Sometimes I wonder about my determination to live in (or at least visit) French Polynesia. Most Canadians I know have never gone there; St. Lucia, Mexico, Cuba, or the Dominican Republic are the destination spots for canucks. Sometimes Hawaii, if they’re feeling extravagant (and Florida if they’re not).
Since I’ve already posted about the cost of visiting my particular paradise, I thought I would now examine the typical Canadian alternative.
The Zoetry Agua All-Inclusive Resort, Punta Cana. Located in the municipal district of La Altagracia, the easternmost province of the Dominican Republic, Punta Cana boasts 50+ sun-drenched balnearios, all but two of which are European-owned. Since there are so many resorts, it was hard to narrow down my choice. I wanted to find a resort comparable to those in French Polynesia. The Zoetry certainly qualifies. Here’s how they describe themselves on their beautiful website:
You are welcomed to our all-suite oasis of cane-thatched sanctuaries. Limited to just 51 exclusive suites, their hardwood floors and natural stone accents harmonize with the lush, secluded oceanfront setting. Located just an hour away from the Punta Cana International Airport, the spirit here is far, far removed from the hectic tempo of everyday living.
The Zoetry offers the “Endless Experience”, without charges or gratuities:
- Welcome bottle of Rum
- Fresh fruit basket daily
- Bvlgari® bath amenities, aromatherapy pillows and linen scents, high quality bed linens and bathrobes, electronic security safe, and more
- Daily breakfast, lunch and dinner gourmet dining options with an assortment of organic food and beverage selections
- Unlimited worldwide calling
- Complimentary horseback riding
- Luxurious oceanfront suites with terraces, most providing direct access to the private beach
- No check-in or check-out time
- unlimited cocktails and specialty beverages from a variety of domestic and international premium brands
- 24-hour private, in-room dining
- A relaxing 20 minute spa treatment per stay
- Access to sauna, steam room, Jacuzzi and sensation shower
- Daily afternoon tea time featuring real live plants for tea infusions
- Maid service three times each day
- Complimentary 24-hour laundry service
- Complimentary 20 minute wellness consultation
How much, I bet you’re wondering. For the all-inclusive, “endless experience” plan for one person, in February, it was $294 per night. A steal, compared to the St. Regis or the other resorts in the region. Plus I get fed constantly. Big win there.
The next all-inclusive resort I found in Punta Canta that might approximate my tahitian dream was the Dreams Palm Beach Punta Cana. A February stay here would cost $285.00 per night.
That’s all for Punta Cana, for now. Palm trees, beautiful climate, turquoise beaches, and food. I wouldn’t have to stockpile fruit to keep from starving. Always a plus.
Next stop: Cuba.