As seasonal depression continues to wear on even winter’s toughest soldiers, it’s easy to fantasize about the perfect beach getaway. Think: gorgeous blue waters, lush palm trees, and tropical cocktails by the ocean. Well, it could be time to turn those dreams into a reality, as the world-renowned Tortuga Bay Puntacana Resort & Club serves as the quintessential, fashion-approved island escape for those who need to ward off the cold weather. And it just so happens to conveniently be minutes from the Punta Cana International Airport, meaning visitors can go plane to room in record time and experience the Oscar de la Renta-designed paradise. Here, find the top three reasons to bask in the beauty of the Dominican Republic at Tortuga Bay for your next family vacation (or for yourself).
Be a Part of History
The hotel has 13 villas lining the beach, all originally designed by de la Renta in 2005. In fact, the late designer spent the last 20 years of his life in Punta Cana, and his imprint can be felt throughout the resort. Every detail, from the store to the spa, is infused with his elegance and vision. Tortuga Bay comes with various accolades too—it was the first property in the Dominican Republic to receive a Five Diamond ranking from the American Automobile Association (AAA), a high distinction for any hotel.
Enjoy Design at Your Door
Beyond de la Renta’s imprint, Tortuga Bay features Silvia Tcherassi’s designs at her boutique on the grounds. At her only boutique in the region, guests can purchase recent collections, which celebrate Latin culture and the relaxed nature of island life.
Get VIP Treatment
At Tortuga Bay, guests receive the full VIP experience, from the moment they deplane to the second they check in. Upon arrival in the DR, a special service is arranged to usher guests through the airport and straight to their rooms. Each villa comes equipped with its own villa manager who ensures that every guest has the best experience possible, whether it be time at the Six Senses Spa, endless rounds on La Cana Golf Course or Corales Golf Course, or a visit to the on-site restaurant, Bamboo.
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