This was my first time visiting Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic, and much to my surprise it really is paradise – a place where postcard pictures are taken. The weather had more or less been amazing our entire trip – around 30 degrees Celsius.
I stayed at the lovely Tortuga Bay located just five minutes from the Punta Cana International Airport, although you would never know it (we never heard or saw any planes); as it has such a private secluded feel to it nestled in an exclusive residential neighborhood.
The entire property is surrounded by beautiful landscaping, a picturesque white sand beach and dotted with fabulous yellow villas. And of course, the service and staff are just as amazing as the resort itself.
My villa at this gorgeous luxury Punta Cana hotel was stunning with a large private deck, a view of what felt like our own private beach and the lush lawns. Designed by Oscar de la Renta the villas are inspired by the rich culture of the area. Guests are also given a golf cart for convenient travel throughout the resort – which was great. Another great idea from Tortuga Bay includes a cell phone in the room to keep in touch with your Villa Manager no matter where you are.
Dining at Tortuga Bay was absolutely scrumptious. Lunch at La Yola, which overlooks the shimmering Caribbean Sea and the resorts marina, was delectable. I indulged and ordered the Tropical Lobster Salad – with mango, avocado, parmesan cheese and a herb vinaigrette. It was the die for! My salad was accompanied by a small basket with a variety of different breads served with olive oil and shaved parmesan cheese. For a truly special dining experience, visit Bamboo. Dinner at Bamboo consisted of Grilled New Zealand Lamb with a spectacular cheese risotto. Again, to die for! Then there was dessert – pineapple shaved paper-thin with strawberry sauce, topped with strawberry ice cream.
I decided to try the room service for breakfast the next morning, French Toast on my balcony with the amazing view – what could be better?
Tortuga Bay is a premier Caribbean get-away location. But the only way to truly appreciate its breadth and luxury is to experience it for yourself!