hard rock punta cana review.

January 22, 2012

From the moment we walked into the lobby, we felt like we had stepped into Vegas (I mean that in the best way possible!) Hard Rock Punta Cana is a playground for the senses. Perhaps we were especially excited and impressed because we had spent a few months on the island and craved all this a little more than the average visitor… This perfectly air-conditioned and impeccably decorated hotel has the fastest internet I’ve ever seen… This may not mean much, but we breezed through 6 weeks worth of uploading in two leisurely days! Housing 12 pools, 9 restaurants and 16 residential buildings, somehow no 2 opposing areas are more than a 10-12 minute walk apart – everything is right at your fingertips!

Considering Hard Rock Punta Cana for your wedding or honeymoon? They will blow your socks off. The only way I would enjoy this resort any more if it were a small independently owned hotel which recommended us to their clients and had a stronger recycling program… haha!

The image below on the right is a kids’ room. How cool is that?

Our amazing hotel room… At check-in, we asked if there are any upgrades available. The guy smiled and told us ‘don’t worry, you’ll be really happy with your room.’ At first we thought he’d been clever and upgraded us, but it indeed was a standard room. Wow! A jacuzzi tub in the middle of the split-level room, with a view? Hello! A spacious triangular veranda, chilled champagne & gourmet snack bites greeting us, a shower big enough you could play tag in it! 

One of Hard Rock’s unique infinity pools. Damn good pina coladas! 

Love the details – wherever you go, there are fresh towels waiting for you. No need to look for a towel stand or use towel cards. Hard Rock really goes the extra mile! 

One of Hard Rock’s wedding gazebos … and more stunning scenery.

The Eden adult pool was our favourite one! It’s quiet and trendy, with great drinks and lounge music … and the perfect place to lose some tan lines! You can also get fantastic sushi brought right to your lawn chair or hammock.

Switching gears to a night walk, here’s a beach reception we saw. If you’re considering having one – I would suggest compromising to a reception outdoors, but further away from the beach, because it was w-i-n-d-y! It gets dark fast here in Dominican Republic, so by the time dinner is served, you may not even see the beach. When it cools down, your loved ones better be partying on the dancefloor! 

Lingering in bed with Netflix isn’t something Rob & I can usually afford, since I teach a daily 7 am yoga class here in Bavaro. This was already a treat, but we kicked it up a notch with room service breakfast. And champagne mimosas. Soooooooo good!

Another Hard Rock Punta Cana wedding gazebo.

If I were a Hard Rock Punta Cana bride, I would hold the wedding reception here! 

And at night…

Picturesque walk from the beach to the main lobby. 

Mmmmmmmmmmmm, the food. Here’s a glimpse of the lunch buffet! Always so creative and delicious. 

How about a papaya shooter? Or refreshing almond lime jelly square?

Our favourite dinner, Toro restaurant. The freshly made caesar salad with real parmesan cheese, portobello mushroom melts, crab cakes, juicy salmon – and Rob goes all out with a steak. Also, unlike many other resorts, wine and dessert you can actually enjoy! 

Another beautiful wedding reception spot overlooking the ocean! 

Hope you found this helpful or a little entertaining! We’re minutes away from Hard Rock and would love to document your love there!

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  1. Jenny

    February 9th, 2012 at 08:43

    Thanks for your review and beautiful photos… we are traveling here this May for our vow renewal and have found it somewhat hard to find a lot of info/photos etc about this hotel and in particular the weddings there… I am so excited to get there and experence it all for our selves!!

  2. Katya Nova

    February 12th, 2012 at 08:49

    Awesome, Jenny! Let us know if there’s anything we can help with from here! xx

  3. April

    June 26th, 2012 at 22:36

    Thank you. I appreciated the pictures. We are getting married here in November and I am starting to wonder what to expect. This helped!

  4. Inoli

    January 13th, 2013 at 11:38

    Beautiful review, this is one of my top 3 for our destination wedding. Haven’t decided were is going to be but this review definitely helps a lot. What other hotel you work for, also love your photography and how can I get a breakdown of packages you offer. Hope to hear from you soon!

  5. Kristin

    January 19th, 2013 at 02:57

    This is amazing! I am getting married here in October and I am so excited to see more pictures of the place. I have to ask though, where is that picture of you saying you would have your reception? They didnt show that as an option on my package I dont think. Thanks!!

  6. Nicole Clark

    March 12th, 2013 at 18:20

    We are going to DR for a wedding the first of April. During our stay, we are going to be at Barcelo Punta Cana but my husband and I are going to the Hard Rock for a night away just the two of us.
    How much do you charge to get some couple photos done?



  7. Keri Racine

    August 20th, 2014 at 19:04

    These pictures make me soooo excited for our wedding at the Hard Rock!

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