Our family has been to Caribbean resorts in Puerto Rico, the Bahamas, Barbados, St. Lucia, St. Croix, Turks and Caicos, Antigua, and others in the Dominican Republic, however, Tortuga Bay tops them all. This was our second trip back during our children's March spring back and we never ever return to the same resort because we enjoy trying new ones. To start off, there are MULTIPLE direct, non-stop flights from NYC airports. We get off the airplane steps and we are met by a hotel rep at the tarmac and whisked by golf cart to immigration and then to the luggage carousel in minutes, avoiding all the lines. Just 10 minutes after we get our luggage into the resort car waiting for us, we are checked in at the villa by our personal villa manager. When we returned to the airport on the way back home, we were also escorted to the airline check in and went through customs and into the private lounge within 15 minutes of arriving at the airport. Both stays at Tortuga Bay, we have had a spacious two bedroom/two bathroom first floor villa with an outdoor terrace and a huge living room and kitchenette. The beachfront villas spill out into a manicured grass area with the sand and beach 50 feet beyond, just steps from your villa. The beach is good but not great because of some seaweed and pebbles in the water, however, the privacy is second to none. At full capacity, Tortuga Bay accommodates fewer than 100 guests so nothing there is ever crowded or full. The staff is the best part about staying at this resort. Several of them remembered us from our stay a year ago. They are attentive, well trained and eager to please at all times. The number of staff outnumbers the guests!
The villas are beautifully furnished and they feel like a home, not a hotel. The towels are Frette brand and the bed linens are top of the line. The bathrooms are spacious with separate tubs and showers, double sinks and radiant heated floors.
Breakfast is included at Bamboo Restaurant and it is served poolside buffet style, however you can have eggs to order. The selections are plentiful with fresh fruit and juices. A disappointment is that this restaurant does not have water views since it is not located beachside. Other restaurants in the Punta Cana Club resorts are on the water. If you want to go outside the resort into town 5-10 minutes away back near the airport, you can take the complimentary car service there and select from French, Spanish, Asian, Italian and Mediterranean cuisine, There is also a quality large supermarket there to load up on alcohol, American style snacks and other foodstuff.
As for sports activities, I am an avid tennis player and there is a brand new tennis center, currently with 8 dirt surfaced courts. In addition to the smaller pool at Tortuga Bay, there is a larger pool at the Beach Club where there is a spa, locker rooms, beach chairs, and indoor and outdoor restaurants. During our stay, we had use of a private golf cart, bicycles and car service on demand. All in all, this resort is la crème de la crème and we are going back again!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Find yourself in the jewel of the Caribbean. The only AAA Five Diamond Awarded property of the luxury Dominican republic hotels, Tortuga Bay offers responsible luxury, impeccable service and villas with interiors designed by the world-famous Oscar de la Renta. As a Tortuga Bay guest, our friendly, professional staff has every detail taken care of from the moment you touch down at our own Punta Cana International Airport (PUJ). Our VIP Service will whisk you through customs to a private car that has been awaiting your arrival. After a brief ride through the lush and vibrant Dominican scenery, your personal concierge will welcome you, check you in at your villa and provide you with your own golf cart for convenient travel throughout the resort. Located in a private enclave within the resort, this boutique hotel includes 13 luxurious beachfront Dominican Republic villas offering unrivaled luxury, privacy, security and five-star service. Guests may choose from a variety of accommodations: 1 bedroom junior suites, 2 bedroom suites, 3 or 4 bedroom villas, all situated along a private white sand beach, with every convenience within easy reach. ... more less
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