Orange and teal accents will brighten up accommodations. // © 2016 Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts Punta Cana
Feature image (above): Super Villas will offer an infinity pool and butler service. // © 2016 Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts Punta Cana
It seems to me that it would be easy for a children’s television network to enter the travel industry and go overboard — too many characters and too much neon might be to blame. That said, Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts Punta Cana is poised to defy those expectations.
Located on the Dominican Republic’s Uvero Alto beach, the 208-suite resort is the product of a partnership between Karisma Hotels & Resorts and Viacom International Media Networks. It will officially open its doors this May as Nickelodeon’s first international property. While character dining experiences and other programming will highlight ultra-popular Nick shows such as “Dora the Explorer” and “SpongeBob SquarePants,” photographs and renderings of the site indicate a classy product that will appeal to parents, too.
“A property that pairs this level of luxury and awesome surprise elements at every turn is the first of its kind,” said Armando Chomat, executive vice president of sales and marketing for Karisma Hotels & Resorts. “We invite guests of all ages to let their imaginations run wild and embark on new adventures while here.”
Clients will be able to choose from seven different suite styles, including swim-up suites and two- and three-bedroom villas that begin at 1,500 square feet. All accommodations will feature sleek, modern furnishings, plus playful decor and color schemes with nods to Nickelodeon’s beloved shows — for instance, orange and teal throw pillows and stylish pineapple accents will surely remind young guests of SpongeBob and his underwater house. The resort’s “Got You Covered” program will be another perk for families. Necessities such as baby food, cribs and strollers will be readily available and complimentary.
Those familiar with Karisma Hotels & Resorts will expect nothing less than its signature Gourmet Inclusive program. Ten on-site restaurants, two grab-and-go shops, a coffee shop and multiple bars will make up the property’s food and beverage options.
Themed dining venues will be designed to delight different tastes. Forward-thinking cocktails and futuristic decor will make Space Walker restaurant the right fit for outer-space enthusiasts and budding astronauts. Groups will want to head to family restaurant Zest to dine with Nickelodeon characters. Anyone seeking a child-free evening can book a table at Kitchen 23, where intricate dishes will make dinner an artful affair. (Reservations will be required here, and a surcharge will apply.)
Entertainment for All
From sports courts to giant chess sets and archery, the resort's on-site entertainment options will be bountiful. The epicenter of kiddie fun will be Aqua Nick Playground, home to waterslides, splash pads and a lazy river. Kids might also opt to meet a favorite pal at Character Central, watch a movie or game show in Plaza Orange or join in supervised activities at kids’ clubhouse and art studio Just Kiddin’ (for children ages 4 to 12).
Grown-up concerns — namely, relaxing and perhaps getting in some exercise — will be addressed by expansive sports and fitness centers. There will also be Vassa Spa, where clients can expect a variety of therapy pools, treatment rooms and massage options. Even the little ones can get pampered with a special treatment designed for spa-goers their age.
Standard rates start at $345 per adult, per night and include the Gourmet Inclusive Experience. Children under 13 years old eat and stay for free when parents book four or more nights. Various booking specials are available through Dec. 18, 2016.