Tropical Passover in the Dominican Republic

Dig deeper to discover one of the jewels of the Caribbean with a kosher stay this Passover

It’s easy to think of the Caribbean islands as all the same — silvery-white sandy beaches, waving palm trees and crystal- clear turquoise water. And while that’s (broadly) correct, dig just a little deeper and you’ll quickly discover each island has its own distinct personality.

The Dominican Republic is no exception. Famous for its all-inclusive resorts, it’s well worth venturing outside the gates — here’s why….

Passover in the Dominican Republic

Enjoy matzah in the tropical sunshine this year, with a Passover package at Eden Roc Cap Cana. The ten-day package runs from 22 April until 1 May, with the option to arrive on 21 April, and includes all food and non-alcoholic drinks.

Morning services, group study sessions and workshops on the first two days are followed by chol hamoed guided tours of local cultural and historic sites, with a focus on the island’s Jewish heritage, plus a spiritual group excursion and a spa day inspired by Jewish wellness practices.

Guests can also take part in morning Torah readings and discussions on the weekly Torah portion, plus an eco-adventure tour on the final days, focusing on nature’s role in Passover, along with a group matzah baking activity and traditional lunch.

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7 Romantic Hotel Packages to Book This Valentine’s Day

7 Romantic Hotel Packages to Book This Valentine’s Day

Chocolate and Champagne are only going to get you so far with your main squeeze. To really light their fire (and yours), don’t overthink it. Instead, lean on the wisdom of your favorite hotel’s concierge.

True, every hotel in the world will be offering some cheesy Valentine’s Day extra tomorrow (typically something involving those aforementioned chocolates and Champagne). But the best hotels go well beyond cliches. Dinner in a cenote, anyone? Or perhaps a cocktail date inside a glacier? A private jet to paradise?

Here’s a look at some of the most decadent and original Valentine’s Day packages on the market.

Eden Roc Cap Cana

Eden Roc Cap Cana is offering a unique experience for couples looking for a gastronomy adventure. Lovebirds will receive two nights at the resort, private airport transfers, daily breakfast, and a romantic turn-down service on the second night. When you tire of lounging on the beach, you can partake in a wine-pairing masterclass and a private cooking class on the beach at La Palapa restaurant. That’s all fairly standard. What stands out here is the opportunity to have a romantic dinner in the hotel’s prized cenote (a cave made from limestone). You’ll dine on a candlelit private deck next to a waterfall, accompanied by a violinist to ensure the ambience is perfect. After dinner, you’ll receive a bouquet of lush red roses to take back to your villa.

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The Holiday Kids Clubs We Love

Wherever you are in the world, a good kids club can be the key to a truly relaxing holiday. Some have a proven track record and have been on our radar for years, while others are new on the travel scene. Whether you’re blowing the budget on the holiday of a lifetime, or looking for all the fun for less, there’s plenty to choose from. Featuring surf schools, zip-lining, stargazing and even an outdoor gym for under-18s, this is our global round-up of the best places to check the children into…

Eden Roc Cap Cana

It’s no surprise this Relais & Châteaux resort is prized as a top family-friendly hotel in the Caribbean. Striking in design, Eden Roc Cap Cana’s Koko Kids Club resembles a treehouse on its own island, surrounded by a man-made lagoon. It’s equipped with a mini spa, expansive play area and storytelling snug. Children aged four to 12 can enjoy supervised play in the enclosed sandy beach next to the club, and kayak around the safe lagoon (lifeguard on watch), while experienced staff organise scavenger hunts, arts and crafts, contests and numerous other activities. The new ‘Fly the Nest’ package is designed to enrich family time together before teenagers strike out into the world. It includes memorable experiences such as private beach picnics, all-day boat trip adventures, and golf and cooking lessons.

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U.S. News & World Report 2024 “Best Hotels”

Eden Roc Cap Cana has clinched a prestigious spot in the top 3 across five categories in the esteemed U.S. News & World Report 2024 “Best Hotels” rankings, reaffirming our commitment to unparalleled luxury and hospitality.

U.S. News & World Report 2024 “Best Hotels” rankings:

Culinary collaboration between Hotel Santa Caterina at Eden Roc Cap Cana

Hotel Santa Caterina and Eden Roc Cap Cana

January 28th to February 4th. 2024

Join Chef Giuseppe Stanzione from Hotel Santa Caterina and Culinary Director Adriano Venturini of Eden Roc Cap Cana for a unique blend of Amalfi Coast flavors with Caribbean shores

Eden Roc Cap Cana at Today’s Golfer

40 of the world’s best family holidays for all ages

Planning a family holiday is an art form that requires constant flexibility. Just as you think you’ve got it sussed, everything changes again. With babies, it’s all about finding hotels that will welcome you with sterilisers, bottle warmers and listening devices. When children enter the toddler stage, long-haul goes out the window (unless you relish the prospect of walking up and down a plane aisle for 12 hours) — you need the UK, Europe or the eastern Med. By the time they hit primary school, you can start bringing classroom lessons to life — whether that means experiencing Egypt’s pyramids or ordering breakfast in a different language. Travelling with teens heralds a return to more adventurous trips — safaris, surfing, long-haul winter sun — are all back in the mix. Here our experts have the pick of the trips to suit every age group.

10. Caribbean chill, Dominican Republiclic

Let’s be honest, the clock’s ticking on your family’s ability to breezily handle a long-haul flight, so jump on that plane to the Caribbean now and check in to the idyllic beachfront Eden Roc Cap Cana in the Dominican Republic while you still can. Sure, there’s a kids’ pool and plenty of beach toys but the real draw is for parents — you’ll be sipping cocktails by your private pool and slipping into the bath-water-warm ocean. There’s babysitting too, so dinner needn’t involve jiggling a fractious baby; instead it’s all about freshly-made sushi at the Blue Grill and local seafood at oceanside La Palapa.

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29 Romantic Escapes for a Valentine’s Day Getaway

A luxurious Valentine’s Day getaway is the perfect way to show your partner you love them—and treat yourself in the process! Whether your idea of cultivating romance is cozying up by the fire after hitting the slopes, exploring the vibrant history and flavors of a beloved city, or soaking up the sun in a favorite beach town, we have a dreamy destination for you.

From alpine ski retreats that will make you feel worlds away to road trip-worthy inns that offer seclusion and natural beauty, the person you love most in this world will be feeling the love at any of these fabulous locales around the world. Here, our favorite Valentine’s Day getaways that will help you dial up the romance.

Dominican Republic

Craving some sunshine this Valentine’s Day? Head to Eden Roc Cap Cana for a Caribbean experience unlike any other—as the Dominican Republic’s only Relais & Châteaux member hotel, you can expect boutique luxury accommodations, gourmet restaurants and exceptional service. With exclusive beachfront villas, private pools, nearby golf and a world-class spa, there’s something for every couple to choose from.

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The Best Places to Visit This Winter for a Sun-Soaked Escape

It’s that time of year: We’re officially past the solstice—meaning some winter sun is most definitely in order. Here, find the best places to visit this winter for a much-needed hit of vitamin D.

Dominican Republic

Eden Roc at Cap Cana, the sole Relais & Châteaux property in the Dominican Republic, is an exclusive beachfront hotel on the white sands of Punta Cana, making it the ideal winter getaway. Go snorkeling in the wonders of the Caribbean Sea, embark on a zip-line eco-tour, or set sail on a catamaran into the sunset. The resort and beach club also boasts an equestrian center, tennis courts, and a Jack Nicklaus Signature Punta Espada, an 18-hole par-72 golf course. 

Seeking a wellness retreat? Eden Roc’s “Lifestyle” program beckons with Natura Bissé spa treatments, fitness classes, and serene activities like meditation, hypnosis, and beekeeping. When night falls, have drinks at Riva Bar with live piano music, and then dinner at La Palapa, perched on the oceanfront point. Plus, amid all that opulence, this sanctuary remains family-friendly: Enjoy complimentary bikes, culinary and mocktail-making classes, and a cinema night, among an endless list of other amenities. 

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30 Best Girls Trip Destinations

Is there any vacation that’s more exciting to look forward to than a girls trip? No significant others, no kids, just your (chosen) family. But, we know finding the perfect girls trip destination is easier said than done: Do you want the hustle and bustle of New York City? Or is the vibe more to totally unplug (babymoon style) somewhere in sunny Florida? Are your friends wanting to stay put in America for a quick weekend getaway, or are they game for international jaunts to Mexico or the Caribbean?

We’ve helped narrow it down for you, with a comprehensive list of trip ideas that feature some of our favorite spots from around the globe (and hotels we’ve stayed in). Read on for where to go for the best girls trips. Now all you have to do is pick a date (and a carry-on).

Dominican Republic

With direct flights from most major East Coast and many Midwestern cities, this tropical paradise wins bonus points for how easy it is to get there. And of course, once you arrive, the pristine beaches and 18 national parks will make leaving the island a tall order. We recommend staying in Punta Cana, at the easternmost tip of the country. The beaches here are especially stunning, and the airport is less than 20 minutes away. Our favorite property for a ladies’-only vacation? The high-touch boutique hotel Eden Roc Cap Cana, where many suites boast their own private pool, and the delicious food is some of the best in the Caribbean. 

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