Dominican Republic -- Not many all-inclusive resorts boast
all-suite accommodations, fine dining and a bellini cocktail bar,
but thats just part of whats on the menu at the Paradisus Palma
Real, a new Sol Melia resort here.
Fanning out over
86 acres, guest quarters at Paradisus Palma Real lie in a horseshoe
shape around an elaborate core of restaurants, theater, casino and
other facilities. A long line of pools form a chain along 2,600
feet of beach, while ponds, lagoons and streams create picturesque
spots among walkways and around palapa huts that shade oversize
Sol Melias $120
million investment represents an expenditure of $217,000 per suite,
confirming the resorts spot in the Dominican Republics luxury
The 554 suites
feature plasma TVs, coffeemakers, irons and boards, radio/CD
players, alarm clocks, umbrellas, safes, separate jet showers, air
conditioning and minibars.
director of brand management at Sol Melia, said the company is
promoting the resort primarily to the couples, families, and
meetings and incentives markets -- with a new approach.
With the opening
of our fifth Paradisus, weve introduced a concept that attaches
emotions to the guest stay, appealing to the five senses, where
guests experiences will surely stay with them after they
Royal Service booking includes Jacuzzi suites, dedicated butler
service, private beach and pool, a separate dining pavilion by the
beach and exclusive access to those inviting Bali beds.
Over on the
garden side of the resort, Family Concierge Suites offer either a
separate bedroom for parents or a bed alcove arrangement, whereby
sliding Japanese-style screens allow privacy while children sleep
on the pull-out living room sofa.
Diners have a
choice of six restaurants: three a la carte venues and three
offering ample buffets. The Bellini Bar serves many libations, but
the signature drinks come in peach, passion and coconut flavors, to
name a few.
On a wellness
note, the fascinating part of on-site Spa Paradisus -- apart from
massages -- is the Water Ritual Center, a room outfitted with all
sorts of water-based treatments.
The idea is to
proceed around the center from sauna to steam room to an array of
showers, from needle sprays to a simple chain and
Sol Melias Club
Amigos incentive program for travel agents awards a point for each
night booked at any property, good toward earning room nights for
agents own use or for resale. Retailers earn 10% commission on
rates range from $500 to $1,200 per night. To reserve, call (800)
336-3542. For more information on the property, call (809) 688-5000
or visit www.paradisuspalmareal.com.
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