by Lissa Poirot
An all-inclusive resort in the Caribbean that is dedicated to families with a special Nickelodeon theme? How could Karisma Resorts go wrong with this concept? Kids will love being greeted by SpongeBob, Patrick, Dora, Boots and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and parents will love the tasteful dÃ©cor that just hints at Nickelodeon but still provides an air of sophistication. A Gourmet Inclusive Village continues Karisma’s brand of high-quality dining options; families can enjoy the beach, water sports and infinity pool, and the fun continues at the sports complex, kids’ clubs and water park. This is a destination resort that caters to families!
The resort is one half of a dual Karisma property: the other half is the Azul Punta Cana. While the two properties share the restaurant and shopping village, beach and infinity pool, only guests of Nickelodeon can enjoy the water park, sports complex and special treats. The buildings on the left are Nickelodeon accommodations, as notable from the splash of orange in the balcony/deck furnishings, while Azul, to the right, is a more subdued blue and offers more adult-only accommodations and an adult-only pool. This makes the property also a good choice for multigenerational families, with grandparents enjoying the quieter Azul side of the property while families stay at Nickelodeon and come together in the middle for shared activities, dining and time together.
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- First resort dedicated to Nickelodeon's characters
- Water park
- All Inclusive Rates
- Water Parks
- Water Sports
- Children Programs
- Connecting Rooms
- Free Breakfast
- Free Wi-Fi
- Game Room
- Kids' Pool
- Kids' Theme Meals
- Onsite Dining
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Although Nickelodeon's signature orange can be found through rooms and open spaces at the resort, families of all ages will like the dÃ©cor. A glass wall separates the bathroom from the living/sleeping rooms, with a blackout curtain that drops to reveal (in shadow form) SpongeBob's laundry hanging on a wire. On the patio, a Nickelodeon orange blimp makes for a foot stool (or a rocket ship to ride, in the case of little ones). All rooms are outfitted with 46-inch Smart TVs, freestanding tubs and separate showers, and Wi-Fi access. Accommodations are available for four to six, in the following forms:
The smallest of the offerings are Nest Suites, which can sleep two adults. It features a king bed and a sleeper sofa, so single parents or grandparents often find these rooms best suited for them.
For a family of four, Flat Suites feature a king bedroom with a sliding door to a living room with a sleeper sofa and private balcony.
For families of up to six, Pad Suites provide two double beds and a sleeper sofa in a shared space.
Ground-floor suites have direct access to a shared pool with all the ground floor suites, allowing families to hang out on their private patios and swim while younger children nap.
Swank Plunge Pool Suites
These higher-floor suites have private plunge pools for families to enjoy without sharing or even being visible by other guests. Wraparound swim-up suites take corners and have larger terraces and pool space.
Three villas with 1,300 square feet are two-story, private structures with their own pools. Named for each of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles on the outside, on the inside, these sweet suites are tucked away behind high white walls with a garden, outdoor shower and butler service. One the main floor is a master bedroom with a king bed. On the second floor is a loft-style living room with two single beds. The room can accommodate two adults and four children or four adults and two children.
Who lives in a pineapple under the sea? Kids will go gaga for this private villa that is a pineapple on the outside and looks like Bikini Bottom on the inside. (Don't worry, the parent's bedroom is nicely decorated.) The suite comes with all the amenities of Super Villas, but the suite is one of a kind.
We really enjoyed it and had a pleasant stay. The entertainment crew are excellent as well organized to please any child, I must highlight the lovely attention and sympathy of the team ( Nick, Maria, Anyi and Betty.) The food is extremely delightful especially the Sugarcane restaurant, we had the pleasure of meeting Chef Alejandro, thank you all the dishes were delicious. Aqua Nick has a very appropriate design for children,my daughter loved it so much. All of the lifeguards are incredible but the best of all are Ángel and Uncle Luis, they have an exceptional customer service skills u guys are so unique. The just kidding staff are amazing and well trained for the care of children, we enjoy it to the fullest. I strongly recommend Nickelodeon Punta Cana, it's out this world ... Excellent place for family vacation . It's definitely worth it!
We just got back from the resort and it was a success. We got the regular pad suite which was good enough. It had a king bed which could be separated from the sofa bed in the living area. Both rooms have TVs. The patio is the best we've seen in terms of the size and cleanliness. The spa was great, the food was excellent. Our least favorite was the wok wok and favorite was between burgers and spacewalker.
My suggestion for the resort is to have a less aggressive concierge it was just too much. Most importantly the shuttles coming from the water park. Its quite a walk from the water park to the rooms and pool so a lot of people depend on this shuttle from this location. They usually have the time until the next shuttle which is always 20 minutes but they never come in 20 minutes. We got into an altercation with other guests since the shuttles were not coming and people were jumping in the shuttles. It creates a very tense moment until you give up and just walk in the heat.
Other than that, the staff are very cordial with hola everytime they pass by. Our rooms were cleaned twice a day throughout our stay (we had 2 rooms). Our 4 kids ages 5 through 11 all had a great time at the pools water park and beach. Download the app for activities and character appearance. We didn't care to make it to them as well wanted to relax and not rush to the water park for most of the appearances. Scheduling for the restaurants was a breeze through the concierge they scheduled us to all the restaurants that required reservations for a group of 8! Ice has to be ordered through room service which takes about 15-20 minutes to receive as there are no ice machines. The grounds are incredibly kept clean. There are no smoking areas but be mindful of others while smoking, we usually stayed away from crowds when smoking and the only ash trays were by the trash bins. The nightly entertainment is nice the first night then gets repetitive. The slime was $49 for 6 people which was fun for the kids. Hope this helps! Enjoy!
The crÃ¨me of the resort is Aqua Nick's water park and splash pad. A lazy river, water slides and tipping bucket will keep the kids wet all day, and join the crowd every afternoon for the mass sliming that is characteristic of Nickelodeon.
The children's supervised program at Nickelodeon is available for ages 4 to 12 daily. There is room for free play, structured activities, arts and crafts and more.
A play place for kids and parents, you just may encounter your favorite character or two as they make frequent surprise visits.
Kids can meet other kids and play soccer, basketball, tennis and more at the Sports Hub. The facility includes a clubhouse with two TV screens for Xbox and Wii games, a pool table and snacks.
Children are welcome to join parents for spa treatments at the Vassa Spa. Spa menus include services for ages 5 to 9 and 10 to 17, including massages, exfoliations, facials, and body wraps. The salon offers mani's and pedi's, as well as haircuts.
Located at the water park, Aqua Bite is a kid-filled, casual spot with swings for chairs and sandwiches, pizza and ice cream. It's open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.
One of the hardest reservation tickets to get at the resort is this high-end burger joint, where burgers are the size of your head. A great menu and funky dÃ©cor, this is a favorite for families. Open for dinner only. Reservations needed.
For grab-and-go items, coffees, pastries and more, visit Doppio daily frim 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Poolside dining is available at Fresco, which offers outdoor patio dining, as well as pool chaise delivery. Lunch and snacks are offered from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and drink service begins at 10 a.m. The Slime Green Mojito Smoothie is a signature drink to try!
For beachfront dining between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m., Lighthouse is a casual spot with indoor and outdoor seating.
When you walk into the space-themed Spacewalker and its unique lighting and all-white dÃ©cor, you definitely will feel you have stepped out of this world. The concept is very cool, but again, the menu is a bit too fancy for kids to really enjoy it. Reservations needed.
Offering breakfast from 6:30 to 11 a.m. and dinner from 5:30 to 10 p.m., Sugarcane is the resort's buffet restaurant. No reservations are required and the restaurant is created to look like a fresh market, offering an array of salads, fruits and vegetables, pasta, meats, desserts and kids' items. Indoor and outdoor seating is available.
Open six days a week for dinner only, this whimsically designed Italian restaurant is a bit of a hit and miss. For kids' the menu is awfully limited, but for adults and the more adventurous, the menu features some unique and tasty items. Wine is only available by the bottle here, and is not included in rates. Reservations needed.
Also, open six nights per week for dinner, Wok Wok is the resorts Asian-inspired restaurant featuring wok-made dishes. Reservations are not required but suggested.
Visit Zest at breakfast for Nickelodeon character breakfasts held on Saturday and Sunday mornings. From 8 to 10 a.m., with a reservation, families are welcomed in pajamas to the special event where kids will meet their favorite characters. The breakfast is in addition to the all-inclusive rates. This restaurant is only offered to Nickelodeon guests.
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Traveling with infants is easy with the resort's Gotcha Covered amenities that includes strollers, cribs, bottle warmers, baby food and kid-sized roves.
Wi-Fi is included across the resort.
Towels at the pool and beach require towel cards; be sure not to lose them!
The Art of Smart Timing
Beware of the rainy season, which falls in late spring, mostly in May. Deals may be good, but there's not much to enjoy at the resort if you cannot be outdoors during bad storms. June through September are the warmest months, where afternoon thundershowers often roll through and cool the resort off at night. The best time to visit for weather in December through April, with the lowest temperatures in the mid-60s, but these are also peak travel periods for families and the busiest.
The resort is 25 minutes north of Punta Cana Airport in the Dominican Republic. A Nickelodeon-decorated bus will provide transport to and from the resort.
As a destination resort, most guests do not leave unless it is to enjoy an excursion with a tour group. The resort's lobby provides tour group access and rental cars so families can get off the resort and enjoy the Dominican Republic in more depth.
For Mom and Dad
Kitchen 23 is the property's adult-only restaurant, for when mom and dad need a little time alone and refinement. The restaurant is not included in the all-inclusive program, but guests who splurge will enjoy molecular meals and signature drinks at the dinner-only spot. Reservations are required.