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2010/01/31

Moon Palace Casino Golf Spa (Punta Cana)



4 Star Hotel,Located on one of the most beautiful beaches on the easternmost tip of Dominican Republic, this new all-inclusive property offers 1,791 luxurious accommodations and extravagant resort amenities to create a spectacular haven from care.

All spacious guest rooms provide a double Jacuzzi, LCD TV with satellite, a fully stocked liquor dispenser, bathrobes & slippers and spectacular views.

Enjoy a grand casino, 12 outdoor swimming pools complete with 4 swim up bars, non-motorized water sports, a sprawling sandy beach, a kids club with 2 kids pools, fine dining in a variety of international restaurants and bars/lounges.

Moon Palace in Punta Cana features a state of the art spa offering rejuvenating treatments in modern Individual Suites, Master Suites and Golden Suites. Golf players can perfect their swing at the scenic and challenging 18-hole Jack Nicklaus Design golf course.

Moon Palace Punta Cana - Moon Palace Casino, Golf & Spa Resort brings the Palace brand of uncompromising, all-inclusive luxury to Punta Cana A magnificent new beachfront resort in the Dominican Republic.

Moon Palace Punta Cana: Other Palace Resorts that Welcome Families: Cancun Palace – Playacar Palace – Cozumel Palace – Xpu-Ha Palace – Moon Palace Cancun And Vallarta Palace .

Welcome to the all-inclusive Moon Palace Casino, Golf & Spa Resort opening January 2009!

The majestic Moon Palace Casino, Golf & Spa Resort brings the Palace brand of uncompromising, all-inclusive luxury to its newest destination — one of the most beautiful beachfront locations in the Caribbean.

Set on the easternmost tip of the Dominican Republic in Punta Cana, this resort offers nine different outdoor pools with gorgeous views of the Caribbean Sea and a secluded lagoon.

Every spacious guest room features a private balcony, LCD satellite TV and double Jacuzzi.

The resort also offers a magnificent state of the art Spa and an elegant full service Casino. And when you're hungry, you'll have a choice of 8 different restaurants, a wireless Internet equipped Cyber Café & Lounge and 24-hour room service.

With the largest casino in the Dominican Republic covering 45,000 square feet of gaming space and 1,791 elegantly appointed rooms, the resort is designed to appeal to a varied range of guests.

From families, couples, and friends, to casino players, golf enthusiasts and spa lovers, there is plenty for everyone.

And its superb location, overlooking a golden beach, entices those looking for a resort that will certainly surpass their expectations to deliver the best all-inclusive experience.
Accommodations

Every spacious guest room features a

* private balcony,
* LCD satellite TV and
* double Jacuzzi.

Facilities

The resort also offers a

* magnificent state of the art Spa and
* an elegant full service Casino.

And when you're hungry, you'll have a choice of

* 8 different restaurants,
* a wireless Internet equipped Cyber Café &
* Lounge and
* 24-hour room service.



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Zoëtry Agua Resort Spa Punta Cana (Punta Cana)

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5 stars Hotel,On the striking northeast coast of the Dominican Republic, Zoetry Agua Punta Cana Resort welcomes guests to their all-suite oasis of cane-thatched sanctuaries. Limited to just 53 exclusive suites, Zoetry Agua Punta Cana's hardwood floors and natural stone accents harmonize with the lush, secluded oceanfront setting. 24 miles from the Punta Cana International Airport, the spirit here is far, far removed from the hectic tempo of everyday living.

Lifestyle is made even more extraordinary by the bounty of Endless Privileges and the commitment to providing the highest levels of wellness, heart-healthy nourishment and major commitment to environmental responsibility at Zoetry Agua Punta Cana.

All of the gracious accommodations are luxury suites ranging in size from one-bedroom junior suites to opulent three bedroom havens. The hotel features 53 exclusive suites ranging in size from one-bedroom junior suites to opulent three-bedroom havens. Each suite is finely appointed with the following amenities.

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Furnished balcony or terrace with chaise lounges
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One king or two queen size beds with 300 thread count linens and lightly scented pillows.
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Romantic mood lighting
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Twice daily refreshed mini bar with premium beverages, deli snacks, wine, champagne by the bottle.
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Large flat screen satellite TV with surround sound
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CD/DVD entertainment center
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Wireless internet access

Maid service three times daily turn down service.

* 24-hour concierge service
* Full bath with deep soaking tub and separate shower with hydrotherapy jets.
* Premium Bulgari personal amenities
* Plus bathrobes and slippers
* Air conditioning with individual control
* Direct dial phone
* Hair dryer
* Iron and ironing board
* Electronic safe box
* Electronic keys
* European and American electrical outlets.

Activities and Enrichment

Zoetry Agua Punta Cana offers a wide variety of daily beach, land and water activities including: two large infinity pools with serpentine water trails and quiet lagoons
Dining

Select from three gourmet a la carte restaurants or 24-hour in-suite dining.

Organic food selection on all menus: daily teas prepared from live plant infusions.
Bars & Lounges

Premium brand beverages are served at two exquisite bars. Caicu Bar and Canoa Lobby Bar.
Spa & Transformation

The full-service spa is designed to unlock hidden tension, rejuvenate your skin and circulation and invigorate your senses and spirit.

Endless Privileges

All guests receive:

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Direct chauffeured airport transfers
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No fixed check-in or check-out time
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Luxurious suites with terraces, most providing direct access to the private beach and pools
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Welcome bottle of rum
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Bottle of champagne and fresh fruit basket daily
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Complimentary 20-minute massage per guest
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Bulgari bath amenties
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Pillow menu including aromatherapy pillows and linen scents
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Plush bathrobes and slippers
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Local handmade beach bag
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Daily breakfast, lunch and dinner gourmet dining options with an assortment of organic food and beverage selections.
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Unlimited cocktails and specialty beverages from a variety of domestic and international premium brands
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Unlimited worldwide calling
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24-hour private, in-room dining and concierge service
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Access to sauna, steam room, Jacuzzi and cold plunge pool
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Daily afternoon tea time featuring live plant tea infusions
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Maid service three times each day
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Complimentary 24-hour laundry service



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Colony Bay Resort (Punta Cana)


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This brand Resort is located in the enchanting eastern part of the Dominican Republic, bordering the Uvero Alto/Macao virgin beach and is surrounded by exuberant tropical coconut palmes, splendid beaches and clear turquoise water…

It is a beautiful beach hotel 3 star superior. It consists of 10 buildings of 44 rooms each for a total of 440 rooms distributed as follows: 400 double rooms and 40 junior suites.

The main entrance consists of a majestic arch entry with rustic wood finishes colonial with a fountain in stairs on either side which gives the guest the feeling that you are entering a colonial city in the sixteenth century.

The Colony Bay Hotel is located directly on the beaches of the town of Uvero Alto, Punta Cana, located some 50 km away. the city of Higuey.

The Resort is situated approx. 50 minutes away from the Punta-Cana International Airport and approx. 90 minutes from the Airport of La Romana.

Rooms in Bay Colony:

All suites are located in a private area. The area of the suites have a separate reception with Internet access, and snack bar open 24 hours, private pool and Jacuzzi for guests of the suites are available 24 hours a wizard

All rooms have:

A / C Air Conditioning
2 queen size beds
Ceiling fan
Phone
Satellite TV
Safety Boxes
Mini-bar
Full Bath
Hairdryer
Balcony
Maximum occupancy 2 adults & 3 children


Colony Bay Resort Facilities :

The hotel facilities building one of the most important areas of the hotel, wood and tile roofs with triple height nest building.

In the lobby, interior wood columns and beams and concrete.

It is an area totally open to natural light and climate of the area. The guest will arrive at the lobby has a breathtaking view of the pool, beach, coconut trees, the sea and the tropical sky.

On the far left is the shopping area, between the shopping area and the reception is located a bar with stylish lighting and scale to make it pleasant to enjoy the bar and lobby.

Throughout the tour of the area are located several rooms for the ambience and comfort of the guest.

It also Internet area, the hotel management where all the offices and the operation of restaurants.

Restaurants:

Buffet restaurant, 1,019 m² with a capacity for 700 diners with a buffet 35.50 ML is an area with large glass windows to maintain interaction between the host and the nature involved in the landscaping.

Beach restaurant with capacity for 500 diners, is an open area with gray roof and a pergola for more natural and interactive to stay.

A la carte restaurant with capacity for around 104 guests.

Located on the second level of what might be called the Milestone project, "The Lighthouse", the restaurant is an open area in view with an opening perimeter glass windows and wooden details with a spiral staircase leading up from the lobby from the lighthouse to the balcony and wrought iron with colonial details. To reach the restaurant extends a ramp that takes both the buffet restaurant and from the hotel's garden area.

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2010/01/30

Sports in Dominican Republic

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Baseball, or ball as they usually call the Dominicans is the sport that is practiced in the country for what used to be called the "national sport".

For the climatic conditions of the country, is played throughout the year at amateur level but the official season of professional teams is during the autumn-winter (October to February) and that is the time that professional players can participate at local.

The country has excellent baseball players who play in the Major League Baseball (United States) and Immortal Juan Marichal. There are currently six professional baseball teams:


* Aguilas Cibaeñas (Santiago)
* Leones del Escogido (Santo Domingo)
* Tigres del Licey (Santo Domingo)
* Estrellas Orientales (San Pedro de Macorís)
* Gigantes del Cibao (San Francisco de Macorís)
* Toros del Este (La Romana)

Let's mentioned some famous dominican baseball players who play or played in Major League Baseball:
- Juan Marichal.
- Albert Pujols.
- George Bell.
- Sammy Sosa.
- Alex Rodriguez.
- Pedro Martínez.
- David Ortiz (Big Papi).
- Tony Fernández.
- Miguel Tejada.
- Vladimir Guerrero.
- Felipe Alou.
- Manny Ramirez.

And many, many others.


But it is also common practice other sports like volleyball, basketball, soccer, swimming, softball, track, etc.. For years, the volleyball was the second most popular sport at national level and could be carried out in very simple facilities.

Two dominicans play actually in the National Basketball Association (NBA) in the United States:
1- Al Horford (first dominican in an NBA All Star Game) who plays for the Atlanta Hawks.
2- Charlie Villanueva (Detroit Pistons)

Therefore, the first international successes, apart from baseball, were achieved in this discipline, notably the women's national team.

By increasing the sports facilities in the country, especially in large cities, other sports were developed and some have reached a level of quality in the domestic scene, such as basketball.

In the Dominican Republic and other countries of our continent, the Europeans who brought football to the island in a very special way the Spanish.

Although still the standard of football played in the country is not comparable with other countries in the region, has slowly been overcome and there are already Dominican players who play in leagues in other countries.


The origin of athletics in the Dominican Republic dates back to 1946 when the country participated in the V Central American and Caribbean Games held in Barranquilla, Colombia.

The National Federation of Athletics was founded on 21 March 1953, with the aim of participating in the VII Central American Games and the Caribbean, to be held in Mexico next year.


One of the greatest moment in dominican sports was given by Félix Sánchez (New York, 30 August 1977), track and field athlete Dominican Olympic champion in 2004 in the discipline of 400m hurdles.

During 2009 Boxer Felix Diaz got a Gold Medal at the Olympic Games held in China.

The Dominican Ministery of Sports (SEDEFIR) is the main sports' institution in the Dominican Republic.


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Religion in Dominican Republic

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The Christianization of the New World that began in the cradle of America, Dominican Republic, sowed the seeds of Catholicism that has paid off for ever and ever. In the twenty-first century, 64% of the Dominican population said that professes the Catholic religion (ENDESA 2002).

Two years ago, in 2000, the Gallup poll showed a greater balance between those who declare themselves Catholics: 75%.


The prevalence of Catholicism is in the background incidence, very evident, from the Catholic hierarchy in all social, economic and political, from the hand of the Concordat signed between the Holy See and the Dominican Republic in 1954. The agreement has enabled the church of Rome enhance a spiritual power that transcends partisan politics and military bodies.

However, during the twentieth century, the Dominican Republic began to experience the development of a diversity of religious expression-of Protestant denominations that joined the various manifestations of popular religiosity call, present since the arrival of black slaves from Africa to the island.

The spirituality of the black race soon became apparent in the half island, though the story would have to record the creativity that had to resort to disguise their deities in the midst of Catholic impositions.

The Africans brought from various parts of Africa had different languages, religions and cultures, but in general were polytheists. Maintaining his spirituality was his response to the need to preserve their identity with the utopia of being released.

The manifestations of popular religiosity that still run deep in segments of the population come from the Africans who occupied the western part of the island, colonized by France.

The voodoo was the popular religion that was formed in Haiti and then manifested in the Dominican Republic with a local variant-popular religion contains elements of the European spirit kardesiano and Cuban Santeria.

In the religious history of the country is also an indigenous ethnic contribution. The Tainos, the people of the island at the time of discovery, were highly structured religious beliefs through which explained the origin of the world, the natural and the supernatural and human existence. Cemies called their gods, with whom they communicated through rituals and ceremonies that led a priest or behique.

Moreover, the relevance of Catholic rites in the country is most evident in the most momentous national events, all tied to this cult. Easter, Christmas, the feast of the peoples, the veneration of the Virgin of Altagracia, annual processions of great importance, are part of the fan.

Higuey, capital city of the province of La Altagracia, is the first Marian center of America under the patronage of Our Lady of Altagracia, spiritual mother of the Dominican people.

On the practice of faith, 2002 census established that 70% of people with any religion regularly attend religious ceremonies, and that women participate at higher rates than men (77 versus 64%).

Another relevant fact: The Catholics attend religious services at a rate significantly lower than those of other churches: 67% in the first versus 88 to 92% in the second.

In the provinces, the highest proportions of assistance to religious ceremonies are for Maria Trinidad Sanchez, Santiago Rodriguez and La Vega (over 78% each) and lowest in Azua and Monte Cristi Bahoruco (from 62 to 63%) .

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2010/01/29

NH Real Arena Punta Cana (Punta Cana)

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Nestled on the Dominican Republic's secluded north coast, this beachfront hotel in Bavaro offers a variety of activities, relaxing services and extensive dining and beverage options.

NH Real Arena Punta Cana(5 Stars)- All Inclusive features 5 swimming pools and a daily activities schedule. Guests can spend the day at the beach snorkeling or kayaking, then relax with a massage in the spa. After working out in the gym, guests can enjoy nightly live entertainment.

Guests at the All Inclusive Punta Cana Real Arena can choose from 6 restaurants that serve everything from Asian cuisine to American dishes, as well as 8 bars. After a long day at the beach, guests can have a drink from the well-stocked, in-room minibar or order a meal from the 24-hour room service.

The International Airport of Punta Cana (PUJ) is only 25 minutes away, and La Romana International Airport (LRM) is 90 minutes from the resort. Transfers can be arranged at the hotel or taxis and shuttle buses are available. Renting a car is another alternative. The majority of rental car companies have an office at the airport.

The weather at Punta Cana is just as wonderful as its landscape. With a tropical climate all year long and an average annual temperature of 81 F, you will always be comfortably warm. The ocean breezes, gorgeous beaches and tropical vegetation create an infinitely relaxing atmosphere, here is the NH Real Arena.

Restaurants at NH Real Arena

Prepare yourself to indulge your taste buds with the best meals ever in our exclusive and unique restaurants all of them offering amazing variety of menus. Our exquisite food and beverages are prepared by our worldwide recognized chefs. We have several restaurant choices for you.

* 6 restaurants (4 specialties restaurants, Asian, Gourmet, American Grill, Italian)
* Unlimited domestic and selected international drinks including house wine
* eight bars
* 24 hours room service and Guest Service for Paradise Club guests.
* In room mini bar (water, soft drinks and local beer), Restocked daily



Facilities at NH Real Arena Punta Cana

Say good morning to the Caribbean, lose your thoughts to the immense, blue sea or simply let your mind drift freely in the gardens.
When we talk about luxury rooms we are not just referring to the inside.
Included Services & Amenities

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24-hour food & beverage service
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Selected domestic and international drinks and beverages (alcoholic)
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Full in-room mini bar service
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Color TV with Plasma screen
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Five restaurants
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Six bars
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Lounge chairs available at the beach and pools
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Nightly live entertainment
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Themed dinner parties
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Five swimming pools
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Kids & Teens Club
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Teens Club
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Daily activities schedule
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Daily children program
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Poolside entertainment
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Non motorized water sports included (snorkeling, kayaks, windsurf, paddle boat)
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Gym and exercise center
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Beach & pool volleyball
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Paddle and basketball courts and two Tennis courts

Additional Services and Amenities at NH Real Arena

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Spa and Gym
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Motorized water sports
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Spa and Gym
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Child care & nanny services
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Round trip airport transfers
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Gifts, jewelry and sundries available in our charming shopping boutiques
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Conference and banquet facilities
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Audiovisual equipment
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Dry cleaning & laundry facilities
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Doctor on call
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Gift certificates
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Casino
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Bowling
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Wedding packages available

Activities

A stay at NH Real Arena Resort involves much more than just enjoying the hotel's services in an incomparable setting; it involves an experience that stays with you for ever. Punta Cana is host to some of the most beautiful golf courses in the Caribbean designed by world-class talents as (Pepe Gancedo), P. B. Dye, Jack Nicklaus.

The array of water sports options offered right on the beach is amazing: catamaran boat rides, double-decker party boats, restaurant dining at sunset on the sea, parasailing, glass bottom boats for marine life observation, sports fishing, diving, snorkeling, flying boats, and speed boats. There is also banana boating, kayaking, windsurfing, sailing and beach volleyball.

This is a place for relaxing... miles of silky-fine white sand, deserted beaches with coconut palms. NH Real Arena welcomes you to the Caribbean's most exciting destination where the ancient coast lines and warm waters are home to endless magnificent locations, a complete vacation paradise with great resorts, hot Caribbean night life and exhilarating adventure.

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Punta Cana Resort Club (Punta Cana)



Located on the Dominican Republic's eastern coast, PUNTA CANA Resort & Club (5 stars) offers the ultimate in luxury, service and adventure. From the PUNTACANA Hotel or the exclusive Tortuga Bay, a secluded enclave with impeccable service and decor designed by Oscar de la Renta, travelers will find an array of amenities sure to satisfy even the most discriminating tastes.

PUNTACANA Resort and Club, Punta Cana Overview:

The 15,000-acre PUNTACANA Resort and Club is located on the beach and approximately five minutes from Punta Cana International Airport. Room rates include daily breakfast. This beachfront hotel features a total of 130 units comprised of Deluxe rooms, Jr. Suites and Suites Deluxe distributed in 5 buildings as well as quaint Beach Casitas located directly on the beach.

With 3 miles of pristine sand white beaches and surrounded by exquisite vibrant gardens, and 105 lush acres of land, PUNTACANA Resort & Club is the ideal setting for a Dominican escape. By creating an artful harmony between simplicity and elegance and with a diverse array of exciting activities and services, PUNTACANA Resort and Club has something for everyone.

The entire property is a community of beachfront buildings and villas with an upscale resort in the middle.

Amenities at this resort include the beachfront clubhouse, marina, tennis center, ecological nature preserve, championship PB Dye golf course, fitness center and water sports. The newly opened Six Senses Spa

The Executive Chefs at this resort will awaken your taste buds with exotic Caribbean flavors. From casual beachside grill to the romantic Italian bistro, the restaurants of PUNTACANA RESORT and CLUB will satisfy every taste.

On-site recreations - entertainment exercising fine dining golfing night clubs other activity sunbathing swimming

Inclusions
# Daily breakfast buffet at La Cana
# Other Restaurants and Bars: La Choza Beach Restaurant, Franco’s Pizzeria, La Choza Beach Bar, Lobby Bar, “Pool Bar”, Lounge; Club House: Grill Rest

Also set within the 26 square miles of lush Caribbean landscape is an elite residential community: The Estates at PUNTACANA Resort & Club. Seamlessly incorporated into its paradisical setting, the Estates is comprised of four private neighborhoods, including Tortuga Bay, Hacienda, Arrecife and the most exclusive community, Corales, which is home to Oscar de la Renta, Julio Iglesias, and Mikhail Baryshnikov, among many other notables.


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Excellence Punta Cana (Punta Cana)



Excellence Punta Cana (5 stars) is surrounded by grasslands and the Caribbean Sea and is located approximately 19 miles from La Basilica and 50 minutes from Punta Cana Airport. This location is also 43 miles from Altos de Chavon and Saona Island and 125 miles from Santo Domingo.

Hotel amenities include the seven a la carte restaurants, buffet restaurant, 10 bars and lounges, full-service spa, and 800-foot pool with a swim-up bar. There is a fitness center on site plus facilities for tennis, squash, basketball, racquetball, bocce ball, volleyball, table tennis, billiards, darts, horseshoes, lawn chess, croquet, shuffleboard, and archery.

Equipment for snorkeling, sailing, windsurfing, canoeing, and kayaking is available, and scuba lessons are offered in the hotel's pool. The resort also offers 24-hour room service, concierge assistance, laundry facilities, and a business center. All rooms feature private balconies, Jacuzzi tubs, high-speed Internet access, satellite TV, ceiling fans, blackout drapes, voicemail, complimentary bottled water, minibars, coffeemakers, bathroom telephones, bathrobes, hairdryers, irons and ironing boards, and safes. Please note that this is an adults-only resort.

Amenities: Air Conditioning (In Room), Newspaper (Free), Iron, Telephone, Television (Cable/Satellite), Non-Smoking Rooms, Television, Daily Maid Service, Safe (In Room), Coffee Maker.

Amenities: Air Conditioning (In Room), Newspaper (Free), Iron, Telephone, Television (Cable/Satellite), Non-Smoking Rooms, Television, Daily Maid Service, Safe (In Room), Coffee Maker, Whirlpool, Telephone (Voicemail), Balcony/Terrace, Mini-Bar
Hotel Details:

* 446 Rooms / 3 Floors
* Built in 2000
* Electronic Key
* Laundry/ Dry Cleaning Service
* Multi-lingual Staff
* Car Rental
* Common Area High speed Access
* Smoke Alarm in Rooms
* Photocopy Service
* Meeting Facilities
* Computer Use Available
* Concierge Services
* Uniformed Security on Site
* Barber/Hair Stylist
* Common/Public Areas Accessible to Wheelchairs
* Business Center
* Currency Exchange
* A-V Equipment Rental
* Parking Area Well Lit
* Fax (For Guests)
* Complementary Coffee
* Common Area Wireless Access
* Gift Shop
* ATM/Bank
* Concierge/ Club Floor
* Room Service
* Restaurant in Hotel
* Casino
* Health Club
* Health Spa/Massage
* Snorkeling
* Beach
* Jogging Track
* Pool (Outdoor)
* Boating/Sailing
* Tennis (Outdoor)
* Shopping Mall/ Area
* Horseback Riding
* Hot Tub
* Bicycling

RESTAURANTS AT EXCELLENCE PUNTA CANA

Dining at Excellence Punta Cana is truly international, with seven irresistible restaurants in one luxury Caribbean resort. Reservations are never required, and dining is always included. Guests at Excellence Punta Cana can choose from any of the following tantalizing restaurants:

Chez Isabelle — French restaurant serving a la carte dinner.
Agaves — Mexican restaurant serving a la carte dinner.
Barcelona — Mediterranean restaurant serving a la carte dinner
Toscana — serving breakfast and lunch, and Italian dinner a la carte
Spice — Asian restaurant specializing in Thai, Japanese, and Chinese cuisine
The Lobster House — lobster restaurant serving a la carte dinner
The Grill — serving continental breakfast and casual a la carte lunch, a steakhouse serving a la carte dinner


Bars
Ten different bars at Excellence Punta Cana complete the experience:

Martini Bar — lobby Bar
Café Coffee — coffee bar in our main square
Blue — swim-up pool bar
Sol — pool and beach bar by the main pool
Sky — cascade pool bar
Funny — dance club
Stars — theater bar
The Casino Bar
Sports Bar
X Lounge — chill-out lounge on the beach.

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Ocean Blue Golf and Beach Resort (Punta Cana Hotel)

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Ocean Blue Golf and Beach Resort (4 stars) is a magnificent, 24 hours All Inclusive resort with private Jacuzzi for all suites, a gorgeous beach, plus the finest selection of themed restaurants (no reservation required) and a unique coffee house. We offer everything from a bowling alley and special sports to unforgettable weddings and customized group experiences.

With the grace of the palm trees dancing to the rhythm of the breeze and the
elegance of the waves caressing the white sand, emerges Ocean Blue and Ocean Sand Golf & Beach Resorts. Enjoy the luxury of these resorts where all the rooms are five star suites, specially designed to make your dreams of an exuberant Caribbean vacation come true.

Ocean Blue is located 35 minutes from Punta Cana's International Airport, a few steps away from the White Sands Golf Course, and right next to Ocean Sand, a resort with whom shares facilities and all inclusive 24 hours a day services, multiplying your possibilities and options to make your visit a true pleasure.

Vacations beyond expectations invites you to discover the sensational fun, great cuisine and exquisite service offered at this intimate Resort, where you'll be able to enjoy golfing, in addition to the regular facilities, services and activities in 24 hours All-Inclusive premium packages. Ocean Blue Golf & Beach Resort: One location, infinite possibilities.

Hotel Details:

* NoOfFloors - 3
* NoOfRooms - 374
* Car Rental Desk
* Free Parking
* Meals
* Free Breakfast
* Fitness Facility
* Game Room
* Golf
* Swimming Pool
* Wheel Chair Access
* Tennis Court
* Business Center
* Dining
* Meeting Room
* High Speed Internet
* Dry Cleaning
* Hot Tub
* Beach
* First Class
* Conventions

Accommodations

374 beautifully decorated and completly equipped air conditioned Suites, divided in the following categories:


• 296 Junior Suites
• 72 Junior Deluxe Suites
• 6 Honeymoon Suites

Special rooms for disabled guests.
Connecting rooms available.
Non smoking rooms.

JUNIOR SUITES
Our ample rooms offer all the amenities you need.

* Balcony
* Tastefully decorated living area with sofa bed
* Air conditioner
* Two queen size or one king size bed
* Large marble finish bathroom with two hand
basins, magnifying mirror and amenity kit
* Jacuzzi
* Ceiling fan
* Mini fridge with soft drinks
* Telephone
* Cable TV
* Coffee maker
* Hair dryer
* Iron and board
* Safety deposit box
Maximum occupancy in all of our Suites: 5 adults or 4 adults and 3 children or 3 adults and 1child.

To check room rates and availability based on your travel dates.
For complete travel packages, including airfare and accommodations.
Facilities & Services

* 2 Swimming pools
* Jacuzzis
* Teens club (Ages 12 to 17)
* Massages, beauty parlor and
Sauna *
* Baby sitting*
* Medical Services*
* Internet center*
* Parking
* Kids club (Ages 4 to 12)
* Money exchange
* Excursions available day and night*
* Nightly entertainment
* Shopping Area with boutique,
Photoshop gift shop and mini
market*
* Wave Disco with National drinks
included
* Car and bike rental *
* Hospitality desk and multilingual
staff
* Ocean Spa
* Ocean Tower Casino
* All service and local taxes

Activities & Sports
Our entertainment staff that add excitement around the clock!
* Aerobics
* Water polo
* Beach volleyball
* Games
* Competitions
* Fun theme parties
* Snorkeling, windsurfing,
Kayaking
* Banana boat, water ski, turbo
boat, scuba, sailing*
* Diving training and accreditation*
* Basketball
* Bridge
* Volleyball
* Archery
* Fishing*
* Scuba diving lesson at the pool
* Horseback riding*
* Tennis
* Bow and arrow
* Bicycling
* Table games
* Playground
* Catamaran*
* Game room
* Billiard
* Snorkeling excursions*
* Beach games
* Tournaments

* SPECIAL SPORTS:
* Bowling (1 hour per room per stay).
* Wall Climbing

*With additional supplement

Restaurants and Bars

Two buffet restaurants:
* La Tortuga main buffet restaurant (Air Conditioned) - Breakfast, lunch and dinner
* Arenal Beach Restaurant and Snack Bar - Open for lunch and snacks

Experience our seven a la carte theme restaurants at our Lake Dining Walk or at the beach, with:

Seven a la carte restaurants:

1. La Casa de mi abuela Restaurant (Air Conditioner)
2. Margarita Mexican Restaurant (Air Conditioner)
3. I Mascherati Di Venezia Italian Restaurant (Air Conditioner)
4. Route 66 American Restaurant (Air Conditioner)
5. El Bodegón Chef’s table & Wine Cellar (Air Conditioner)*
6. La Brasa Caribbean Grill, (on the Beach)
7. Bucareno (Sea Food) (on the Beach)*
*With additional supplement, reservation required.


All meals, drinks & snack 24 hours
Wine served with meals
Premium drinks in all bars.
Restaurants with Non-smoking area.


Ten Bars
1. La Caña Lobby Bar
2. Mike’s Coffee
3. Over Time Sport Bar
4. Luna Bar (By the Theater)
5. Las Palmeras Swim up Bar
6. El Cocotal Pool Bar
7. Caribbean Grill Bar (At the Caribbean Grill Restaurant)
8. Wave Disco Bar
9. Buffet Bar (At La Tortuga main Buffet Restaurant)
10. Snack Bars (At Arenal beach Restaurant & Snack Bar)
Premium Drinks in all bars



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2010/01/28

Sol melia Paradisus Punta Cana (Punta Cana Hotels)

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The Paradisus Punta Cana Resort is 20 minutes from Punta Cana International Airport, an hour and a half from La Romana, three hours and a half from Santo Domingo, and only a few minutes away from The Cocotal Golf and Country Club.

The hotel facilities and service include tennis courts, spa, and health club, laundry service, medical staff on call 24 hours, car rental, business center, casino (poker, black jack, and slot machines), and unlimited green fees at the Cocotal Golf and Country Club. The resort?s professional guest activities and entertainment team provides the most comprehensive activities program of the day.

The activities include excursions like horseback riding, sports like snorkeling, scuba diving (certified only), sailing, water aerobics, windsurfing, water polo, beach volleyball, and beach soccer.

Romantic activities like couples massages, romantic dinner under the stars, and many more are available.

The Reserve at Paradisus Punta Cana is a new resort-within-a-resort offering access to separate, sparkling new pools for kids and adults, a private lounge, and an all-luxury collection of 132 oversized Paradisus Resort suites.

The Paradisus Punta Cana Resort offers a unique concept of Family Concierge service that starts upon arrival.

The signature Royal Service offers unparalleled all-inclusive luxury in an exclusive and private environment for adult guests.

Ten a la Carte restaurants and two buffet restaurants offer a fine choice of contemporary world cuisine experiences.

Eight bars offer fashionable Caribbean cocktails and international premium-brand drinks.

The resort features a total of 689 oversized suites equipped with cable TV, safety deposit boxes, daily stocked minibars, coffeemakers, individually controlled air-conditioning, living areas, private terraces or balconies, 24-hour room service, and irons.

ROOMS

The Paradisus Punta Cana provides a total of 542 suites, 45 m2 each, located in 35 bungalows. All of them have a private bath with hair-dryer, air-conditioning, satellite TV with remote control, direct dial telephone, coffee-maker, ironing board & iron, a furnished terrace with sunshades, mini-bar and safety deposit box. All of the rooms have been recently refurbished. 24 hours room-service.

RESTAURANTS AND BARS

The resort offers 11 excellent dining venues:

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Buffet-style restaurant "Hibiscus" for breakfast, lunch, dinner & theme nights; a la carte-restaurant
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"El Romantic" serving international and French dishes;
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Chinese restaurant "El Pabellón Chino".
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"Palapa" BBQ-restaurant offering specialties from the grill & grilled fish;
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"Dolce Vita" Italian a la carte-restaurant for lunch and dinner; dinnertime restaurant
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"Albufera" specialized in rice dishes and Spanish cuisine
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Mexican a la carte-restaurant "Antonito's" open in the evening
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Japanese dishes are being served at the "Sakura" with Tepanyaki as signature dishes; next to the swimming pool you'll find the Chinese restaurant "Chinese Pavilion".
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Restaurant "Marino" specialized in fish & se In addition, the resort disposes of 6 different bars: the lobby bar, beach bar, pool bar & aqua bar, karaoke-pub and the Beach Club & Bar .

air-conditioning, living areas, private terraces or balconies, 24-hour room service, and irons.
Hotel Details:
  • NoOfFloors - 2
  • NoOfRooms - 689
  • Car Rental Desk
  • Family Rooms
  • Meals
  • Free Breakfast
  • Fitness Facility
  • Game Room
  • Golf
  • Swimming Pool
  • Wheel Chair Access
  • Tennis Court
  • Business Center
  • Dining
  • Meeting Room
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Hot Tub
  • Beach
  • Luxury
  • Resort
  • Conventions



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Music in Dominican Republic



It is said that the Dominican has the pace in the blood. It's a real passion, which makes it vibrate at the slightest sound. The Dominican Republic is one of the few nations that has an authentic national music and dance, which is the Merengue.

Dominican merengue, as the Haitian and Venezuelan merengue emerged in the halls in the mid-nineteenth century as African-American transformation of the European quadrille. Imitating the good society, farmers in several regions of the island became the meringue contradanza their own ways, aesthetic and musical instruments using their own regional cultures.

What today is called "Dominican merengue comes from a region of the Dominican Republic called Cibao.

The instruments of merengue típico (traditional) or parakeet ripiao as are commonly called are the Guira, drum and accordion, and is still playing in the Cibao valley in the center of the country.

The güira is a percussion instrument consisting of a metal cylinder fitted with a handle to hold and open on both sides, on which are marked on one side a series of deep grooves. It is played by holding it vertically by the handle with your hand while scratching with a metal tooth comb.

The drum is also a percussion instrument similar to a small drum beaten by the two lados.En its most original and authentic must have two different types of patches, a goat leather (female) to play with the hand , and other leather goat (male) and played with a stick. Reportedly, the reason is that the leather is thinner and Chiva sounds more acute than the goat.

The accordion forms a curious mixture, being an instrument of German origin, complex to manufacture and use, contrasting with the simplicity of Quiros and drum.

Over time it evolved merengue, and put aside to replace the accordion trumpet and keyboard, giving rise to merengue we know today.

Another traditional Dominican music, and also considered part of the national identity is bachata. In place of the accordion, sings bachata guitar accompaniment. It is considered a hybrid of bolero with other influences such as the Cuban son.

Originally bachata was a marginal music, played at festivals. theme was cutting its tragic melancholy betrayal in love, contempt, memories ... is called "the music of bitter."

In the 70 and 80 points are softened and is spreading to more affluent classes. Juan Luis Guerra will the expansion of tourism and those who popularize definitely spreading his fame beyond the borders.

Actually other modern rhytms have become popular in the Dominican, for example hip-hop and rap, dominican rock exits since the 70s and year by year new bands and solists are known, Toque Profundo has 20 years active and they are the most important rock band in Dominican Republic.

There is a new kind of merengue called "street merengue" that is a combination of merengue, mambo and rap, young people love it even some people say "this is not merengue".

In December 8, Dominican music lost who was possibly the main artist alive, Luis Dias, a musician and composer innovator in bachata, merengue , rock and other folk rhytms who died because a heart failure.

Dominican Republic has Salsa singers too: José Alberto "El Canario", Michel, Sexappeal, Asdrúbal, Santiago Cerón, Manolé, etc.

Finally, there are many other rhythms all over the country like: mangulina, palos, carabiné, etc.


Main "Merengue Típico" Artists:

Fefita la Grande
José "El Calvo"
Krisppy
El Prodigio
La India Canela
Francisco Ulloa
Kiko el Presidente
Yovanny Polanco


Main Merengue Artists:

Juan Luis Guerra
Sergio Vargas
Johnny Ventura
El Jefrey
Eddy Herrera
Wilfrido Vargas
Fernando Villalona
Hermanos Rosario
Toño Rosario
Milly Quezada
Peña Suazo & la Banda Gorda
Miriam Cruz
Kinito Méndez
Cherito
Rubby Pérez
Héctor Acosta (El Torito)
Alex Bueno
Félix del Rosario (merengue legend)
Joseíto Mateo (merengue legend)
Cuco Valoy (merengue legend)
Vinicio Franco (merengue legend)
Ramón Orlando (merengue legend)
Bonny Cepeda (merengue legend)


Main Bachata Artists:

Aventura
Juan Luis Guerra
Anthony Santos
Joe Veras
Frank Reyes
Luis Vargas
Zacarias Ferreiras
Raulín Rodriguez
Héctor Acosta (El Torito)
Monchy & Alexandra
Yoskar Sarante
Elvis Martínez (El Camarón)
El Gringo de la Bachata
Teodoro Reyes
El Chaval
Luis Miguel del Amargue
Luis Segura (bachata legend)
José Manuel Calderón (bachata legend)
Leonardo Paniagua (bachata legend)


Main "Merengue de Calle" Artists:

Omega
Pochy Familia & La Coco Band
Tulile
Amalfi & la Banda de Ataque

El Cata
El Sujeto
Mala Fé
Juliana
Julián Oro Duro
Tito Swing



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2010/01/27

Barcelo Dominican Beach Punta Cana (Punta Cana Hotels)



The 735-room Barcelo Dominican Beach (4 Stars) is set on Punta Cana's 20-mile beach, two miles from Plaza Bavaro shopping, and approximately 17 miles from Punta Cana International Airport.

Manati Park is five miles away and Higuey is 38 miles from this property. Resort amenities include the two freeform pools, two 10-person spa tubs, seven-room health spa, watersports equipment, five specialty restaurants, three buffet restaurants, 24-hour snack bar, five bars, nightclub, and children's club. A water complex features a 72-meter freeform pool with beach entries, a separate children's section, and a swim-up bar.

The marble-floor lobby is beneath a large thatched roof shade. The resort also offers day and night activities, banana-boating, parasailing, scuba-diving instruction, tennis, and a gift shop. All rooms feature balconies or ground-floor terraces, ceiling fans, air-conditioning, safes, cable TV, and refrigerators with soft drinks, water, and beer.

The Barcelo Dominican Beach offers greater and better quality of life to all its guests by providing them with unsurpassed service, unequalled personal attention, and a happier, more enjoyable stay. In addition, the hotel offers three restaurants and bars, three swimming pools, tennis, gymnasium and sauna.

The Barcelo Dominican Beach Resort is convenient to dining, shopping and entertainment venues. An all-inclusive stay at this hotel includes accommodations and taxes, all meals, drinks, gratuities, and activities in your nightly rate.

Restaurants and Bars

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Palma sol Restaurant: Buffet restaurant, open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
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Venezia Restaurant: Italian à la carte cuisine for dinner (bookings required)
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Pepito's Restaurant (Mexican): Typical Mexican food for a la carte dining (bookings required)
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Goya Restaurant (Spanish): Spanish cuisine for a la carte dining (bookings required).
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Bahia Restaurant (Rodizio): Rodizio typical Brazilian food for dinner (bookings required).
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Passaparola Pizzeria: Wide variety of pizzas.

Bars

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Pueblos Bar: Snack-bar beside our relaxing pool.
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Coco Bar: On the beach, enjoy refreshing tropical beverages.
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Amigo Lobby Bar: Selection of cocktails accompanied by live music.
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Playero Bar: Beach bar
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La Gaviota Bar: In the swimming pool, evening entertainment and special shows.
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Ferro's bar: Disco Bar ($).

Amenities: Air Conditioning (In Room), Iron, Telephone, Television (Cable/Satellite), Non-Smoking Rooms, Television, DVD/VCR, Daily Maid Service, Safe (In Room), Coffee Maker, Whirlpool, Balcony/Terrace.


Hotel Details:

* 8 floors
* Built in 1996
* Electronic Key
* Laundry/ Dry Cleaning Service
* Multi-lingual Staff
* Common Area High speed Access
* Childrens Programs
* Concierge Services
* Uniformed Security on Site
* Barber/Hair Stylist
* Common/Public Areas Accessible to Wheelchairs
* Currency Exchange
* Parking Area Well Lit
* Gift Shop
* Room Service
* Restaurant in Hotel
* Scuba Diving
* Health Club
* Health Spa/Massage
* Snorkeling
* Beach
* Game Room
* Pool (Outdoor)
* Boating/Sailing
* Tennis (Outdoor)
* Shopping Mall/ Area
* Fishing
* Pool (Children)
* Horseback Riding


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Dreams Punta Cana Resort (Punta Cana Hotels)



The oceanfront Dreams Punta Cana Unlimited Luxury Resort & Spa (5 Stars) is on the north east coast of the Dominican Republic, 20 minutes north of Punta Cana, and approximately a 60-minute drive from Punta Cana International Airport.

The property's amenities include the beach (protected by a coral reef), water sports, diving center, two tennis courts, beauty salon and spa, free-flowing swimming pool (which flows through the whole property and is divided by a waterfall), children's pool, Jacuzzi, outdoor movie screenings, nightclub, buffet-style restaurant, ten bars, and six a la carte restaurants (French, Mexican, Japanese, seafood, grilled specialties and Italian).

The Unlimited Luxury plan includes a welcome cocktail, snacks and three meals per day, unlimited alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, pool and beach waiter service, non-motorized water sports, daily activities, all taxes and gratuities, and food and drink from the swim-up pool bar, 24-hour beach bar and grill, and pool bar.

All rooms feature one four-poster king sized bed or two double beds, closet, furnished balcony or terrace, hammock chair on the terrace of all ground floor rooms, ceiling fan, direct dial telephone, daily housekeeping, air-conditioning, 29-inch satellite TV,CD/DVD player, iron & ironing board, complimentary mini-bar refreshed daily with soft drinks, bottled water, and beer, luxury amenities, bathrobes & slippers, hair dryer, vanity & full length mirror, mp3 docking station alarm clock, safes (free of charge), and coffeemakers.

Gently kissing the palm fringed beach of Dreams Punta Cana Resort & Spa is the surreal turquoise sea, a gift for your senses and your heart. The warm smiles of our staff make you feel like both an old friend and an honored guest. This is truly a place of fantasy — Dreams Punta Cana. A magical experience for families, couples, singles and friends.

Perfectly located on the magnificent east coast of the Dominican Republic, the natural beauty of the island and nearby coral reef nurtures an incredible number of flora and fauna — and it will nourish your spirit as well. Every detail has been selected for your complete pleasure and total relaxation. Uncrowded. Unrushed. Unequaled.

From the moment we greet your arrival, you will be delighted by your surroundings and service:

* The majority of our amenity-filled luxury rooms and suites offer stunning ocean views. Our tropical jungle views are equally mesmerizing
* A spectacular array of day and evening activities, adventures for every age and interest
* Enormous free-form pool that winds its way from our stunning lobby all the way down to the beach
* Seven international restaurants serving gourmet fare and 10 wonderful lounges
* pouring unlimited premium brand beverages. 24-hour room and concierge services
* Supervised Explorer's Club for kids, so everyone enjoys their own time in their own way.
* Core Zone for teens provides them with their own place to chill out and offers supervised daily activities and nightly entertainment.
* Nearby excursion sites for golf, shopping, adventure and history
* A friendly, fastidious staff who will make you feel like the honored guest you are.

The beauty of our Unlimited-Luxury® service is that virtually everything is already included. You won’t have to think about anything except fully enjoying yourself. Our guests recently named us the Best Family Friendly Resort and the Best Pool in the Caribbean for the TripAdvisor Traveler’s Choice Awards. Those same high standards have also earned us premier recognition from the prestigious Preferred Hotels and Resorts.

Amenities: Air Conditioning (In Room), Newspaper (Free), Refrigerator, Iron, Telephone, Television (Cable/Satellite), Non-Smoking Rooms, Television, DVD/VCR, Daily Maid Service..

Amenities: Air Conditioning (In Room), Newspaper (Free), Refrigerator, Iron, Telephone, Television (Cable/Satellite), Non-Smoking Rooms, Television, DVD/VCR, Daily Maid Service, Safe (In Room), Coffee Maker, Whirlpool, Telephone (Voicemail), Balcony/Terrace, Fitness Equipment, Mini-Bar.


Hotel Details:

* 620 Rooms / 3 Floors
* Built in 2004
* Babysitting or Child Care
* Electronic Key
* Laundry/ Dry Cleaning Service
* Multi-lingual Staff
* Car Rental
* Smoke Alarm in Rooms
* Photocopy Service
* Meeting Facilities
* Childrens Programs
* Concierge Services
* Uniformed Security on Site
* Barber/Hair Stylist
* Common/Public Areas Accessible to Wheelchairs
* Business Center
* Currency Exchange
* A-V Equipment Rental
* Parking Area Well Lit
* Crib/Rollaway Bed
* Fax (For Guests)
* Common Area Wireless Access Fee Ind
* Complementary Coffee
* Common Area Wireless Access
* Gift Shop
* Laundry Room
* Concierge/ Club Floor
* Room Service
* Restaurant in Hotel
* Scuba Diving
* Casino
* Health Club
* Pool (Indoor)
* Health Spa/Massage
* Snorkeling
* Beach
* Jogging Track
* Game Room
* Pool (Outdoor)
* Boating/Sailing
* Tennis (Outdoor)
* Shopping Mall/ Area
* Pool (Children)
* Horseback Riding
* Hot Tub
* Bicycling
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Natura Park Eco Punta Cana (Punta Cana Hotels)

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The Natura Park Eco-Resort & Spa (5 Stars) opened in August 1997, is set on a site of 432.500 m2, where building occupies only 10% of the total area. Surrounding the buildings are 43.000 m2 of tropical gardens. The Resort is situated 20 km from the Punta Cana airport and in front of the playa Bavaro beach. The ecological architecture takes advantage of the natural resources of the area and offers a sensation of freshness and comfort by using organic materials such as stone, coconut, wood, cane, etc.

Using organic materials for its architecture, the Natura Park Beach Eco-Resort and Spa All Inclusive offers a unique sensation of freshness and an accommodation experience closer to the Mother Nature where you can have a perfect beach relaxation.
Lush tropical gardens teeming with exotic bird life are interspersed with lagoons and bridges along winding paths which lead to world-famous Bavaro Beach. Food and domestic drinks at all restaurants, snack spots, and bars; water sports such as snorkeling, and windsurfing; and nightly live entertainment are all included in the room rate. Unique architectural design focuses on the local natural resources: stone, coconut trees, wood, and cane to create a charming, comfortable, and ecologically-sensitive environment. The guestrooms are gorgeously decorated and bestowed with modern amenities and are positioned in such a way that it lets your eyes to feast on the surrounding sceneries. Amenities include air conditioning, Cable TV, iron with board, minibar, refrigerator, safe, and telephone.
Hotel Details:

* NoOfFloors - 3
* NoOfRooms - 510
* Car Rental Desk
* Family Rooms
* Swimming Pool
* Tennis Court
* Dining
* Dry Cleaning
* Hot Tub
* Luxury
* Resort

FACILITIES

• Four restaurants: Buffet "La Cana", for specialties "Media Luna", "La Perla" and "La Gondola"
• Four Bars: "La Perl", "El Remojón", "El Meringues" and "la Cohiba"
• Spacious saloons including reading-room, entertainment- and showroom as well as conference room (for 300 people)
• Complete gym and Spa center
• Bank and foreign exchange facilities, Supermarket, Shopping Center, Medical center and Parking for guests
Next to the beach you will find our generous swimming pool with integrated whirlpool and children's pool.


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Melia Caribe Tropical (Punta Cana)

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Melia Caribe Tropical All-Inclusive (4 Star Hotel) is situated on the eastern tip of the Dominican Republic, approximately 25 miles from Bavaro Beach and 12 miles from Punta Cana International Airport. Hotel amenities include the two health spas (with sauna, steam room, Jacuzzi, gym, beauty salon, spa services, etc), Cocotal Golf & Country Club, jewelry shop, souvenir and press shop, eight tennis courts, seven pools, arcade, casino, climbing wall, batting cage, and watersports.

The resort has two lobby bars, two pool bars, two beach bars, sports bar, Fun Pub bar, and lounge bar. On-site dining options include La Hacienda, Capri, La Gondola, Hokkaido, Ma Maison, Steakhouse, American Grill, Le Gourmet, Pagoda, El Turey, El Guarapo, Atabales, and Agora.

The all-inclusive rate includes unlimited food and drink, local and imported alcoholic beverages, house wine and sparkling wine at dinner, non-motorized watersports, all resort fitness and recreation facilities, all resort activities and entertainment, shuttles to the golf course, all taxes and gratuities, and a supervised children's club with Flintstones characters, the Yabba-Dabba-Doo bazaar, and Flinstones-inspired gardens and swimming pools.

The hotel also offers snorkeling excursions (at extra charge), babysitting, 24-hour taxi-service, a pharmacy, and a business center. All rooms feature private bathrooms, hairdryers, ceiling fans, air-conditioning, cable TV, direct-dial telephones, Internet access (fee applies), radio alarm clocks, mini-coolers, safes (fee applies), irons and ironing boards, and furnished balcony or terraces.

Amenities: Air Conditioning (In Room), Refrigerator, Telephone, Television, Daily Maid Service, Safe (In Room), Coffee Maker, Kitchen/Kitchenette, Mini-Bar
Hotel Details:

* 966 Rooms / 2 Floors
* Built in 1998
* Babysitting or Child Care
* Laundry/ Dry Cleaning Service
* Multi-lingual Staff
* Common Area High speed Access
* Photocopy Service
* Meeting Facilities
* Childrens Programs
* Concierge Services
* Business Center
* Currency Exchange
* A-V Equipment Rental
* Fax (For Guests)
* Common Area Wireless Access
* ATM/Bank
* Concierge/ Club Floor
* Golf Course
* Health Spa/Massage

Restaurants and Bars at Melia Caribe Tropical

Market Place Buffet (capacity for 390 people): featuring six different live cooking buffets, air-conditioned facilities; open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner
Turey Grill (capacity for 468 people): enjoy a sumptuous beach side international buffet for breakfast, lunch, and afternoon snacks/sweets Agora Grill (capacity for 400 people): enjoy a sumptuous beach side international buffet for breakfast, lunch, and afternoon snacks/sweets 10 á la carte air-conditioned dining experiences (dress code and reservation required): La Góndola (capacity for 90 people): specializes in Italian cuisine with an hors d'oeuvre corner dinner service Le Gourmet (capacity for 92 people): modern international cuisine Ma Maison (capacity for 92 people): traditional French style restaurant and service Hokkaido (capacity for 36 people): Japanese specialties with Teppanyaki show tables La Pagoda (capacity for 90 people): Thai fusion restaurant Capri (capacity for 92 people): fish and seafood from the Caribbean Sea The American Grill (capacity for 155 people): American cuisine El Guarapo (capacity for 148 people): traditional colonial Dominican cuisine La Hacienda (capacity for 108 people): premium traditional Mexican restaurant The Gabi Club (capacity for 160 people): contemporary cuisine ($), additional charge applies, included for Royal Service guests only
Lobby Bar Caribe
Lobby Bar Tropical
Caribe and Tropical pool bars
Turey Grill Bar
Agora Grill Bar
Sports Bar
Holding Bar
Square Lounge
Avenue Bar
Fun Pub
Gabi Club Bar
Royal Service Beach Bar
Royal Service Lounge Bar.


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VIK Hotel Arena Blanca (LTI Beach Resort Punta Cana) (Punta Cana Hotel)

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VIK Hotel Arena (4 Stars) is the same LTI Beach Resort Punta Cana which name was during November 01 2008.

The VIK Hotel Arena is an All Inclusive resort located directly on the beautiful, white sandy beach of Punta Cana, surrounded by a palm grove.

The all-inclusive 494 room VIK Hotel Arena is situated on Bavaro Beach on the Dominican Republic's eastern shore in the Punta Cana area. The property's restaurants and bars offer plentiful buffets and tropical drinks at meal times and in between. Hotel facilities and activities include a swimming area, Jacuzzi, table tennis, beach volleyball, aerobics, water gymnastics, badminton, darts, boccia, and football. Free of charge, guests can take advantage of watersports like wind surfing, kayaking, sailing and snorkelling. Scuba diving, horseback riding, parasailing, deep sea fishing, and golf are available for an additional fee. Parents can take kids to the children's pool and playground, and babysitters are available upon request. The all-inclusive rate includes all buffet meals, a la carte dinner at specialty restaurants, day and night snacks, unlimited domestic drinks 24 hours a day, house wine with dinner, non-motorized water sports, tennis, land sports, scuba lesson in pool, daily activities, nightly entertainment, and all taxes and gratuities. Room amenities include balconies, showers and baths, hairdryers, satellite TV, direct-dial telephones, minibar with soft drinks & water, air-conditioning and ceiling fans.

Rooms at VIK Arena Blanca:

The 446 rooms at the VIK Hotel, of which 22 are Ocean Front Suites and 20 family suites, are divided between 5 three-floor buildings. All of them contain all the fittings that you could desire, featuring a balcony with views of the garden, swimming pool or beach, a fully equipped en suite bathroom and hairdryer, air conditioning, ceiling fan, direct dial telephone, cable TV, mini-bar and safe. Number of rooms: 446 , Number of beds: 892

• Standard rooms: 404 (bedroom, seating area)
• Superior rooms: 23 (bedroom, seating area)
• Family suites: 20 (bedroom, small additional room with sofa bed)
• Executive suites: 4 (2 bedroom, 1 with bed-settee)


**The VIK Hotel Arena Blanca offers honeymoon, wedding and golf packages**.

Room Facilities:

Bathroom with shower/bath, WC, hairdryer, SAT TV, direct dial telephone, rent-a-safe, mini bar (soft drinks and water included), air conditioning, ceiling fan, furnished balcony, 110 V, adapter required for other voltages.

Sports & Entertainment:

• Large swimming area, Jacuzzi
• Lounge chairs and towels at the pool and beach
• Table tennis, beach volleyball, basketball, aerobics, water gymnastics, badminton
• Darts, bocce, shuffleboard, small football field
• Massage (extra charge)
• Alternating light activities during the day and in the evenings
• A chance to experience diving in the pool
• Water sports centre with diving, wind surfing, kayaks, pedal boats, sailing, snorkeling, boogie boards
• Hairdresser, health centre (extra charge)
• Scuba diving (extra charge)
• Helicopter trips (extra charge)
• Horseback riding (extra charge)
• Golf course nearby (extra charge)
• Deep sea fishing (extra charge)
• Motorized water sports (extra charge)


Facilities for children:

The VIK Hotel Arena count with a huge swimming pool of 1,900 square meter, in addition to the kid’s one, completes the variety of swimming options on offer in the Caribbean. Both during the day and at night there is a lively entertainment program that guarantees fun for both young and old alike. If you are a serious sportsperson, you can play some sets on the 2 tennis courts, keep in shape in the equipped gymnasium and practice water sports offered on the beach of Bavaro. If you prefer to relax, there is a modern spa that offers a sauna, Jacuzzi, and 10 cabins for different treatments. If you need a relaxed area for business meetings, you can use a meeting room that holds 20 people. Everything you need within your reach.

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The Politics in Dominican Republic

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Dominican Republic has a representative democracy, which reflects the classic model of the division of powers into three: executive, legislature and judiciary.

The executive branch is represented by the President of the Republic who is elected by direct vote, appoints the Cabinet, running from the law of the Legislature and is the Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces and National Police.

The legislature is the National Congress, which consists of two legislative chambers: the Senate, which is the body of territorial representation, has 32 seats, one for each of the thirty-one provinces and one by the District National and the Chamber of Deputies with 152 seats.

The congressional and municipal elections are held every four years, with the New Constitution the Congress will be elected during may 2010 for six years to join the Presidential Elections in 2012.

Under the constitutional reforms established after the 1994 elections, the 16-member Supreme Court are appointed by a council nominated by the three main political parties. The Supreme Court has jurisdiction over actions against the President of the Republic, members of his cabinet and legislators. The Supreme Court is responsible for resolving appeals from lower courts.

At the head of each of the 31 provinces being, representing the Government, a provincial governor appointed by the President. Trustees elected by popular vote administer the National District and the municipalities and municipal districts throughout the country.

The Dominican Republic has a multiparty political system. The major political parties are the Partido Revolucionario Dominicano (PRD), the Dominican Liberation Party (PLD), and the Social Christian Reformist Party (PRSC).

Dominican Political parties List:

* Dominican Liberation Party (PLD)
* Dominican Revolutionary Party (PRD)
* Social Christian Reformist Party (PRSC)
* National Progressive Force (FNP)
* Social Democratic Revolutionary Party (PRSD)
* Institutional Social Democratic Bloc (BIS)
* Alliance for Democracy (PAD)
* Anti-Imperialist Patriotic Union (UPA)
* Quisqueyano Democratic Party (PQD)
* Democratic Union (UD)
* Dominican Communist Party (PCD)
* Dominican Workers' Party (PTD)
* Independent Revolutionary Party (PRI)
* Liberal Party of the Dominican Republic (PLRD)
* National Party Veterans and Civils (PNVC)
* Popular Christian Party (PPC)
* Force of the Revolution (FR)

Note: In 1983 several leftist parties, including the PCD, joined to form the Dominican Leftist Front (FID), however, still retain individual party structures.
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