When I couldn’t stand the bone-chilling cold any longer, escape for a long weekend to warmer climate was paramount. A very in-the-know little bird recommended the Eden Roc Cap Cana as the perfect getaway, the only Relais & Chateaux property in the Dominican Republic. Nestled minutes from the airport in Punta Cana, the resort’s transport whisked me to paradise faster than I could shed my winter coat. Privacy is the theme at the elegant boutique property, a resort of 34 beautifully designed suites, and more pools than you could swim in. From sharing no walls as each suite is free-standing with its own pool (and not a small plunge pool, at that!) to your personal golf cart to whisk you anywhere on the property, they’ve simply thought of everything. For a few days, I lived the stuff of dreams filled with luxury, sunshine, and lazy breakfasts.
After a tour of the property, we were introduced to our Junior Suite, an 824-square foot room complete with a sprawling bedroom and sitting room overlooking the private pool. The room was decorated with bright colors characteristic of the Caribbean, and done in such a tasteful manner it was akin to visiting a wealthy designer’s tropical pied-a-terre. A bathroom with an oversized window overlooking a private outdoor shower also housed his-and-her sinks and a huge jacuzzi lined with mosaic tile. Each suite is equipped with its own iPad, which controls light and sound, and can be used anywhere on the resort for internet access. Although the suite was the smallest of accomodations on the resort, there was nothing basic about it, which only speaks to the level of luxury at Eden Roc.
I wasted no time finding my favorite spot in the backyard to spend the afternoon, lounging on the couch reading under the canopy, or taking a dip in our private pool. I was expecting a plunge pool to dip my toes in, but this went way beyond in size. The infinity edging allowed for a seamless blend into its surroundings. For a change in scenery, we simply jumped into our golf cart and headed to the legendary white powder sand beach. The Caleton Beach Club was nestled into a cove flanked by dramatic rocks and even a cliff in the distance, and afforded even more privacy: even in high season, we had the pool to ourselves, and the beach was dotted with a few couples relaxing.
Dining is a focal point at Eden Roc, with options for upscale fare for dinner at Mediterraneo where we enjoyed lovely al-dente pastas, or our favorite La Palapa where a floating deck seemingly suspends diners over the turquoise ocean. Fresh shrimp ceviche was a treat that preceded the catch of the day, a beautifully prepared snapper which tasted so fresh it had likely been caught that day. An evening wouldn’t be complete without an apero at Riva Bar, which hosted live jazz on the Saturday we visited. I can’t wait to try reproducing the Vesper, a martini with gin, vodka, Lillet, and a lemon twist. Breakfast is included with a stay at Eden Roc, and it completely surpassed my expectations of continental fare. Not only did we pillage the buffet items which included homemade apple tarts and jamon and manchego, but ordered custom omelets and even a red tuna tartare to our heart’s content.
My almost two-year-old was enthralled with Koko Kids Club. Our suite was directly across the path from the club, and every morning she would run across the bridge to greet Silvia who heads the club with a bright smile and eagerness that’s contagious. Two resident birds greet visitors with an “hola!” and accompanied us outside in the huge sand garden filled to the brim with every toy imagineable. Kayaks are available to get around the lagoon, and my toddler left covered in fingerpaint- one of her first ventures into art!
We fell head-over-heels in love with Eden Roc Cap Cana, a sincere and luxurious gem which we can’t wait to return to. Even now just reminiscing about the magical weekend spent at Eden Roc, I feel a tugging at my heart from all the fond memories of the beautiful property. Until next time, besos!