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Tortuga Bay Hotel Puntacana Resort & Club
Puntacana Resort & Club, Punta Cana
Our Rating Neighborhood Playa Punta Cana Phone 888/442-2262 in the U.S. or Canada, 809/959-2262 Prices Summer: $750–$865 one-bedroom jr. suite, $1,505–$1,645 two-bedroom suite, from $2,300 three-bedroom villa, from $3,270 four-bedroom villa. Winter: $905–$1,030 one-bedroom jr. suite, $1,715–$1,885 two-bedroom suite, from $2,655 three-bedroom villa, from $3,555 four-bedroom villa. Rates include breakfast. Units 30 suites & villas Amenities Wi-Fi (free), 1 restaurant, 1 bar, 2 outdoor pools, fitness center, spa, 2 golf courses, tennis courts Web site Tortuga Bay Hotel Puntacana Resort & Club
These 13 Oscar de la Renta–designed villas on the vast (26 square miles!) resort feature suites with kitchenettes—the one-bedroom junior suites are upstairs; the two-bedroom suites below open directly onto the private beach—and villas with three to five bedrooms each.
The accommodations are Caribbean-chic, with canopy or poster beds, Frette linens, and walk-in closets. Breakfast is taken in the AAA Four Diamond Award-winning Bamboo Restaurant, which at lunch and dinner serves Mediterranean fare in an elegant setting.
(Of the seven other restaurants scattered around the resort, don’t bother with the overpriced options in the new Westin at the north end, but deifnitely head down the beach for a meal at La Yola, a thatched, open-air, fishing boat–themes spot built out over the water serving seafood and Mediterranean dishes.)
Each suite comes with a pesonal concierge (and a mobile phone so you can contact him or her), bicycles and a golf cart to help you get around the property, and private transportation to and from the airport as well as VIP service to whisk you through the airport past all the lines—not surprising, since this is part of the original Puntacana Resort & Club, which actually built the airport (and the town) in the early 1970s.
Some villas overlook the blue waters of the Carbbean; others the greens of the 27-hole La Cana Golf Club designed by P.B. Dye and named “number one course in the Caribbean” by Golf Magazine (the resort is also home to the 18-hole Corales Golf Club).