Trip to the Dominican Republic from Philadelphia

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At the eastern tip of the island, at Cap Cana, parents and children can relax.

La Palapita beach side restaurant at Eden Roc Cap Cana. / Photograph courtesy of Eden Roc Cap Cana

The moment I opened the heavy wooden sliding doors and turned on the light, I knew someone was in our bathroom. The proof: a tower full of bubbles. The massive tub was filled to the brim. Passed the edge. The mossy mound stretched towards the ceiling.

It was our first night at Eden Roc Cap Cana (rooms from $700), the beach resort in the Dominican Republic, and before I could pull out my phone to capture the ridiculous surprise the housekeeper threw while we ate dinner, my three daughters were frantically stripping off socks and sweaters to dive into the hot cloud.

It was a moment of pure joy, and just a small part of a three-night visit to the Caribbean island last fall that we will never forget. After nearly two years navigating a global pandemic that kept girls out of school for months at a time and my husband and I clinging to our sanity, the time spent together was all the more precious. .

Set on 30,000 acres in the community of Cap Cana on the eastern tip of the island, Eden Roc feels designed for families. While accommodations range from junior suites with private pools to secluded beachfront bungalows, we stayed in a two-bedroom villa with built-in bunk beds for the kids, an outdoor shower which the girls found almost as delightful as the bubble bath and covered gazebo and swimming pool in the garden, nestled in the palm trees. We are usually beach people, but the pool was great in the evening for pre-dinner dips and night dips – total luxury for us city dwellers. And while the award-winning Jack Nicklaus golf course eluded us, the golf carts the resort lends guests, which we used to drive from our bungalow to the waterfront and beyond, weren’t. certainly not. (Happy chants of “Go faster, Dad!” became a common refrain from the back seat.)

A sprawling pool overlooks the cream-colored beach, and we spent most of our days switching between the two. A beach hut is stocked with towels, beach toys and boogie boards, the last of which kept the girls and my husband in the water for hours. We ate family meals without appliances or distractions by the sea at La Palapa and overlooking the pool at Blue Grill + Bar. One morning, my husband and I spent an hour at the spa, enjoying a heavenly couples massage while our daughters passed the time forgetting we even existed in the resort’s epic kids’ club, housed in an overwater bungalow. The girls took a bracelet-making class and met Koko the colorful parrot, the club’s mascot.

As our trip lasted three nights, we did not leave the resort, opting instead to enjoy the visit while staying on site. But next time we plan to explore the island more. If I can ever get the girls out of the tub.

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Published as “Island Time” in the March 202 issue of philadelphia cream magazine.


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