THE RATES: The Big Break Golf package includes an Elite room, golf, full breakfast buffet and touring cart for a starting rate of $281 per golfer dbl through Oct. 31; 3-night minimum stay required and inclusive package also available. Hotel guests can pre-book and pre-pay golf and get a Pete Dye Hall of Fame special rate starting at $110 for The Links and $155 for Teeth of the Dog or Dye Fore, plus tax.
punta cana THE PROPERTY: The Punta Cana Resort & Club is home to two properties. The luxury boutique hotel Tortuga Bay is a recent recipient of the AAA five-diamond award for 2011. Oscar de la Renta designed its 30 suites set in 13 villas, where elegant furnishings and authentic materials mix with balconies and terraces that overlook La Cana Golf Course or the Caribbean Sea. In-suite, guests enjoy kitchenettes, large coral stone bathrooms with sunken jacuzzi bathtubs and separate showers. The recently refurbished Puntacana Hotel offers a choice of three types of accommodations for a total of 170 for those seeking a deluxe hotel experience. Deluxe rooms feature marble bathrooms and flooring, while those who seek more space can opt for jr. suites with separate living room. Beach casitas are a good choice for families or golf groups with two or three bedrooms.
THE GREENS: The par 72 La Cana Golf Course boasts a P.B. Dye design and 14 oceanview holes and four holes that play right on the beach. Tom Fazio’s par 72 Corales Golf Course, which launched in April 2010, has six oceanfront holes set between rocky cliffs, coral reefs and the Caribbean Sea. A second P.B. Dye-designed course, the inland par 72 Hacienda Golf Course, will open this year.
THE AMENITIES: Beyond golf, guests of both hotels can enjoy six Har-tru clay tennis courts, the magnificent beach and children’s club. An aquatic center offers a variety of watersports, while the Six Senses Spa features holistic therapies. There is also a full-service marina and shopping village. Get a glimpse of the natural and cultural history of the island at the 1,500 acre Puntacana Ecological Reserve and Foundation. It has a network of trails that lead to 12 freshwater lagoons, an iguana habitat and petting zoo.
THE SCENE: There is no reason to leave the 26-sq.-mile resort that offers a choice of eight international restaurants. Five bars supply the right amount of relaxation pre- or post-dinner.
THE RATES: Tortuga Bay starts at $675 per night dbl and includes breakfast, airport transfers and golf cart. Puntacana Hotel starts at $96 per night dbl. All rates valid through Dec. 22. Starting greens fees are $105 for La Cana, $195 for Corales; Haciendagreens fees not available at press time.