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“Resortainment” comes to Punta Cana with opening of Falcon’s Resort by Meliá

  • Hotels
  •   01-18-2023  6:49 am
  •   Pax Global Media
“Resortainment” comes to Punta Cana with opening of Falcon’s Resort by Meliá
LED walls at the new Falcon’s Resort by Meliá |All Suites Punta Cana. (Supplied)
Pax Global Media

Meliá Hotels International and its joint-venture partner Falcon’s Beyond have officially opened Falcon’s Resort by Meliá |All Suites Punta Cana.

It is the first resort to open under the new leisure and entertainment-based brand, Falcon’s Resorts by Meliá, that offers a unique “resortainment” hospitality experience.

The new brand blends premium resort amenities with entertainment experiences, including access to a new theme park, Katmandu Park – Punta Cana, which is just steps away. 

Katmandu Park – Punta Cana. (Supplied)

Now through March 15, 2023, resort guests will receive exclusive access to select attractions, as a sneak peek before the full park opens to the public.

In the future, guests will also have direct access to curated dining, shopping, and entertainment venues as part of a larger destination experience in development.

Kids waterpark at Falcon’s Resort by Meliá | All Suites Punta Cana. (Supplied).

Falcon’s Resort by Meliá, a five-star all-inclusive resort located on the Dominican Republic’s Bávaro Beach, is a multi-phase transformation of two existing Meliá properties, Paradisus Grand Canaand Garden Suites by Meliá, comprising 622 rooms.

Phase one has rebranded as Paradisus Grand Cana and includes 432 luxury suites, three swimming pools, nine specialty restaurants and a world-class spa & fitness centre.

Phase two, the rebrand of Garden Suites by Meliá, will include 190 rooms, to be completed by late 2023.

Incorporating the Caribbean landscape, common areas are filled with bright, natural light, and designed to inspire vibrant, sophisticated fun that complement the property’s bold details.

Dominican Republic’s Bávaro Beach. (Supplied)

“It is a sincere honour to welcome guests to the first Falcon’s Resort by Meliá property in beautiful Punta Cana,” said André Gerondeau, COO of Meliá Hotels International. “Meliá has deep roots in the Dominican Republic – with our first property opening in Punta Cana over 30 years ago. The development of Falcon’s Resort by Meliá will add a new level of casual, sophisticated, and unexpected fun to the traditional vacation experience.”

Spacious suites

Suites range from 800 to 2,990 square feet with spacious living areas, furnished private balconies and terraces complete with views of the garden or main pool.

The spacious suites feature a dining area and bar counter for cocktails or morning coffee and a lounge area equipped with a smart TV and comfortable seating.

Resort guests who book a standard suite will receive one 1-use pass to Katmandu Park, per guest.

Beyond two-bedroom master corner suite. (Supplied)

Guests can also upgrade to “The Beyond Suite Experience,” providing an elevated room and exclusive benefits to enhance their stay.

These include a personalized Beyond Concierge, priority reservations for activities and restaurants, customized turn-down, a dinner experience around the Beyond Pool (one per stay) and a multi-day pass to Katmandu Park.

With this upgrade, guests can also select from a variety of accommodation categories, including swim-up suites with a relaxing whirlpool bathtub on their private terrace.

Cuisine & spa  

The property has nine restaurants, offering Asian, Latin, Mediterranean, and Caribbean menus and international flavors using local ingredients.

Top-shelf liquor and wines are available throughout the property’s four bars.

Discerning travellers can indulge in the services and treatments at MAIA Signature Spa by Natura Bissé, which offers “avant-garde techniques with technological innovation” and traditional therapies.

“Resortainment” offer

Falcon’s Resort by Meliá | All Suites Punta Cana is one component of a new $350 million entertainment destination called Falcon’s Beyond Destinations that will feature three distinct guest experiences: the resort, a new theme park and a retail, dining, and entertainment district called Falcon’s Central.

Through the property’s “resortainment” offering, guests can complement their vacation with a theme park experience at the all-new Katmandu Park | Punta Cana.

The park transport guests through “immersive storytelling experiences,” including four marquee attractions and the use of several never-before-seen ride technologies.

Additional attractions include 36-holes of mini golf, an outdoor ropes course and Katmandu-themed carousel among others. 

 “We are thrilled to bring one-of-a-kind ‘resortainment’ experiences to the Caribbean with the opening of Falcon’s Resort by Meliá | All Suites Punta Cana and Katmandu Park | Punta Cana,” said Cecil D. Magpuri, CEO of Falcon’s Beyond. “Our distinctive big experience and small footprint theme park concept provides our guests with access to innovative ride technologies, immersive experiences and other day and night entertainment. This combination creates an extraordinary beach getaway with endless thrills and adventure for families, groups, couplesand travellers of all ages.”

BeyondME Technology

In early 2023, resort guests can also access BeyondME, a new fan loyalty and online game platform that will enable individuals of all ages to connect, personalize, and be rewarded for their engagement across both digital and real-world experiences.

The wearable smart technology provides access to rooms, Katmandu Park | Punta Cana rides, park passes and individual profiles, and enables guests to conduct cashless transactions and interact with various attractions and immersive touch points across the properties.

Beyond master corner suite with swim-up terrace. (Supplied)

BeyondME encourages players to gain “experience points,” called XP, by participating in real-world experiences across the resort, park, Falcon’s Central and virtual experiences within the BeyondME web app, and by playing BeyondME-enabled online games.

XP points can be redeemed for various discounts and upgrades.

MeliáRewards members will also soon be able to link their account to unlock higher BeyondME status tiers and convert MeliaRewards points to XP.

Guests staying in a Beyond Suite will receive extra XP points and higher tiered status during their stay. 

“This new type of ‘resortainment’ experience will change the way we think about the traditional beach vacation,” said Scott Demerau, executive chairman of Falcon’s Beyond.

The property also features two offerings for kids: the Habitat Club and BLAST! Waterpark.

Habitat Club is a modern and spacious kids club that encourages children of multiple age groups to explore their many curiosities through creative activity programs.

At the resort’s BLAST! Waterpark, kids can enjoy multiple attractions and water slides to cool off from the Caribbean heat.

Meliá and Falcon’s will develop multiple Falcon’s Beyond Destination locations across the globe in the upcoming years, including sites in Tenerife, Canary Islands, and Mexico.

Falcon’s Resort by Meliá | All Suites Punta Cana opening rates start at $420 per night for standard rooms and $700 per night for Beyond Suites, all-inclusive at double occupancy.

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