WOW Story of the Week from Secrets Capri

Happy #WOWWednesday to all of our guests and fans of Secrets® Resorts & Spas! This week, we are delighted to share that the WOW Story of the Week has come from one of our very own resorts, Secrets Capri Riviera Cancun!

A WOW Story of the Week highlights a particular instance in which the resort went above and beyond for a guest or group.

We are excited to share this week’s story from Secrets Capri!

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The WOW Story of the Week comes from Secrets Capri Riviera Cancun!

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Day Trips at Secrets Royal Beach Punta Cana: Santo Domingo

Santo Domingo is a vibrant city that has been thriving since the year it was settled in 1496.  Today, this city is the capital of the Dominican Republic and has an unbelievable amount of rich history and modern-day culture, which makes it a fun and worthwhile day trip for guests staying at Secrets Royal Beach Punta Cana – if you can part with relaxation at the lovely resort of course!

You will definitely be hard-pressed to fit all of Santo Domingo’s rich experiences into a single day trip, so we are going to highlight our favorite sights, restaurants and nightlife options so you can narrow your options down to one day.

Santo Domingo is a great place for architecture buffs. The city has the first cathedral and castle built in the Americas, which are still in great condition for visitors today.  The Cathedral of Santa Maria la Menor was built between 1512 and 1540.  The structure mixes Baroque and Gothic styles, creating a truly stunning interior and exterior.  It also houses an impressive art collection of ancient woodcarvings furniture, monuments, tombstones and jewelry.

Photo courtesy of Lonely Planet

Photo courtesy of Lonely Planet

Columbus Alcazar was built by Diego Colon, Christopher Columbus’s son, and is the first castle that was ever built in the Americas.  Today, the palace is home to a museum with many impressive works of art and tapestries spanning from the 15th through 17th century.

If you like people watching, we suggest you stop by Parque Colon, which is one of the city’s main gathering places.  Right in the center, you will find an impressive sculpture of Christopher Columbus.  It is a great place to buy souvenirs from locals and is surrounded by great restaurant choices.

Photo courtesy of PPS

Photo courtesy of PPS

A great place for lunch or dinner in Santo Domingo is Pat’e Palo European Brasserie.  The restaurant offers excellent food and service in the historic part of town.  The menu has a wealth of delicious options combining local flavors with European culinary tradition.  One of the best parts about this restaurant is the outdoor seating, so you can sit outside in the gorgeous historic city and enjoy the Caribbean air.

Finally, for everyone that still has enough energy to dance the night away after a day full of wonderful food and breathtaking sights, we recommend a visit to Guacara Taina.  This is a huge nightclub located in an actual cave!  The club mostly plays Merengue music but does include an occasional Salsa tune.  And the great part about being located in a cave:  Caves stay cool year-round!  If you are visiting this club, aim for later rather than earlier, because this club tends to have a later crowd.

Photo courtesy of TopTenz.net

Photo courtesy of TopTenz.net

We hope you the opportunity to enjoy a day trip to Santo Domingo while staying at Secrets Royal Beach, so you can get a glimpse (and taste!) of all of the sights and flavors of this beautiful historic city.

Contact your concierge to help you plan a day trip you won’t forget!

Points of Interest at Secrets Royal Beach Punta Cana: Altos de Chavón

Guests visiting Secrets Royal Beach Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic will experience Unlimited-Luxury® at it’s best.   Beyond the gorgeous landscape of the pristine beach, the gorgeous and colorful Caribbean environment, the gourmet dining and the world-class spa, you should spend some time at a local attraction that will immerse you into the culture of the island.  Today, we are featuring a great point of interest for a day trip to Altos de Chavón.  Contact your concierge today to help plan your excursion!

Altos de Chavón is a fascinating re-creation of a medieval European town, made hundreds of years after actual medieval times.  The idea for the town originally came about when the construction of a nearby road and bridge required a path to be forged out of a mountain of stone.  Charles Bludhorn, the man credited with the birth of the Dominican Republic’s tourism industry, came up with the idea to put the removed stone to good use in the creation of a 16th century Mediterranean town, which would eventually become Altos de Chavón when construction was completed in the early 1980s.

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The town, designed by Paramount Pictures set designer Roberto Copa in 1976, sits high on the cliffs overlooking the Chavón River in La Romana.  Today, the town’s cobblestone streets weave between little shops, boutiques, art galleries, restaurants and bars, a museum, St. Stanislaus Church, an amphitheater and even a design school.

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The town is a cultural center for Dominican people and is very popular among working artists.  The Altos de Chavón design school is affiliated with New York City’s prestigious Parson’s The New School for Design, and the 5,000-seat Roman-style amphitheater hosts top musical acts, like Duran Duran, and was even the location of Alicia Keys’ “Karma” video!  St. Stanislaus Church holds weekly masses and hosts many weddings for couples from all over the world.

Altos de Chavón is a must-see destination during your stay at Secrets Royal Beach!

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Enhance Your Experience At Secrets The Vine Cancun

Experience our hottest new secret in style and luxury. Secrets The Vine Cancun is now open and it’s the perfect time to book your exclusive The Vine package or experience to truly make your Unlimited-Luxury® trip Sparkling, Elegant, and Bold.

For every occasion, The Vine has a package or experience to help you revel in every aspect of luxury.

Our specialized spa packages have been created to pamper, revitalize and nourish your body while incorporating one of The Vine’s central themes: wine! D’Vine skincare products, made from fine wines and grape seed essences, set the tone for each luxurious treatment.

The D’Vine Divo Ritual package includes a 25 minute facial, body salt glow/wrap and massage. You can also opt for the facial, massage, and Bordeaux manicure package which blends healthful antioxidants, wine, pomegranate, and grape for an intoxicating treatment!

For couples expecting a new bundle of joy, the Baby Moon Experience is focused on romance and celebration. Start with a toast of wine for dad and a virgin cocktail for mom, followed by a chocolate fondue fountain with candy and fruits delivered to your room. A private, romantic, four course chef’s dinner is included for you at seaside or another indoor or outdoor location of your choice. You’ll never forget this getaway when you receive your complimentary souvenir photo and surprise Baby Moon gift.

If it’s exciting, tasteful fun you’re looking for, the Celebration Experience Package includes shopping, manicures, and plenty of wine. You and your girlfriends receive a welcome bottle of wine and chocolate truffles, personalized spa bathrobes, “Sparkling, Elegant, Bold” t-shirts, a complimentary group photo, and 10% off spa treatments. Then, indulge in daily yoga sessions, a shopping excursion (including transportation), 25 minute manicure session with a glass of Bordeaux wine, sommelier-led wine tastings at “The Vine Bar,” and one special room service breakfast.

You can also raise the bar on our customary gourmet-level dining with the Gourmet Experience Package. Start your experience with a welcome bottle of wine and chocolate truffles, a Secrets The Vine souvenir, sommelier-led wine tastings at “The Vine Bar” and sommelier-led tequila seminar and tastings at the nearby Tequila Museum. You are also invited to a four course chef’s dinner and wine pairing in your choice of a private or restaurant setting.

These experiences will certainly add elegance and sophistication to any Secrets The Vine Unlimited-Luxury® stay, for any occasion.

Book your stay now to take advantage of these pampering packages and experiences. Plus, you still have time to enter the “Secret’s Out” weekly code puzzle on Facebook for a chance to win a 7-night Unlimited-Luxury® stay at Secrets The Vine!