Christopher Columbus didn't realize he'd discovered the New World when he first landed in the Dominican Republic. Five centuries later, who knows what you'll find on your quest for a simple stretch of golden sand. Set your sights on this week's Escape to the Viva Wyndham Dominicus Palace and you can bank on plenty of fun in the sun.
Bring along a fellow explorer for an all-inclusive four-night stay for two in a B Standard Ocean-View Room from July 1 to August 31 ($621) or September 1 to October 31 ($516). Or, extend your stay to six all-inclusive nights, July 1 to August 31 ($884) or September 1 to October 31 ($727).
Your all-inclusive package covers a treasure trove of amenities: all meals, snacks, alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, daily activities, live entertainment, and non-motorized watersports and lessons—not to mention taxes, surcharges, and gratuities. You'll also receive enrollment in the Viva Eco Wellness program, a health plan that combines physical activities with a balanced nutritional component to boost health and jump-start weight loss.
Set on a mile-long stretch of beach, this AAA Four Diamond winner is a true Caribbean gem. Stop and smell the flowers as you sip a fruity cocktail, or see if you can spot the tropical birds from your private balcony. Each B Standard Ocean-View Room features vibrant island décor, soft cotton bedding, and a flat-screen TV.
There's a wealth of ways to enjoy the water, so opt to snorkel in the clear blue sea or set sail aboard a catamaran. For a more laid-back approach, visit the on-site Metamorphoses Spa, where a sauna and steam room will melt away your stresses. Adventurous spirits can try their hands at wind surfing or even trapeze lessons.
You won't have to quest far and wide for delicious cuisine; the property boasts four restaurants and three bars on site, plus five restaurants at the adjacent sister resort. Traditional local fare is available for breakfast, lunch, and dinner at La Yuca, while Viva Café specializes in Mediterranean flavors and Il Palco serves up Italian dishes. And just because you didn't make it to Asia doesn't mean you can't savor Asian delicacies at Bambu.
Columbus may have beaten you by a few hundred years, but there's plenty left to discover in the Dominican Republic. And no matter how many people have visited in the intervening years, the island's charms never get old.
PAID VALUE EXPIRES ON July 6, 2020
PROMOTIONAL VALUE EXPIRES ON October 31, 2012
Viva Wyndham Dominicus Palace
An All-Inclusive Four- ($516 to $621) or Six-Night ($727 to $884) Stay for Two with Meals, Snacks, Alcoholic and Non-Alcoholic Drinks, and Eco Wellness Program
- from $516