Nick Hotel Grows Up, Moves to an All-Inclusive in Punta Cana

The Nick Hotel has grown up and moved out of it’s childhood home in Orlando, FL to Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic. It is now the Nickelodeon Hotel & Punta Cana Resorts.

The Nick Hotel Punta Cana Resorts


When I told my son the Nickelodeon Hotel Orlando was now just the Holiday Inn Resort Orlando, he was crushed. No more Nickelodeon? Spongebob is gone? No more slime? Sorry dude. The Nickelodeon Suites Resort is still around, it’s just not in Orlando anymore, it’s in the Dominican Republic. To which he replied, well, we need to go check out the new one.

The Nick Hotel, Punta Cana Resorts

I have no plans to visit the Dominican Republic in the near future, so I took a virtual visit to the Nick Hotel at the Punta Cana resorts. Here are 10 things that struck me about the new Nick Resort Punta Cana.

10 Things about the Nick Hotel Punta Cana Resorts

You’ll Need a Passport. Preferably one that isn’t expired. You may laugh but I can’t tell you how many people I know who gathered passports together for a trip next week only to discover they were expired. Remember passports for kids 15 and younger are only good for five years.

It’s all inclusive. The Nick Hotel Punta Cana Resorts is part of the Karisma Hotel chain, and it’s an all-inclusive resort. The all-inclusive concept is called the Karisma Gourmet Inclusive Experience. I believe that simply means that everything is included – meals, premium drinks and activities. Although I did notice on the website a few places where surcharges apply, like character breakfasts and water sports.

Pineapple hotel room at the Nick Resort Punta Cana

You can Stay in a Pineapple. The 1,500-square-foot pineapple villa is the resort’s signature dwelling. It’ has 2-bedrooms and 3-baths and a complete SpongeBob theme, although it is NOT under the sea.

The Nick Hotel has Swim-up Suites. Forget the swim up bar (they have that too) but you can stay in a swim-up suite with access to the resort pool from your terrace! Sweet.

Everything Isn’t Bright Orange. Based on the video below and the photos I’ve seen of the resort, it’s not all bright orange with SpongeBob or Dora emblazoned everywhere. The Nick Hotel Punta Cana has a sophisticated decor, with Nickelodeon touches that an adult or teen could appreciate, subtly adding the Nickelodeon logo. Kids can still find the bright orange and slime Nickelodeon is known for at Just Kiddin’ the resorts kids club, or the Aqua Nick water park area.

The Characters Moved too. You can still find all your favorite Nickolodeon characters at Character Central. In addition to SpongeBob, there is also Dora the Explorer, Chase and Marshal from PAW Patrol and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. In Orlando we did a special Power Rangers weekend. I wonder if they’ll have that too? Especially since the new Power Ranger movie is coming out this spring. (which my teenage son said looks ‘totally legit.’)


There’s Still Slime. Just like the Nick Hotel in Orlando, The Nickelodeon Suites Resort in Punta Cana has a massive water park with slides, splash pads, spray grounds, a lazy river, and the always anticipated Mass Sliming. And if you prefer to drink your slime, kids receive a Slime Smoothie upon arrival.

The Nick Resort at Punta Cana

It’s Not All About Nickelodeon. Sure you walk the orange carpet and there are opportunities for family sliming, but the Nick Hotel Punta Cana also offers yoga, Spanish lessons, and cooking classes to name a few. For an additional fee, they also offer golf, scuba, fishing trips and island tours.

There are Spa Rooms on the Water. Oooooo. These look heavenly. Although I would not want to be on display for all to see during my massage, the tiki hut treatment rooms overlooking the Caribbean do look inviting. They offer special kids and teen treatments too.

There’s a Dedicated Sports Facility. Maybe my boys could do a lacrosse tournament here? It looks like they have tennis courts, a soccer field, running paths, beach volleyball and an archery range! My youngest would like that, he’s a pretty good archer.

*All photos by Karishma Hotels

Sue Rodman | Travel Editor & Advertising Manager

Sue Rodman is a mother of three boys, a PR professional, writer, and ice cream lover. For eight years, Sue published an award winning family travel blog called Field Trips with Sue, and produced a TV segment with the same name on CBS Better Mornings Atlanta. In Sept. 2016 Field Trips with Sue merged with 365 Atlanta Family. In addition to writing blog posts and managing the advertising and public relations for 365 Atlanta Family, Sue does freelance public relations and her writing has appeared online at TravelingMom, Trekaroo, Minitime Family and other family travel sites. She has contributed to print publications such as Family Fun, Simply Buckhead, BuckHaven and Publix Magazine. In addition, Sue has appeared on local and national news talking about family travel. Sue believes anytime is a good time for dessert and there are no bad field trips, just better stories.

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