The Dominican Republic on the island of Hispaniola is the most visited destination in the Caribbean. Tourists flock to the island for its stunning beaches, relaxed atmosphere and year round hot weather. We had never visited the Dominican Republic before and during our recent trip we stayed at the TUI Sensatori Punta Cana in the coastal resort of Uvero Alto. Thinking of booking a trip to the Dominican Republic? Here’s what we thought of our stay at the TUI Sensatori Punta Cana.
TUI SENSATORI PUNTA CANA
Upon arrival at the TUI Sensatori Punta Cana you are immediately struck by two things – the hot weather and the warm welcome from the hotel staff waiting for your arrival. This welcome is indicative of what is to come for the rest of your stay. Your bags are taken care off while you are given a glass of champagne and a cold towel to refresh you after a long journey from the UK. As we had upgraded to a premium room, we were whisked away for a private check in to select our pillows and aromatherapy scent for the week.
TUI Sensatori Punta Cana is a large modern hotel located on the beachfront in the Atlantic-facing resort of Uvero Alto. It has two large infinity pools overlooking the beach as well as adults only and premium pools situated by the swim-up rooms. The hotel is ideal for those looking to relax as there are a wide range of facilities on site. These include a spa, kids club and sports complex with tennis courts and football pitches. For those who like to keep busy, there are also a number of organised activities throughout the day including water aerobics, cooking demonstrations and resident musicians. TUI also organises a wide range of excursions from the hotel including trips to Saona Island and Coco Bongo.
The best thing about this hotel is the private beach that is exclusively for the use of hotel guests. As part of our room upgrade, we could also book Bali beds in the Premium section of the beach. These beds were fantastic – king-sized double beds with stacks of cushions right on the beach. The Bali bed itself was kept shaded throughout the day but you also had two sun loungers just in front of you to soak up the sunshine. Your private beach butler prepares everything for you and brings treats throughout the day including ice creams and bits from the BBQ.
If you are looking for comfort with a touch of luxury then TUI Sensatori Punta Cana is the hotel for you. We upgraded to a premium room as the upgrade was only £80 at the time. The room itself was massive with a super king-sized bed and a separate seating area. The bathroom was equally large with a rainfall shower and his and hers sinks. Each room at the hotel comes with all the facilities you would expect including a flat-screen television, safe and air conditioning.
There are also a number of additional extras that make the rooms at the TUI Sensatori Punta Cana stand out. For example, on arrival we were left a bottle of sparkling wine and a fresh fruit platter to enjoy. There is also a mini bar in your room that is included in the price of your stay and re-stocked daily with beers, soft drinks and snacks. We also had a large balcony that faced the premium pool which was great for relaxing before dinner.
TUI Sensatori Punta Cana operates on a gourmet all-inclusive basis. This means that you can dine at each of the nine restaurants on site as well as enjoying 24 hour room service. There is a nice variety in the restaurants with three buffet restaurants, an Asian fusion restaurant, an Italian restaurant and a street food burger van. You can eat at any of these restaurants as many times as you like during your stay with the exception of the fine dining restaurant, K23, which can only be booked once.
The restaurants are generally of a very high standard with a wide and varied menu. At breakfast and lunchtime, you have a choice of buffet restaurants which all offer a wide variety of options to suit all tastes. In the evening, we tended to stick to the a la carte restaurants. Our favourite was Wok Wok, the Asian fusion restaurant which offered an interesting mix of Chinese, Japanese and Thai food.
For those of you that like a cocktail (or two!) there are a number of bars in the resort to keep you well hydrated. These include the James Bond themed cocktail bar in the lobby, Shaken, the wine bar Vino Vino and three pool bars which open during the day. You are never short of a drink during your stay as waiters regularly come to your pool loungers and to the beach throughout the day. If you are more of a coffee drinker there is an excellent coffee shop on site, Doppio, which is also included in the price of your holiday.
Overall, we had a fantastic stay at the TUI Sensatori Punta Cana and would highly recommend this hotel if you are thinking of travelling to the Dominican Republic or looking to travel with TUI again in the future. Have you been to the Dominican Republic? Where did you stay? Let us know in the comments below.