Equally brilliant to the milkshakes at Muirfield Village or pints of Guinness at Portmarnock is the the Puntacana Resort & Club VIP airport transfer. It rivals the lobster at Fox Harb’r Resort in Nova Scotia and matches the joy of empanadas at Golf Club Los Lagartos in Bogota, Colombia. Most destinations have something they do better than most and Puntacana is the undisputed king of the airport transfer.
Frank Rainieri owns the airport and the resort, a rare double-edged sword which makes for a unique guest experience. The Puntacana Resort & Club welcome happens steps off the aircraft at the gate. From there it’s a relaxing stroll through the airport and quick waltz through Dominican Republic customs. The no-lines, no-waiting airport bypass is smoother than a poolside pina colada.
The VIP airport experience is available for all Punta Cana International Airport arrivals and departures, but rates vary based on place of stay. The departure rate is slightly more because it includes access to the Puntacana VIP Lounge which offers WiFi, nonalcoholic beverages, beer, wine, well liquor, small bites, comfy lounge chairs, flat screen TVs and a swimming pool.
The VIP airport experience is included for guests staying at Tortuga Bay or in a Puntacana estate. The Westin Puntacana and Four Points by Sheraton pay $40 for arrival and $75 for departure. All other hotels are $75 for arrival and $125 for departure.
The VIP airport transfers are like two good slices of sourdough bread, and in the middle are all the tropical reasons why people love the Caribbean. Punta Cana (two words) is the town, Puntacana (one word) is the resort that sits on the eastern tip of the Dominican Republic where its 85F/30C everyday. Soothing views of the Caribbean Sea are available from Puntacana’s seven restaurants, Six Senses Spa and most homes which range from $1- to $40-million.
Waves break hard against the shore on both golf courses, La Cana and Corales. Course conditioning is plush and the PGA Tour stops by every March for The Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship. Graeme McDowell’s -18 was good enough to win in 2019, which is jolting if you’ve played this Tom Fazio design from its 7,700-yard championship tees. Fazio layouts are typically friendly, but this one has plenty of bite.
Hello to the Caribbean is always a joy, but the VIP transfer makes it even better. Goodbye is always hard, but the Puntacana VIP Lounge softens the blow.