I asked on Instagram what blog you guys wanted to see first and all my outfit details, plus hotel info from our vacation in Punta Cana won by a landslide! I know I posted a ton on my Instagram and LTK but I wanted to give you guys the full roundup here. From all of my outfits to hotel information, I have got you covered!
Listing all details of my outfits below each picture. I know some of these items are a bit pricy, so I made sure to include ‘similar for less’ options so it won’t break the bank!
More Casual Outfits:
Dresses & Jumpsuits:
Swim & Cover-ups:
The Sasha Cutout Bikini Top **this color is sold out in top & bottom but other colors available!** | BOUND by Bond-Eye The Palmer Ribbed Bikini Bottoms | Amazon Women’s Bikini Swimsuit Cover Up Button Down | DIFF Sunglasses
Shoes + Accessories:
Amazon Cloud Slides | Amazon Slides | Gucci Slides | Similar Gucci Slides For Less | Tory Burch Slides | Monika Flat H-Band Slide Sandal | Billini Ulara Transparent Slide Sandal | Gucci Bucket Bag | Similar Bucket Bag For Less | Straw Crossbody | Sunhat | Sunhat For Less| Similar Beach Hat
Paradisus Grand Cana
Let me start by saying I have been to the Dominican Republic 5 times now. Each time we NEVER leave the resort. And each time has been with one of the Melia Hotels. So unfortunately I do not have tips on other hotels or restaurants/things to do in the area. I think you should book a hotel that has so much to do inside of the resort that you do not need to leave!
We stayed at the Paradisus Grand Cana in Punta Cana. My parents are ‘members’ with Melia resorts (basically a time share), so they have added perks when they travel to different Melia hotels.
The Grand Cana is their newest hotel in Punta Cana, but they have FIVE total so you can stay at a different resort on the same property and still have access to the amenities like the water park and kid’s club. Just search Melia hotels in Punta Cana to see all of the different options.
The Dominican is hard to get to <unless you live in or near Florida>, but well worth it. The climate is mild and the beaches and water are beautiful. We always enjoy our time there.
The things we loved about The Grand Cana:
-Free child care ages 1 and up from 10am to 10pm. They don’t feed the kids anything so you would need to come back for snack time, lunch, and dinner. They also have TONS of activities daily for the kids starting at age 3 and up. Miller loved the nightly activities which included dance parties, painting, movie night, pajama party, etc.
-The water park. Both kids loved the water park and we went there daily either in the morning or after naps. It opens at 10am each day and has different areas for each stage (age) of the kids.
-We loved that the beach always had tons of chairs available, even though we never did get the front row. The sand was super soft and cool so the kids loved playing by the chairs and by the water.
-They did a great job managing the sargassum. You could definitely feel it everywhere while you were in the water but they always came by with tractors to keep the beach clean.
-The drinks were great. The bartenders really knew how to mix a drink for sure!
Things we didn’t love:
-About half of the employees were friendly and half WERE NOT. The bartenders were definitely the unfriendliest group of them all, at every bar. They just did not want to be there.
-The food was just OK. But I feel like that is the case at most all-inclusive resorts.
-You have to take a cart to the beach. The beach is about a 15 min walk so you have to wait on a cart to pick you up and take you to and from the hotel to the beach. Felt a little inconvenient at times with the stroller and everything else we had to carry.
-The restaurants and buffet did not open until 6:30. This meant the kids didn’t have food until almost 7 every night which is SUPER late for them. Then, they closed the breakfast at 11:30 and did not open until 12:30 for lunch. So between 11:30-12:30 we didn’t have access to food. So the kids would eat breakfast early (because of the three hour time change) and then would not get lunch until 1pm. That also pushed back nap times because they needed to eat first.
Ideally we would love to find something like this closer. Most resorts offer childcare for children over 4, so having that for Callen was CLUTCH. I think they have this same set up at either Puerto Vallarta or Playa del Carmen, with the water park and child care, so we will probably look into that next time. With those two locations you just have to worry about the pile up of sargassum on the beaches.
To see the things we packed for the kids that made things easier, head to this post:
Hope this helped! xo Amanda