Hard Rock Hotel Punta Cana
Imagine you’ve just spent four hours on an airplane flying to Punta Cana. You’re tired, sweaty, achy, and just a tiny bit grumpy because the businessman in the seat next to you decided to take the entire armrest for himself. You arrive at your hotel and are immediately handed an ice-cold margarita. Good start. After checking in, you make your way to your room, and upon opening the door you are greeted with the sight of a hot tub in the middle of the room. That’s right, a hot tub. Not in the bathroom, not outside—in the middle of your room. And it’s facing the spacious balcony, which overlooks the ocean. Are tears of joy acceptable at this point?
This was our experience when we first arrived at the absolutely stunning all-inclusive Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Punta Cana. This is such a sprawling resort that they have golf cart cabs that shuttle you from your room to the pools, restaurants, and beach. And did I mention the hot tub in your room? Sorry, moving on.
The Hard Rock boasts 13 luxurious pools complete with swim-up bars and waterslides for the kids (or adults, we don’t judge). The beach is so pristine and the sand so soft that it feels like you’re walking on pillows. They have hundreds of thatch umbrellas and beach chairs that don’t discriminate whether you’re a VIP or not. But who doesn’t feel like a VIP when a waiter is serving you mai tais while you bake in the toasty Dominican sun?
There are nine incredible themed restaurants, but we unfortunately didn’t get to visit all of them (though we tried our hardest). You really can’t go wrong with the food here, and, much like when you’re sailing on a cruise ship, you won’t go hungry or thirsty during your stay. Everywhere you roam, you’ll find restaurants, grills, or bars. They even have mini-bars set up in the hallways to ensure you’re never without a beverage.
The nightlife at the resort is so varied and fun that you really don’t need to leave the resort property at all (although we recommend leaving at some point because the Dominican Republic is a beautiful island). Every night, throughout the resort they feature karaoke, live bands and music, plenty of places to dance, live Broadway-inspired shows, and one very intense nightclub called Oro. This is the only space in the resort that has an entrance fee. If you like your nightlife to have a strip club vibe, then this place is for you, but leave the kids in the hotel room. There’s also a casino if you’re feeling like gambling instead of dancing.
And if all this wasn’t enough, the resort also features a golf course designed by the Golden Bear himself, Jack Nicklaus, as well as mini-golf for the family, beach volleyball, and soccer tournaments, and, just like the Hard Rock Cafe, copious amounts of music memorabilia is featured throughout the resort, including Madonna’s limo.
We have stayed at resorts and hotels all over the world, and it was at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino where we had the most fun. Sure, it’s family-friendly, it’s all-inclusive, and it isn’t “boutique” or swanky, but they have hot tubs … in your bedroom. Case closed.
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Punta Cana
Boulevard Turístico del Este
Km. 28 No. 74
Macao, Dominican Republic
Casa de Campo
We had the privilege of staying at the incomparably beautiful Casa de Campo Resort & Villas in La Romana while attending last year’s Procigar Festival. This resort is so gigantic that it feels like its own city, and each guest even gets a golf cart to drive around the sprawling 7,000-acre property.
One of Casa de Campo’s claims to fame is its three championship golf courses, including Teeth of the Dog, the No. 1 ranked course in the Caribbean. We, unfortunately, didn’t get a chance to try it, as the waitlist had long been full by the time we thought about doing it, so make sure you book your tee time well in advance of your trip.
Among the resort’s many amenities are a beautiful and secluded beach, marina, spa, fitness center, equestrian center, tennis courts, polo facilities, boutique shopping area made to look like a 16th century Mediterranean village, pools with swim-up bars, and even a skeet shooting range.
The restaurants we tried were practically perfect, the service impeccable, and the meals delicious to a fault, as we ended up eating our weight in food. The rooms are spacious, and we especially enjoyed the large private terrace. A nice touch was returning to our room in the evenings and finding our beds turned down and slippers at the ready. We loved those slippers. And if you really want to splurge and live large, there are villas that include your own private pool.
We can’t recommend this resort enough.
Casa de Campo Resort & Villas
La Romana – Higuey Highway
La Romana 22000
Ultimate Guys Getaway at Casa De Campo
Imagine this: You arrive, by helicopter, to your spacious villa for you and three of your best friends. You have a master cigar roller all to yourselves, rolling the best the Caribbean has to offer. You are shuttled, by another helicopter, to a shooting range. You are taken on a private fishing excursion with your catch-of-the-day prepared by your villa chef. There are also massages and nightly cocktails in your villa (as well as one night on a private yacht at sunset). Does this sound like a bachelor party from heaven? Well, it’s real and now all the rest of us, who already had bachelor parties, are very jealous. In fact, this is the exact, place that Derek Jeter had his bachelor party.
Of course, it’s not just for bachelor parties. This could also be the perfect guys getaway just for the hell of it. This is an experience that will empty your bucket list and send every guy in your group home with the ultimate bragging rights.
This Ultimate Guys Getaway starts at $60,000 based on a four-night stay for four people. And if all this isn’t enough, you can even fly from Miami to La Romana on a private jet for an additional $25,000. I don’t know about you guys, but I’m already starting to save up.
For more info, visit casadecampo.com.do.
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