When the time came to return home, how many of you wished you could have extended your honeymoon? Well, for the Larson couple , that fantasy became reality this week. Their flights were cancelled because of the East Coast storm, so they were, as they put it, “stuck” at their honeymoon resort in Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic !
Punta Cana is on the eastern tip of the Dominican Republic – it a Caribbean hotspot for Europeans, and increasingly for Americans. The area is known for its expansive white sand beaches, and large all-inclusive resorts. Still a developing country, it is not advised to drink the water there.
The Larsons were staying at the Barcelo Bavaro Palace Deluxe, which Trip Advisor ranks as the #27 top resort in Punta Cana….which shows you just how many resorts there are on this stretch of beach! The Barcelo Bavaro Palace Deluxe was given four stars by Trip Advisor travelers.
I admit I am not familiar with the resort, but was happy to hear about how the hotel treated the lovebirds. They gave the newlyweds a break on their hotel room the extra nights they stayed until they could catch a flight back home. The couple was charged $200 a night for a “Club Premium Junior Suite,” which according to the website, could normally cost $560, depending on the season. The bride was very happy with that act of good business and accommodations – “Club Premium” status comes with a whole host of perks
Let me begin by saying the Barcelo Bavaro Palace Deluxe is HUGE. There are shuttles to get you around the resort . If you are considering staying here, room location is key: Try to book close to the action, but far enough that you still have some peace.
- The activities here spark my interest – I like a vacation with a mix of fun, interspersed with down time to read, relax, and reconnect. (Beautiful beach anyone?) There’s golf, mini-golf for the kids, kayaking, scuba diving (and classes for it too,) tennis, windsurfing, sailing, …and did I mention a semi-professional baseball field in case you packed a glove?
There are four pools, with one specifically for younger children – Kids are welcome here, and the resort offers a children’s program. But adults – there is also a casino and nightclub. Sounds a little like Vegas on the sand!
We are entering high season…Dec-April, when flights and rooms are more expensive – going in November is a smart move….and according to the Larsons, not a bad way to spend a honeymoon Best wishes happy couple.