Tortuga Bay Hotel – Worthy of an Oscar

By Tim Cotroneo

On the shores of Punta Cana’s most secluded beach, Designer Oscar de la Renta created a Caribbean jewel of a hotel. Located in a private enclave within the Puntacana Resort, the Tortuga Bay Hotel features 13 villas offering unrivaled luxury, the ultimate in privacy, and five-star service.

Guests thrill to Tortuga Bay’s dreamy environment, posh interior designs, and epic wrap-around beach. Once you’re on property, expect the kind of impeccable service that is deserving of the Dominican Republic’s only AAA Five Diamond Award. 

What elevates the Tortuga Bay experience is the setting. Amidst fairytale-like gardens, guests discover they’re residing in a 1,500-acre ecological reserve. The mix of quiet, hotel elegance, and the turquoise beauty of the Caribbean Sea feels like an exercise in mindful relaxation.

VIP Treatment, Even Before You Arrive

One of the Tortuga Bay extras is the VIP treatment which guests receive at the Punta Cana International Airport. Puntacana Resort unique partnership with the airport translates into Tortuga guests being whisked through customs. As you leave the airport a private car awaits. Hop into the car, and in 20 minutes time your vacation has begun.

Guests choose from De la Renta-designed two, three, and four-bedroom villas. Each villa comes with a golf cart to make your journey throughout paradise carefree.

Once you’ve settled in your villa, realize that Tortuga Bay is a secluded haven within the the Puntacana Resort’s amazing 15,000 acres and three miles of oceanfront. Beyond your hard-to-resist ocean view, island luxury awaits.

Punta Cana’s World Class Golf

It’s hard to know where to start when listing Tortuga Bay’s amenities. A significant percentage of Tortuga guests choose the hotel because Punta Cana is considered the Caribbean’s number one golf destination.

The Puntacana Resort & Club is home to the P.B. Dye-designed La Cana Golf Club and the Tom Fazio-designed Corales Golf Club. Expect championship golf, pristine conditions, and amazing ocean views.

Wellness and Boutique Shopping in Paradise

Your Villa Manager will be happy to arrange an individual or couples spa treatment at the Six Senses Spa. Located next to the La Cana Golf & Beach Club, this 1800-square-foot facility offers massage, body treatments, and facials. Private yoga sessions can also be arranged.

In case there is any doubt who is the design genius behind this exquisite property, you’ll find his name emblazoned on a building made of Dominican coral stone located in the heart of Tortuga’s interior. Oscar de la Renta fashion apparel, jewelry, handbags, and home goods are tastefully presented for guests seeking a reward for themselves or a gift for someone special back home.

Dominican Dining

Consider Tortuga’s Bamboo Restaurant as an appetizer for Puntacana Resort’s wealth of culinary options. Bamboo’s menu starts with locally sourced foods, Mediterranean influences, and of course, architectural designs by Oscar.

If you selected Punta Cana because of the island’s sublime weather, then you’ll be happy to discover that indoor-outdoor restaurant offerings abound. La Yola, Playa Blanca, Brassa, and The Grill all deliver amazing views of the Caribbean Sea while you enjoy a satisfying rainbow of culinary entrees.

An Eco Environment Like No Other

Within walking distance of Tortuga, guests can connect with one of Punta Cana’s natural wonders, the Ecological Park and Reserve. This 1,500-acre private reserve is comprised of 12 freshwater lagoons, a network of trails, flora, fauna, and birds. Think paradise within a paradise.

Oscar Worthy Villas

There are those who may inquire, “What else?” Know that Tortuga is also home to the Oscar de la Renta Tennis Center, horseback riding, kitesurfing, and scuba.

Then again, many of the Tortuga Bay Hotel guests choose this tranquil destination for exactly that, tranquility. Regardless of whether a guest reserves their villa for its style, ambiance, or simply waking to wake up to an amazing ocean view, know that you have something in common with a Dominican-born fashion icon.

After De La Renta placed his architectural stamp on Tortuga Bay, Puntacana Resort owner Ted Kheel articulated why people from around the world are drawn to the designer. “Oscar de la Renta’s creations are some of best in the world. Choosing one of Oscar’s designs means choosing good taste.” So, for the guest who reserves a Tortuga Bay luxury vacation, it’s good to know that you’ll stay in one of 13 ocean villas worthy of an Oscar.

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