On the corner of the east coast of the Dominican Republic, Cap Cana is a stunning retreat comprising 30,000 acres of blistering white beaches, coral cliffs and verdant forests surrounded by crystal blue waters that will take your breath away. And this October, the new Fishing Lodge Cap Cana debuts on these shores with a design reminiscent of Venice’s canals.
A fairly new tourism development in the Dominican Republic, Cap Cana is an international attraction and a getaway for locals that is close enough to major cities like Santo Domingo, the biggest city of the Republic, La Romana, Punta Cana, San Pedro de Macoris, and other smaller towns. With almost four miles of virgin beaches, a golf course said to be a selling point for this paradise, and tropical forests that fuse with the ocean, groups are submerged in a nature wonderland at this new luxury resort, only about 10 minutes away from Punta Cana International Airport.
The resort, complete with 302 Mediterranean-style villas, two restaurants, two bars and four private infinity pools, overlooks the largest inland marina in the Caribbean. From yacht rides to dinning events, groups have access to fun and entertainment within the same resort.
To shop and dine, groups won’t need to leave the Fishing Lodge. Besides meeting spaces, outdoor facilities and a chapel, this village will have a French-themed bistro overlooking the marina. It will be complete with stores and restaurants, all with an old-world architecture.
The villas range from executive to three-bedroom royal suites, and groups have the option of renting boats or going sport fishing. The tropical forests are also great retreats with wet forests, fauna and ponds to explore.
For golf lovers, the onsite Punta Espada Golf Course features four miles of emerald green fairways with eight holes situated along the dazzling Caribbean blue waters. Designed by Jack Nicklaus, this course hosted the inaugural PGA Tour’s Champions Tour in 2008.
Nicklaus says, “Nowhere else in the world will the golf experience be like this.”
Fishing Lodge Cap Cana is part of the Grand Resorts at Cap Cana collection by the Virginia-based Salamander Hotels & Resorts. Next year, a second property, the Ocean Club Cap Cana, will open as a 92-room boutique-style hotel.
The second biggest island in the Caribbean, the Dominican Republic has eight international airports with direct flights to major cities like Miami and Atlanta, making it a practical destination for meeting planners. Another selling point for this tropical destination is that under the terms of the Tax Information Exchange Agreement with the Caribbean Business Initiative, business meetings in the Dominican Republic are tax-deductible for all United States citizens.
“The Dominican Republic is a fantastic choice for groups and meetings,” said Prem Devadas, president of Salamander Hotels & Resorts. “This spectacular new resort, as well as the area’s superior airlift, provides an exciting option for planners seeking an incredible destination.”