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On course: The golf villas at the Punta
Cana Resort and Club
This Spanish-speaking Caribbean nation, which shares the island
of Hispañola with French-speaking Haiti, has undergone tremendous
development in the past decade. Its sandy, palm-fringed beach
resorts now attract visitors from North and South America and
Europe. With 22 golf courses and at least six more in the works,
it’s also a haven for enthusiasts of the sport.
The 29,000-acre Cap Cana resort, adjacent to Punta
Cana, is under development. It will feature three Jack Nicklaus
signature golf courses, the 53-cottage Nicklaus
Lodge, 12 additional guest properties and a large marina.
One golf course is to open by year’s end; the rest of the project
should finish by late 2004.
The 126-room Embassy Suites Hotel Los Marlins Golf
Resort opened last month in this town on the southeastern
coast. The new property features a spa and fitness center and the
18-hole Los Marlins Golf Course. Also nearby is the 18-hole
Guavaberry Golf Course, designed by Gary Player.
Viva Resorts is building a 228-room property, Viva
Tangerine, in Cabarete, just outside Puerto Plata. The
all-inclusive property is scheduled to open in November, complete
with a full-service spa. (Spa treatments will be offered at
SuperClubs has taken over the 466-room Puerto Plata Beach &
Spa Resort. Following a renovation last fall, the property reopened
as Breezes Puerto Plata.
One of the most exclusive getaways in the Dominican Republic is the
419-room Punta Cana Resort and Club, a 15,000-acre
development on the island’s tony east coast (high-profile
jet-setters such as Julio Iglesias and designer Oscar de la Renta
have palatial beachfront homes here). The property, which has a
distinctly European flair, is currently undergoing a renovation to
guest rooms and public areas. In addition, the resort is adding six
golf villas (for a total of 12), which are scheduled to open next
One of the resort’s key draws is the 18-hole P.B. Dye-designed
golf course. An elegant clubhouse featuring decorative touches by
de la Renta opened last year; a spa will open in the club in
2004.Other future developments at the resort include a convention
center, two more P.B. Dye golf courses, a polo club, a sporting
club and a mini-zoo.
Another property in the area, the 735-room Punta Cana Spa &
Casino Beach Resort, is now managed by SuperClubs; it has been
rebranded as Breezes Punta Cana.
In this resort area on the nation’s southeastern shore is the
luxurious 450-room Casa de Campo Resort. A third
golf course is planned for the property. It will be designed by
Pete Dye (father of P.B.), who also designed the resort’s two
existing courses, Teeth of the Dog and the Links.
The Metamorphosis Spa, with eight treatment rooms, a Turkish
bath, a sauna and a fitness center, has opened at the 330-room
Viva Dominicus Palace. The spa also is available
to guests from a sister property, the 530-room Viva
Dominicus Beach, which has finished a renovation of its 48
• By Lisa Grimaldi
Lisbon’s 194-room Pestana Carlton Palace Hotel, formerly the Palácio Valle Flor, opened last year. The main building, a national monument, was restored to its grand 19th-century ambience, and two wings were added to house the guest rooms. The property has 15 meeting rooms, a fitness center, formal gardens and an outdoor pool. (011) 351-291-209100; www.pestana.com
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