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The Royalton All-Inclusive in Punta Cana
By: Cindy Wendland
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If you’re looking for a beautiful, relaxing destination in a warm climate, consider Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic. In February the weather is in the 80s with a light breeze. The Royalton is one of the many all-inclusive hotels on the island. We experienced it firsthand and found it wonderful.

Your options for a vacation are to buy ala carte or go all-inclusive. If you buy ala carte, you book your own flight and hotel accommodations and then pay for your meals and drinks as you go. Having traveled mostly for work conferences, this was my customary way to travel. Staying at the Royalton in Punta Cana was our first time experiencing an all-inclusive resort.

We traveled with a group of women. We were all looking for a stress-free vacation. The all-inclusive eliminates splitting the restaurant bill and literally bills of any kind. The only part of the vacation where we pooled money was the hotel transfer to avoid taking the hotel shuttle, which visited numerous resorts and took twice as much time to arrive. 

There was a good variety of restaurants at the Royalton. A few of the choices where we could dine consisted of a steakhouse, Italian, seafood, tapas, and Mediterranean. Lunch and breakfast offered buffets. There was a coffee bar and sorbet restaurant and numerous bars to quench your thirst. We could find whatever we wanted to eat with minimal wait. We experienced paella and other local flavors as well as fresh fruit and island drinks made well.

The mood was relaxing and low-key. The staff was very enthusiastic and friendly and taught yoga, water aerobics, salsa dancing, and Zumba right on the pool’s edge. There were pools of all shapes and sizes, shaded and sunny for whatever worked for your family or group. The nightlife consisted of a few shows an hour in length on various nights and then the property became somewhat quiet in the evenings. After a day of fun and sun, most guests retired to their rooms, except for the few who ventured to the disco for Spanish music.

The Royalton competes with other all-inclusives, including the Hard Rock, but stands out in its beauty, class, and atmosphere. It was a perfect setting for families, couples, and groups. It offered a little bit of everything without offering too much of any one thing. Our first all-inclusive experience was wonderful.

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About the Author
Cindy Wendland has a background in marketing and finance. She is the creative director for an online men's health magazine, BrainBrawnBody.com, and she gets to write their leisure/travel blog. She is also a web designer helping her clients with online community engagement, websitesbywendland.com. Prior to her web years, she worked in pharmacy consulting.
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