Paradisus Palma Real Resort Marks Official Grand Opening with Beachfront Celebration Under the Stars

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The Paradisus Palma Real Resort celebrated its official opening on April 5 at an all-out extravaganza held under star-filled Caribbean skies staged against the picturesque shores of Punta Cana. The event also kicked off the opening night party for the 2006 Dominican Annual Tourism Exchange (DATE), a travel-booking event that brings together selling hoteliers and buying tour operators, now in its seventh year.

The Paradisus Palma Real Resort celebrated its official opening on April 5 at an all-out extravaganza held under star-filled Caribbean skies staged against the picturesque shores of Punta Cana. The event also kicked off the opening night party for the 2006 Dominican Annual Tourism Exchange (DATE), a travel-booking event that brings together selling hoteliers and buying tour operators, now in its seventh year.

Leading tourism representatives from the Dominican Republic and international travel professionals and industry press descended on the Paradisus Palma Real Resort to dine on cocktails at The Plaza, where guests were captivated with special touches from Sol Meliá´s Soul & Magic sensorial effects, with Afro-Caribbean River Dancers, a Stomp performance and a Top-40 band. Then attendees ate a private dinner at Gabi Beach, the resort’s exclusive a la carte beach lounge for its adults-only Royal Service and Family Concierge guests. The evening was capped off on the famous shores of Bavaro Beach with a South Beach-style chill out party that included go-go dancers, fire spinners, mimes, fire eaters and still-living statues, giving spectators the essence of Paradisus’ real-life fantasy experience.

Situated on the Dominican Republic’s easternmost tip along 21 miles of white-sand beaches and amid soaring coconut palms, the resort pulled out all the stops to make the event a memorable one. The Paradisus Palma Real Resort recently announced that its 2006 first quarter had exceeded company expectations and that advance bookings were strong, giving the resort another reason to celebrate.

Each of Paradisus Palma Real Resort’s 554 oversized luxury suites are equipped with elegant mahogany furniture, Jacuzzi for two, spacious bathroom with European spa jet shower, plasma television, CD player, daily stocked mini bar and a private terrace.

For the business person, Paradisus Palma Real Resort offers more than 12,447 square-feet of flexible meeting space, six breakout rooms, and a 12,876 square-foot multi-use room for special events.

For adults only, the resort boasts 102 Royal Service suites and two Presidential Suites, some with breathtaking ocean views. Royal Service guests enjoy exclusive check-in and check-out, indulgent butlers who cater to every whim, pillow menu selections, restricted beach and pool areas with Bali-beds, private Royal Service lounge and preferential reservations for specialty restaurants, spa, activities and excursions.

The Paradisus Palma Real Resort’s Family Concierge program offers specially-appointed Family Concierge suites, personalized concierge service to help coordinate family activities and fulfill every need via a walkie-talkie system, and a private check-in lounge. The program also offers children’s welcome amenities, including kid’s beach bag with sunscreen, baseball cap, and t-shirt; optional in-room PlayStation; in-room children’s amenity kits, including child-sized bathrobe and slippers; and milk and cookies turndown service.

Paradisus Palma Real Resort caters to every palate with seven restaurants:

  •     Bana, an a la carte Asian bistro offering Tepanyaki, a Sushi Bar and Asian Fusion cuisine;
  •     Passion, an “adults only” a la carte international fine dining venue;
  •     Vento, featuring a la carte Mediterranean cuisine;
  •     the Market Grill, offering fresh salads, grilled steaks and chicken, as well as a light and healthy menu;
  •     Naos, an international buffet;
  •     Agave, a Mexican-style buffet;
  •     Gabi Beach, an a la carte beach lounge, exclusively for guests staying in Royal Service and Family Concierge suites.

Eight bars provide exotic delicacies, ethnic specialties and traditional delights created by the resort’s international chefs and unlimited premium brands of drink.

To relax and nourish body, mind and spirit, Paradisus Palma Real Resort’s signature Spa Paradisus is a two-story, 8,611 square foot, Zen-like respite inspired by nature’s basic elements – water, air, earth, and fire. Spa Paradisus offers the latest relaxation and rejuvenation services and treatments that combine lifestyle philosophies, therapeutic massages, botanical wraps and soaks and a pool-front Water Ritual Center with modern hydrotherapies. The spa’s fitness center offers Pilates, Tai-Chi, Yoga, aerobics, spinning classes and a jogging track. The resort also provides exclusive golf privileges with unlimited greens fees at the 27-hole, championship Cocotal Golf & Country Club.

Rounding out Paradisus Palma Real Resort’s guest offerings are sophisticated life-enriching activities such as cooking, wine tasting, tango lessons, kite surfing and photography classes; non-motorized water sports; scuba diving; snorkeling; horseback riding; four tennis courts; three swimming pools – including one of the largest in the Caribbean at 37,600 square feet; 24-hour room service; and evenings filled with live entertainment, casino action and a lobby piano bar.

With a focus on creating a luxurious and personalized experience that brings guests’ real-life vacation desires to life in a beautiful and captivating setting, the Paradisus Palma Real promises to be the most sought-after resort in the Caribbean.

The Paradisus Palma Real Resort is owned and managed by Sol Meliá Hotels & Resorts, one of the world’s most successful hotel companies, managing six distinctive brands – Meliá, Tryp, Sol, Paradisus Resorts, Hard Rock Hotels and Sol Meliá Vacation Club – totaling more than 330 hotels in 30 countries. Individual reservations can be made through a travel consultant or by calling toll-free: 1-800-33MELIA. Group reservations can be made through a professional meeting and incentive planner or through Sol Meliá’s group desk (MSM) by calling 1-888-33-MELIA or via email: msm-usacan@sol-group.com. Hotel information can also be obtained by accessing http://www.solmelia.com.

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