Part of the greater Paradisus Palma Real resort in Punta Cana, The Reserve section is a great high-end option designed especially for families, but it’s not directly on the beach (a shuttle is provided) and rates are usually a little higher than those at the main section, which is directly on the beach. The resort offers strong restaurant quality and variety (including Passion, a restaurant from Michelin-starred chef Martin Berasategui – but an extra charge applies here), strong overall service, a helpful Family Concierge, a very good fitness center with personal trainers and various classes (yoga, Pilates, spin), and two beautiful spas with Asian-inspired treatments such as Balinese and Japanese massages. Other perks include a nightclub and separate kids and teens clubs. The rooms are considerably more modern at The Reserve than those at the main section next door. They come equipped with hydromassage tubs and flat-screen TVs; some have swim-up access as well. The hotel provides a free shuttle to Cocotal Golf & Country Club nearby, where greens fees are complimentary for guests. Other activities include parasailing, sailing, scuba diving, snorkeling, rock climbing, dance classes, yoga classes, mamajuana and sushi-making lessons, cigar-making lessons, and more. Although The Reserve’s Overall Beach Resort Rating is hurt by the fact that it’s not directly on the beach, its more modern rooms make up for it; it has the same Aa1 rating as the main (oceanfront) section next door. Although the resort caters to families, the atmosphere is very much on the quiet side, making it suitable for couples as well.
Complimentary COVID-19 antigen tests are offered to guests returning to the United States that stay a minimum of three nights. In the event of a positive test, affected guests can extend their stay up to 15 days at no extra charge.