Story and photography by Laurette M. Veres
Looking for a destination wedding with something for everyone? The popular children’s TV cable network, Nickelodeon, has partnered with Karisma Hotels & Resorts and Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) to build Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts Punta Cana. Combining Nickelodeon’s flair for entertaining with Karisma’s renowned Gourmet Inclusive® Experience. The five-star property delivers beyond imagination.
Guests can experience as much (or as little) Nickelodeon as desired. Bask in the sun and enjoy the ocean, pools, and sands of Uvero Alto beach. The Dominican Republic’s sugary, sandy beaches offer hours of sandcastle building, beach volleyball, kayaking, snorkeling and more. The main infinity pool has a swim up bar and is flanked by two full service restaurants (Zest and The Lighthouse). The activity pool offers hours of fun for everyone. Nickelodeon’s brand of fun shines through with whimsical character silhouettes on buildings, family slimings, and unexpected visits from Dora the Explorer or SpongeBob.
Fun For All
The fun begins at check in when children, and adults, are slimed with a slime shooter (aka a smoothie)! Good times continue at Nickelodeon Place, a children’s wonderland with water park, lazy river and popup character meet ups. Just Kiddin’ is an indoor play room with daily, supervised activities and programs for children four to 12 years old. Just Kiddin’ also offers nightly drop off from 7:00pm – 9:00pm so parents can enjoy intimate dinners; nanny service is also available for children under four.
Bask in Five Star
Luxury Poolside rooms create a unique ambiance day and night; all first-floor rooms have pool access via patio.The pool area is lively with guests congregating at the swim up bars and Fresco, an authentic beach shack right behind the swim-up bar. Enjoy ceviche, crispy noodle Asian salad, a pulled-pork sandwich and other casual fare.
The stunning beachfront resort features 208 oversized suites in seven styles designed from intimate Pad Suites and Flats to exquisite Swim-Up Suites. Each room’s mini bar is stocked with beer, soft drinks and water and are replenished as often as necessary. The freestanding bathtub seems to float near a window dividing the sleeping area; a pull-down shade offers complete boudoir privacy. Products by Calais continue the five-star experience. Nick’s signature orange color adorns a wall and the Iconic Nick Blimp sits at the foot of the bed. There are also four Super Villas providing upwards of 2,200 square-feet of space and a private infinity pool.
The Gourmet Inclusive® village includes several dining options (two require additional fee). WokWok Far East Fusion combines the world’s best Asian fare from China, Japan and Vietnam. Dark wood paneling and the gentle sound of running water give a relaxed feel to this authentic Asian experience. At Verdello, the bold flavors and aromas of Sicilian cuisine get your mouth watering at this characteristically Italian venue. So Italian, it’s common for wait staff to burst out in song, opera of course. Guests can choose the attractively appointed dining room or enjoy the bustle of the Gourmet Village plaza from the outdoor terrace.
Diners at BRGRS.ph artisan burgers watch their burgers being prepared in the indoor food truck at this casual eatery. Pretending to drive the truck is a great photo opportunity. Speaking of photo ops, the “machete burger” is a one Kilo burger (2.2 lbs.) that literally has to be cut with a machete! This giant burger serves eight. Sugarcane offers a marketplace atmosphere; the Gourmet Inclusive® program doesn’t follow the buffet model. Instead, freshly made items are on display for quick consumption and chefs are on-hand to replenish the food display. Breakfast combines
absolutely everything you’d expect ie. omelets, pancakes, fresh fruit etc. with flavors of the Dominican Republic: Torrejas de Berenjenas (fried eggplant), Guineitos Encebollados (green banana with onion), Mangú Dominicano (Dominican green plantain mash), and Papas (potatoes). The Venezuelan Cachapas were especially unique and delish: a blend of crepe, pancake and blintz in one.
Sugarcane has a private dining room for weddings and events. For adults seeking a stronger beverage, Vino Vino specializes in a quality selection of wines, sangria and other wine-based creations.
For guests celebrating something special, Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts Punta Cana will bring a little character to your vacation with meet-andgreets, character dining, cake, ice cream and more. Karisma is renowned for its exquisite Gourmet Inclusive® Wedding Events, and the Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts Punta Cana is no exception. Couples will be presented with an array of romantic options including a Beachfront gazebo and signature Sky Wedding location featuring stunning 360-degree views from the private rooftop terrace. This terrace offers a picturesque setting for a wedding reception.
Reservations can be booked by calling 1 (844) SEE-NICK or by visiting nickresortpuntacana.com karismahotels.com
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