Paradisus Palma Real
Tourism in the Dominican Republic is booming lately (most recently Brad Pitt has been rumored to be looking at land there). A new resort, Paradisus Palma Real had its official grand opening this month (its soft opening was in December). The $120 million new resort is Sol Melia's 2nd Paradisus in Punta Cana and their fifth in the Paradisus brand. The five-star all-inclusive resort has 554 suites which have mahogany furniture, Jacuzzis for two, plasma televisions and private terraces. There are seven restaurants including an Asian bistro that has a sushi bar and tepanyaki and Passion, an “adults only” fine dining venue. There are three pools including a 37,600-square-foot beachfront free-form pool that is the largest on the island, two small children's pools, a spa and health club and a casino with poker, black jack and slot machines. Their royal service option in 102 suites and two oceanfront Presidential Suites provides personal butlers, access to royal service lounges, access to a private pool and a private beach area with concierge service. The service also includes a DVD library, personalized pillow menu and a special in-room aromatherapy menu. According to some reviews on TripAdvisor, the hotel is still working out some of their opening difficulties, although many of the reviews did say that this is a beautiful resort. Their Romance package with an ocean view suite costs $509 per night.