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The Westin opened in December, 2013, on the Playa Blanca, bringins it’s noted brand of impeccable service to the north end of the sprawling, 15,000-acre Puntacana Club & Resort. Though the Westin itself is new, it is part of the original development on the D.R.’s easternmost headland, which was called Punta Borrachón (“Drunkard’s Point”) until 1971, when the developers who built this resort (and the town, and the airport) re-christened it “Punta Cana.” 
 
You know the seaweed, rocks, and rough surf that can sometimes plague the long, overdeveloped beaches near Bavaro on the Atlantic side? Well, here on the Caribbean side of the headland it’s all crystal-clear turquoise waters. The hotel is angled so that every room—with its modern furnishings and trademark Heavenly Beds—gets at least some ocean view from the balcony. Premium Ocean View rooms are about 50% larger than “Traditional” king and double-queen rooms. 
 
There is an hourly shuttle to help reach the nearby village, the resort’s two golf courses (the 18-hole Corales Golf Club and the 27-hole La Cana Golf Club, designed by P.B. Dye and named “number one course in the Caribbean” by Golf Magazine), and the five other restaurants scattered across the resort’s vast property.

Those restaurants are necessary, since the two in-house restaurants are not nearly as good as they should be—they’re fine, but overpriced and not quite up to the Westin association. (Definitely take a meal at La Yola, a thatched, open-air, fishing boat–themes spot built out over the water serving seafood and Mediterranean dishes.)