Agua Resort & Spa Offers Luxury in Uvero Alto

Travel Agent got a sneak preview April 10 of the soon-to-be-open Agua Resort & Spa in Uvero Alto, an up-and-coming town near Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic. The 40,000-square-meter facility literally opened its doors when we arrived for a pre-opening ceremony. The resort will be fully complete and ready for the public by mid-to-late May.

The best room is 53, the Villa Caney. It is a three-bedroom villa that has more than 4,000 square feet of living space and a private garden-view terrace. The villas also have a kitchen bathroom and a private garden with a swimming pool.

Two bedrooms each include a king-sized bed and the third bedroom has two double beds. Its traditional Caribbean architecture consists of natural stone, local hardwoods and cane-thatched roofs. Each bedroom includes a large bathroom partially open to an inside garden and has a deep soaking tub, separate shower with multiple jets and spacious closet. The nightly tariff for this villa will be approximately $1,800 a night.

We stayed in room 2, an Agua Garden View Junior Suite. Selling for between $400 and $600 a night, this suite has a patio with a view of one of the two pools on property, a king-sized bed and a spacious bathroom.

The best views can be had from any of the Ocean View Junior Suites. These rooms are right on the beach, with 775 square feet of space, French doors leading to a private tropical terrace and sophisticated furniture positioned for views of the azure waters. These suites have either one king-sized bed or two queen-sized beds. The large bathroom with ocean views has a deep soaking tub, separate shower with multiple jets, double vanity and spacious walk-in closet.

There are only 53 rooms on the property. The entire resort will have wireless Internet connectivity, which guests can receive free of charge.

The resort was mainly designed as a sensual place for couples, but families are welcomed as well. Children must be at least two years old. The resort is equipped with a Kids Club and also offers private babysitting.

Spa Yarari is a full-service spa with four individual treatment rooms, one couples treatment room, Finnish and steam saunas, Bubble Inox beds, a large indoor pool with Jacuzzi, Sensations showers and an ice fountain. The spa uses Phytomer products and a variety of indigenous body treatments custom designed using local fruits and plants.

The spa director is Julia Oulianova. She can reached by calling 809-468-0000 or by e-mailing agua@aguaresort.com.

Getting There

PuntaCanaInternationalAirport is 24 miles from Agua Resort & Spa, approximately one hour by car. The resort has a private helicopter-landing pad on property. Privately owned helicopters must contact the airport for approval to land.

Agua Resort & Spa will have a sales manager who will be the liaison for travel agents. For now, travel agents can contact the resort directly.

Agents can book using the following GDS codes: Sabre/WV77260, Apollo-Galileo/WV49789, Worldspan/WV13686, Amadeus/WV PUJAGU. There is currently no special process for bookings. Bookings can also be made online.

Booking Incentives

Agents who book the resort before October 31 will receive a 15 percent commission. After that date, agents will receive the standard 10 percent commission. Before October 31, tour operators will receive a 25 percent commission, and a 20 percent commission after October 31.