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10 Reasons Kids and Adults Love Nickelodeon Hotel Punta Cana

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On vacation kids just wanna have fun. Meanwhile parents want to unwind and be pampered. It can be difficult to find that balance between action and relaxation while traveling. With the opening of the Nickelodeon Hotel Punta Cana, young Nickelodeon fans and luxe-loving parents can enjoy a Caribbean beach vacation together. Expect non-stop entertainment, five-star culinary experiences, water park play, and time spent with favorite Nick characters. My 6-year-old daughter and I were invited to the hotel’s grand opening celebration and we BOTH had the best time. Check out these 10 reasons kids AND adults love the Nickelodeon Hotel Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic. 

10 Reasons Kids AND Adults Love Nickelodeon Hotel Punta Cana

10 Reasons kids AND adults love Nickelodeon Hotel Punta Cana (Photo credit: Lyla Gleason)

1. Water play for the whole family

Located on Uvero Alto Beach, the hotel's beach and infinity pool are easily accessible by foot or golf cart. Families can reserve a beach cabana a day in advance. Bonus: beach toys are available to borrow at no charge.

Uvero Alto Beach at Nickelodeon Hotel Punta Cana

Uvero Alto Beach at Nickelodeon Hotel Punta Cana (Photo credit: Lyla Gleason)

The Aqua Nick water park offers loads of water play. From the lazy river and entry level pool, to the splash center, slides, water canyons and gigantic nose shower, water-loving kids LOVE this place. Ample lifeguards keep everyone safe but note that children need to be accompanied in this area.

Want to get slimed?  You know you do! Be sure to sign up for a slime time at the front check-in stand at Nickelodeon Place. Or join the mass sliming that takes place at 3 pm each day. Don’t forget your camera!

Kids love getting slimed ~ parents love taking pictures of the kids getting slimed at Nickelodeon Hotel Punta Cana!

Kids love getting slimed ~ parents love taking pictures of the kids getting slimed! (Photo credit: Lyla Gleason)

2. Sophisticated decor with fun Nickelodeon touches

I was pleasantly surprised by the sophisticated decor in the rooms, lobby and restaurants at Nickelodeon Hotel Punta Cana. My daughter, on the other hand, was excited to spot touches of Nickelodeon throughout the resort. Look for painted shadow Nickelodeon characters on the buildings and SpongeBob’s pants etched into the the glass bathroom wall.

Modern decor at Nickelodeon Hotel Punta Cana

Modern, playful decor at Nickelodeon Hotel Punta Cana (Photo credit: Lyla Gleason)

3. Suites for all

Nickelodeon Hotel Punta Cana offers a choice of 208 oversized suites, in seven styles. They're all gorgeously decorated with high-end furnishings, clean modern lines, plush bedding, and bright accents. Kids love the quirky accessories like pineapple-shaped vases and orange blimps. 

From Pad Suites and Flats to SpongeBob’s signature villa, The Pineapple, the accommodations wow guests of all ages. If your kids love to swim, the Swim-Up Suites are sure to please. Each suite features a spacious bathroom with double sinks and free-standing tub, complimentary WiFi, free local phone calls, and a fully stocked (all-inclusive) mini-bar. 

The Pineapple suite at Nickelodeon Hotel Punta Cana

The Pineapple suite at Nickelodeon Hotel Punta Cana (Photo credit: Lyla Gleason)

4. Si, a concierge can help with that!

In true five-star style, a dedicated concierge center is assigned to each room. This makes it easy to request a ride, get directions, and ask any questions about the hotel or surrounding area. Most employees speak some English and I speak some Spanish. I did, however, find myself playing a bit of charades here and there.

Swim-Up Suites at Nickelodeon Hotel Punta Cana are a big hit for water lovers

Swim-Up Suites are a big hit for water lovers (Photo credit: Lyla Gleason)

5. All-inclusive delicious dining

Delivering Karisma’s renowned Gourmet Inclusive® Experience, the cuisine at Nickelodeon Hotel Punta Cana is a hit with grown-up gourmands and junior travelers alike. Guests enjoy an array of culinary options at eight restaurants, one gourmet center, two bars and lounges, one coffee shop and 24/7 room service. Most restaurants offer children's menus, too. For lunch, Fresco Bar and Grill offers casual poolside fare. Or choose Aqua Bite's burgers, pizzas, and salads. Doppio coffee shop offers delicious smoothies. Plus, two swim-up bars serve frosty poolside cocktails and mocktails all day.

BRGRS.PH at Nickelodeon Hotel Punta Cana

BRGRS.PH at Nickelodeon Hotel Punta Cana (Photo credit: Lyla Gleason)

Most dinner reservations need to be booked days in advance. Try to map out a schedule before you arrive. A Jetsons-like waitstaff serves diners at Space Walker in a space shuttle-themed restaurant. Wok Wok's Far-East fusion includes sushi, spring rolls, noodle entrees and more. For Italian cuisine, including wood-fired pizzas, book a table at Verdello. Burger lovers rejoice at BRGRS.PH, for its selection of burgers, sliders, wings and salads. For a special date night, dine at the adults-only Kitchen 2, where guests aged 18+ delight in molecular and traditional dishes.

Of all our meals at Nickelodeon Hotel Punta Cana, Sugarcane impressed me most with its quality and variety of foods. At first glance, I thought it was a typical buffet. But then I was pleased to note the foods were being prepared directly at the stations. Choose from every imaginable breakfast option, plus made-to-order omelettes, an amazing fresh juice bar and a chocolate fountain with fruit kebobs. This makes a great way to start your day since you can quickly eat and be on your way.

Space Walker servers in their galactic garb at Nickelodeon Hotel Punta Cana

Space Walker servers in their galactic garb (Photo credit: Lyla Gleason)

6. Nickelodeon character breakfasts that wow

The highlight of our trip was the character breakfast at Zest. Parents will appreciate the airy space and fresh food. Children will love dancing and posing with their favorite Nickelodeon characters like SpongeBob, Patrick, and Dora the Explorer. The characters and photographers aren’t rushed and there is plenty of space to dance, making it one of the best character meals I've experienced. Be sure to book in advance!

A character breakfast at Nickelodeon Hotel Punta Cana is not to be missed!

A character breakfast at Nickelodeon Hotel Punta Cana is not to be missed! (Photo credit: Lyla Gleason)

7. Just Kiddin' kids club

The Just Kiddin’ kids club provides an air-conditioned retreat for kids aged 4 to 12. Kids enjoy craft projects and cooking lessons, as well as toys and games galore. Best of all, kids can slide into a giant pit of peas and carrots (green and orange colored balls). My daughter happily played here with her new friends while I enjoyed some downtime. The facilities were clean and fun. Plus, the staff was very professional and the kids were always smiling at pick-up.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles at Plaza Orange at Nickelodeon Hotel Punta Cana

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles at Plaza Orange (Photo credit: Lyla Gleason)

8. Character Center fun

The Character Center hosts various Nickelodeon meet and greets. Nightly character performances wow kids in the Plaza Orange area.

Sports Center at Nickelodeon Hotel Punta Cana

Sports & Entertainment Center at Nickelodeon Hotel Punta Cana (Photo credit: Lyla Gleason)

9. Sports & Entertainment Center for tweens and teens

The massive Sports & Entertainment Center features an indoor game room, two game courts, and oversized chess games. I imagine this will be a huge hit with tweens and teens.

Aquanick waterpark at Nickelodeon Hotel Punta Cana

Aquanick waterpark at Nickelodeon Hotel Punta Cana

10. Nickelodeon Hotel Punta Cana discount

If you’re looking for an upscale retreat the whole family will enjoy, the Nickelodeon Hotel Punta Cana makes an outstanding choice. Ready to visit? Check out Groupon's Nickelodeon Hotel Punta Cana discounts now!

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What’s your favorite thing about the new Nickelodeon Hotel Punta Cana? Tell us below in the comments!

A Note from The Globetrotting Travel Mama: I was hosted during a recent stay at Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts Punta Cana. All opinions are mine, as always.

About Lyla Gleason, The Globetrotting Travel Mama

Long before the glamorous world of marriage, motherhood and travel blogging, Lyla Gleason had an exciting career as a travel publicist representing hotels and destinations across the globe. She spent her childhood on Long Island and then attended college and grad school in Boston and lived abroad in Rome. Some of her favorite vacation spots include the Caribbean, India and Turkey. She is currently a downtown NYC mom who can be found chasing after her daughter, cooking dinner, mingling at blogger events, and exploring near and far with a camera in hand. She is the author of, a lifestyle blog dedicated to travel, family fun and fabulous finds. Connect with Lyla on Twitter at @travelmommy.

  1. !Hi! Visiting here in June with my husband and three kids. We can’t wait! Can you make reservations online ahead of time or you have to do when you get to the resort? Any advice would be appreciated!

  2. Lydia J. Cohen says

    This place sounds really good. I think I’ve found the next ideal place for vacation. It’s on my list. Thanks for sharing! Enjoy your time

  3. Marion Lewis says

    This place just looks total fun, This hotel is amazing and I love the water slide, My family would love to go to a place like this.
    Thanks for sharing

  4. This looks like so much fun, I love the look of the slime!! I will have to see if we can get there next year

  5. Karlaroundtheworld | Karla says

    This place just looks total fun! I love the variety that I’m seeing, and you’ve done a good job highlighting the good parts. I would love to have an excuse to simply go to this hotel!

  6. Planning to take my kids this winter. Thanks a ton for the info!

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