In the Dominican Republic, a different kind of all-inclusive


When the TRS Cap Cana Hotel opened in 2018, the resort was to be among the Palladium Group’s most successful all-inclusive hotels in the Dominican Republic.

And that was before the pandemic.

The hotel, like most around the world, closed in March 2020 due to the pandemic. Now reopened, the hotel is trying to catch up.

Today, it’s a whole different kind of all-inclusive in the Dominican Republic – it’s not a mega-resort; it’s not sprawling; it is all-inclusive luxury with a decidedly boutique feel.

The Caribbean Journal recently visited the luxury resort to see how the property’s return is going.

Here’s what you need to know.

The TRS Cap Cana Hotel is a luxury hotel located in the most exclusive part of Punta Cana, on the east coast of the Dominican Republic and just 10 minutes from the international airport.

The rooms and facilities at the TRS Cap Cana hotel are designed to provide a complete adults-only experience, from simple and elegant decor to an abundance of romantic places near the beach.

Speaking of the beach, it is rather small. This is not the type of beach where you will see volleyball or crowds in general. It has more of a lagoon feel and offers the possibility of being one of the few people to enjoy the water.

There are only 115 rooms here. CJ stayed in Room 4201, a Jacuzzi Suite with Ocean View Deck. There are about 20 of these rooms. It includes an outdoor jacuzzi and a cabana overlooking the pool with ocean views. Additionally, guests in this category have access to a butler.

All stays at the TRS Cap Cana hotel include the hotel’s exclusive “Infinite Indulgence” service and access to massages and treatments at the Zentropia Palladium Spa & Wellness Center.

The spa includes two hot tubs, saunas, steam rooms, a modern gym and private rooms for exclusive treatments and massages.

The TRS Cap Cana hotel offers its guests four restaurants. While staying at the TRS Cap Cana hotel, you can eat in one of the two a la carte restaurants, Izakaya and El Gaucho, taste a selection of international dishes at Capricho, taste seafood dishes at the stylish restaurant. Ibiza, Helios, or find yourself with the latest scores at the hotel’s 24-hour sports bar, Xtra Time.

CJ thought Xtra Time was particularly unique not only for the Dominican Republic, but the Caribbean in general, as the area is usually home to bars that close around 1 a.m. or earlier. This bar not only served alcohol all night long but also had small bites like fries and crisps.

Guests staying at TRS hotels may enjoy, at no additional cost, lobster dishes offered in the Helios a la carte restaurant, exclusive to TRS hotel guests.

In fact, Helios was CJ’s favorite restaurant in the hotel for lunch and dinner. We highly recommend the lobster ceviche. Helios also offers live music, an extensive menu and a buffet. Also be sure to ask if the avocado soup is in season. The portions here were on the small side, but no one will think twice if you order another portion.

Every night at the hotel there is a different form of entertainment. The first night we arrived the hotel hosted a Michael Jackson Dance Party, featuring a Michael Jackson impersonator dancing and bowing to the King of Pop’s top hits as guests watch from around the corner living room or from their bedroom. Other entertainment includes local Dominican singers, circus performances, and more.

It all adds up to a different kind of experience in the Dominican Republic, even for Cap Cana, a destination that continues to see new all-inclusive developments.

It’s unique – it’s small, it’s intimate, and it’s luxurious.

What about the tests?

Customers are tested the day before their departure. COVID testing costs $ 25 per guest. Rapid tests are performed using cotton swabs. The results are confirmed in about 20 minutes, in order to respect the re-entry rules of the CDC.

To learn more, visit the TRS Cap Cana.


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