The Dominican Republic got a little bit more luxurious this year with the opening The Grand Reserve at Paradisus Palma Real in Punta Cana.
The chic, sophisticated, all-inclusive hotel by Meliá Hotels International opened one year ago, and Tuesday night (Dec. 10), the luxury property celebrated its anniversary, in true DR style, with a lively holiday cocktail event for travel trade in Toronto.
“This hotel is a very high-end hotel,” Jaime Piedras, general manager of The Grand Reserve at Paradisus Palma Real, told PAX at the event, which took place at Sassafraz restaurant in Toronto’s upscale Yorkville neighbourhood.
Described as a “family-oriented paradise,” the resort boasts spacious suites – both traditional and swim-up – that range from 800 to 3,000 square feet.
“There’s also concierge service for all guests staying with us,” Piedras noted.
With seven restaurants and six bars, serving everything from Caribbean to Asian to steakhouse cuisine – the property promises an “exquisite all-inclusive culinary concept, with the look and feel and meticulousness to rival any non-all-inclusive offering.”
“You feel like you’re in a European Plan hotel, with all the restaurants being à la carte,” Piedras told PAX. “We are in the market to compete with the villa concept, but within a resort ambience.”
The opening of The Grand Reserve at Paradisus Palma Real assists in positioning the DR as a luxury destination, which it hasn't always been known for, Piedras explained.
“We have a couple of hotels now [in Dominican Republic] that are all about luxury,” Piedras said.
He said Dominican’s foray into luxury accommodations and experiences is in response to a growing demand.
“People in the luxury market want to try different things,” Piedras told PAX. “The Dominican Republic is a beautiful and safe country. It’s a country where you can see many different things, not just the beach, but also the colonial city of Santo Domingo [for example], and you can go on a lot of trips inside island to see the nature.”
Piedras added that Punta Cana International Airport is “one of the best airports for private jets.”
If, of course, that’s how your clients get around.
The holiday party, which was produced in association with the The Dominican Republic Tourism Board, was held not only to promote Meliá’s new resort, but to also highlight the music and culture one can find when visiting the DR.
Guests were treated to a live band playing upbeat merengue music and, at one point, a few agents even spiced things up on the dancefloor.
“In Dominican culture, everything is about music and dancing,” Piedras said. “From breakfast to lunch to dinner.”
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