Sivory Punta Cana Rating: 4.5 Pearls
Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

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Pros

  • Huge, modern rooms with whirlpools and 2-head showers
  • Professional, attentive staff -- among the best in the D.R.
  • 3 on-site restaurants with top-notch cusine
  • 8,000-bottle wine cellar -- one of the best in the D.R.
  • Direct helicopter rides available from Punta Cana International Airport (for a pretty fee, of course)
  • Transportation to and packages available for a variety of the D.R.'s best golf courses, including Teeth of the Dog and Corales Golf Club

Cons

Bottom Line

One of the few boutique hotels in Punta Cana, the quiet, 55-room Sivory lures mostly couples to its secluded location -- about a 60-minute ride from the airport. Service is impressive, as is the natural setting, but the beach doesn't compare to those further south.

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 Scene

With just 55 plush rooms, it's a true designer boutique -- a rare thing in the D.R. The natural setting is certainly calming, a long way from anything.

The hotel grounds
The hotel grounds

At Sivory, everything is designed to promote relaxation -- from the comfortable rooms to the spa to the reflecting pool attached to the lobby. When I checked in, a lounge version of Guns N' Roses' "Sweet Child O' Mine" was playing softly and I was handed a chilled glass of champagne and a cool towel.

But to get to Sivory, you have take a 60-minute taxi ride from the airport before you arrive at the modest hotel entrance.

 Service

Sivory offers some of the best service in the Dominican Republic.

Staff at the Gourmond Restaurant
Staff at the Gourmond Restaurant

Sivory offers some of the best overall services in the Dominican Republic, rivaled only by Tortuga Bay or Caso De Campo.

  • Guests are greeted on arrival with a champagne flute and a cool, vanilla-scented towel on a silver platter.
  • Daily "open eyes" and turndown service is included. Unique to Sivory, "open eyes" is essentially just a continental breakfast delivered to your door at the time you request -- a great way to ease into the day.
  • The concierge and front desk staff are available 24 hours a day.

 Location

It's either a long car ride or a quick, expensive helicopter flight from the airport.

Sivory is located on the northernmost edge of Punta Cana. The ride takes about an hour from the airport. Sivory can arrange ground transportation to and from the airport, or they can also arrange helicopter transport each way. Both options are pricey.

 Beach

Unlike the rest of Punta Cana, this remote beach isn't great for swimming, with its harsher waves and less-clear water.

The beach
The beach

In the winter, the wind picks up and drives the waves in, making the water far less clear and also creating a fairly dangerous crosscurrent. Winds are calmer in the summer, spring, and fall. The sand doesn't have big chunks of coral, but it's not the soft powder you'll find in more southern parts of Punta Cana. There are plenty of chaise longues and palapa umbrellas on the beach, though. There are also lots of palm trees, so grabbing some shade shoulnd't be a problem.

Guests are advised not to venture too far from the beach in front of the resort -- as is the case throughout the DR.

 Rooms

Modern, beach-chic, and big, with some of the best bathrooms in the D.R.

Private Junior Suite pool
Private Junior Suite pool

At 650 square feet, the deluxe junior suite feels more like an apartment than a hotel room. Huge and with a modern design unlike anywhere else in the Dominican Republic, the room features a desk area, a two-couch sitting area, a picture window, a giant bed, and a comfortable balcony. The rooms are clearly what make Sivory. And with multiple windows on multiple walls, the layout is not like your typical hotel room, either.

All rooms are clean and modern, with handsome dark wood trim, wicker furniture, and handsome big bathrooms with mod sinks and fixtures. It all looks pieced together from a West Elm catalog. The closet comes stocked with bug spray.

As for the bathroom, consider it a couple's dream: A two-person Jacuzzi and a two-person shower with two shower heads on opposing walls can make for a phenomenal romantic vacation. The whirlpool is next to a window and shaded by a bunch of ferns. (Not to worry: There are shades as well.)

  • Upgrading from the basic deluxe junior suite will get you your own plunge pool attached to a private terrace, a larger living room, and/or a kitchen.
  • The king-size beds come with four big pillows and super-soft 220-thread-count sheets tucked tightly under the mattress.
  • Guests can choose from four different kinds of pillows: standard, thermal, feather, or latex.
  • A window above the bed looks out onto some ferns, which brings a natural element right into the room.
  • Large flat-screen TV only gets a couple of fuzzy channels. The hotel also offers a DVD player and a free DVD borrowing library.
  • Only a few windows open and there's no screen on the sliding glass door. This will frustrate those who fly to the Caribbean looking for the gentle night breeze to wash over them. It won't happen -- you'll have to settle for that not-so-gentle AC gust.
  • Toiletries from Etro
  • Heavy robes next to the Jacuzzi

 Superior Balconies

Even in the standard rooms, the balconies are some of the best in the D.R.. You can also upgrade for a private plunge pool or a Jacuzzi.

All balconies are private and overlook the ocean. Even on ground level, the balconies are suspended a few feet in the air. Along its edges are two giant daybeds. A nice touch: bamboo wind chimes. Guests who upgrade from the basic deluxe junior suite get a private plunge pool or a whirlpool.

 Features

Sivory has a small pool with lounge chairs built into it, but it's not too impressive.

The infinity pool
The infinity pool

The pool is a bit of a letdown. Though it's technically an infinity pool, it's surrounded by a concrete walkway, so it lacks the same feeling as an infinity pool next to the ocean or one with a steep drop-off on one side. The wind, common during the winter months, picks up by mid-afternoon and can sometimes forces guests away from the pool area. There's a bar right next to the pool.

  • Small but clean fitness center, with big windows that look out on a grassy area. The fitness center has just a couple of cardio machines and weight lifting machines, but they're new and in good working condition. No personal trainers.
  • Tennis court
  • Meeting rooms for business guests and computers to use.
  • Free in-room Wi-Fi

 Luxury Spa

The open-air spa draws more guests than the beach or the pool.

Aquarea Spa & Wellness Center
Aquarea Spa & Wellness Center

The spa consists of an open-air room with a hot tub and a plunge pool. Off the main room, there's a steam sauna and a dry sauna. Both are kept very clean and are sufficiently hot.

There are also multiple massage rooms (hydro) and a beauty salon with a fitness center attached. To cool off, there are two sets of three different showers: a traditional shower, one with jets on the wall, and a bucket shower, where you pull the chain and a bucket of water tips, pouring its contents all over you.

 Family

This hotel is meant for couples, but it can accommodate families.

The Sivory Grand Suite
The Sivory Grand Suite

Sivory can arrange toys for kids and baby-sitting services, which is fairly standard for other luxe resorts like Tortuga Bay. But it is without a doubt designed for adults and couples.

A small family could share a standard room, if the kids are willing to bunk on the couches. Otherwise, four rooms have connecting doorways for parents who want to be close to their children but not in the same room. There's also the Sivory Grand Suite for families who want to have their own villa to themselves. This 2,250-square-foot villa has two master bedrooms, but staff can set up one of the rooms with two twin beds.

The restaurants can accommodate children but are much more geared toward an adult palate and are advertised as gourmet dining.

Families should be cautious venturing too far from the property, especially along the beach. (This is standard advice in the DR.)

For luxury resorts that are more family friendly, check Caso De Camp and Punta Cana Estates.

 Cleanliness

Impeccable. The staff keeps the resort looking immaculate.

The lobby
The lobby

Rooms are kept super-clean and odor-free. The lobby, which smells like fresh vanilla thanks to the cool hand towels given to guests during check-in, other common areas, and grounds are also extremely well maintained.

 Food

The upscale restaurants are overpriced, but Sivory does have one of the largest wine cellars in the D.R.

Dinner at Laveranda Restaurant
Dinner at Laveranda Restaurant

Sivory has a three upscale restaurants serving solid gourmet food, comparing favorably with just about everywhere in the D.R. except Tortuga Bay. Two bars and a cigar lounge round out the resort's eateries. The food is pricey, so it's not a bad idea to opt for the all-inclusive meal plan. There aren't any great dining options nearby worth leaving the grounds for.

  • Asian-fusion at Tau
  • The Mediterranean Laveranda
  • French cusine is served at Gourmond, the fanciest of the three.
  • Gourmond also has a wine cellar stocked with 8,000 bottles of wine -- this is about the best wine selection anywhere in Punta Cana, and it rivals Casa Colonial.
  • Blu bar serves tapas under the palapa next to the pool during the day.
  • Sybbar serves cocktails and offers live entertainment throughout the day and evening

 Bottom Line

One of the few boutique hotels in Punta Cana, the quiet, 55-room Sivory lures mostly couples to its secluded location -- about a 60-minute ride from the airport. Service is impressive, as is the natural setting, but the beach doesn't compare to those further south.

Things You Should Know About Sivory Punta Cana

Address

  • Sivory Beach,, Punta Cana

Hotel Is Also Known As...

  • Punta Cana Sivory Hotel
  • Sivory Hotel Punta Cana

Room Types

  • Deluxe Jr. Suite
  • Honeymoon Suite
  • Luxury Oceanfront Jr. Suite
  • Premium Oceanfront Jr. Suite
  • Sivory Grand Suite
  • Ysla Bonita Suite

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Hotel Features

Number of Rooms: 55
Pool: Yes
Fitness Center: Yes
Spa: Yes
Internet: Yes
Cribs: Yes
Jacuzzi: Yes
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Hotel Information

Location: Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
Address: Sivory Beach,, Punta Cana
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