Puntacana Resort & Club
Built in 1971, Puntacana was the first resort development on the untouched east coast of the Dominican Republic. Since then, its shores have seen tremendous growth, and so has the property—from its inception as a tiny 10-villa hotel to a sprawling complex that caters to every taste. These days, there’s a newly opened Six Senses spa, a 70-slip marina, a pair of Tom Fazio– and P. B. Dye–designed golf courses, nine restaurants, seven bars, a biodiversity center, and a 1,500-acre nature preserve. The main hotel’s beachfront casitas were recently given a makeover. Khaki-hued walls, dark wicker furniture, and throw pillows in graphic botanical prints pack a tropical punch. And the new Tortuga Bay—an exclusive 32-suite resort-within-a-resort designed by part-time resident Oscar de la Renta—has been a hit with boldface names (Harrison Ford and Calista Flockhart among them). Each of the villas has a fully stocked kitchen, an oversize coralline stone bathroom, a clean Caribbean aesthetic, and a personal golf cart for exploring.
Congratulations to Mei Lin, winner of Top Chef Season 12.