Eden Roc at Cap Cana
Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
What it is
A lush beachside resort with 60 lagoon-side villas and sumptuous suites.
What it isn't
Hands off. This is a Relais & Châteaux property—in fact, the Dominican Republic’s only one—and staff are appropriately doting.
What we think
Christopher Columbus must have been over-the-top gleeful when he hit La Hispaniola in 1492. It would have had the same crystalline waters and powdered sugar white beaches it offers up today. Eden Roc sits on the Dominican Republic side of the isle, specifically on the 30,000-acre Cap Cana development, with amenities Columbus could never have dreamt of. Take the 3,000 square meter Solaya Spa, where you can opt for a diamond dust massage that utilizes oil from Moroccan Damask roses; the Jack Nicklaus-designed seaside golf course that’s been a PGA Champions tour stop for three years running; the three bars and restaurants on-site, including La Cava, inspired by Mediterranean wine cellars (order the Sacramento valley squab with wine pears and cardamom reduction). Rooms are awash in sea blues and textures—rattan, linen— plus only in the Caribbean touches, like coral stone bathtubs. Oh, and did we mention daily breakfast is included in the rate? You want the mashed plantain, deep fried cheese and Dominican salami, plus a Nutella crepe on the side.
You're here because
The kids programs are more pampering than any grandma. Expect a mini spa for pint sized glamazons (manis! pedis!) in the treehouse-inspired clubhouse.
Solaya Spa is brand new—30,000 square feet of anti-gravity yoga, freshwater pools, and even a wellness bar for fresh-pressed juice. But that’s not what you came for. Today, you’re here to try something as Dominican as it comes: the coffee wrap and scrub, applied in an open-air cabana set along the sea. The only thing more invigorating than coffee is a sea mist from head to pampered toe.
The east side of the island, on frothy beach. Punta Cana International Airport is just a ten minute drive away.
Mediterraneo - Elegant venue which include a menu that exudes a journey of flavors and ingredients from Mediterranean cultures
La Palapa - Seafood prepared to the perfection and sumptuous gnocchi
Blue Grill + Bar - Blends urban, rustic and chic styles with an oceanfront view
La Cava - Charming domed roof made of bricks is a charming gathering spot that feels like a cozy cellar in a historic hacienda
Riva Bar & Lounge - The Exquisitely crafted Riva Aquamaran pleasure boat that was the symbol of glamour in 1960s Monte Carlo - Classic cocktails