Okay…we admit it, we don’t adore winter in Canada as much as we sometimes claim to. It’s cold; it’s slushy; it’s impossible to drive anywhere or walk anywhere; it’s wet out…and did we mention that it’s cold?
The fact that we don’t love it has us often dreaming of warmer climes with sunny skies, sandy beaches and poolside service. But of course, with a family in tow, we might end up spending an arm and a leg getting that level of comfort and *ahem* pampering.
That’s when we decided to explore a resort in the Dominican Republic. The Ocean Blue and Sand in Punta Cana, DR has everything we were dreaming of—and so much more. Us Canadians need to head to the Dominican Republic more often. Punta Cana especially, happens to be known worldwide for its stunning beaches and upscale hotels…and this resort was no different.
But why should you go?
This particular hotel has so much to offer, you might want to make a list of the things you don’t want to miss out on while you’re here. Hit the gym, jog along the beach or try out the climbing wall. Go scuba diving or snorkelling or just float in the crystal clear ocean. Head to the Casino one night and the live entertainment theatre the next. Explore the pool and then hit the Piano Lounge Bar. Head out to the bowling alley, or even the coffee shop and—of course—be sure not to miss out on the amazing cuisine in the 11 different restaurants (the Dominican restaurant was delicious and the French one was to die for).
The Ocean Blue and Sand has what they call a VIK (Very Important Kid) Program, making it an ideal family getaway. The “Daisy Club” ensures that kids and teenagers will enjoy their holiday to the max. Exclusive spaces with a complete entertainment programme designed for each age range is the perfect answer to the “I’m bored” or “what’s the WIFI password” comments we always get from our kidlets on vacation. Activities are different every day and include air hockey, excursions (within the resort) and movies.
Seriously. We get tired of staring out our window all winter at the cold, bleak, grey surroundings. We need a little sun, sand and sky. The most developed section of the East Coast resort strip in DR—the Bávaro area—is dotted with hotels, restaurants and gift shops right on the beach. The area is one strip of sparkling white sand that extends 48 kilometres and is surrounded by coral reefs. Most of this stretch of beach is walkable and we did just that. Taking pics and filming the ocean so we could take it home with us.
At the Despacio Spa Centre we managed to find our zen (again). It’s so simple at a resort where you can drop the kids off for a day of fun and activity and walk to the spa for a massage. The staff is quiet and efficient and really does have your comfort and relaxation at top of mind. There is a variety of spa treatments including massage and facials as well as a jacuzzi and beauty salon.
Punta Cana is known for attracting warm and wonderful people to it’s shores and the staff at this particular hotel are no different. Everyone we met from the chamber maids and bartenders to the airport bus drivers and butlers, we were amazed at how kind, considerate and talkative everyone was. There were many “Holas” to our private balcony as we sat and surveyed the resort and happy smiles and waves of genuine recognition. We felt as though we were home, mere minutes after arriving.
Located in Playa Bavaro in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, Ocean Blue & Sand has everything a family desires on vacation. The resort offers 708 suites with 4 different room categories, 9 restaurants, 11 bars and 2 large outdoor pools with Jacuzzis. The hotel is only 20 minutes away from the Punta Cana airport.