We just returned from a five day stay here, having switched our reservations from The Sanctuary because when we found this place --- through an ad in Golf Digest --- they had a promotion deal that we could not pass up. Our room was lovely and well-appointed: actually it was an entire apartment with a full kitchen, but we never used it. The staff could not have been more accommodating, service impeccable and the food is excellent, although the menu is a bit limited and the wine list is hit or miss, they did not have many of the bottles listed. But the chef does take special requests with some notice. This is a wonderful place to stay if your stay is golf-oriented (ours was). It is NOT ON THE BEACH. There is a great beach at Caleton, a 5 minute drive, with full facilities, bar, chairs etc, but do not stay at Golden Bear if you plan on rolling out to the ocean. Punta Espada is a fabulous golf course, also 5 minutes away, and you are also a very short ride to La Cana and to Corales courses. Demerits: this was a bit weird, but we were almost the only people at the hotel. At breakfast and dinner (we had a meal plan and had some dinners there), we were the only people there. There was hair in our shower drain although other than that, service and cleanliness was excellent. Our ocean view suite was marred by bulldozers and construction of the Las Iguanas golf course, still not complete. No newspapers (or Times fax), no sundry store on property. For the money, was a fantastic deal, included a free round at Punta Espada and a second round at 50% off, plus two meals a day, 3rd bottle of wine free, etc. But the place has no style, despite it being very well appointed. We loved Cap Cana and will return, but we will stay elsewhere, this was just not for us.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Inspired by the life and lifestyle of the legendary "Golden Bear", Jack Nicklaus, and perfectly situaded near his signature golf course Punta Espada. Xeliter Golden Bear Lodge is conveniently located 10 minutes from Punta Cana's International Airport. Our accommodations are exquisite designed within great spaces to bring a comfortable and relaxing atmosphere along with great views to the turquoise sea: Ocean View Studio Suites, and one and two bedrooms Ocean View Suites. A flat-screen TV, iPod docking station, and CD/DVD player are included in all condos at Xeliter Golden Bear Lodge. The rooms are stylishly decorated in tropical colors and also boast a fully equipped kitchen. Concierge service from 7:00am to 11:00pm, multilingual staff, Golf Concierge, tennis courts, swimming pool and jacuzzi are waiting for you at this spectacular and luxurious suites overlooking the Caribeen Sea. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Golden Bear Lodge Cap Cana Hotel Punta Cana