Tourism July 12, 2016 | 10:35 am

Dominican luxury spas, perfect setting to rejuvenate

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC, July 11, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Setagainst a backdrop of diverse natural beauty, Dominican Republic is an idyllicdestination for travelers seeking world-class luxury and spa offerings to rejuvenatethe mind, body and soul.

Luxury takes many forms in the country, providing rest andrelaxation in unique settings that include bustling cities, all-inclusiveresorts and eco lodges tucked away in the tropical jungle.

"We are a country known for spectacular nature, butalso for our warm people and hospitality," said Magaly Toribio, marketingadvisor for the Dominican Republic Ministry of Tourism. "When you bringthe two together, it’s easy to see why Dominican Republic is home to some ofthe best destination spas and luxury tourism in the Caribbean and theworld."

In easy-to-access Punta Cana on Dominican Republic’s eastcoast, spa aficionados don’t have to look far for pampering. All-inclusivehotels—perfect for families or budget-conscious travelers—are dotted along thecoast and throughout the region, many offering on-site spas. Most spas comefully equipped with amenities such as whirlpools and saunas, with menus offamiliar services including facials, full-body treatments, massages and beautyservices—perfect for brides or for guests visiting for a special occasion.Punta Cana is also home to luxury boutique accommodations that offer uniquewraps and body scrubs that revitalize the skin using natural ingredients suchas coffee or hot lava stones. Boutique properties also may offer yoga lessonsand healthy cooking classes to provide a well-rounded wellness experience. Forvisitors that love to shop, nearby Bávaro is home to familiar designer brandsincluding Dolce & Gabbana, Swarovski and others.

La Romana, a favorite getaway among celebrities, is a chiccoastal area replete with spa offerings across the region. This ultimate luxurydestination is an ideal spot for seaside pampering, with an array of boutiqueand all-inclusive resorts offering spa services that run the gamut from facialsto intimate couples’ massages. Need to stock up on your favoritetop-of-the-line skin care products? Book a stay with a resort that has its ownspa boutique. For entertainment outside of the spa, visit the nearby Casa deCampo marina to partake in world-class sport fishing and polo or tour a cigarfactory to learn about one of Dominican Republic’s oldest traditions and finestexports.

Away from the bustling hubs of Punta Cana and La Romana,Barahona is an unspoiled tropical Eden on the southwest coast of DominicanRepublic. Nature-lovers will be in spa heaven after booking a stay at one ofthe area’s luxury eco hotels, offering organic and natural treatments forguests in the tranquil setting of Barahona’s coastal and wooded areas. Fromexfoliation to healing, it’s easy to find peace in both body and mind inBarahona.

Santo Domingo, the capital of Dominican Republic, offersrelaxation from the comfort of a cosmopolitan hotspot. Several hotels offeron-site spas and an assortment of amenities and treatments, from massages tomanicures and pedicures. After a relaxing spa day, take advantage of your closeproximity to everything the capital has to offer, from high-end shoppingfeaturing brands such as Armani Exchange, Massimo Dutti and Carolina Herrera,to the historic charm of the Colonial City, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Relaxin a local cigar club to experience one of Dominican Republic’s fine cigarswith a rum drink in-hand.

In the northeast Samaná peninsula, visitors can rejuvenateby booking a massage or spa treatment or connecting with their spiritual sidein yoga and meditation classes, offered at many resorts. Just west of Samaná,tourists will find Puerto Plata—an area that routinely attracts adventureseekers for kite surfing, ATVing and more. After a day of adventure, a trip tothe spa is the perfect way to unwind. Area spas and on-site spa facilities atresorts offer facials, massages and other treatments for a restorativeexperience that addresses needs ranging from stress relief to anti-aging. Foryogis, some companies offer dedicated yoga retreats to refresh the mind—theperfect complement to a relaxing day at the spa.

If you’re ready to relax and indulge both your mind andbody, learn more about Dominican Republic’s luxury offerings

About Dominican Republic

Surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean on the north and theCaribbean Sea on the south, our lush tropical and paradisiacal country boastsnearly 1,000 miles of coastline, magnificent resorts and hotels, and a varietyof sports, recreation and entertainment options. Here you can dance to thepulse pounding thrill of the merengue, renew in our luxurious and diverseaccommodations, explore ancient relics of centuries past, delight in deliciousDominican gastronomy or enjoy ecotourism adventures in our magnificent nationalparks, mountain ranges, rivers and beaches.

Known for our warm and hospitable people, DominicanRepublic is a destination like no other, featuring astounding nature,intriguing history and rich cultural experiences like music, art and festivals,plus uniquely Dominican specialties such as cigars, rum, chocolate, coffee,merengue, amber and larimar.

Dominican Republic features the best beaches, fascinatinghistory and culture, and is a chosen escape for celebrities, couples andfamilies alike. Visit Dominican Republic Ministry of Tourism’s official websiteat:

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