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.
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.
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.
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.
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