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Puntacana Resort & Club is a complex and residential community located in Punta Cana, Province of La Altagracia, Dominican Republic; established in 1969 by businessman and hotelier Frank Rainieri and Theodore Kheel, a labor lawyer in New York.

The area now covers more than 15,000 acres and includes the Tortuga Bay hotel, The Westin Puntacana, a Six Senses Spa, an ecological reserve, five residential communities, nine restaurants, a full-service marina, two golf courses and the International Airport of Punta Cana Airport.

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History and development

In 1969, Frank Rainieri, a Dominican entrepreneur in his 20s with a dust-off business and Theodore Kheel, a New York lawyer and high-power labor mediator, acquired a 58 million square meter lot in the east end of the Dominican Republic, which was covered in jungle and six miles of beach. His first project was a guest hotel called the Club of Punta Cana Hotels.

In 1979, the Hotel Puntacana was built and the Punta Cana International Airport continued in 1984. In 2000, the first development of the residential community began and, six years later, Tortuga Bay opened, a boutique hotel designed by fashion designer Oscar de la Renta. Since then, Puntacana Resort & Club has grown to over 15,000 acres and has served guests such as Henry Kissinger, Charlize Theron, Gabriel Byrne and the Clintons.

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Responsibilities and corporate, environmental and social policies have been followed since the resort was built. The Puntacana Foundation, made up of the Ecological Foundation and Community Services, has a 1,500-acre reserve that now serves as a research base for universities and a sanctuary for endangered species and has opened two schools: the Polytechnic of Ann & Ted Kheel and the International School of Puntacana and a free health clinic in the local community of Véron.

Services and facilities

The Hotel Puntacana
Hotel Puntacana: Initially a hotel with 10 two-bedroom villas in 1971, it now has 130 rooms and 21 beach houses. The hotel was completely renovated in October 2009 and offers activities such as windsurfing, kiteboarding, whale watching, water skiing, canoeing, deep-sea and shallow water fishing, snorkeling and diving.The Westin Puntacana Resort & Club: a Westin Resort property with 200 rooms and 10 suites, located in the Playa Blanca area at Puntacana Resort & Club.

Tortuga Bay: composed of 13 private beach villas, this exclusive boutique hotel, one of the “Leading Hotels of the World”, was built in 2006 and designed by Oscar de la Renta.

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Restaurants: options include the award-winning Bamboo restaurant, designed by Oscar de la Renta in Tortuga Bay, the beachside restaurant in Playa Blanca, La Yola in the marina, and the Westin Puntacana Resort and Club seaside Braza Restaurant.

Six Senses Spa: the spa has eight private treatment rooms inside, four outdoor palapas overlooking the beach and a staff from around the world. Some spa treatments include local medicinal plants.

Real Estate: The five private residential communities of the resort, known collectively as The Estates, are Tortuga, Hacienda, Arrecife, La Marina and Corales (the most exclusive of the communities). Coral residents include Julio Iglesias and Mikhail Baryshnikov.

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Golf: The resort has two golf courses: P.B. The 27-hole Dye Cana (inaugurated in 2001 and “the first field in the Caribbean to use paspalum, a grass seed that can be irrigated with seawater” ) and its additional 9-hole course located on the Hacienda community, and the 18-hole Corals (inaugurated in 2010  and designed by Tom Fazio).

Puntacana Foundation: Social Projects.
The Social Projects Office of the Puntacana Foundation, established in August 1998, focuses on promoting and assisting in the sustainable human development of local education, health, culture, sports and community organization of the underserved in the Punta Cana region. the Dominican Republic and its surroundings through a variety of activities, projects and collaborations.

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He has collaborated with entities focused on development such as Save The Children, USAID, the Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM), the Rotary Club of Punta Cana, the La Altagracia Tourism Cluster, the Punta Cana Hotel Association, the University APEC, the Institute of Visual Sciences of Spain, the Ministries of Health and Culture of the Dominican Government, the Municipality of Verón, the punta cana dominican republic all inclusive resorts, Pack For a Purpose and others, and is part of the Clinton Global Initiative and of the Mundia Pact communities

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