Sunday, September 14, 2014

A Heavenly Day at Zoetry Punta Cana

It had been a few years since I’d been to Punta Cana. I was excited about returning to the beautiful beaches in this area of the Dominican Republic. I was looking forward to taking my daughter and her boyfriend to check out AMResorts new property, Breathless, but first we got to experience a two day girls only getaway at the perfect spot – Zoetry Agua Punta Cana.

I had spent the day at Zoetry Paraiso Riviera Maya and could not wait until I had the opportunity to return to one of these resorts. I felt it would be the perfect way to do a little mother-daughter relaxing before we headed to a more party-oriented resort.

Sam and I met at Punta Cana airport since we had flown in from separate parts of the country. It took us a little while to get through the customs line and get our luggage, but then we were whisked off by our private driver to the 45 minute drive to Zoetry Agua.

To say Zoetry is a luxury property is an understatement. It’s about “Endless Privileges,” and, with only 96 suites spread out on a large property, there was plenty of room for everyone to spread out, and plenty of staff to tend to every need.

We were greeted by nearly the entire staff and immediately handed a pineapple-filled cocktail.  Our well-stocked room -- which included a bottle of Moet Champagne and a large fruit platter -- was on the second floor with a large balcony.  We were told to call for our butler after we had changed into our bathing suits and he would escort us to lunch.

I knew any meal here would be special, but I had no idea that the Zoetry staff had prepared a private lunch on the beach for us. We ordered Mojitos and toasted to the turquoise sea while plates of food continued to appear before us, and wine was poured with each course.

Everything looked as good as it tasted and we were completely stuffed by the time we leisurely got off our chairs.

We had eaten chips and guacamole, a Caprese Salad, Ham and Cheese Croquettes, and steak, finishing with a delicious fresh fruit dessert.

We walked off some of the lunch with a stroll along the beach before heading to the spa. We went through the wet circuit, which include various showers and jets to improve circulation, and then hit the steam room and sauna.

We finished in the hydrotherapy pool before we were taken into the couples treatment room for massages.

The combination of a quiet resort, a private lunch, and two hours in the spa was enough to bring us both into total relaxation mode. We continued with a dip in the infinity pool before heading back to the room.

When we returned to the room there was a beautiful display of chocolate with cherries and strawberries that (almost) looked too good to eat.  We waited a bit as we had a special dinner planned at Zoetry's Piragua Restaurant.

The dinner was quite spectacular. We started with a Mushroom Ravioli that was more like cannelloni, with a thin pasta. It was filled with cheese and topped with tomato relish and foie-gras.

Sam had the Seafood Linguine, which was mostly shrimp, a favorite of hers. My main course was a Duck Risotto, with perfectly tender and crispy duck in a tasty sauce.

The dessert was incredible: pistachio ice cream and coconut cream poured into a chocolate cup laced with ganache on the bottom.

We sipped champagne throughout the meal and took our glasses with us to the lobby. We listened to the music for a bit and both decided we were too tired after our early morning flights to stay up for the Flamenco show so we walked back to our suite.

Our room had been transformed while we were gone with the curtains tied and the beds turned down. We were more than ready to head to sleep, dreaming of many more Punta Cana days to come. 

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