PUNTA CANA -- As of Jan. 1, Punta Cana Resort and Club here will
feature a P. B. Dye-designed golf course and six golf villas on its
All 18 holes of the new course feature views of the Caribbean
Sea, with four holes situated along the water.
The villas, designed by native Dominican Oscar de la Renta, are
styled in English colonial architecture and overlook the sea and
the golf course.
Sixty-four newly remodeled hotel guest rooms also will open; the
resort's remaining 336 guest rooms will be remodeled by the end of
To finish renovations without disturbing guests, hotel
management will close one of its four accommodations' buildings at
The total cost of the renovation and expansion project,
including the golf course, is about $10 million.
Room renovations consist of the addition of marble floors and
wooden furniture and soft goods.
Future plans include a clubhouse, with a restaurant and pool, on
the golf course and the completion of the rest of the golf villas.
Also, two additional golf courses are in the planning stages.
There are currently 80 two- and three-bedroom beach villas, six
golf villas and 320 hotel rooms on the property.
"Not one palm tree was cut to build the beach villas," said Thea
Pichardo, manager of groups and incentives.
The buildings were designed around the trees and thus feature
holes cut into the roofing and open spaces allowing the trees to
Theodore W. Kheel and Frank Rainieri, the property's founders
and principal owners, aspire to give back to the community.
In that frame of mind, Grupo Punta Cana, the developing company
for the property, said it plans to build working cattle ranches on
the property for Dominican families to use.
The future golf courses will then be built around the ranches,
offering local culture for the guests playing the course while also
providing a means of making a living for area families.
Another way Grupo Punta Cana said it gives back to the community
is by opening a 1,555-acre nature reserve.
The property offers guided walks in the reserve, which features
native plants and animals and spring water-fed lagoons.
Winter rates, valid Jan. 4 through April 14, range from $80 to
$100 per person, double, depending on room type. For golf villas,
the nightly cost is $1,000 for up to six people.
For resort details, call (888) 442-2262 or visit www.puntacana.com.