Tortuga Bay Hotel
What We Love
- Designed by Oscar de la Renta, the island’s famous fashion mogul
- Bamboo, the only restaurant at Tortuga Bay, is excellent
- Personalized butler service: guests are given their own cell phone with a direct line to a Villa Manager who can coordinate dinner plans, afternoon picnics, and excursions
What To Know
- Inform the hotel of your flight itinerary three days before arrival to secure free transfers from Punta Cana
- Guests have access to the larger, livelier Puntacana Resort & Club next door
- There are six clay tennis courts and seafront golf course
- Free WiFi
- Golf Course
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
In 30-suite Tortuga Bay, fashion designer Oscar de la Renta has created a resort-within-a-resort focused on romantic escape, stellar service and an impeccable design that plays off the natural beauty of the Dominican Republic. Start your vacation as soon as you land: the hotel’s staff greets guests at the Puntacana Resort & Club airport lounge and ushers them from tarmac to sublime beach in minutes. Upon arrival you’ll find 13 chic, canary-colored villas containing 30 suites spread out across the beachfront property. French doors open onto a deck or balcony (some with private Jacuzzis) for views of the palm tree–lined beach; inside, you’ll find tan and black wicker furniture, four-poster beds, and vases of fresh flowers on dark wood end tables, and a kitchenette area. All rooms also come with their own personal golf cart, cruiser bike (available on request), and cell phone with a direct line to a “villa manager”—a personal concierge of sorts. For breakfast, the hotel’s excellent restaurant, Bamboo, is not to be missed. Choose from a lavish buffet or an à la carte selection; both are included in the rate. After a day at the hotel’s private beach, it’s best to grab a seat poolside at Bamboo Bar, which serves up top-notch half-price caipirinhas and mojitos from 5 to 7 p.m. The resort also offers many options for active types, including kiteboarding, scuba diving and snorkeling at a nearby reef, as well as tennis on six clay courts, which are lit at night. The golfing here is also excellent, especially at the oceanside La Cana course, which has four holes right on the water.
In the Area
Hit the water and take advantage of the strong winds at nearby Playa Blanca, where the resort’s concierge can arrange a kiteboarding lesson. Or head beneath the waves with a snorkel at the underwater Marinarium Park, where visitors can explore the reef and deeper waters where stingrays and nurse sharks glide past. On dry land, stroll the leafy trails (for free!) of the 1,500-acre Indigenous Eyes Ecological Reserve and Park, where you’ll see tropical plants, island palms and other local vegetation. Afterward, unwind with a “champissage,” an Indian scalp massage designed to maximize blood flow and relieve stress, at the resort’s sumptuous Six Senses Spa. When hunger strikes, head to local favorite Jellyfish restaurant on the beach near Bávaro. Try grilled crustaceans, calamari and conch served under palapas with views of the sea.
How to Get There
This is a truly 5 star hotel in Punta Cana. We've been to many 5 stars hotel all over caribbean but only Tortuga Bay Hotel lives up to its expectation.
Definitely worth the money, once in a life time.
From the moment you step off the plane in Punta Cana until your return you are treated like Royalty. Escorted through customs to a waiting car, provided with your own golf cart which we used to go to one restaurant off property, every other meal we ate at the resort as the food is better than anything you'll find offsite. Let's talk about the beach, rooms, bar staff ....where do I begin. Unbelievable, amazing, superb, fabulous, fantastic....get the picture. It would take too many characters to name every individual, but to all we came in contact with thank you for making this our best vacation EVER. We have already booked to return in October and can't wait to see all of you again.
Small elegant hotel on white sand beaches. Spacious rooms designed by the great Oscar de la Renta. Worth every penny. Will return with my family of five. Many individuals contributed to our wonderful stay -- we had two wonderful Villa Managers who took care of us from the moment we arrived until the moment we left the property -- Brahman and Victor. In fact, the last sight I saw as we were pulling away was Victor sprinting towards our car as he had found one of my son's Star Wars headphones... Thank you Victor! The bar and restaurant staff by the pool made us feel so welcome, and also our oldest son Will, who wants to be a barman at Tortuga Bay. Beddy, Alcedo, Antonio, Francisco... where did they find these wonderful men with such beautiful manners and warm hearts? And they can make fantastic cocktails! Cannot wait to go back. Am grateful to each and every person for what they contributed to our beautiful holiday.
Stayed here for a week in February. Loved every minute. Beautiful beach along the resort leading to crystal clear waters. All the facilities and services that you would expect with a five star resort.
Our vacation at Tortuga Bay was superlative. Having stayed at Casa de Campo, Caneel Bay, Little Dix, Bitter End, Parrot Cay – Tortuga Bay stands out as the best.
This is a resort within a resort, small and private, but with the amenities of a much larger property.
As we deplaned, we were greeted by a personal escort to whisk us through baggage and customs and to a private SUV. The entrance to Punta Cana resort and Club is less than 5 min from the airport, and then the ride down to Tortuga Bay is only 2 or 3 miles.
Check in is very easy, fast and personal. The grounds are landscaped perfectly. Our room was a 2br beachfront suite. This maybe the most incredible room I’ve ever stayed in - recently renovated with everything you could need and more, Jacuzzi tubs, doors in all rooms that open to the ocean. You will want to move in.
Our villa managers checked in with us several times a day which was wonderful. If we needed anything, they left us with a dedicated cel phone that dialed them with a press of one button.
The service at this property is 5 star. At every touch point, staff are present, smiling and very helpful.
Every room comes with a golf cart, so you can roam the whole Punta Cana Club, which has tons to offer. La Yola restaurant is very good. For lunch, there’s a tiny tucked away beach shack called Mare. Ask about it.
Absolutely do not miss the natural swimming holes in the Ecological Reserve. They’re really close and easy to access.
To set expectations: the beach is a little rocky directly in front of the villas, but simply walk a few yards down for powdery sandy bottom. The beach is expansive and sparsely populated, very private and post card beautiful.
The VIP service extends to your departure, as you are escorted through customs, check in and security within minutes – and then to a VIP lounge. Which I will just say is a total treat.
Is this an expensive vacation? Yes. Worth it? YES.