Tortuga Bay Hotel is the real deal folks. I have been to half a dozen other resorts in the DR and none come close to this paradise. I would put this hotel up there with one of the finest hotels in Turks and Caicos, the Grace Bay Hotel.
Your joyous vacation starts the moment you step foot on terra firma. As you exit the plane onto the tarmac, a smiling host greets you with a sign and a smile to whisk you off in a golf cart to and then magically through customs (no lines, wow, how do you spell relief?).
On arrival at the resort, your villa manager, then the gracious GM, Vincenzo warmly greet and orient you to the property. You get the immediate sense that Vincenzo, who in his former life must have been a painter, is acutely aware of detail. He personally gets involved to ensure that every aspect of your vacation is perfect. This is my first ever TripAdvisor review. It is my way of saying thank you to Vincenzo and his wonderful staff.
We (wife and 16 year old daughter) enjoyed a beachfront junior suite (6183) directly across the path from Bamboo. The view from the room was a knock out. Open the three sets of French doors and you feel like your room is on the beach. Everything in the room was just right. Comfortable King bed plus a roll-away twin for our daughter.
Breakfast at Bamboo each morning was a treat. The staff is incredible. We shared belly laughs with Emanuelle on a daily basis. Great guy, super server. The breakfast selection is excellent. Something for everyone. Eggs and other items to order. Juan 'cooked' up double cappuccinos like a pro. Fresh fruit and juice akimbo. Your day is off to a great start after Bamboo.
We played golf daily. The La Cana courses are delightful. We played Tortuga and Aricife, the two ocean courses. I am a 15 and found both courses sufficiently challenging from the blue tees. The range, fairways and greens are meticulously maintained. The tracks traverse the beautiful residential estates before delivering you to eye-poppingly gorgeous ocean views. 8 and 9 on Aricife take you along the pristine beach front. What's more, you generally have a 10 mph wind at your back to really launch a bomb.
We also played Punta Espada and Corales. Highly recommend both courses. Punta Espada rivals Pebble Beach in its stunning views and topography. The greens are fast and treacherous. Corales is a bit pricey but from a straight golf experience, a treat.
This review is getting too long. Dinner at Bamboo was off the charts. The food, presentation and service were A+++. I had red snapper on a bed of exotic mushrooms and pureed potato. As good as any fish dish in the best eateries in Boston. It was great to eat outdoors at Bamboo. Ambiance was not great. The lights were a little too bright for my nocturnal sensibilities. Overall, a phenomenal meal.
We dined twice a La Yola. Food was not as good as Bamboo. But the ambiance was lovely. The restaurant is on piers over the ocean at the marina. The illuminated water gives off an ethereal glow that makes the food seem unimportant. I found the highlight of the meal the visit to our table by the Dominican troubadours. The main guitar player has been strumming and crooning for 18 years at this spot. He is joined by another guitarist and a young singer who are both exceptional.
Others have written about the VIP treatment on departure. All I can say is that my family had huge smiles on our faces as we departed.
I could go on, but I will end by saying as soon as I finish this review, I am opening my calendar to plan my return to this incredible hotel. Thank you Vincenzo and company for an epic vacation.
- 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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