2017 Noble Beach Prize Winner: Nickelodeon Hotels and Resorts Punta Cana, Best Kid-tivities

Whether you’re six or 65, Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts Punta Cana is off-the-charts. It’s a magical, mega complex situated amidst a beachy paradise, a crazy fun epicenter of all things Nickelodeon. Here, kids of all ages can get Slimed, do karate chops with Ninja Turtles, or take an archery lesson. But there’s way, way more. When you look at all the aahmazing things you can do at Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts Punta Cana, you’ll immediately understand why they won the 2017 Noble Beach Prize for Best Kid-tivities. Truth is, it’s busting at the sandy seams with fun, food and family goodies, but it’s not a place where everything is all smashed together: it’s artfully designed for kids AND adults. In fact, one of our True Beach Lovers who was just there summed it up perfectly:

“They really do a great job of separating the two worlds, the kids and the adults. The waterpark is on one side and the adults pool along with the regular resort is on the other. You can be a kid when you want and when you get tired of that, you can be an adult. It’s brilliant.”

Here’s a window into this sunny, wonderland in Punta Cana

(Aqua Nick Waterpark, Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.)

Splish Splash in the Sunsational Waterpark. Swim around, splash on the splash pad and slip slide the day away, or float down the lazy river – it’s curvy and oh-so coolio. It’s also quite massive and can’t be captured in just one pic, but trust us, it’s fab. This whole place defies words, so here’s another photo of the watery centerpiece of this 2017 Noble Beach Prize Winner.

(Aqua Nick Waterpark, Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.)

Is this Slide Central or what? Here’s a video of a couple of very happy sliders:

Catch the Epic Entertainment Team . Your kiddos will love, love this team. They’ve got the moves that will keep them mesmerized. Heck, we wanted to dance along, too, but decided not to embarrass ourselves.

Get Good ‘N Slimed. This is a sticky rite of passage for all who pass this way. But the good news? You can wash it off at an outdoor shower and get right back into the pool, or head to the beach. Vacays are for letting loose and you can really do this at this Noble Beach Prize Winner.

Rock Out With the Ninja Turtles. These dudes have it goin’ on and they’ll put on a show you’ll never forget. Check them out.

Dip into Their Pools, Glorious Pools. There are nine, count ‘em, NINE pools. Pictured below are three: One with a breath-stealing view of the water with access to the golden sands of Uvero Alto Beach, followed by Jazmin, the sweet swim-up bar and then you’ll see a children’s pool below that. Note the adorable, stripped mini lounge chairs. No matter where yoNo matter where you dive in, everyone gets into the swim, and in whatever way they want. Noble Beach Prizer Winners do not disappoint.

(Pool with access to Uvero Alto Beach, Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.)
(Jazmin Swim-up Bar, Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.)
(Children’s Pool, Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.)

Get Pics at Cute-As-All-Get-Out Character Central. This is your one-stop shop for a meet & greet with SpongeBob SquarePants, Dora the Explorer and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Woot!

(Character Central, Meet ‘n Greet, Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.)

Grab snaps, snag autographs, high fives and much more. There’s also a Character Breakfast where you can rise ‘n shine with these peeps. It takes place in Zest, a Mediterranean restaurant pictured below.

(Zest, Mediterranean Restaurant, Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.)

Hang Out at the Just Kiddin’ Kids Club. This colorful, full-of-good-stuff place is a playhouse where your munchkins can enjoy supervised activities like arts & crafts…

(Just Kiddin’ Kids Club, Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.)

…and cooking classes. We caught up with one in session pictured below and observed these future Food Network stars as they got cookin’.

(Cooking Class, Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.)

Video games are also available. Oh and the best: there’s a science experiment section. Take a look at all those vials filled with mysterious, colorful concoctions.

(Science Experiment Area, Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.)

What does this all mean, parents? Two words: Date Night. You can have a romantic dinner, go on an excursion, or have a date with the sand and enjoy an undisturbed nap on the beach. (The latter alone just might be worthy of a Noble Beach Prize.)

Nosh Nickelodeon Style. Ready your taste buds, prime your palate because Nickelodeon’s Gourmet Inclusive Experience offers send-you-to-the-moon-and-back food and drinks that will please everyone, even the finickiest eaters in your fam. You’ll be wowed. Upon arrival, you’ll be greeted with champagne while the kids get Slime smoothies. When you’re ready to get some grub, know that in addition to kid-friendly favs like pizza, burgers and ice cream, there are a few exceptional places to dine, starting with Sugarcane pictured below. Think of it as gourmet cuisine meets food displays. In this Foodie Wonderland, you’ll feast on fresh local produce and global ingredients. It’s not only healthy, but also delicious. Truly, it’s not your typical spread.

(Sugarcane Food Displays, Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.)
(Sugarcane, Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.)

Next stop, the Sicilian Kitchen, Verdello. The contrast between the fancy chandeliers and modern finishes is super cool. Note the noodles on the ceiling…

(Sicilian Kitchen, Verdello, Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.)

For more for casual fare, we had to stop by the burger place, BRGRS.PH. It’s actually a food truck. See the two-and-a-half-pound burger that we did, in fact, finish. There were a few people who helped us polish it off, but still…

(Two-Pound Burger, BRGRS.PH, Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.)

And here’s the video to give you an idea of just HOW BIG this burger was…

 

Kitchen 23 by Le Chique – Cuisine D’auteur is THE place for contemporary culinary art. While it’s not part of the all-inclusive package, it takes attention to detail to the next level and you will need to make a reservation. Here’s a peek inside…

(Kitchen 23 by Le Chique – Cuisine D’auteur, Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.)

For even more adult fun, there’s Vino Vino, a chic wine bar …we loved this.

(Vino Vino Wine Bar, Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.)

Our very refreshing cocktails made the evening even better.

(Our very refreshing cocktails, Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.)

Chillax in Epic Rooms . Plain and simple, the rooms at this Noble Beach Prize Winner are divine. Pictured below is a standard room, but there’s nothing “standard” about it. Take a look:

(Standard Room, Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.)

Comfy bed with Sponge Bob hangin’ out, ready to greet you….

(Fold out couch for kids, Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.)

Kids sleep on a fold out bed with plenty of soft toys to cuddle with…

(Swim-up room, Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.)

All rooms, repeat, ALL rooms are swim-up. Such a treat.

Baby, Baby, You Gotta Do “Got You Covered.” This terrific program provides everything you need for baby. The Nick folks did this right because it’s all FREE.

(“Got You Covered” amenities, Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.)

It includes bottle warmers (on the left) and vino for the big kids (on the right). That’s not all. You can also get Gerber baby food, along with a stroller and baby bath tub. This particular part of our Noble Beach Prize Winner is nothing less than perfection.

(“Got You Covered” stroller, Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.)

Live Large in The Pineapple Suite. If ever there was an intersection of children’s whimsy with style/elegance, this is it. It’s an evocative, hands-down-outta-sight Super Villa that’ll blow your beach-styled hair back. Here’s a few glimpses at this awesomeness.

(The Pineapple Suite entrance, Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.)

Behold, the front door. Can you stand it?

(Entry way details, Pineapple Suite, Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.)

A few details from the entry way…see the sign, “Home Sweet Pineapple.” Grin.

(Main living area, Pineapple Suite, Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.)

The main living area…we want to own the glass bubble chair.

(Master bedroom, Pineapple Suite, Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.)

Master bedroom…the four-poster bed is too great.

(Private bath on the deck, Pineapple Suite, Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.)

Private outdoor bath on the deck.

(Private pool, Pineapple Suite, Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.)

And finally, you have a private pool. Swoon. Ready to book The Pineapple Suite? All you have to do is make a special request and book a three-night minimum length of stay.

Check Out Even More Aahsome Things. Like we said, there’s a ton here, but it’s a Noble Beach Prize Winner, so you know it’s going to be crazy good. You can get your fitness or sports on at the Sports Hub. It’s an activities facility with basketball, soccer fields, archery, tennis and more. Be sure to hit Plaza Orange, an outdoor theatre with music, dancing and comedy skits. When you’re getting ready to leave paradise, make sure you stop by Nick Knacks for some souvenirs.

(Nick Knacks Gift Shop, Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.)

So are you ready for some family beach bliss, Nickelodeon style? Just call 1-800-915-3162 and one of our sea-phisticated Beachologists will create a vacation package to our 2017 Noble Beach Prize Winner, Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts Punta Cana you’ll remember forever. It’ll be a dream come true for kids of all ages.

Lisa Mitchell

I am a blogger for CheapCaribbean.com who is a travel junkie and addicted to the beach.

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