The beauty of all-inclusive Punta Cana resorts is just that, everything is included and taken care of at the resort. This is perfect for busy families and travelers who want to truly relax and tune out during their glorious Caribbean vacation. The all-inclusive, family-friendly Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Punta Cana is one of four all-inclusive resorts, part of the well-known Hard Rock hotel brand. This property is one of the largest resorts in Punta Cana, with nearly 1,800 rooms. If you love music and Hard Rock hospitality, you may never want to leave the property. With every drink, meal and activity included, you won’t have to.
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Punta Cana
The resort includes scores of amenities and activities to keep you as busy as you want to be. You can win big at the largest casino in the Caribbean, and cruise the shops at the resort ‘mall’, including shopping for rock ’n roll memorabilia. The cavernous halls are decorated in rock ’n roll swag galore, from Elton John’s piano, to Madonna’s car. Or just lay poolside at one of the ten pools, four swim-up bars, or three kids pools with flume waterslides. What you do is up to you – you’re on holiday after all!
Hard Rock Dining Options
In addition to 24-hour room service, the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Punta Cana resort has ten restaurants and cafes, in addition to 23 bars and lounges. Most are located in the main mall promenade area. You can choose from Italian, Mexican, Brazilian, sushi and teppanyaki, and even fine dining at EPIK. No reservations are required or allowed.
Get your coffee fix 24/7, and relieve your sweet tooth at the hand-made ice cream parlor. The Market offers buffet-style dining for breakfast and lunch and dinner. The cuisine theme changes daily for dinner, including Dominican food. Don’t miss your chance to enjoy some tostones (fried plantains) at least once. Several of the poolside areas have bars and daily BBQs, featuring some of the best grilled chicken I’ve ever tasted.
The resort offers a wide variety of spacious suites to meet the needs of every guest. All suites feature private balconies, a hydro spa tub, dual showers, plush robes and even your own self-serve liquor dispenser. My Caribbean Suite was absolutely huge, including the generously-sized bathroom. There was lots of room to stretch out in the suite and on the cozy king-sized bed. Families of up to six can spread out in a large 2-Bedroom Signature Family Suite. The Islander Junior suite can sleep four guests, plus one infant under age of four in a crib. It’s the perfect size for a multigenerational family trip. If you need to feel like a rock star, there’s even a 7,744 sq ft Rock Star Suite with your name on it. Personal Assistant included. Of course, free WiFi is available throughout the entire resort property. Reception may be a little weak at the beach area, but it’s quite excellent everywhere else.
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Kids Club: For families, the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Punta Cana offers lots of kids activities to keep budding rock stars busy. The Little Big Club is open daily from 10 AM to 10:45 PM for kids up to 12 years old. Much of the fun takes place near the Family Pool and centers around some favorite childhood characters, including Bob the Builder and Angelina Ballerina. Other activities include Mini-Golf, the Arcade Center and the XTreme Center Climbing Wall. Tweens and teens may get a kick out of the Music Lab, where they can bang heads and jam with the band, or live out their rock star fantasies and create their own music video at Rocktube.
Beach: Enjoy some sand-castle building at the beach. The gorgeous sugar white sand is pristine. The beach stretches far along Cana Bay in front of the resort property. The waters can be rough here, and there are rip tides. Stay in the shallows with young children and of course, never turn your back on the ocean.
Sports: Coming soon! Woodward Punta Cana is scheduled to open in 2017. Woodward will offer some pretty spectacular action sports opportunities for the young and young at heart. The facility will offer the one-of-a-kind chance to snowboard and ski in the Dominican Republic, along with a skate and BMX park, parkour, cheer and hip hop dance programs, trampoline and a Digital Media camp.
HARD ROCK SPA
The Rock Spa promises to undo the effects of one too many poolside cocktails, with massage treatments, facials, detoxifying packages and couples experiences. The Rock Spa is located below the Casino, in a spacious area that includes hydrotherapy pools, steam room and sauna, hydro-reflexology and relaxation cabins to rest and rejuvenate.
The spa menu is dizzying. There is all manner of treatments, rituals and purifications to choose from. As with many of the resort amenities, spa treatments center on music. Many of its signature treatments involve music and rhythm, including the Synchronicity Massage. Here, the masseuse works in sync with familiar beats from the past. You’ll feel the music bass through the massage table. It’s a unique and very different experience, yet still relaxing. At last, until the massage ends with an enthusiastic guitar strumming wake up call. As they say, when at the Hard Rock!
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The hip and happening all-inclusive Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Punta Cana has a lot to offer travelers of all types and trip styles. While it took me a day to find my way around the property (it’s that big), my tropical holiday rhythm kicked into high gear towards the end of my stay. I rocked that beachside hammock and poolside cabana like a pro, Hard Rock-style.
PIN IT FOR LATER!
Photo Credits: Claudia Laroye • Disclosure: The writer was hosted by Dominican Republic Tourism. As always, her opinions are honest and her own.