This was our second trip to a Zoetry all-inclusive resort. Our first was for our honeymoon in 2009 to the Zoetry Paraiso de la Bonita in Cancun. We absolutely loved the time we spent there so we knew we had to try Zoetry Agua in Punta Cana. We absolutely loved this experience as well and we are already planning the time to try the Zoetry in Cabo San Lucas. My husband and I want to eat great food and drink great drinks and, most importantly, relax and not be around too many people while on vacation so this resort is right up our alley. Here are some thoughts about what we experienced:
The people: Very helpful, professional, kind and observant. After a couple of days everyone knew us by name. Joaquim and Eddie at the Canoa lobby bar were the best! If you like, they will chat and answer questions about life in the Dominican Republic. You have to try the Dominican Republic's national drink..... the "Mama Juana"....be prepared, it is strong. After a couple you'll be ready for a nap! Joaquim and Eddie can fix any drink under the sun and all that I tried were wonderful. I want to send them a big thank you for all the laughs we shared. The Canoa is open from 9 am till 1 am for couples who like to have a few late night drinks after dinner. It's a great spot to mingle and say hello to other guests.
I read on some not so positive reviews that people got a bit frustrated because they felt they had to wait too long for service at the restaurants. My answer to this is: relax and take in the scenery as you sip your cocktail while you wait for your food to be served. Are you in a rush on vacation? Zoetry is about relaxation so just take it easy, order a "Coco Loco" and spend time talking to your partner as you wait for the food to arrive.
The room: very spacious, very clean and smelled wonderful. Ladies will love the Bulgari bath soaps, shampoos and lotions. We stayed in the Agua suite so we could jump into a pool just by stepping off our patio. Room service was wonderful. They always came when we were out of the room and everything was pristine when we came back. Currently the resort has around 50 rooms but around 40 more are being constructed. There was construction going on while we were there but I did not find any noises to be distracting. You will not hear anything on the beach as the sound of the ocean and wind drown out all other noises.
The food: Absolutely phenomenal! Fresh and organic. My husband and I are foodies so the quality of our meals is important to us. There are three restaurants on the resort. The Indigo is beach side and is where you will eat lunch everyday (unless you want room service). The menu has many different options so you can try something new every day. I was in love with the seafood ceviche and ordered this as an appetizer almost every day. Another favorite was the skirt steak with chimichurri sauce. Also, you can ask your hostess you would like to try the chef's paella (this isn't an item on the menu). Believe me, this paella was incredible! I've had paella in Andalucia and Zoetry's paella topped all the paellas I tried in Spain. I recommend not getting an appetizer if you order the paella so you can save room! Also, you will have to ask your host or hostess for the paella a day in advance due the prep time to make the dish.
Another restaurant is the Amaya. This is where breakfast is served every day and dinner on some nights. I have to say the Amaya was my favorite. Breakfast starts with a basket of fresh pastries with fruit preserves and butter. The fresh watermelon and passion fruit juices were so delicious. Every morning my husband and I were greeted by Fernando and Wharton by name and with a smile. Fernando asked us almost every day if everything was going well. I never had any complaints but I know if I did, Fernando would have done something about it right away. Everyone at the Zoetry is concerned with how your stay is going so don't hesitate to ask for something if you need it. You have to try the eggs Benedict at least once and also the Dominican Republic's traditional breakfast. I bet there are 1000 different ways to prepare plantains in the DR. My favorite was the mangú served with the traditional breakfast.
The third restaurant is the Olena which is open for dinner on various nights. The decor is wonderful and the menu is fantastic. Everything I ordered was delicious. No complaints whatsoever.
This resort is all about relaxation, great food and pampering. There are no casinos or night clubs. So if you want a lively resort with lots of party goers, you may find Zoetry a too low key. However, there are activities such as horseback riding on the beach, yoga, water sports, excursions etc. Ask for Ansy and he will tell you about all that is offered. There is also a Spa where you can get messages, facials, manicures, pedicures and body wraps. Also, the spa has a wonderful water therapy pool. I didn't try it out since I wanted to spend my time by the pool and the beach.
The only thing I would change about this trip is completely out of Zoetry's control. Although the resort fumigated the grounds almost daily, the mosquitoes were a pain in my butt (literally). In general mosquitoes love me but the buggers in Punta Cana actually bit me through my clothes!! I had mosquito bites on my rear end and you can rest assured that this part of my body was never exposed to fresh air. I had to smash mosquitoes not just on my skin but on my clothes. The repellent works but I still suffered quite a few bites in the evenings. I never got attacked during the day on the beach or by the pool but at night they come out in droves. So don't get distracted with drinks at the Canoa lobby bar and be sure to ask Eddie or Joaquim for the repellent they keep behind the counter. Spray liberally! My advice is to bring extra repellent and a product that will help with the itching in case you get a bite. I bought cortizone cream at the boutique but that didn't do much to help. I recommend bringing a spray that contains lidocaine or something stronger if you can get it. Bringing Benadryl would also be a good idea. Also, there are products specifically for repelling tropical insects and for tropical insect bites that you can order and bring with you before your trip. Mosquitoes may not like you as much as they do me but come prepared in case you get bitten.
We love the Zoetry and sincerely hope everyone else loves it as much as us. I will be sure to write a review after we visit Zoetry in Cabo.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Perfectly located along a 200 yard stretch of pristine beach on the easternmost Coast of the Dominican Republic in Uvero Alto, Zoetry Agua Punta Cana is a sanctuary of supreme relaxation integrated with nature. With 96 ultra-luxurious suites nestled throughout the beautifully-manicured gardens of this oceanfront Caribbean resort created from natural stones, hardwoods, cathedral ceilings and cane-thatched roofs, guests can spend afternoons swimming in the calm, tranquil ocean waters, under a palm tree in one of the inviting lounge terraces, or staring out at the beautiful garden or ocean views from their own private terrace or balcony. Zoetry Agua Punta Cana provides guests Endless Privileges® offering them limitless access to lavish amenities and services that include four gourmet a la carte restaurants, three bars and lounges, while the Sip, Savor & See Dining Experience provides 41 additional dining and entertainment venue options at nearby sister properties. 24-hour dining options allow guests to enjoy late night bites at Amaya. Or stay in and order room service. It’s all available at any hour day or night. The resort also features a luxurious spa filled with Natura Bisse products and an extensive menu of unique and indigenous body treatments. A full-service fitness center, salon and meeting facilities are also available to guests. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Zoetry Agua Punta Cana Hotel Punta Cana
- Agua Hotel Punta Cana
- Agua Punta Cana