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Caribbean Riviera

First Look - Eden Roc: Riviera Revival
January 2, 2013
By , Galavante Contributor

You’ve done the French. And the Italian. Now there’s the Caribbean Riviera. Never heard of it? Let us introduce you. This is a place where Riviera standards (scantily clad bodies, champagne at noon, indulgent beach lazing) meet white-sand beaches and an “anything goes” Caribbean attitude. In other words: Heaven. Enter Eden Roc at Cap Cana, the Dominican Republic’s newest Riviera-inspired digs.

Eden Rock Cap Cana
Eden Roc is the freshman effort from Solaya Hotels & Resorts, a newcomer to the hospitality scene, so they pulled out all the stops for this Caribbean property. As they say, go big or go home. And Eden Roc is definitely a place you’d want to call home. Set on a 30,000-acre beachfront enclave in Punta Cana, Eden Roc at Cap Cana feels more seaside village than hotel. Let’s put it this way: If Punta Cana were a club, Cap Cana would be the VIP room. The resort’s 34 tropical garden-ensconced suites are Caribbean on the outside (island-appropriate shades of pink and lime) and European on the inside (eggshell elegance à la Plaza Athénée Paris). And to execute each perfectly, who better to hire than a Dominican and an Italian – architect Franc Ortega and designer Marina Nova.

Privacy here is paramount; each secluded suite is akin to your very own Côte d’Azur summer rental, private pool included. Plus, enjoy upgrades like cutting-edge Bose audio systems along with iPads that you can order room service from. For the biggest upgrade, book the specialty Golden Shell Suite, and say hola to 24-hour butler service, a personal chef, private gym and sauna, and staff quarters (nanny not included).

Eden Rock Cap Cana
Speaking of exclusive, the nearby members-only Caletón Beach Club is open to Eden Roc guests, so you can take full advantage of beachside cocktailing on the palm tree-lined white-sand cove or enjoy an oceanfront massage courtesy of the Solaya Spa. The resort’s onsite restaurant, Gastronomico, seats only 20, so make sure to reserve a spot when you book your suite. Not that there’s any shortage of other delicious dining options, including the French- and Italian-inspired Mediterraneo, the seafood-heavy La Palapa by Eden Roc, and the Blue Lagoon Pool-Bar Restaurant. There’s also La Cava, where you can wine-taste among thousands of vintages. For a taste of ‘60s Monaco glamour, check out the Riva Bar – it’s like hopping aboard the Riva Aquamara. Hopefully a few Grace Kelly lookalikes will drop by too.  

(All photos courtesy of Eden Rock Cap Cana, Dominican Republic)