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Everything you wanted to know about Punta Cana and they never told you

One of the things which mature international destinations have in common, (i.e. those that are the first choice for MICE or honeymoon trips), is that they do not require much explanation or details to appeal both to backpackers and resort tourists. In other words, just a travel guide is enough, filled with pictures of beaches, sunsets, coconut palms and Caribbean cocktails for us to decant for these destinations in under a minute.

Beyond this statement, to consider that a mature wellknown destination doesn’t merit any attention beyond purely what “sells” is a mistake that many travelers usually fall into. One of those destinations is Punta Cana. Are you about to cross the pond and want to take note of some of those rare things which stand out but are not in the usual tourist brochures? This month we are going to list some.

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 One of the busiest airports in the Caribbean

While it may appear that others take the cake as far as arrival and departure of tourists are concerned, the fact is that there is no airport in the Caribbean busier than Punta Cana. With hundreds of connections and thousands of tourists coming and going 24 hours a day, Punta Cana airport takes the prize in the Dominican Republic. Another notable fact is that is well above the international airport of Santo Domingo as far as operations are concerned.

 “All inclusive” high quality Hotels

Being a mature tourist destination means that the renovation of the hotel industry and services is a constant. The result? High quality hotels that offer the best hotel rooms in Punta Cana as well as an ‘all inclusive’ that is unique in the world. Good examples of this are establishments like the impressive hotel Catalonia Punta Cana.

Higuey, more than a colonial village 

Although Punta Cana hides a thousand and one treasures well worth discovering once at the destination, there is nothing comparable to the visit to the town of Higuey.

Founded in the early sixteenth century (back in 1503), Higüey is ranked as one of the oldest cities in the Americas hence its importance, its history and its incomparable beauty. What is most outstanding? Its roots to ancient traditions and architectural legacy that goes beyond what the guidebooks describe.

 

In pursuit of the perfect hotel in Punta Cana

Although the beauty of the destination, the leisure offer and the weather are some of the most important elements when choosing a destination for our holidays, none of them is as essential as the selection of a good hotel, the perfect hotel… The one that will provide us with the rest, relax and leisure we need.

Notwithstanding that variety is the spice of life, here are some recommendations for choosing your next hotel:

  • Analysing the chosen destination.

  • Looking for hotels in the areas we really like of the chosen destination.

  • Choosing your hotel based on these questions: what does it offer to me, which are its extras and what makes it different to the others.

Punta Cana Beach

Punta Cana Beach

If you have chosen the Dominican Republic for your next summer holidays, you should know that you have chosen a destination whose hallmarks are the sun and the beach. A place where you also find the most authentic folklore, the most traditional craftwork and the most exquisite gastronomy. The Dominican Republic is a destination half paradise half urban area which will offer you the perfect holiday whenever you choose that “perfect hotel” which offers you (at least) three of the elements highlighted above. An ideal option? We have already made our choice, the Catalonia Punta Cana Hotel.

This is the top hotel not only for its natural surroundings, but also for its location in the heart of Playa Bavaro, the best beach of the entire Dominican Republic. There lies this glorious hotel of the chain Catalonia, surrounded by white sand and turquoise waters.

A luxury hotel with endless extras and with the best All Inclusive Service of the area. Are you looking for the best hotel rooms in Punta Cana? The Catalonia Punta Cana’s 400 rooms are divided into four categories with an exquisite design and fully equipped, so that you just have to worry about resting, enjoying and making the most of the magic of this unique Caribbean destination.

Privilege Honeymoon Suite of Catalonia Bávaro Beach Hotel en Punta Cana

Privilege Honeymoon Suite of Catalonia Bávaro Beach Hotel en Punta Cana

Close at hand from the main tourist attractions

One of the highlights of Playa Bavaro is that it lies relatively close to other tourist attractions of the Dominican Republic, starting with Punta Cana’s International Airport (located 20 km from the hotel) and continuing with Higüey, the most important shopping centre of the area and a perfect place for you to make your shopping.

Another of the must visit places of the Dominican Republic is the Playa Bavaro market, where we find the best artisans of the province and the best Dominican complements and souvenirs for you to surprise your beloved ones back home. Playa Bavaro is also a temple for water sports lovers, a perfect place for enjoying surf, paddle surf or a boat trip with snack included.

Friends’ getaway: 2 idyllic destinations

When your friends tell you that they want to plan a friends’ getaway in summer…the first thing that comes to my mind is the film “The Hangover”, in which 4 friends travel to destinations like  Las Vegas or Bangkok, where they enjoy crazy parties and in the morning they cannot remember what happened the night before.

What happens at night should stay at night. We don’t want you to experience the same issues, but we want your group of friends to live the most entertaining holidays. If you choose an entertaining destination and a comfortable hotel offering you a wide range of activities and services, car rental to explore the place and cold beers at sunset, your personal The Hangover could be your best year plan.

Friends’ getaway destinations in summer

friends getaway

Lanzarote

BIO: two and a half hours flight from Madrid. Older sister of Fuerteventura. Impressive beaches. Quiet atmosphere. It’s perfect for relaxing, chill out and exclusive getaways. It’s a trendy destination for cool people.

If you are a  bit of a freak, you would love to visit the places in the island where some scenes of movies like “Journey to the centre of the Earth”, “Doctor Who” or “Mararia” were filmed. … You will feel like an astronaut visiting the Moon.

Travelling with your friends to Lanzarote and forget daily routines, stress and responsibilities is a fantastic idea. The island has lots of secret spots where to get lost and just sunbathe, swim and drink a beer at a small island like La Graciosa with unspoilt beaches.

lanzarote with friends

You should go to the typical taverns and bars to taste the traditional gastronomy of the Canary Islands: gofio, papas arrugas, fried fish, cheese… Beach clubs are also a great option (prices are a bit more expensive) as well as chill outs and trendy terraces offering DJs sessions, live music and theme parties by the sea.

What to do in Lanzarote by day or by night?

Lanzarote is full of culture apart from beautiful beaches. If you are looking for sun and beach holidays, you just need to find the perfect place in Lanzarote with excellent tourist services, great nightlife, leisure activities and entertaining atmosphere at any time.

1.- Choose the best beaches. Playa de Las Conchas in the small island of La Graciosa and Playa Papagayo will amaze you.

2.- Bike tour across La Graciosa and then return to Lanzarote.

3.- Enjoy nightlife at Arrecife, Playa Blanca and Puerto del Carmen.  No limits 😉 You should go to bars like: Blue Mar, Manhattan and Heineken Harbour. Dance at La Ola or Lanzarote Palace until the early morning.

Group accommodation in Lanzarote?

You will find the most comfortable and affordable hotels for friends’ groups in Puerto del Carmen. You will be close to all trendy places in Lanzarote. There are a lot of hotels in this area, but we suggest you choose a fabulous 4-star hotel in Puerto del Carmen like Ole Olivina Lanzarote, an All Inclusive hotel with 4-star rooms for up to 5 people near the beach of Pocillos.

Ibiza

BIO: less than an hour flight from Madrid. Older sister of Formentera and one of the most beautiful islands of the Balearic Islands. Secret coves with entertaining beach clubs. Shops, craft markets and hippy clothes. The best electro music discos in the world. Amazing sunsets. A trendy summer holiday destination.

ibiza with friends

Entertainment is a key factor in Ibiza. You must visit this land of Mediterranean salt flats with your group of friends at least once in a lifetime. Train for the endless parties before you go. You will always find a place with great atmosphere to dance and enjoy excellent music.

Its secret coves are one of its main attractions where to relax with friends. Their beach clubs are fantastic, offering exclusive cocktails and typical food. Some of them even offer vegan food.

What to do in Ibiza?

1.- Visit and swim at crystal water coves and beaches like Las Salinas, Saladeta or Cala Bassa.

2.- Dive and explore. Take a diving class, put on your snorkel glasses and practice diving. You will be amazed by the crystal waters.

3.- Go out and enjoy the party. Ibiza is world-famous as a meeting point of the best DJ’s in the world. The best discos in Spain are there:Amnesia, Space, Privilege or Pacha.

4.- Try your luck at Ibiza Casino. You will have lots of fun.

Accommodation in Ibiza?

Choose a well-connected place so you can reach any interesting point in the island, but avoid nightlife areas. The north of the island is a great choice: it’s not too crowded and you will love its natural beauty. You will then combine amazing parties with relax on your holiday break.

We recommend you to choose hotels offering activities you can enjoy without leaving it, so you can combine them with your plans outside the hotel. A great example is  Ole Galeon Ibiza, a hotel with rooms at the beach of San Miguel  by Ole Hotels offering All Inclusive board and usually oriented to families who want to have fun and forget daily routines.

Top 5: sun and beach destinations in Spain

Summer is coming to Spain before any other country in Europe. For this reason many tourists arrive to the country looking for beaches and sunny weather.

Scandinavians, Germans and British like to sunbathe on Spanish coasts. Would you like to escape to any of the top 5 sun and beach destination in Spain?

1. Lanzarote

This volcanic island is the oldest one in the Canary Island and its attributes makes it a marine tourism popular destination. It’s also the perfect place to practice windsurfing and diving as it’s full of amazing beaches like La Graciosa, Pocillos or Playa Blanca. There are many nightclubs where you can dance and enjoy exclusive parties as the disco Lanzarote Palace.

If you are travelling to Lanzarote, the best option is staying at beach hotels, both Adults Only or family hotels with excellent guest services and affordable prices. For example, Ole Olivina Lanzarote Hotel, in Playa de Pocillos. A 4-star hotel with a volcanic garden full of cactus, pools and direct access to the most beautiful beaches in the island.

2. Ibiza

The island that never sleeps. The white island. Ibiza is known for its nightlife, shops, pubs, restaurants and discos, but the island has a lot more to offer like a beautiful coast and crystal waters where to practice diving, sailing or kayak. It’s full of exclusive beach clubs where you will enjoy amazing sunsets at the Mediterranean Sea. You must visit beaches like Cala Conta or Cala Salada.

If you want to enter to famous discos like Amnesia or Priviledge, you should choose an All Inclusive hotel with 24 hours reception, comfortable rooms, relax and rest areas, pools, beaches nearby…Ole Galeon Ibiza offers you all these and much more.

3. Tenerife

Tenerife is the perfect gastronomic destination in the Canary Islands offering sunny weather throughout the year and paradisiac beaches. The capital, Santa Cruz is a popular destination where to taste the delicious Canarian gastronomy with typical dishes of fish, seafood, mojos and papas. There are many beautiful beaches like Los Cristianos or Playa Las Gaviotas. We suggest you a hotel by Ole Hotels in Tenerife: Ole Tropical Tenerife, an All Inclusive 4-star hotel in Costa Adeje specially designed for couples or families.

4. Majorca

Majorca is a popular sun and beach destination where we can admire beautiful coves and beaches on the West Coast of Palma (Calvia and Andratx) and across the island. It’s also full of charming towns, squares, churches, streets…

The West Coast of the island offers great modern hotels like The Fergus Resort, Sol Beach House and Sol Wave House.

5. Catalan Coast

The coast of Catalonia is just amazing with incredible beaches where to swim or sunbathe at the beaches near the Mediterranean Sea. There are secret beaches like Platja Sa Tuna or idyllic ones like Playa de los Eucaliptos.

If you are looking for a quiet hotel in the Catalonian Coast, a hotel by Fergus Hotels is your best option. Fergus Montemar is a great choice in Pineda de Mar.

FERGUS Style

If you travel and enjoy your accommodation, you will surely want to book again the hotel or apartment that produced that memorable experience. Customer loyalty is essential in tourism industry, not just for the destination -increasingly more-, but for hotel chains. Major companies are working on it, offering special plans and discounts to returning customers, apart from an excellent service to every guest.

The loyalty key is the traveller first stay at the hotel. If this first approach goes well and the customer is satisfied, then it will surely return, not necessary to the same hotel, but to the same hotel chain. In order to achieve this, the hotel chain must clearly convey the values that identify the brand, so as the guest to know that he will experience the same great stay at any of the chain accommodations.

Along these lines, many medium-sized national chains have made great efforts in recent years to create a strong brand with well-defined products, but differentiated to distinguish them from their competitors and be perceived by their customers as consolidated companies with an excellent range of offers for many different holiday experiences.

An example of this is the case of FERGUS Hotels chain, which designed so complete products as THE FERGUS Resort in Magaluf, by completely converting two hotels, one traditionally familiar and the other themed and oriented towards young people, into a spectacular and exclusive beach resort, where every space offers different experiences. Besides this design hotel, FERGUS has promoted its STYLE hotel line in Mallorca, Barcelona coast, Almeria, Costa de la Luz and Ibiza, building a whole network of different destinations and accommodations in Spain, recognized for their excellent services and their great customer care. Modern spaces designed to provide maximum comfort.

This strong brand strategy, based not only on traditional values, but also modern added values, usually works independently through a good marketing campaign, but in order to ensure its success, it is increasingly necessary to combine this strategy with price adjustments, special discounts and the improvement of direct selling as the main sales channel.

Beach accommodation options for 2016

New beach accommodation options for 2016: new hotels, more complete resorts in the traditional destinations and in original nooks, rooms at cheap prices and plans for every type of traveller beyond the traditional All Inclusive. One month before the FITUR (the tourism fair in Spain by excellence) many hotel chains are taking the opportunity to renovate their portfolio, invest in new destinations, improve their products and design fabulous early booking offers. Do not miss the direct channel purchase if you want to book a hotel at reduced prices.

 

Modern Hotels

Modern Hotels

More and more modern

The beach hotels and resorts in areas like Tenerife, Majorca or the coast of Andalusia are getting ready for a 2016 full of novelties which, in many cases, imply a fully renovation of their facilities and, in other cases, of their holiday products. Incorporating state-of-the-art services is essential for the new tourist season. Hotels with free Wi-Fi, with rooms with a functional design, with hydro massage showers, thematic television channels, special leisure services and care services for children, Adults Only services, personalised wellness… The main aim is to tend to all the travellers’ needs, who are becoming more and more demanding and who have nothing to do with the already traditional All Inclusive traveller.

Personalised all inclusive

However, these changes do not imply the extinction of the All Inclusive. The beach hotels in Majorca, the coastal resorts in Lanzarote and the large accommodations in Huelva, Almeria, Cadis and Malaga keep the All Inclusive option, but they improve it considerably. The All Inclusive is not what it used to be. Fortunately, it is much better. More included services, of higher quality, with extra and personalised details, different levels (Premium, Golden, Plus…), everything with the idea that the travellers can pay their holidays in advance without worrying during their stay but without giving up exclusive services and luxury.

Choosing an All Inclusive Hotel for families is a really comfortable and complete option. We could even say it is an exclusive option: there are 5-star hotels and resorts in Almeria, Marbella and Huelva which offer high quality All Inclusive accommodation options, with experiences and plans that make the difference. The low cost All inclusive has had its day, a quality All Inclusive has been born, which offers the traveller the possibility to make a full reservation, pay everything in advance and enjoy a guaranteed personalised holiday.

Swimming pools for children

Many of the beach hotels in Fuerteventura, like the hotels in Jandía beach, devoted to a family public, have made an investment for this 2016, improving the services for children: children are the protagonists and adults get more free time, more freedom and calmness during the holidays. Hotels with miniclub for different ages, babysitter, thematic parties and shows specially created for children, exclusive facilities and the famous splash pools.

Swimming pools with games and water attractions have become popular and have been incorporated in some of the renovations of the main beach resorts in Spain. Some have even applied this model to different facilities of the hotel, creating authentic water parks in the resort, as it is the case of the hotels for children of Sol Hotels, Picapiedra Hotels or the Katmandú Park Hotel in Magaluf, Majorca.

Local gastronomy

Gastronomy is another of the key elements in the beach hotels for the next 2016 season. A bet for healthy menus, growing alternatives for coeliac people and other travellers with other allergies, special dishes for children, diet products and a stronger link between the menu and the hotel’s buffet with the local cuisine. Some luxury hotels in Tenerife, like the Adults Only hotels in Costa Adeje, and the most exclusive resorts in Huelva, Malaga and specially Marbella offer exclusive options such as the ecogastronomy, the cuisine d’auteur and a selection of snacks, cocktails and special dinners for the most demanding palates.

There is a wider offer of local products for this 2016 season. Many hotels have signed agreements with local producers to improve their gastronomic service and give it an authentic touch. Such is the case of Garden Hotels, which have signed an agreement with Majorcan farmers to offer autochthonous products in their buffets.

Golf Hotels

Golf Hotels

The democratisation of golf

Although it is still considered a sport for high classes, golf is a tourist attraction that the beach hotels in Majorca and Andalusia have incorporated in their portfolio in recent years to bring it closer to the common traveller. Offering special golf packages at reduced prices, including discounts and direct green fees managing or creating specific services in the hotel (academies, personal trainers…) these type of hotels have democratised golf and have offered it to all types of travellers, amateurs and curious.

For example, hotel chains like Fergus Hotels have made an effort to offer golf as one of the key elements in their holiday offer in Majorca. Also hotels like the Vincci Costa Golf or the Iberostar Isla Canela have bet for this service. The greatest golf accommodations are mainly located in Majorca, Andalusia and Tenerife, as these are the tourist areas with the greatest number of golf courts and national and international championships, which makes them a reference in the golf sector.

However, some areas like Ibiza and the centre of the Peninsula are working hard on this, making their way in the golf hotel sector. Data are positive in this sense and golf hotels are expected to keep growing during the 2016.

Holidays by the sea in Huelva in the Flamero Hotel

Today’s review is dedicated to the Flamero Hotel, a comfortable establishment located on Matalascañas beach in Huelva, in a setting that perfectly combines the freshness of the natural spaces with the fabulous presence of the sea right in front of the rooms.

The Flamero Hotel is located at the seafront of Matalascañas beach, at the heart of Costa de la Luz.  A location that acquires value for being close at hand from the Doñana National Park and the emblematic village of El Rocío.

The Flamero offers comfortable rooms and Premium apartments with all the necessary services. The rooms for couples of the Flamero Hotel feature a safe deposit box, a satellite TV and terraces with stunning views. The superior rooms have a maximum capacity for three people and they are equipped with a kitchen, which is really useful for family trips or for long-term stays.

The Premium apartments of the Flamero Hotel are located in a special floor of the building, and they offer exclusive services like daily press, beach towels, breakfast and snacks in the private salon… They are the perfect accommodation for families, as they have a maximum capacity for four adults and 3 children.

Finally, the suites are the most elegant and distinguished spaces of the hotel, with spacious rooms equipped with all the necessary services for enjoying some pleasant holidays at the beachfront.

The decoration of the rooms and of the other facilities of the hotel stands out for its comfortable spaces with comfortable and modest furniture, which create a very welcoming atmosphere in all the rooms.

A really curious detail of the Flamero Hotel is that it offers its clients the possibility to live a “rociera experience”, which consists in a visit to a typical house in El Rocío, where you will enjoy exquisite dishes and a traditional flamenco party. A really recommendable must-attend experience for discovering the Andalusian tradition.

Hallmarks of the hotel:

– Services for children

– Spa with physiotherapist

– Hotel close to the Doñana National Park