Living La Vida Loca at CHIC Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
Everyone needs to let their hair down once in a while. Caribbean holidays are great for letting loose and experiencing a bit of la vida loca. At CHIC Punta Cana, a Royalton Resorts Punta Cana property, affordable, all-inclusive luxury is accessible to couples, gals and guys looking for fun in the sun without breaking the bank.
The CHIC Punta Cana is an adults-only, all-inclusive luxury hotel property that has everything you’ll need for a memorable couples, girls or guys beach getaway. Every day is like a party in paradise. The resort is hopping with activity, music, and great food, along with friendly, attentive staff. From the moment I arrived at CHIC after some long travel days, I couldn’t wait to join in on the fun and inviting atmosphere. I’ve never stayed in an adults-only property before. It’s quite liberating to not have to worry about anything but having fun. If you’re ready for such an adventure, I’d highly recommend a CHIC getaway.
Pink is the color of choice at CHIC, from the tropical drink upon arrival to the neon accent lighting in your suite. The hotel has different buildings that offer suites closer to the pool action, or further away for a quieter stay.
Each of the 320 rooms have modern design touches, and are well-cared for and spacious enough for two people to lounge in comfort. There’s even an in-room, ready-pour drink dispenser for your private self-serve cocktail hour. WiFi is free throughout the resort, and there are unlimited free calls to North America and most of Europe.
The comfortable Dreambeds are hand-crafted in Canada and shipped to the resort. Even more impressive is the custom choice of pillows that are available with a simple phone call. I was blown away that CHIC offers this service. You can choose from six different pillow style choices to ensure the perfect sleep– if you plan to get some shut-eye of course.
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It’s a festive atmosphere in and out of your room, though there’s no pressure to join the party if you’d prefer some alone time. The expansive outdoor pool facility overlooks the beach. It has a swim-up bar, large DJ booth and stage area for parties, including foam parties, as well as musical performances. There’s lots of poolside seating, including loungers with built-in beer coolers. The pool is just steps from the beach, which has private cabanas, beach chairs and towels for guest use.
There are nine cafes and restaurants at the resort. Cuisine options range from casual American favorites to sushi, great steaks, Italian food at Vespa, and Middle Eastern cuisine at Tagine. The breakfast and lunch buffets at the open-air Elements are massive. There’s a huge selection of hot and cold offerings, including yogurt, tropical fruit, baked goodies, donuts, eggs, cheese, meats, pancakes, smoked salmon… it’s a long list. Chefs can customize an omelet as you wish, and mimosas, as with all alcoholic beverages (except for wine), are available throughout the day. Or just order in with 24-hour room service.
Diamond Club Lounge
The hotel hosts some exclusive guest privileges at its Diamond Club Lounge. A bartender mixes premium-spirit drinks, and there’s a constant flow of food and snacks in the lounge. Diamond Club status also grants access and exclusive swimming privileges to the Mermaid Pool, which features daily shows with a real live mermaid, and nightly parties. There is also a separate Diamond Club area at the beach, for an extra level of service.
Prepare to be pampered! The Royal Spa at CHIC features the largest hydrotherapy spa in the Dominican Republic. The spa is in a completely separate building on the hotel property. The complex includes a gym (personal training is included), hair and nail salon, sauna, steam and massage rooms, as well as a spacious and beautifully designed relaxation therapy area with hot and cold pools.
This relaxing hydrotherapy space is dark, quiet and smells like a bouquet of tropical flowers. If you enjoy the benefits of hydrotherapy, you’ll love spending some time in this beautiful space. It is an invigorating and refreshing experience, and a nice change from the outside humidity.
Note: It’s easy to fall asleep here in one of the comfortable lounge chairs after a soothing Swedish massage from spa masseuse. You have been warned.
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For those guests wishing for even greater privacy, book a stay at CHIC’s private Mansion. This 11,500 sq ft building houses six suite-style bedrooms with ensuite, and a private courtyard pool. A stay at the Mansion also includes a private chef and staff. Personal butler anyone? You can still access the amenities of the main resort, but for large groups, adult family reunions, or stagettes, the cost to rent the Mansion is surprisingly affordable.
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Photo Credits: Claudia Laroye • Disclosure: The writer was hosted by Dominican Republic Tourism. As always, her opinions are honest and her own.