Families Flock to Dominican Republic for Fun and Sun

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Families in the know across the United States have been flocking to the 19,000 square mile Caribbean island of the Dominican Republic for fun, sun and an upscale family vacation destination in recent years. With family-centered resorts featuring world-class beaches and golf courses, water sports, spas, discotheques, kids’ camps, the Dominican Republic has commanded mention in many travel magazines (Travel + Leisure, Condé Nast Traveler, The New York Times Travel section) as the place to be.

Families in the know across the United States have been flocking to the 19,000 square mile Caribbean island of the Dominican Republic for fun, sun and an upscale family vacation destination in recent years. With family-centered resorts featuring world-class beaches and golf courses, water sports, spas, discotheques, kids’ camps, the Dominican Republic has commanded mention in many travel magazines (Travel + Leisure, Condé Nast Traveler, The New York Times Travel section) as the place to be.    

Part of the Dominican Republic’s family vacation destination appeal lies in its accessibility, nonstop flights from many U.S. cities provide direct access. And a host of new resorts—including the five-star, $120 million all-inclusive Paradisus Palma Real Resort, that opened in December 23, 2005, and is located on Bavaro Beach in Punta Cana — cater to the discriminating traveler of any age.

Situated along 21 miles of white-sand beaches and amid soaring coconut palms, Paradisus Palma Real offers something for everyone on a Dominican Republic vacation. The Paradisus Palma Real’s Family Concierge program offers specially-appointed 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, everything from the adults-only Passion to Gabi Beach.

Guest on a Dominican Republic Vacation can 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. 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 offerings include 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 other swimming pools – including one of the largest in the Caribbean at 37,600 square feet; 24-hour room service; Kidz Club program; and evenings filled with live entertainment, casino action and a lobby piano bar.

With a focus on creating a luxurious and personalized experience for everyone, the Paradisus Palma Real Resort in Punta Cana provides the ultimate Dominican Republic Vacation, promising to be the most sought-after family vacation destination in the Caribbean.

Sol Meliá Hotels & Resorts is one of the world’s most successful hotel companies, managing six distinctive brands – Meliá Hotels & Resorts, Tryp Hotels, Sol Hotels & Resorts, Paradisus Resorts, Sol Meliá Vacation Club and Luxury Lifestyle Hotels & Resorts – totaling more than 350 hotels in 30 countries. For more information on Paradisus Resorts and Paradisus Riviera Cancun or for reservations, visit http://www.paradisus.com and http://www.paradisusrivieracancun.net. Individual reservations can also be made through a travel consultant by calling 1-800-33MELIA, the nearest Sol Meliá Reservation Center or on-line at http://www.solmelia.com. 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.

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