Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts Punta Cana by Karisma
What We Love
- A gourmet-inclusive Caribbean luxury resort for families, with your choice of spacious suitesThe Karisma Gourmet Inclusive® Experience, with all meals, beverages and more
- Encountering Spongebob, Michelangelo the Ninja Turtle or a teeming bucket of slime
- Getting wet by the swim-up bar, at the water park or under the spa’s chromotherapy showers
- Learning Spanish, cooking or dance, among other activities
What To Know
- The resort is catered to families with kids but that said, there is plenty of activities and entertainment for adults
- There are Nickelodeon characters around the property, but you won't really run into them unless you go to the AquaNick area or opt for a Character Breakfast
- Free WiFi is fast and reliable
Whether you’re a kid or a kid at heart, Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts Punta Cana is here to help you have fun. It’s a place where you can choose between playing tennis; mingling with Spongebob Squarepants, Dora the Explorer and more; learning to cook or speak Spanish; floating in an infinity pool; and taking a class at a designated dance studio. There’s even a club for four-to-12-year-olds, with its own ball pit, plus a water park crowned by a giant orange blimp – and indeed, you’ll be feeling a bit like you just won a Kids Choice Award.
The Karisma getaway states that “it’s slime o’clock somewhere” – getting drenched in the signature green goo is part of the experience – but there is also a way to be a grown-up here, when you feel so inclined. Receiving a therapy at the spa, for instance, which holds a sensory pool and herbal steam room, or washing off under your suite’s luxurious rainforest showerhead. And while you may choose to walk the Orange Carpet after dark, you’d be forgiven for sneaking off to the Elite Traveler-approved retreat’s adults-only restaurant or wine bar instead. After all, you can’t have Nick alone, without a little Nick at Nite.
Get comfy in a spacious suite, holding a radio/alarm-clock docking station with Bluetooth; a balcony with a sitting area; and a marble bathroom with a double sink, a freestanding tub and a rain shower. If you do want to watch some Nick shows, there’s also a 42-in. smart TV.Flat suites measure 603 square feet, which includes a master suite and a living room with a pull-out sofa bed and dining-room area. You can opt to stay in a Swim-Up version of theses abodes, which offers direct access to the pool from its terrace. Swank suites, which measure 517 square feet, hold their own private plunge pool on their spacious wrap-around balcony.
You’ll be staying on a gourmet-inclusive basis, meaning that top-notch food and drink are covered. Choose whether you’d prefer buffet or à la carte fare, meals or snacks (including tasty ice-cream cones) and a welcome Slime Smoothie or sparkling wine. Cuisine runs from Mediterranean to Asian fusion and beyond, with several drinking and dining options adults only. Please note that varying dress codes are politely enforced across the dining spots.
Measuring 14,000 square feet, Vassa Spa is a relaxing wellness destination that’s tailored to the needs of both children and adults. Its treatments include Thai-atsu Shiatsu-Thai fusion massages and raindrop Ayurvedic therapies, and its amenities run from a sensory pool to an herbal steam room, dry sauna, bubble bed and chromotherapy shower. Couples rooms are available, along with massage cabanas with thatched roofs and Caribbean views.
Offering miles of white-sand beaches, fairways designed by professional golfers and the thrill of tropical outdoor adventure, Punta Cana is rich in Caribbean leisure. Lounge by the waves, go zip lining, dance to Dominican music, explore the Indigenous Eyes Ecological Park, or browse local shops and boutiques. And leave some time to embrace the beach-bumming lifestyle, and do nothing at all; the shores here are known for their turquoise waters and soft, sugar-white sands. Plus, you’ll have buckets of fun (and possibly slime) staying on-site, thanks to the water park; tennis facilities; and cooking, dance, Spanish and aqua-aerobic classes – along with possible run-ins with Dora and Spongebob.
How to Get There
We were only here for one night but as a travel agent we made sure we experienced as much as we possibly could with our 3 and 4 year old. The resort is actually smaller than I expected and would prob be perfect for a 4 or 5 night getaway. They loved the kids club and would have stayed in there all day if we let them. I thought the food at aqua nick was ok. The kids loved the slime smoothies. We had a great lunch at Fresco which is by building two. We ate at wok wok and I really enjoyed the sushi, apps and fried rice. We did the character breakfast in the morning and it was great to be able to take pics with all there fav characters. They even had a green chocolate fountain.my favorite spot was prob doppio- had a great selection of coffe and treats all day. Overall I felt that it was a nice balance of great stuff for the kids but high quality food and drinks for the adults. I can’t wait to go back for a longer stay.
Our family booked this resort with a group of 19 people. 11 kids were part of our group aged 12 and under. All of them had complaints of being bored and not having enough activities catered to their age.
The entertainment was very short and did not happen every night. The shows in the sensortium were at times boring and very amateurish.
There were no fun activities at all in the pool areas except for “balloon party” which consisted of a few water balloons floating around. Honestly I was surprised that a resort catering to kids wouldn’t have anything more exciting.
For 7 days straight I went to the omelette station. Simply because there was 1 buffet available every singe day. I also went there in the evening to have fresh pasta made, and I usually had to wait 20 min or more just to get shrimp grilled because they never had it around. The quality of food was horrible. My kids were stuck with having the same swordfish that they served breakfast, lunch and dinner.
I’m a seasoned traveller, I have been to many resorts and cruises. But never had I had such poor choices in seafood on an island!
We made 3 reservations in total. The Italian restaurant was the first. After arriving, we made our orders and the kids received their food within 30 minutes. We waited nearly 2 hours. After which I was left forgotten. The waiter then quickly brought my salmon which was completely RAW! He then took back my plate and said it will take 5 min. I waited another 20 min then got up and left. Total disappointment.
Second reservation was at spacewalker. We entered another venue as the actual spacewalker restaurant was closed and was told to go to another location. Upon receiving the menu, there were only 3 options. Chicken, pork and beef. I’m dumbfounded that I’m this day and age there were no seafood options or vegan options. I walked out as I was left with no choice.
3rd reservation was at wok wok. I enjoyed their food and service here because it was the only place that had more options.
The waiters are scarce around the pools. You really need to tip them if you want good service. The drinks in all the bars are limited as well. I didn’t find a single bar that served martinis!
Overall I would not recommend this place. We did do one excursion that took us to a pirate ship and it involved snorkeling and swimming with sharks and meeting stingrays. This excursion was the highlight of our trip!
Really nice place, had a relaxed family vacation. On the positives:
- Beautifully landscaped, kudos to the hardworking gardeners
- Wonderfully spacious rooms and balconies (our pad suite had 2 double beds plus a sofa bed)
- Great quality food. Special mentions for: Amazing steak and salmon at the Sicilian place, awesome grilled shrimp at Fresco, the best coffee in the world at Doppios (and donuts according to the kids), nice flatbread at Aqua Bite, wholesome breakfast buffet at Sugarcane (fresh omelets and crepes mmm), nice lunch buffet at Zest
- Fun for kids with the pools, waterpark (more geared to young kids but our older kids managed to have a good time), well equipped sports hub though didn't use much - did try the archery class which was fun!
- Awesome amenities for travel with little kids: our friends with an infant got a full crib, bottle warmers, tub, toys, Chicco stroller etc.
- Some kind of entertainment most evenings, though seemed wither geared to little kids, or to adults, not much for the tweens/teens that we caught on the days we were there
- Super friendly staff everywhere including the golf cart drivers
- Easy to walk from rooms to Aqua Nick even, or the beach, so no real dependency on the golf carts
- Always space available on the beach or poolside
- Didn't try many of the activities but there seemed to be plenty going on for those interested
On the cons, (none of this really bothered us, but just noting for others):
- Our room (3304) had the room service menu pages missing so never really found out what the in-room dining offered. Would've asked for it if we had needed it, but maybe if it was there the kids would have tried it out.
- Room safe didn't work, called but no one ever came to check it. By the last day our room phone wasn't even working.
- Language was a bit of a challenge at times but no biggie
- The concierge did not get us reservations to Wok Wok and seemed to be wanting to push selling something which I immediately clarified was not of interest to us.
- If you only have a few nights, you may not get to try all the restaurants as there are special events at dinner time on several nights (Dominican beach party, Tastes of the World etc.) These were also nice, but missed getting to try the restaurants as a result.
- Seaweed on the beach though it was more further down
Nickelodeon is a very expensive resort. However, it is worth every penny. You can enjoy things from the waterpark, pools, the beach, activities, gourmet buffet, sit-down dining, nightlife, unlimited alcohol, plus much more. We met some incredible people that work there. To name a few, we received unbelievable service from Juan Esteban Avila, Carlos from Team Nick, concierge Wendi, Eduardo from SugarCane, Edwin at Jazmin Bar was funny, outgoing, and amazing, Chef Justiliano from Lighthouse prepared exclusive meals for my picky daughters, Ramon at Space Walker / Wok Wok made my daughter's birthday experience unique, Albertowho prepared breakfast while singing at SugarCane,, and our room-keeper Ana who answered my daughter's letter for extra bubbles. Overall, amazing!!
It was a great experience. We had a Daypass at Nickelodeon Aqua Nick. We loved the sliders. Pleasure to mention Uncle Luis he did a perfect and excellent job. Take care of all the children and do it with love. We felt safe and had georgeous time. Far away best experience ever in Uvero Alto. If you are in the area and want to have fun you can’t go wrong with the Aquatic team. All the way unforgettable experience at Nickelodeon.