Beach is small but beautiful, with pristine waters and uncrowded sands
Gourmet breakfast is included
Beachside restaurant, while tasty, is extremely expensive
The Eden Roc, opened in 2012, is one of the most high-tech properties in the Dominican Republic, and is located in the gated Cap Cana community -- which has a Jack Nicklaus-designed golf course, marina, and beach club. The 34 colorful suites are clustered around a small, man-made lagoon and feature elegant decor (picture four-poster beds, intricate floor tiling, and spacious bathrooms). Up-to-date amenities include iPad-controlled lights, sound systems, and TVs with numerous channels in Spanish and English. Suites also come with small pools and golf carts for getting around the property.
This boutique resort is easily one of the most luxe options in the D.R.
Eden Roc is a beautiful all-suite boutique in the gated community of Cap Cana, home to tennis courts, a Jack Nicklaus-designed golf course, a marina, a beach club, and numerous vacation villas and second homes. Unlike the party-centric Punta Cana, Cap Cana attracts a more reserved crowd of couples and families. The sprawling property is best explored via golf cart, and all guests receive one with their suite.
The central area of the resort is about a five-minute ride from the beach and consists of 34 brightly-colored, private suites as well as a main hotel area with a lobby, three restaurants, a pool, a spa, and a fitness center.
This small resort in the massive Cap Cana complex has a tranquil vibe. You won't find the rowdy partiers or families with unruly children here; instead, mostly couples stay at this luxe -- and extremely expensive -- resort, and though it is peaceful, some may find the quiet atmosphere almost too quiet. But it certainly provides for a relaxing vacation and families that do visit the resort can take advantage of the kids' club. Casa de Campo in La Romano, about 40 minutes from Eden Roc, might not have quite as luxurious rooms (although they're close), but the hotel offers a few more on-site features (such as a shooting range) and has a slightly livelier, more laid-back feel.
Part of the ritzy Cap Cana resort community, about a 20-minute drive from Punta Cana
The central tourist destination in the D.R. is Punta Cana, which was developed over 30 years ago. There, resorts stand one right after the other along a long stretch of sand. Cap Cana, on the other hand, was developed in the last few years as a gated community that caters to tourists and second-home owners. It's a vast area but doesn't have the built-up feel of Punta Cana. Instead, a sprawling golf course, a marina, and numerous vacation homes lend the community an upscale, peaceful vibe. Eden Roc is about a five-minute golf cart ride from the beach, and just a bit farther from the Jack Nicklaus golf course.
24-minute drive to the Punta Cana International Airport (the hotel provides free shuttle service to and from Punta Cana Airport)
30-minute drive to Del Este National Park
40-minute drive to La Romana, where Casa de Campo -- home to the famous Teeth of the Dog golf course -- is located
Gorgeously decorated rooms are perhaps the most high-tech in the D.R.
The rooms at Eden Roc are absolutely gorgeous. Each of the 34 suites -- designed to reflect the brightly colored buildings of Dominican villages -- stands alone and features its own small pool and patio area. The majority of the suites feature bedrooms with attached, open living rooms and spacious bathrooms, but one-, two-, three-, and even a four-bedroom villa suites are also available.
Room decor has an elegant, Mediterranean vibe. White walls, high, wood-beamed ceilings, and pretty tiling give rooms an open, airy feel, and pops of color keep decor from appearing too stark. All rooms have spacious bathrooms with deep Jacuzzi tubs, rainfall showers, and wood-paneled walk-in closets. Wi-Fi is free, and in-room iPads control the lighting, sound system, and large flat-screen TVs. The TVs have an extensive range of channels in English and Spanish.
The beach at the Eden Roc is located at the Caleton Beach Club and is absolutely beautiful. It's a small stretch of sand, buffered on both sides by land to create a cove-like feel, and it's absolutely pristine. Unlike at many beaches in Punta Cana, seaweed debris is not a problem and the crystal-clear waters are great for swimming. There are numerous lounge chairs and several cabanas available for guests, and beachside drink service is also available. If you get hungry, La Palapa is footsteps away and overlooks the ocean.
Gorgeous lagoon-style pools wind through the resort.
In addition to the rooms' private pools, guests can take a dip in a free-form, lagoon-style pool that winds itself through the grounds. Its lush surroundings make for a charming spot to swim or sunbathe.
The luxe Solaya Spa intensifies the property's serene vibe. Guests are welcomed with a signature drink before being shown to the elegant locker rooms where a plush robe, rainfall showers, sauna, and hamman awaits them. The spa also has its own lagoon-style pool, surrounded by lush tropical plants and whirlpools. Guests can choose from a wide variety of treatments to be done in their private cabanas, or take advantage of the resorts full-service salon.
Though the resort has a romantic, upscale vibe, it does keep families in mind with a kids' club and kids' menus at the gourmet restaurants.
Eden Roc exudes a romantic vibe, with upscale (and expensive) restaurants, a sleek pool, and a focus on peace and tranquility. However, families are certainly welcome at the hotel. The on-site kids' club is large for a boutique hotel and features games, toys (such as remote-controlled boats that can be taken out on the man-made lagoon), a mini-spa, a teen area with Wii, a small outdoor playground, and even two resident birds. La Palapa restaurant includes a kids' menu, and kid-friendly options are available for room service.
La Palapa offers a gorgeous setting and delicious seafood (for a hefty price)
La Palapa by Eden Roc, located at the Caleton Beach Club, is a delicious gourmet restaurant with a focus on fresh seafood. Just about everything is expensive -- even for lunch, a club sandwich will set you back nearly $20 -- but plates are delicious and beautifully presented. The tuna tartare was especially good when we visited.
The resort features three more restaurants -- one Mediterranean, one casual poolside option, and one intimate spot with just a few tables -- in the main area, as well.
Free breakfast is included in the room rate and, for now, is served at La Palapa. Guests can opt to have it delivered to their rooms for an additional fee.
The Jack Nicklaus-designed golf course features challenging holes and beautiful ocean views.
The Cap Cana resort community features a beautiful Jack Nicklaus-designed course which is open to hotel guests. Nestled between natural grottos and the ocean, the 18-hole course includes challenging holes such as over-the-water shots and tricky greens. The photo opps alone make it worthwhile to experience.
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