Whilst on a recent 21 night trip to Punta Cana we spent 3 nights at Zoetry Agua between 3rd – 6th October after an initial 6 nights at Excellence Punta Cana
This was our 28th trip to the Caribbean and our 10th trip to Dominican Republic. We have stayed in the North of the island twice and this was our 8th trip to the South so we like to think that we have a fairly good well calibrated holiday measuring stick
This was our second trip to Zoetry as last year when we were on the island we spent a day out here to see what it was like and liked it so much we decided to come back for a proper trip in 2011
As you would expect the transfer from Excellence was trouble free as it is only a quick 5 minute trip up the road. We arrived at just before 11.00 in the morning to be greeted by Ulises & Luis before being given a tour of the resort and shown to our room by “Maggie” who told us all about the resort, their AI concept which includes not only a 20 mins complimentary massage but also free laundry and international telephone calls.
The room we were allocated was a great swim up room close to the beach so we were very happy indeed. The bathroom as you will see from my photos is huge and stunning but unfortunately does not have any AC. To make things slightly worse the toilet also has an open slatted wooden window which allows not only bugs to come in but also the warm tropical air
The room was in a great location as you could see the main pool from our patio and got sun most of the day. Due to the bathroom area which is nearly as large as the bedroom not having AC the bedroom never really cooled down as much as we would have liked even if we kept the dividing door shut. The individual rooms do not have standalone AC units but rather a centrally controlled AC system. As reported in my “Live From” they did check it out for us and managed to get the room a little cooler.
That apart it was a great room - #14
The resort is actually more beautiful than we remember and it still very much reminds us of some properties we have stayed at in Africa. Very much like a private members club in the sun with great personal service
As with Excellence we were totally amazed that so many people recognised us from our previous trip – even more so as it was a mere one day last year – knowing “Papa Huhn” and talking with the staff about him must have left an indelible impression
Along the beachfront you have 12 beachfront suites, the main swimming pool and Indigo Restaurant. Going back from the beach up toward the main reception area you have two swim up serpentine pools, the balance of suites and the Amaya Restaurant, Spa & Gym. The main reception building is a huge open sided wooden building which along with the reception itself has a few shops, a coffee shop [Coco Café], the Canoa Lobby Bar and also the top restaurant - Olena
The grounds are much more tropical than we remember from our daytrip last year and are very well maintained indeed
The ocean front is deep but not very wide and is in keeping with the size of the resort. There are adequate beds and shades and the ocean is much calmer than at Excellence which is only 15 – 20 mins walk away. The beach is well maintained and the weed that was washed ashore was quickly collected up and barrowed away
Zoetry is the type of resort that quickly envelops you and so you instantly feel at home and at peace with the world.
For breakfast you have the choice of room service or an a la carte menu in the Amaya Restaurant which is open from 7.00 until 11.00. For Lunch you again have the choice of room service or this time the Indigo Restaurant which is open from 12 noon through to 16.00
In the evening in addition to room service you normally have the option of 2 of the three restaurants – Indigo, Olena or Amaya the latter being the only one which has AC. During our three nights the Indigo was never open in the evening which is a shame as it is a beautiful setting.
At the Amaya you can dine inside with AC or outside on a wraparound deck. Dining is between 18.30 – 22.30. Some nice features are the fact that the menus do change and dependent on the days you are staying they also lay on some other events such as the Wine Pairing Dinner, Beach BBQ & Author’s Cuisine Dinner
We did attend the Wine Pairing Dinner but as mentioned in my “Live From” thread did not really enjoy it as there were far too many guests invited – it is advertised as an intimate affair with invitations only being sent to a limited number of guests where in fact they invite everyone and on the night we attended it backfired as about 80% of the people staying at the resort wanted to attend
During our stay we had one lunch and one breakfast courtesy of room service and both meals were very good indeed
We found the menus and the food for all three meals of the day to be very good indeed and a step up from Excellence where we had spent the first 6 nights of our trip. You can always tell when a chef has succeeded with their presentation when the guest elects to photograph the food before eating it. We especially like the meal we had in the Olena where we met their new Executive Chef Hector who has a lot of interesting and creative ideas. The food in the Olena is “Europe meets Asia” and was very, very good indeed – so full of flavour
One of the many small details which impressed us was that the wine list also held a list of those wines which were included as part of the AI Package and you were asked to choose the one you wanted. The staff at Zoetry are very professional, attentive and chatty without being intrusive and the pace is leisurely which again fits in with the style of the resort.
In the evening apart from a trio of wandering minstrels there is no entertainment which was not a problem to us as it allowed us just to sit and chat over a drink or two with other guests. The Canoa Bar is run by Kenny [great young man] and is the sort of place where you only need to ask for a drink once and thereafter they just arrive as if by magic
All in all despite the problems with the AC in our room we had a wonderful 3 nights at Zoetry Agua. I feel the length of our trip was just a little bit too short and we will happily stay for one or two more nights next time round. A very big THANK YOU to all those that looked after us and made sure we had a great trip
All the guests we talked with were all having a great trip as well. Some had been meant to have been staying at Secrets Sanctuary and had either “been switched” to Zoetry or had decided to switch on the basis of what their TA had told them was happening with the change of management at Sanctuary
On the flipflop_man 360 holiday scoring matrix which measures 14 different parameters which are important to us Zoetry Agua scored an impressive 302 this time round
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- 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