Paradisus Punta Cana is an incredible resort. Since we were taking a break from work, we did not want to be dealing with a ton of crowds and children, so we chose to book in the Royal Service section of the resort. This included an exclusive lounge, beach, pool, bar, and restaurant, as well as our personal butler. Oh, and we still had access to everything else in the resort, as well!
Upon arrival, Sean and I were immediately upgraded from a garden view suite to an ocean front suite. The room was massive and I’m pretty sure the bed does not even fit on the size charts! Plus, nothing beats opening the curtains to the beach and ocean directly in front of you. We were introduced to our butler, Enrique, who gave us a tour of the hotel and explained all of the things we could do. After just arriving, we were so eager to just relax that I don’t think we processed anything he said.
Since we arrived late in the evening, we just met up with my dad and his friend for dinner at the buffet restaurant, Gabi Beach (it was Asian themed and the sushi was amazing!), and a few drinks.
Our days at the resort pretty much consisted of lying by the pool, getting in the pool, and drinking in the pool. We mixed it up by going to the beach a couple of times, and even went golfing one day, but the pool was pretty much our home for the entire trip.
The resort itself was gorgeous. It was so green while simultaneously being directly on the beach. There were flamingos and herons in the ponds, and incredible trees towering over. I do not think I could ever get sick of walking around that place!
We did not explore the gym or the actual spa facility, but did have massages on the beach in a private hut (AMAZING!).
During our week at Paradisus, we ate at the following restaurants: Vento (Mediterranean), Bana (Japanese Tepanyaki), La Palapa (the private Royal Service restaurant), Fuego (steakhouse), and Passion (their fanciest restaurant, and the only one not included in the all-inclusive).
My favorite restaurants were Bana and Passion. Unfortunately, I was not feeling well when we went to Bana so did not get to eat as much as I had wished, but the dishes I did try were absolutely amazing. We had the chef cooking at our table, with a sushi starter and trio of desserts as well. Honestly, the food just kept coming. I’m used to restaurants like this where you pick either shrimp, chicken, or beef as your main. At this one, we had chicken…and then beef…and then salmon.
[I tried to take pictures of all of our courses at Bana, but only managed to get two because I got distracted by eating]
Passion was on an entirely different level. The menu was designed by a chef who is backed by eight Michelin stars. Sean and I both couldn’t decide what to get so we got the tasting menu with the wine pairing. It was seven courses with five glasses of wine. I was stuffed after course three! However, we powered through and enjoyed every course.
I highly recommend this for anyone traveling on an adults only trip. Enrique took care of absolutely everything we needed, from reservations to restocking the mini bar to arranging our transport to the airport. It was so nice to have someone there checking in on us and solving any issue we had upfront.
The Royal Service facilities, as well, were pristine. The pool was extremely private, with a swim up bar that had the friendliest bartenders ever! There is a huge patch of beach reserved for Royal Service guests that was essentially empty the entire time we were there. Both the pool and beach had comfortable sunbeds and plenty of shady spots when we needed to hide from the sun. The pool had little cabanas that were just way too much fun to curl up in for an afternoon nap!
La Palapa was a very good restaurant, with a buffet breakfast and then a la carte lunch and dinner. The menu had enough variety on it that we could choose something different each time we were there, and all of the food was so good.
[The greatest starter of avocado, cheese, and smoked salmon]
Overall, we had a fantastic stay and I would definitely like to return to Paradisus, or try another one elsewhere in the world! After a week of constant rain in London, I’ve been dreaming of sun and sand and relaxation more than ever.