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Paradisus Palma Real – An All-inclusive Resort for Families Who Crave Relaxation

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Set on the Dominican Republic’s gloriously wide stretch of beach in Punta Cana, Paradisus Palma Real is a luxury resort that feels like a boutique hotel, right down to the Thierry Mugler designer bath products. Catering to families in need of a bit of pampering, head here if you want to experience more than obnoxious pool games and blaring salsa music.

Paradisus Palma Real - An All-inclusive Resort for Families Who Crave Relaxation

The beach at Paradisus Palma Real

The Reserve at Paradisus Palma Real

Families do well upgrading to The Reserve section. These rooms flank a stunning private pool and boast kitchenettes, a dining table and best of all: an outdoor Jacuzzi. That’s right, no more waiting it out in the bathroom for the wee-ones to fall asleep (you've done this, right?!), not when you can take a coconut-rum concoction onto your balcony and watch the sun dip behind the turquoise surf. Kids? What kids?

With a private family check-in area filled with snacks and crafts, you won’t have to worry about meltdowns after the long flight. Children also receive their own backpack filled with goodies to make their stay more comfortable.

Staying at The Reserve grants access to the family concierge service. Need special sleep props? No problem! They’ll call you at home before your trip to learn your needs and preferences so everything is just so once you arrive.

There’s a second dedicated Reserve pool right off the ocean so families can pop back and forth between there and the sugar sand beach. You can even reserve Balinese daybeds for the entire day (for free), and with unlimited beach towels, there’s no fussing about with annoying towel cards.

Paradisus Palma Real's family check-in area

The Reserve's family check-in area with toys and crafts

Food, Glorious Food

We know our kids need constant access to snacks, and so does Palma Real. There’s always a smoothie bar or buffet open to tide children over until mealtime.

Parents in need of a java jolt can saddle up to the Illy Coffee Bar for an iced latte. Trust me, when laced with Tia Maria or Baileys, this “coffee smoothie” makes for a more relaxed parent.

With open-kitchens, uptight parents feel sanitary standards are met. I usually avoid ordering pasta or American food when I’m at an all-inclusive—why endure the disappointment? Here, I happily alternated between scarfing down their penne or their lasagna each day. Top marks are also deserved for the resort’s Caesar salad and guacamole.

There are several a la carte restaurants, and no limitation on how many times you can dine at them. Mizu, a Teppanyaki restaurant, is fantastic for fidgety kids who’ll be entertainment by knife action and other stunts while waiting for their food. Highchairs are found at all buffets, and can be delivered to any restaurant upon request.

Teppanyaki for kids at Paradisus Palma Real in the Dominican Republic

A happy dinner for kids at Mizu, Paradisus Palma Real's Teppanyaki restaurant

Childcare

Open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., this facility is massive, with a toddler-only room, craft zone, sleeping room (fitting eight cribs), and dining area. There’s also foosball, ping pong, an outdoor play structure, a bouncy castle, Euro Bungy and a 30-ft climbing wall. Phew! If the tykes aren’t exhausted by the end of their play here, you’ll just have to keep them in longer.

If you’re staying in The Reserve, kids from 1 to 12 years can access the club. In a regular room they need to be at least five years-old. Palma Real’s sister property located just down the beach: Paradisus Punta Cana, takes in tots as young as 4 months, and at both resorts you can hire a babysitter for $15 an hour.

Hotel pool for kids at Paradisus Palma Real

Children's pool with waterslides galore

Sublime Spa

The very best amenity at this resort (according to this worn out Travel Mama), is the ECO Spa. With multiple outdoor showers, plunge pools and Balinese day beds, you could easily while away an entire day in this Southeast Asian setting without seeking treatment. But that would be a mistake because at $85 an hour, the massages are excellent value (and they ain’t no lame backrub you might be used to getting from your spouse).

Splurge for a couple’s treatment, if only to book yourself for an hour (or two) in a romantic room that includes a daybed, outdoor shower and jetted tub.

ECO Spa pool at Paradisus Palma Real in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

ECO Spa pool

If you're longing for a family vacation that enables parents to relax, take this as your cue to head to Palma Real. You’re guaranteed to return home feeling like you had a vacation. And we all know that doesn't happen very often.

What do you think about all-inclusives, yipee or no way? Let us know in the comments!

A Note from The Saucy Travel Mama: Thank you to Paradisus Palma Real for hosting me. As always, all opinions are my own.

All photos by Jody Robbins.

About Jody Robbins, The Saucy Travel Mama

After a career in international marketing and a few years spent living the high life as an expat, Jody now resides with her family in Calgary, Canada. Figuring travel writing was a good way to combine her wanderlust and parental duties, she’s spent the past few years working with both print and online media, contributing to the Calgary Herald Travel and Real Life sections and blogging about her adventures at Travels with Baggage (JodyRobbins.com). When not circling the globe with her precocious children (one daughter, one husband, one dog), she can usually be found snowboarding or pretending to enjoy hiking. Find Jody on Twitter at @Jody_Robbins.

Comments

  1. I have actually never been to an all-inclusive but this one sounds quite nice! I like the idea of a kitchenette in the room and the private pool in the Reserve section!

  2. Hi- thank you so much for this article, I had the pleasure of staying at Paradisus Palma Real – The Reserve in January and it was amazing! I would highly recommend staying at The Reserve, it is like having a resort within. Resort. In addition, I splurged for the Family Concierge who was extreme,y helpful in planning anything I needed as well as doing little special things for my daughter (balloon bubble bath, nightly cookie snack) that really made her feel special. I would definitely recommend and plan on returning.

  3. Jody Robbins says:

    Thanks so much for your comments, Billye. I had no idea they could do a balloon bubble bath for kids. Sounds fab!

  4. Jody Robbins, The Saucy Travel Mama says:

    Hey Jason, I bet they would love Paradisus. Between Easter and Thanksgiving is their lower season so if you’re looking for a bargain, now’s the time!

  5. Globetrotting Mommy says:

    I just booked a trip to the Reserve for August and I cannot wait!! Sounds like my daughter is in for a treat too.

    • Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama says:

      Globetrotting Mommy – You lucky duck! Have a wonderful vacation with your daughter!

  6. Fiona walker says:

    I am looking into the reserve at Palma real. Would you think I need to reserve the room with family conceige or the regular one bedroom suite would be good enough? It sounds like you already get a conceige when you’re staying at the reserve?

    • Jody Robbins, The Saucy Travel Mama says:

      I think the one bedroom would be fine. The Family Concierge is the icing on the cake, but you’re really there for the cake. I think it’s best bits were the private check in and you’re guaranteed a cabana (or that was on when I visited 2-years ago). Anyone can use the Kid’s Club. Have a great trip!

  7. Great tips. I have never really considered Dominican Republic, because it is so touristy. But I think you have changed my mind. Looks beautiful!

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