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
My husband and I baby-mooned in Punta Cana, spending our first 2 nights at the Westin and our second 2 nights at Tortuga Bay. We absolutely loved our time at Tortuga. The accommodations are gorgeous, the service/staff was exceptional, and the area was fun to explore. It was utter relaxation - just what we wanted! We made good use of the bikes, golf carts, and the villa manager. Vanessa was helpful and accommodating, along with many other staff members. The beach is what it is - there’s seaweed and some rocks - that’s the only downside I can think of. Tortuga bay was magical! Do yourself and find out for yourself!
After 14 years, the rooms are still gloriously fresh and the property is immaculate. We have been annual guests at Tortuga Bay since 2012, with the exception of one abysmal deviation when we decided to try a “highly acclaimed” luxury resort on Turks and Caicos (which only cemented our future loyalty to TB). This is the perfect place for those who want to be far away from people and activity. The beach is totally private, and the absence of motorized water-sports and the limited number of guests make for a sublimely quiet retreat. The infamous seaweed problem of a few years ago has been eradicated by a sea barrier and regular maintenance crews (although it may depend on the time of year). For those wishing to leave the compound, there are numerous restaurants and activities an easy bike-ride or golf cart drive away— although no other place matches the quality of service and cuisine at TB and its charming poolside restaurant Bamboo. See you again next year.
So I booked a room for 3 nights through a third party website and I got an unbelievable steal. (This is relevant)
The day after, I still hadn't received a confirmation, so I called the hotel. The front desk would pick up. They would transfer me to reservations. I'd give them my info. In the middle of speaking, they would transfer me back to the front desk, and the front desk, without even listening to a word, would say "transfering to reservations" and put me on transfer again. Repeat. It was like listening to a recording.
After the fourth loop, while I was trying to protest and say "please stop transferring me" which went ignored, I hung up and called the website. They said they'd get the confirmation and I'm just waiting.
Is it because I paid next to nothing for this expensive hotel that they're treating me this way? I'm gonna wait and call back later. I am not willing to risk showing up and not having a place to stay. If I don't hear back, I am just going to call visa and reverse the charges.
My husband and I scheduled a last minute 5 day getaway to Tortuga Bay. The airport VIP service, warm welcome at the resort, and beautiful villa was a great start to our vacation. On our third day my husband had to be hospitalized. Roger Beletti-General Manager, our Villa Staff Marie-Malvis-Loraine-Braiham, and all other resort staff were so sincere and helpful. They arranged for us to have a translator and a driver to shuttle me back and forth to the hospital. Being hospitalized in a foreign country and not fluent in Spanish, especially medical terms, they made a very difficult situation much less stressful. We will definitely be back in order to enjoy the amazing facilities, restaurants, and staff. We sincerely thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
We spent five nights at the Tortuga Bay Hotel. Our room was beautiful -- a two bedroom suite with a large common area, elegantly furnished, luxurious bathroom, just steps from the beach and the restaurant and bar. The personal service was over-the-top, from our delightful villa manager (Lorraine) to the folks in the restaurant and bar (shout-out to Antonio and Teddy). They were friendly, outgoing, and eager to do everything they could to make our visit memorable. The hotel (really, it consists of a few villas) is quiet and best suited to folks who are inclined to sit by the pool or on the beach and relax or to play golf, although they make it easy to get off the premises and into town if that's your preference. The VIP service meeting our plane on arrival and getting us through the departure process was fabulous as well.