The Westin Puntacana Resort & Club
What We Love
- The variety of excursions, watersports, and resort activities
- Don Queco Cigar & Rum Bar’s impeccable Dominican cigars and cocktails
- The gorgeous Playa Blanca location, its shoreline living up to the name
What To Know
- Guests have access to North America's only Six Senses Spa
- Hit the links at the 45-hole golf course
- Spacious guestrooms start at 409 square feet
- There are two restaurants and three bars on-site
- Golf Course
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
Acclaim like a Condé Nast Traveler World Savers Award has helped to make The Westin Puntacana Resort & Club a leading luxury community in the Dominican Republic, as well as in the Caribbean at large. A World Travel Awards nomination, meanwhile, is one of several features that sets this esteemed resort apart. Upon the already-brilliant beachfront location and resort-wide Dominican dining offered by the larger property, this stay heaps its own comforts, just as you might expect.
Westin is, after all, the company that trademarked the Heavenly Bed and the Heavenly Bath, both of which appear in your room. But here, the magic really happens outside your abode – say, when your feet hit the property’s sandy shores. In addition to having access to 45 holes of golf and North America’s only Six Senses Spa, you can easily swing by the hotel’s own Brassa Grill & Bar for seafood and breathtaking sea views.
The Puntacana Resort & Club guest rooms are just what you’d expect from a Westin hotel, featuring Heavenly Beds®, marble Heavenly Baths® and other heavenly details, like balconies and ocean views. Showcasing sleek style, plush furnishings and neutral palettes with pops of tropical color, these accommodations are your own sugar-sweet slice of paradise (the Caribbean views from your balcony don’t hurt either).Traditional rooms range from 409 to 463 square feet and hold either one king or two queen beds, or you can make the most of your Caribbean location and opt for a roomier Premium Ocean View room, with a double sink in its bathroom and separate walk-in closets. Both feature ocean views.
With two restaurants and three bars, the hotel promises you’ll never have to venture far to satisfy your cravings. Anani serves contemporary breakfast, lunch and dinner, Brassa Grill & Bar offers casual dishes beachside, and chic Don Queco Cigar & Rum Bar gives you just what it says, making it the first in Punta Cana with this specialty. The Kite Bar and Lobby Bar are also on hand to hydrate you with fine spirits and fruity cocktails.Also available on the property are AAA Three and Four Diamond Award-winning restaurants La Yola and Bamboo, serving fresh meals of locally sourced ingredients in elegant settings.
The first spa of its kind in the Dominican Republic, only the second in the Caribbean with a AAA Five Diamond Award, a Leading Spa, according to The Leading Hotels of the World, and North America’s only outpost of the Six Senses worldwide chain, Six Senses Spa at PUNTACANA Resort & Club melds seamlessly with the relaxing atmosphere of the larger tropical property. Its Asian-inspired interior reflects the spa’s holistic focus, which includes acupressure, shiatsu, yoga and meditation.From the Bamboo Massage and CH Oxygen Facial to the Asia Wellness and Sensory Spa Journey, the menu integrates scientific and traditional therapeutic elements. And its wellness activities – including yoga and Aerial Fitness® – let you take your longer-term wellness into your own hands.
With tons of restaurants, shops, fairways designed by professional golfers and outdoor-adventure options, Punta Cana is rich in Dominican tradition, culture and leisure. Zip-lining, dancing to Dominican music, exploring the Indigenous Eyes Ecological Park or browsing local shops and boutiques are just a few popular pastimes among the vacationing crowd. The beaches also help make this tropical getaway a popular one, with white sands and brilliant waters – just what you need for lounging around and soaking up the sun.
How to Get There
First trip to PC with kids 5 and 8yrs old. Very close to airport, $20 private shuttle ride. Check in was easy and simple, they do hold a $100 a night deposit. Came during the off season so the pool was never more than 10 people in it, some times just me and the kids. You could cleary tell the hotel was empty based off the pool and restaurants but I didn't mind. Every one was nice and friendly, the hotel is beautiful and the grounds are beautiful. Staff do speak English so it was never a problem ordering things. Only 4stars because at the pool I was never approached and asked did I need anything "a drink" but I saw other people who just sat down and was apporached and was offered drinks so that kinda threw me off. Very nice chill hotel. No night life so if that's what you are looking for book else where.
I gave 1 star for this visit due to 1 reason, the people who work there. We’ve never felt so unwelcome in a stay at any hotel in our lives. Considering we paid over $500 for 2 nights (at an extremely gorgeous location) the workers could have been more hospitable to their ONLY residents for the stay. Considering the economy and the events that have transpired over the course of the past few months, we figured we would at least be treated with some gratitude, instead they expected gratuity. The place was deserted except for workers and they might as well not have been there. What is going on with the transportation services at this location? The random prices for “taxi” rides, and if we missed the “shuttle” by a minute that no one was on and there were 4 other ones at the front, not one worker was willing to take us until the next time window. We suspected suspicious circles of mistrust and money scams. So, we would then pay for a taxi to take us that cost $40 to go 2 miles that was the exact same shuttle we would ride in to designated locations. There were 2 hotel shuttles never utilized. They were unwilling to upgrade our room despite the open availability, despite us being “preferred” Marriott members. Great room decor and cleanliness. Facility was clean and a great location. Seaweed on beach, tractors moving it off during the day which wasn’t ideal while laying out.
The hotel is a laid back one which is exactly what I was looking for. Overall it was a good stay. The only major drawback for us it was the fact that there was no water and coffee stations.
Rooms: are spacious and clean. You receive a 0.5l water bottle per person but we asked for more, you need at least 3-4 per person per day. They provided as much as we wanted. However, they charge for water at the restaurant, $2/0.5l which I didn't appreciate.
The little refrigerator in the room is from a third party company which charges ridiculous fees ...
If you want your own fridge there is a $10USD/day fee plus 18% tax.
Pool: was huge and we'll maintained. Service by the pool was good. Lots of sitting available.
Restaurants: We decided to go out for dinner and only eat breakfast and lunch at the hotel. There are two different free shuttles taking you to the main restaurants in the area. Playa Blanca and La Yola are own by the hotel. Lots of eating options in the village (we tried Mamma Louisa, La Cava and Bagel place, all were good) Our favourite was Playa Blanca where you can actually walk (on the beach), less than 5 min walk.
Beach: very nice. There is some seaweed but they really try their best cleaning it all day long.
- we had to wait at least 2h in line at the airport, outrageous and my understanding is that this is regular as lots of other people complained.
- when you leave, there is a $20 / person fee
- food and drinks have 18% tax + 10% service fee (mandatory) which makes everything really expensive as prices are already on the high side
- PRICES - comparable to Hawaii and Aruba + 28%.
At the hotel:
Breakfast buffet $25/adult; $10/child
Pool food and drinks: Chicken fingers with fries, pizza $7, cocktails $8, Beer $5, irish coffee $7
Dinner: starts at $20/person, we averaged around $65 (2 adults + 1 child) food only.
- Bring a little collapsible beach cooler with you and fill it up with ice from the ice machine
- Rooms 101-102; 201-202, 301-302, 401-402 have an ocean view (the right wing)
- There is a grocery store located behind BlueMall (free shuttle) ( they have recently moved it) where you could buy everything including alcohol ($10 bottle of wine)
- If you want to tip on top of the service charge already included, give them cash and don't bother with percentages.
I see the seaweed being an issue for some people. Even though they struggle cleaning it there is still a considerable amount left on the beach.