified professionals, so parents can rest easy day or night.

When it comes to dining, Paradisus Palm Real provides an exciting gastronomic experience. The property is home to seven beautifully designed dining venues that cater to all palettes. Restaurants range from buffet to à la carte and feature a Steakhouse, International, Mexican, Italian, Asian Fusion and Mediterranean cuisine. The crown jewel is Passion by 7 Michelin-star Chef Martin Berasategui with its AAA 4-Diamond Award. For an additional $60 USD and $40 for wine pairing, I happily delighted in a 7-course tasting menu that was an incredible culinary experience.        
Lighting and music transform spaces from day to night to create an exciting nightlife. Dance the night away at the Red Lounge, take part in festive activities, enjoy the rhythmic sounds of live music, performances and shows, or, simply sip delicious cocktails at one of the bars. Royal Service and The Reserve guests can unwind at the stylish Gabi Beach and Bar – it was here that I enjoyed dinner on the beach, complete with a Rum tasting class with the talented Miguel.   

At Palma Real, even the activities are pure luxury. Think yoga and pilates on the beach! There are also spinning and tennis classes; along with snorkeling, kayaking and scuba diving, but I must admit that the tango, painting, wine tasting and cigar making classes were especially fun!  
If you’re looking for an effortless, luxury all-inclusive vacation, I highly recommend the Paradisus Palma Real, or its sister property Paradisus Punta Cana.  

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