This is my second review of Tortuga Bay. And I wanted to thank them for a very special wedding weekend. After looking at a few resorts we decided on Tortuga Bay and the neighboring Punta Cana Resort and Club as options for our guests since 1) many people had not been to these resorts it would be something new 2) it offered various price points for our guests and 3) the endless activities within the resort beach, golf, horseback riding, riding around on a golf cart.
i will spare you all the info you already know (VIP airport Service, amazing rooms, and villa managers) as I want to focus on aspects of the wedding for those considering a destination wedding. First we had an amazing resort catering manager Bianelkys (I cannot thank her enough for her help during the process. We planned an amazing weekend that included a Golf Tournament, Welcome Dinner BBQ at the casual beach restaurant Playa Blanca, and wedding at La Cana Golf and Beach Club.
My hair was done for the welcome dinner and the wedding by the Bana Salon on property. I paid the stylist extra to come to my villa at Tortuga Bay and my villa manager kindly translated for me. My makeup was done by a M.A.C. makeup artist from santo Domingo.
I picked this resort because we wanted a destination wedding that was not at a cookie cutter resort with the typical gazebo and ballroom. The view from La Cana was amazing!! It overlooks the golf course and the beach and we got through the ceremony and reception first dances before it rained. We all ran up to the golf club where our wedding turned into a house party!!! Since I loved my tables and decor so much I was saddened by the rain but all my guests had an amazing time anyway as most of the 70 people left at 1:30am!!!
We ended up spending our honeymoon at Tortuga Bay where we were surprised with roses and candles on our wedding night, our outdoor jacuzzi was filled with bubbles and had surrounding candles on our last night, and we had an amazing private beach dinner one evening.
A special thank you to Bianelkys our on site wedding planner and Daniel at Bamboo restaurant who always had goat for my husband during our stay (even during a transportation strike).
We also loved the family feel of the resort. While it is large in size it never feels crowded and we felt like little celebrities since everybody knew we were getting married!!!
I will review the neighboring Punta Cana Hotel under a separate review as it is important to know that while they share a property they are completely different and run differently. But as far as Tortuga Bay it's an A all the way!!
- 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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