Today, your exciting Caribbean adventure begins. Board your direct flight to Punta Cana, enjoying a range of on-board amenities. Sit back and relax, reflecting on the incredible experiences that await you in the Dominican Republic. Touch down and transfer to your luxurious home for the next seven nights – Eden Roc at Cap Cana. Expect crisp white beaches, crystal-clear waters and verdant tropical landscapes as far as the eye can see. Spend the rest of the day exploring the local area or unwind over drinks in the elegant Riva Bar, inspired by 1960s Monte Carlo glamour.
Today, the beaches of Punta Cana invite you to explore. Step out onto the velvet sands and paddle in the glittering sea, soaking up the tranquillity of the tropics. Look out for dolphin and turtle cruising through the waves and vibrant pink flamingo sunning themselves on the shores. Alternatively, soak up the sun from a prime poolside spot at Eden Roc, enjoying a signature cocktail. This evening, head to La Palapa for an unforgettable culinary experience. Sample delectable dishes prepared using local ingredients in a stunning beachside setting.
Wake up in paradise and enjoy breakfast at your hotel before embarking on another exciting day of exploration. We suggest a visit to nearby Hoyo Azul, an impressive cenote with crystal-clear turquoise waters. Surrounded by a lush forest in Scape Park, this enchanting lagoon is accessed via a winding trail bordered with fragrant tropical flora. Swim in the electric-blue waters that reach 37 metres below at their deepest point. Have your camera at the ready because this is an experience you’ll want to remember for a lifetime.
Take today to unwind and embrace the cool Caribbean vibes. Perhaps indulge in a rejuvenating treatment at the hotel’s ocean-front spa, which features an indoor and outdoor Aqua Garden with a freshwater pool. This spa is a must for budding yogis, offering access to a 111 square-metre aerial yoga area with 12 individual aero-yoga structures. Tonight, the classic charm of Mediterraneo calls. This Euro-Caribbean fusion restaurant is renowned for its artistic plate-work that alone is a feast for the senses.
No trip to Punta Cana would be complete without a round on the Jack Nicklaus signature golf course, located just a five-minute drive from Eden Roc. Named as the best golf course in the Caribbean and Mexico by Golfweek Magazine, this 18-hole, par-72 course is challenging in all the right ways. Soak up spectacular views of cliffs, beaches and waterfalls as you tee off among leafy palms, listening to the soothing sounds of the waves. This evening, relax at Eden Roc and enjoy a delicious dinner with friends and loved ones.
Nearby Saona Island is an immaculate haven of white-sand beaches and crystalline waters, studded with enormous palms that sway in the warm tropical breeze. This picture-perfect location is one of the Caribbean’s best-kept secrets. Head out via a catamaran or helicopter to access this government-protected nature reserve, home to rare wildlife including sea turtle, green parrot and rhinoceros iguana. Relax on the sand or head out on a hike to explore the wide variety of tropical flora and fauna found in this lush landscape.
Step off the tourist trail with an immersive cultural experience that opens the doors to traditional Dominican life. The hotel concierge can arrange for you to visit a local casa and spend time with the family who lives there. Afterwards, meet local cigar craftsmen and learn about their fascinating trade. History enthusiasts may want to visit to Altos de Chavón, an architectural wonder. Perched high above the River Chavón, this remarkable site is a replica of a 16th-century Mediterranean village set in the heart of the Dominican countryside.
Wave goodbye to Punta Cana’s pristine beaches as you transfer by private car to Santo Domingo for a three-night stay at Casas del XVI. This magnificent hotel is quite unlike any other in the world. Comprising many colonial-style casas, each building is designed to highlight a different aspect of Dominican life, from fashion to local history to natural landscapes. Unwind in your accommodation surrounded by elegant décor and state-of-the-art amenities. Enjoy the rest of today at your leisure – perhaps head to the hotel bar and relax over drinks with friends.
Today, your butler will be delighted to take you on a walking tour of the capital’s Zona Colonial, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This neighbourhood is the oldest permanent European settlement in the Americas. Admire the historical architecture dating back to the 1500s and learn about the intriguing history of the Dominican Republic. Visit the Alcázar de Colón Fortress to see the ornate arches and balustrades before stopping in at the Primada de America Cathedral – one of the oldest cathedrals in the Americas – as well as the Ozama Fortress.
Round off a wonderful stay in Santo Domingo with a trip to Los Tres Ojos National Park, just eight kilometres outside of the city. The name – meaning ‘the three eyes’ – refers to three different freshwater pools that exist among a vast network of limestone caves. These underground caverns were used by the indigenous Taino people for refuge or rituals. Enter via a winding staircase leading you down into the enormous cave system. Look down into the mesmerising iridescent lagoons and take a moment to reflect on the natural beauty of our planet.
Wave a fond farewell to Santo Domingo and transfer back to Punta Cana. Enjoy a final few hours of Caribbean hospitality as you prepare for your return flight to London. Board this evening and relax onboard, taking home mementos of your journey and memories you’ll treasure forever.