ISLAND REIKI

Visit an ancient cave-like cenote in the Dominican Republic’s Eden Roc Spa by Natura Bissé for a Reiki Energetic Massage. Working with energy fields and very little touch, the shaman identifies energy imbalances, laying her hands over specific energetic points, or meridians, on the body and placing small healing crystals over each corresponding chakra, or energy center, along the spine. The treatment also includes sound therapy via healing music, therapeutic singing bowls, Tibetan tingshas and chimes.

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9 Easy, Breezy Island Trips to Take from Philadelphia

Let the last two years of frustration and complications drift away at these beachy island getaways.

March marks two years since COVID crashed into our lives — two years of Zoom meetings and remote school and, for many of us, outright languishing. You deserve a break — and what better place to take one than on an island, surrounded by sun-soaked beaches and umbrella-topped cocktails? Whether you’re after romance, adventure, or simple seaside tranquility, these nine island trips are guaranteed to get you flourishing again.

Make Family Memories in the Dominican Republic

It was our first night at Eden Roc Cap Cana, the beachfront resort in the Dominican Republic, and before I could pull out my phone to capture a ridiculous foaming bathtub surprise arranged by the housekeeper while we were eating dinner, my three daughters were frantically peeling off socks and sweaters to dive into the warm cloud. Keep reading here.

The recently-ranked #1 resort in Punta Cana, Eden Roc Cap Cana, is bringing the Adirondacks to its Caribbean shores for a series of curated culinary experiences this April 6-9, 2022. Executive Chef Loïc Leperlier of The Point resort will bring the resort’s signature communal style dining to the only Relais & Châteaux in the Dominican Republic, joining Eden Roc’s very own Chef Adriano Venturini for a collaborative gastronomy journey that celebrates the best of both properties.

Eden Roc Cap Cana has a diverse culinary program helmed by Chef Venturini, with various restaurants onsite each with their own distinctive personality that is celebrated through striking décor and unique curated menus. From the property’s signature fine-dining restaurant Mediterraneo to the convivial beachside La Palapa and all-day BLUE Bar & Grill, each experience is complemented by an unparalleled setting that will be activated through this partnership.

The Point is an 11-room all-inclusive Relais & Châteaux resort in the Adirondacks in New York. Originally built as a Great Camp for William Avery Rockefeller II, The Point offers guest an intimate “house party” atmosphere complete with communal wine-paired dinners, daily cocktail parties and self-service bars sprinkled throughout the property. The Point comes to Eden Roc Cap Cana in April while their own kitchen undergoes a long-awaited renovation that will be unveiled this summer. The historic kitchen has served The Point since the 1930s and its new design will enhance the creativity of Chef Loïc Leperlier and his team, while preserving beloved amenities such as a vintage General Electric refrigerator from 1932. With the redesign underway, Chef Leperlier will be bringing The Point’s culinary heritage to Eden Roc Cap Cana’s tables, and this will be the only opportunity to experience a taste of The Point while the property undergoes these kitchen updates.

“We are looking forward to welcoming Chef Loïc Leperlier this April to our beachfront oasis and introducing our guests to the communal and extravagant dining experience for which The Point is known,” says Managing Director at Eden Roc Cap Cana Stefano Baratelli. “The multi-day experience will capture the flavors of our resort and pair them with the exceptional talent of Chef Leperlier, who has created a unique gastronomy program in the Adirondacks.”

“I’m honored to be collaborating with Chef Venturini to bring a taste of The Point to Eden Roc Cap Cana,” said Chef Loïc Leperlier. “From our nightly communal dinners to our signature barbeque lunches every Saturday, The Point’s culinary heritage is built on community and coming together. This collaboration with Chef Venturini and Eden Roc underscores The Point’s longtime dining traditions, while celebrating my friendship and shared culinary ethos with Chef Venturini.”

Chef Leperlier’s professional tenure has included Michelin Star restaurants and Five-Star resorts in Europe and French Polynesia where he perfected his farm-to-table philosophy. His style of cooking combines French cuisine with his Réunion roots accented by Indian, African and Chinese influences, all of which he will bring to the plates of Eden Roc Cap Cana.

This lavish mix of events is designed to encourage guests to indulge in The Point’s iconic culinary offerings as they please, whether it be the decadent nightly experiences or a day-time casual meal. After years of a closely connected professional relationship and friendship, Chefs Leperlier and Venturini are thrilled to come together for four days of spectacular dining beside the waves and beneath the stars, a long-time dream finally realized at Eden Roc Cap Cana.

The April program consists of four evenings with curated menus spread across the property’s elegant, Mediterranean-reminiscent restaurants — La Palapa, BLUE Bar & Gril, and Mediterraneo. The program will end in a spectacular dinner and wine event where Chef Leperlier and Chef Venturini serve up their best dishes in a collaborative menu.

The program schedule includes the following:

  • Wednesday, April 6: The chef residency will kick off with a private, romantic dinner on the pristine shoreline. Chef Leperlier will prepare a special private menu with premium wine pairing that will be set up on the beach | From 7:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, April 7: Enjoy The Point’s signature family-style BBQ on the pool deck and outdoor terrace at BLUE Bar & Grill. The menu will include Point-style fried chicken, smoked brisket, whole fish, beef chili, onion rings, truffle mac and cheese and more. | From 7:00 p.m.
  • Friday, April 8: Chef Leperlier brings The Point’s famed communal dining set up to the BLUE Bar & Grill for a private group (up to 16 guests). Guests dining will have a front row seat to the festivities, as Chef serves up the four-course menu in a unique way as he takes over the open demo kitchen at the restaurant. | From 7 p.m. | Maximum 16 Guests
  • Saturday, April 9: Join us for the final night at Mediterraneo, where a special food and wine event awaits, featuring a collaborative four-hands dinner by Chef Leperlier and Chef Venturini, including a premium wine pairing menu. Featured dishes will include prawn bisque “cappuccino,” kataifi wrapped lamb loin with babaganoush, dukkha, morels, heirloom carrots and cumin jus and roasted pineapple with tres leches ice cream and cake. | From 7 p.m.
  • April 6 – April 9: As an additional feature of the collaboration, Chef Leperlier will be recreating The Point’s signature specials all week, available à la carte for lunch at La Palapa and for dinner at Mediterraneo.

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Eden Roc Cap Cana Launches Their Culinary Series With Zaranda – A Two Michelin Dinning Experience

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC (February 2022) — The Caribbean’s most prized boutique hotel, Eden Roc Cap Cana, will be initiating their Culinary Event series elevating their dining experience with the best chef’s era and merging culinary flavors from corners of the world. 

Eden Roc Cap Cana will collaborate with Zaranda, a Two Michelin Stars restaurant in Mallorca, Spain. Headline it by awarded executive Chef Fernando Arellano, which will bring their creating cooking and classic Mediterranean recipes to the Caribbean.

The menu combines Chef’s Arellano innovating dishes with our Chef’s Director Adriano Venturini’s local Caribbean flair.

Our Signature Restaurant La Palapa will be showcasing this event from March 3rd to March 6th, finalizing the tour with a special menu and wine pairing at Blue Restaurant.

March 3rd to March 5th:

Zaranda Signature Dishes 

Fernando Arellano will make his signature dishes from Zaranda restaurant, integrating them into our menu as specials every day until Saturday at La Palapa Restaurant.    

March 5th:

Zaranda embrace Blue Restaurant 

A special Gastronomic signature menu. Adriano Venturini, our Chef Director of Eden Roc, will join the awarded Chef Fernando Arellano for a memorable dining experience at Blue. 

March 6th:

Eden Roc Continues with Zaranda Signature Dishes

Adriano and his team will extend Fernando’s master mind creations in our menus one more day at La Palapa

About Eden Roc Cap Cana:

As the only Relais & Châteaux hotel in the Dominican Republic, Eden Roc Cap Cana prides itself on an exceptional dining experience. Eden Roc Cap Cana offers travelers an ultra-luxe boutique resort with 65 guest rooms and suites, the world’s first-ever brand-new Natura Bissé Spa, Mediterranean -inspired restaurants, and unique family programming. Eden Roc Cap Cana is ideal for families, couples, newlyweds, and those seeking exceptional gastronomy experiences. 

About Fernando Arellano:

Fernando Pérez Arellano, born in Madrid, has developed most of his professional working in different countries. In addition to perfecting his skills in the kitchen, he became a polyglot. After having gone through some of the best cuisines in Europe such as “Patrick Guilbaud” (Dublin), “Le Gavroche” (London), “Don Alfonso 1890” (Naples), “Maison Pic” (Valencia, France), and “Can Fabes” (Barcelona) Fernando acquired the necessary experience to carry out his project. In September 2005, he opened the doors of Zaranda, a small and modest restaurant in Madrid’s San Bernardino Street. 11 months after its opening, Zaranda received its first star in the Michelin Guide. 

Five years later, Zaranda and his entire team faced a new challenge and moved their project to Mallorca, where Fernando has found the perfect place to develop his creativity. In November 2015, Zaranda was awarded its second Michelin start being since then the only restaurant on the island to hold the award.

About Adriano Venturini

With a strong background in luxury and Michelin star restaurants, including Le Gavroche in London, two Michelin starred restaurants in Italy and a variety of high-end hotel restaurants from brands such as Fairmont and ME, Venturini has a wealth of experience and passion – especially around sustainability. With a focus on the hotel’ environmentally friendly food sourcing, ethical fishing methods, responsible farming and Head to tail’ zero waste menus, Venturini oversees Mediterranean Restaurant, La Palap and Blue Bar + Grill as the Culinary Director of Eden Roc Cap Cana “.

About Relais & Chateaux

Established in 1954, Relais & Châteaux is an association of more than 580 landmark hotels and restaurants operated by independent innkeepers, chefs, and owners who share a passion for their businesses and a desire for authenticity in their relationships with their clientele.

Relais & Châteaux was established around the globe, from the Napa Valley vineyards and French Provence to the beaches of the Indian Ocean. It introduces a lifestyle inspired by local culture and a unique dip into human history.

Relais & Châteaux members have a driving desire to protect and promote the richness and diversity of the world’s cuisine and traditions of hospitality. They are committed to preserving local heritage and the environment, as encompassed in the Charter presented to UNESCO in November 2014.

About Cap Cana

Cap Cana a city destination, located in the heart of the Caribbean, on the eastern shores of the Dominican Republic. This exclusive real estate and hotel tourist enclave is recognized among the best of the Caribbean.

Celebrating their 20th Anniversary this year. Cap Cana is a destination that offers a state-of-the-art Marina perfect place to sail through the beautiful shores, to white-sand beaches and home of Punta Espada par 72 Golf course design by Jack Nicklaus, that accentuates nature and views of the Caribbean Sea.

Golfweek’s Best courses 2022: Mexico, Caribbean, Atlantic islands and Central America

Welcome to the Golfweek’s Best 2022 list of top golf courses in Mexico, the Caribbean, the Atlantic islands and Central America.

The hundreds of members of our course-ratings panel continually evaluate courses and rate them based on our 10 criteria. They also file a single, overall rating on each course. Those overall ratings on each course are averaged to produce a final, cumulative rating. Then each course is ranked against other courses in the region.

This list focuses on the golf courses themselves, not the resorts as a whole or other amenities. Each golf course included is listed with its average rating from 1 to 10, its location, architect(s) and the year it opened.

Top 5

1. Cap Cana (Punta Espada) 7.74
Punta Cana, Dominican Republic; Jack Nicklaus (2006)

2. Diamante (Dunes Course) 7.64
Cabo San Lucas, Mexico; Davis Love III (2009)

3. Casa de Campo (Teeth of the Dog) 7.52
La Romana, Dominican Republic; Pete Dye (1971)

4. Apes Hill Club 7.38
St. James, Barbados; Chris Cole, Jeff Potts (2009)

5. Punta Mita Golf Club (Pacifico) 7.28
Nayarit, Mexico; Jack Nicklaus (1999)

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Valentine’s Day Gift Guide: The Most Pampering Experiences For Travelers

In less than a month, Valentine’s Day (and the accompanied pressure to do something special) will be here. These hotels offer pampering experiences for traveling couples or solo travelers looking to reward themselves with more than just bonus loyalty points and promotions. From spa treatments to flowers and private wine making classes to better sleep patterns, here is where to celebrate Valentine’s Day and show your partner (and even just yourself or those you may not even know) a little love and self-care.

Whether your idea of wellness is privately curated hiking and biking tours; fitness concierges; guided backcountry skiing; or yoga, sound baths and meditation — these luxury properties have created the perfect getaways that allow travelers to rejuvenate, de-stress, and help connect with nature as the times continue to feel unprecedented.

Private cenote dinner at Eden Roc Cap Cana

In Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, romance-seeking guests can tack on a special experience to their stay. The staff can set up a special dinner overlooking a cenote, one of the area’s naturally made deep caves or ground holes made from limestone. It serves as the ideal add-on to the resort’s own romance package.

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Travel in 2022: The Year That Wellness Gets Outside

As we look at the travel landscape for the year ahead, it’s clear that wellness-focused getaways are here to stay. Outdoor-oriented destinations that boast built-in social distancing and health-related programming are more popular than ever, and hotels are taking notice, as many luxury properties are now offering a host of unique nature-centric experiences to cater to the wellness-focused, adventurous traveler who remains mindful of the pandemic travel tides.

Whether your idea of wellness is privately curated hiking and biking tours; fitness concierges; guided backcountry skiing; or yoga, sound baths and meditation — these luxury properties have created the perfect getaways that allow travelers to rejuvenate, de-stress, and help connect with nature as the times continue to feel unprecedented.

Eden Roc Cap Cana – Dominican Republic

An exclusive oceanfront tropical haven, Eden Roc Cap Cana offers wellness-inspired travelers a range of outdoor activities and experiences immersed in nature. With outdoor spa treatment rooms,  hiking, outdoor yoga classes and guided meditation, wellness-seekers can unwind while they indulge in luxurious island-inspired services. For truly unique outdoor wellness experiences, the property launched a Cenote Wellness experience complete with a yoga session, massage, meditation session and a healthy smoothie. There is a waterfall fountain in the cenote and the healing sound of the water provides a more therapeutic experience for guests. The ancient Tainos referred to the cenote as “being in the womb of the mother earth”

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Romantic bathrooms? Yes, and these are 8 of the best in the Caribbean

In the opulent world of resort design, no two bathrooms are created equal. It takes a lot more these days than an outdoor shower to make a bathroom fabulous. While many of those classic white tubs have gone the way of the dodo bird, there is a new generation that has elevated the bathing experience to new heights.

In spaces bigger than some studio apartments in Manhattan, check out the crème de la crème of bathrooms in the Caribbean. Toast the sunset from a super spacious soaking tub built for two or enjoy a leisurely shower solo in a fragrant outdoor garden.

Royale Villa at Eden Roc Cap Cana – Dominican Republic

At the Dominican Republic’s only Relais & Châteaux member hotel, the Royale Villa at Eden Roc Cap Cana is, indeed, royal with a chessboard design of elegant noir and stark ivory. The epitome of luxury, the master bathroom is accessorized with his and hers marble sinks, enchanting rain showers, Jacuzzi tub, views of the outdoor seated garden and Italian chic Acqua di Parma amenities.

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Eden Roc Cap Cana