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03 Oct


Where to find The Royal Suites Hotels?

October 3, 2017 | By |

Punta Cana
The Royal Suites Turquesa Hotel (TRS Turquesa Hotel) is adjacent to Grand Palladium Hotels & Resorts, on the Dominican Republic’s finest sugar-white sands, caressed by inviting turquoise waters. A Caribbean playground for adults and especially golf lovers, this property is located near the area’s most prestigious golf courses.

Costa Mujeres
Surrounded by lush landscapes in the heart of Costa Mujeres, The Royal Suites Coral Hotel (TRS Coral Hotel) enjoys a prime location away from the hustle and bustle and yet close to all the action of Cancun. This brand new sustainable property adjacent to Grand Palladium Hotels & Resorts boasts an innovative architectural design, among other unique features.

25 Jul


Nicole at the Spa

July 25, 2016 | By |

Nicole Simeone Volk manages all the IBEROSTAR spas in the Dominican Republic. She has devoted her life to creating the perfect spa experience and takes us into her world of healing hands and soothing spirits at Spa Sensations.

What is your personal spa philosophy?

I want to create a balance between body and mind for better wellbeing in everyday life.

What do you hope guests will take away from their experience?

An outstanding memory of their treatment at Spa Sensations which will help them to continue treatments at home and to come visit us again on their next vacation.

Are there signature treatments at each Grand Collection resort?

Every destination is different and although our Grand Collection brand is very consistent in quality and service, our guests do have local preferences. At IBEROSTAR Grand Hotel Paraíso, the Mayan Sensation Massage includes the use of ancestral, ocarina music and volcanic stones. The Jamaican Blue Mountain Coffee Sugar Scrub is the one to try at IBEROSTAR Grand Hotel Rose Hall. And at IBEROSTAR Grand Hotel Bávaro, the most popular is the Caribbean Ritual, a milk bath, body exfoliation, massage and honey mask.

Do you have a favourite treatment?

I love the Voyage to the East. It’s a deep massage inspired by ancient Indian principles for healing the body.

What’s the most appealing feature of the new Spa Sensations at IBEROSTAR Bávaro Complex?

The new pool area. I especially like to go from the Roman Bath at 28ºC to the Cold Well at 15ºC. It feels wonderful.

Do you have a recommendation for a first-time spa guest?

Try everything in one, the complete experience. The Spa Sensation Signature Massage offers a head massage, body massage and reflexology on the feet.


25 Jul


Star Resorts

July 25, 2016 | By |

From gourmet dining, personalized butler service and spectacular suites complete with pillow menu and free rounds of golf, everything here is created to spoil and pamper like never before.

IBEROSTAR Grand Hotel Rose Hall
Montego Bay, Jamaica

This adults-only, 5-star, Jamaican paradise is all about never-ending service and endless luxuries. The Colonial-style architecture offers a stunning atmosphere designed for maximum comfort and pleasure.

  • AAA Four Diamond award-winning resort
  • Intimate boutique hotel flare
  • Just 20 minutes from Montego Bay airport
  • Many oceanview rooms thanks to the resort’s unique u-shaped design

IBEROSTAR Grand Hotel Bávaro
Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

Located on the stunning Bávaro Beach just 30 minutes from the Punta Cana airport, you’ll find this exclusive resort filled with every pleasure imaginable.

  • World-class, two-storey, oceanfront spa
  • Sweeping, on-site golf course designed by P.B. Dye
  • Greco-Roman-inspired architecture for timeless grace and style
  • Access to all 3 IBEROSTAR sister properties and their amenities, located in the Bávaro Beach Complex

IBEROSTAR Grand Hotel Paraíso
Riviera Maya, Mexico

No expense was spared in creating this all-inclusive, all-suites playground reserved exclusively for adults. Stunning architecture, three unique pools, and worlds of flavours await those fortunate enough to find themselves here.

  • AAA Four Diamond award-winning resort
  • 18-hole golf course on site designed by P.B. Dye
  • Elegant and engaging Neo-Renaissance-style architecture
  • Secluded villas ideally designed for honeymooners

25 Jul


The Grand Collection

July 25, 2016 | By |

IBEROSTAR Hotels & Resorts delivers an unsurpassed vacation experience with their exclusive Grand Collection.

Escape completely to a world of refined gourmet dining, exquisite suites, luxurious spa treatments and championship golf. Indulge in impeccable service surrounded by graceful architecture and luxurious state-of-the-art facilities.

It’s all waiting for you at these exceptional adults-only resorts on the best beaches in Mexico, the Dominican Republic and Jamaica. And with non-stop flights aboard Air Canada or Air Canada Rouge, your getaway starts the minute you’re onboard.

22 Jan


Vacation like a Rock Star

January 22, 2016 | By |

Take your vacation to the next level at the all-inclusive Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Punta Cana. Discover incredible activities created to give you the best tropical experience ever.

Championship Golf

Experience one of two Hard Rock golf courses in the world. Take a swing at Hard Rock Golf Club™ at Cana Bay and play 18 holes of championship golf designed by Nicklaus Golf. The course winds through the tropical Dominican landscape with challenges and surprises for players of every skill level.

Music Lab

Live it large with this all-encompassing music experience with three unique classes. Jam Band gets you rehearsing and performing a live show on stage to a packed house. Spin Session turns you into a DJ for a day, while RockTube lets you star in your own music video that you can share online.

 Little Big Club™

With endless themed activities, this is the ultimate playground for kids of all ages. Starring the beloved characters Thomas the Tank EngineTM, BarneyTM, Bob the BuilderTM and Angelina BallerinaTM, your little rock stars will love interactive dance videos, a dress-up area, sing-alongs, talent shows and lots more.


The hottest casino in the Dominican Republic. Discover 45,000 square feet of the best play with 40 unique tables and more than 450 slots. Try your luck in the Poker Room, Blackjack, Craps, Roulette, and Baccarat. For bigger thrills head to the Salon Privet VIP for high-stakes and top-shelf service.

Rhythm & Motion Spa Treatment

This is a traditional Swedish massage with the volume turned all the way up. Your massage is synchronized with a perfectly curated playlist. Synchronicity rocks on with hits from yesterday and today. Face the Music facial brings in the benefits of sound vibration to rejuvenate and hydrate. And Wrap the Remix is the ultimate healing experience with a massage and facial.

Rock Royalty Level

It’s good to be a rock star. It’s even better to be Rock Royalty. Dial up the VIP on your vacation with your own personal assistant, upgraded Rock Spa® amenities in your room, exclusive Rock Royalty level areas, discounted or complimentary tickets for concerts and much more. Live out your rock star dreams.

22 Jan


Gary Ream talks Woodward Punta Cana

January 22, 2016 | By |

Gary Ream, the president of Camp Woodward, is very excited to bring his unique action sports experience to your All-Inclusive vacation with the all-new Woodward Punta Cana at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Punta Cana.

What is Camp Woodward?

We’re the world leader in lifestyle and action sports, like skateboarding, BMX, parkour and snowboarding. We offer the ultimate experience and the most innovative facilities, mixed with a fun, creative freedom.

Why is Woodward a good fit for a Hard Rock vacation?

Both brands are all about providing a unique and fun experience for everyone by tapping into the desire for authenticity and adventure.

What can we expect at the Woodward Punta Cana?

In Punta Cana by mid/late 2016, you’ll get a skatepark, dryland snowboarding and skiing, trampolines and foam pits. There will also be a parkour course and a DJ booth. And we’ll offer group sessions, kid/parent combo sessions, and private sessions so you can get the experience you want.

What ages are welcome?

Tweens, teens and adults, which makes it perfect for families looking to keep everyone happy. But it’s also great as an event for a wedding or a group. You can pretty much guarantee that your guests won’t be expecting this.

 Will you incorporate your famous digital media camp?

Absolutely. Digital media is part of kids and their culture. Woodward Punta Cana will have a full digital media centre for movie creation. They can film themselves, and learn how to share their experience.

What got you into action sports?

I’ve always had a love of sports and a desire to see kids grow. Action sports offer the freedom to be active, innovative and artistic, which makes me happy to offer a place where all of that comes together.

Why is Woodward so successful?

I think it’s our passion. We understand kids, we listen to them and make it fun.

22 Jan


Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Punta Cana

January 22, 2016 | By |

Rock on completely at the all-inclusive Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Punta Cana. This is a family vacation of endless activities and rock star fantasies come to life. Play on at the Nicklaus-designed championship golf course, take a gamble at the biggest casino in the Dominican Republic, and relax on the beautiful beach. Little Big Club™ will keep your rock-star-in-the-making happy all day long. And the all-new, high-energy Woodward Punta Cana brings the thrill of action sports to your family vacation.

This isn’t your everyday vacation. This is a vacation the Hard Rock way and it’s pretty great.


03 Feb


Top 5 Family-Friendly Hotels in Mexico and the Caribbean

February 3, 2015 | By |

It’s not always easy to plan a family vacation – you have to consider everyone’s individual wish list and try to stay within budget. Turns out we’ve found the secret to successful family vacation planning: choosing the right hotel! Here are our top 5 hotels in Mexico and the Caribbean that will make your family vacation in the sun an absolutely memorable one.

1) Melia Nassau Beach Resort – Nassau, Bahamas

Melia Nassau Beach Resort

This hotel has all the right ingredients for a successful family vacation. Considering its proximity to the airport, you’ll be able to dodge the age-old ‘Are we there yet?’ question from your kids. Once at the resort, they will likely not be disappointed, and neither will you. At Melia Nassau Beach Resort, everything is in order so that your kids can have fun while you relax in the sun. The on-site kid’s club is typically open every day from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and offers activities that vary daily. From games and sports to arts and crafts, there’s something for everyone.

2) Now Jade Riviera Cancun – Cancun, Mexico

Now Jade Riviera Cancun

This resort is a paradise for kids. And parents too. At Now Jade Riviera Cancun, kids stay free. That’s right, free. Between August and December 2015, kids under 12 years old stay and eat free. Plus, your little ones can keep busy at the Explorer Club, which offers activities like sandcastle-making contests and an ocean trampoline. And they will be in good hands with the club’s animators, who have first aid training and are Red Cross certified. The club is open until 10:00 p.m., which gives Mom and Dad an opportunity for a romantic dinner for 2, if they so desire.

3) Grand Bahia Principe Turquesa – Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

Grand Bahia Principe Turquesa

The family suites at Grand Bahia Principe Turquesa are perfect for a family vacation. Upon your arrival in this spacious suite, you will receive a welcome basket of candy. Everything here is designed for your wellbeing: bathrobes and slippers for the grown-ups and little ones, kid-friendly bath products and a minibar that is stocked daily with drinks for the whole family. Prices for kids are attractive and the hotel is home to the ever-entertaining Bahia Scout Club House. The icing on the cake? The hotel has its own kid-friendly water park too!

4) Sol Rio de Luna y Mares – Holguin, Cuba

Sol Rio de Lunas y Mares

This hotel is a family-friendly gem in Cuba. The beach is breathtakingly beautiful, the food is exquisite, kids stay and eat free between April and December 2015, and the staff aims to make your stay memorable. The resort makes you feel at home, while offering an element of fun, relaxation and sun. Your kids can take part in Spanish classes, dance lessons and eco-adventures. In the evening, the hotel’s shows appeal to young and old. Thanks to a professional team that caters to the needs of your entire family, vacationing is pretty sweet at Sol Rio de Luna y Mares.

5) Punta Leona Hotel & Club – San José, Costa Rica

Punta Leona Hotel & Club

The Punta Leona Hotel & Club is ideal for adventurous families who love nature and new experiences. Children under 5 years old stay free at this property. The hotel is located in a 740-acre forest reserve, which is an excellent area to observe numerous bird species such as the scarlet macaw and the spotted sandpiper. You may also encounter white-faced monkeys, spider monkeys and sloths. Hiking trails of various difficulty levels are also available and can be chosen depending on the age of your children. This hotel in the heart of nature will astound both young and old.


So where will your next family vacation be? A little easier to choose now, hopefully? To book, or to browse more of these types of hotels, check out our Family vacation page.


27 Jan


Top 5 All-Inclusive Luxury Resorts in Dominican Republic

January 27, 2015 | By |

Looking to lounge in the laps of luxury in Dominican Republic? As if the perks of all-inclusive resorts weren’t sweet enough, these resorts have stepped it up a notch with added bonuses like secluded locations and butler service. If indulgence and opulence are at the top of your Dominican Republic vacation wish list, you’ll definitely want to take a look at these top 5 all-inclusive luxury resorts.

1) Luxury Bahia Principe Cayo Levantado, Don Pablo Collection (Samana)

Luxury Bahia Principe Cayo Levantado Don Pablo Collection Samana

Ever dreamt of escaping to your own private island? Well, a vacation to the Luxury Bahia Principe Cayo Levantado, Don Pablo Collection comes very close to that dream. As the only hotel located on Samana’s remote island of Cayo Levantado, this adults-only, all-inclusive resort offers all the privacy and tranquility you need. Here, absolutely nothing can get between you and the beach, which by the way, features hammocks, “Bali beds” and a massage gazebo. Plus, the resort is part of the Don Pablo collection, Bahia Principe’s luxury guarantee.

2) Dreams La Romana Resort & Spa (La Romana)

Dreams La Romana Resort & Spa La Romana

When staying at a resort chain that boasts “Unlimited-Luxury®” as its motto, you know you’re in good hands. At Dreams La Romana Resort & Spa, you can indulge in a body treatment at its 21,000-square foot spa, enjoy name-brand liquor at all on-site bars and savour gourmet cuisine at 11 different restaurants (where reservations are never required!) If you’re feeling particularly parched, hungry and/or lazy, take advantage of a pool and beach waiter service or 24-hour room service.

3) IBEROSTAR Grand Hotel Bavaro (Punta Cana)

Iberostar Grand Hotel Bavaro Punta Cana

From its majestic Greco-Roman architecture to its personalized “Grand Experience” service, the adults-only IBEROSTAR Grand Hotel Bavaro rolls out the red carpet. Stroll throughout the grounds and you’ll notice landscaped gardens, lakes and flamingoes. If you’re in need of some rejuvenation, spend an afternoon in the 2-floor spa or in the fitness centre (with views!) In the evening, cool down with a drink and some entertainment in the hotel’s on-site ship (that’s right, a ship). If that’s not enough, you are also entitled to a free butler service throughout your stay. Talk about red carpet treatment!

4) Zoëtry Agua Punta Cana (Punta Cana)

Zoetry Agua Punta Cana

Zoëtry resorts focus on the “Art of Life®.” At the Zoëtry Agua Punta Cana, that means wellness features such as a spa, 24-hour fitness centre, yoga and stretch classes. For the foodies, that’s wine tastings, culinary classes and unlimited top-shelf spirits. A free 20-minute massage and 45-minute horseback riding lesson are also included with your stay, as part of the Endless Privileges® program. Rooms are no exception to the resort’s lavishness either: all suites feature a balcony or terrace with beach or garden view, as well as hardwood floors and natural stone accents. Plus, the resort’s remote location means access to a much less crowded beach (a somewhat rare find in Punta Cana).

5) Luxury Bahia Principe Bouganville Don Pablo Collection (La Romana)

Luxury Bahia Principe Bouganville Don Pablo Collection La Romana

Boasting colonial-style architecture and a peaceful setting, the adults-only Luxury Bahia Principe Bouganville, Don Pablo Collection in La Romana has plenty of charm. Couples may particularly appreciate its romantic allure: Private dinners on the dock, long walks on a long stretch of beach and gazing at sunset views over the bay are all very love bird-friendly activities. Rooms may also spark a little romance – each suite has a jetted tub for two, a separate shower with rain showerhead and 24-hour room service. A day at the spa can also up the ante.


Ready to get a taste of lavish vacationing in the Dominican Republic? Browse for more resorts on our Dominican Republic travel page.

23 Jan


4 vacation-defining rooms, because even rock stars need to sleep, so why not do it in style

January 23, 2015 | By |

Signature Presidential Suite

Complete with all the rock star perks, the Signature Presidential Suite comes with all the indulging amenities fit for a true star. Live it up with king-size bed, living room, dining room, double hydro spa tub, liquor dispenser and an expansive terrace with spectacular views where you can lounge or dine.

Signature Family Suite

At 1,715 sq. ft. with one king-size bed and adjacent family room with two double beds and dining room, this plush suite features the real estate for an unforgettable all-inclusive Hard Rock family experience. From the hydro spa tub to special drinks for the kids, the Signature Family Suite comes with everything.

Rock Star Suite

Three bedrooms with king-size beds, a dining room, living room, full kitchen, pantry, in-room bar amongst Paul Stanley and Aerosmith memorabilia such as electric guitars and drum set. This is Rock Star status to the fullest.

Rock Royalty Level

Upgrade to the luxury of Rock Royalty. Upon arrival you will be provided the phone number of a dedicated concierge on call to serve you. Whether it’s champagne service in one of the exclusive Rock Royalty areas or standing reservations at a romantic hot spot, upgrade your suite to the Rock Royalty level and let Hard Rock orchestrate your stay.