More Than Just Kids' Stuff
PHOTO: The new Nickelodeon Hotel & Resort in Punta Cana.
Without question, agents would be well served to recommend Karisma Hotels & Resorts’ new Nickelodeon Hotel & Resort Punta Cana to families in search of warm-weather all-inclusive vacations. After all, the 208-room property, located on the Dominican Republic’s Uvero Alto beach, offers a full menu of activities, facilities and programs tied to the famous cartoon channel.
Yet the property is also well suited to a broader range of prospective clients, including couples, upscale travelers, and groups looking for premium accommodations as well as some fun in the sun. The resort’s Nickelodeon connection is in fact cleverly understated with the exception of a handful of areas.
Most Common and Fanciest Accommodations: The resort offers accommodations in seven categories. The most standard accommodations are Pad and Flat suites, some of which boast swim-up plunge pools. Pad suites are equipped with one king or two double beds, a pullout sofa bed, dining room, play area, bathroom with double sinks, freestanding tub and rain shower, and balcony with sitting area. Flat suites boast dining and living areas, a master suite, bathroom with freestanding tub and rain shower, a room for kids and a balcony with a round daybed and retractable drapes.
The top accommodation is the 1,500-square-foot Pineapple, which, like the underwater home of Nickelodeon cartoon star SpongeBob SquarePants, is actually shaped like a Pineapple and sleeps up to eight people. Pineapple guests receive preferred access to all restaurants and the spa.
Guests can also select from four two- and three-bedroom Pool Super Villas measuring 2,200 square feet. The two-level villas offer indoor and outdoor living and dining areas, private master suites with king-size beds and marble bathrooms with double sinks and rain showers, as well as Armor outdoor showers and freestanding tubs. The villas’ second stories offer loft -style living rooms with two single beds, televisions and a private bathroom.
What’s Included: Rates include all meals and snacks; premium alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages; baby food, bottle warmers, strollers and cribs; guestroom minibars that are restocked once a day; daily activities program and nightly entertainment; Internet access and WiFi; poolside and beachside Balinese beds; and 24-hour room service.
Best Entertainment: Nickelodeon Place is the central rendezvous point for kids and their parents and features Plaza Orange, a showcase for entertainment and events; and Character Central, where guests can meet their favorite Nickelodeon characters throughout the day. For adults, Vino Vino is a trendy bar and lounge offering drinks, craft cocktails and live entertainment each night.
What’s for Dinner? Dining options range from kid friendly to elegant and include 11 restaurants, two “gourmet corners” for light snacks and specialty cuisine, four bars and lounges, and the Doppio Coffee Shop. Restaurants include Sugarcane for Caribbean fare; Wok Wok for Asian meals; Zest for Mediterranean food; Verdello for Sicilian cuisine; Kitchen 23 for molecular and traditional fare; Spacewalker, featuring an interstellar theme; and BRGRS.PH for comfort foods.
Who Books This Resort? The resort is clearly an easy sell to parents looking for kid-friendly vacations, and fans of the Nickelodeon franchise and cartoon programs. But you should also consider selling the property to couples, including those who are planning destination weddings. The Nickelodeon incorporates Karisma’s Gourmet Inclusive Wedding Events program, which features an array of romantic nuptial options, including a beachfront gazebo and the Sky Wedding venue with panoramic views from the rooftop terrace.
The resort’s tasteful, contemporary design, premium services and deluxe amenities make it an ideal option for upscale travelers seeking more luxurious vacations. Personal concierges provide guests with an array of services from reserving beach Bali beds to arranging off-resort activities and excursions. Additionally, the Nickelodeon offers multiple accommodations categories designed to satisfy groups of many shapes and sizes. It also provides flexible and numerous dining options, which will appeal to groups of all kinds.
Travel Agent Incentive: Agents who attain Karisma Gourmet Inclusive Vacation Consultant status not only qualify as experts in selling the Nickelodeon brand but also earn VIP recognition at affiliated resorts and 21 percent commission levels. You can also register to become Nickelodeon Travel Specialists, which earns travel sellers a listing on www.nickresortpuntacana.com and access to exclusive promotions and marketing tools.
Insider Booking Tip: As a way in which to engage clients in their vacations before they depart, encourage them to use the resort’s interactive property map (www.nickresortpuntacana.com/ interactivemap) for descriptions and locations of accommodations and facilities.
Key Selling Points: The resort provides seamless vacation experiences for families with children. Its deluxe accommodations, facilities and amenities also enable you to target couples, groups and upscale travelers.
JUST THE FACTS
Resort Name: Nickelodeon Hotel & Resort Punta Cana
Size: 208 rooms
Year Opened: 2016
Facilities: Fourteen restaurants and bars, three pools, the Aqua Nick water park, Nickelodeon Place, Vassa Spa, Sports & Entertainment Center, and the Fitness Center.
Price: Opening season special rates begin at $345 per adult, per night.
Contact: www.karismatravelagents.com and www.nickresortpuntacana.com
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A version of this article appears in print in the August 2016 issue of Vacation Agent Magazine.
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