Who lives in a pineapple under the sea? Why, Spongebob, of course! And, because of a joint venture between Nickelodeon, Viacomm and Karisma Hotels and Resorts, you get to visit his sweet (literally!) pineapple digs next to the gorgeous sea at the all-inclusive Nickelodeon Hotels and Resorts Punta Cana. Read on to hear about the newest resort that should top your family’s travel {sand} bucket list.

nick-slimephoto: Nickelodeon Resort Sliming

Does anything scream family fun more than getting slimed as a family? You certainly won’t forget the experience, that’s for sure. Nickelodeon Hotels and Resorts makes planning a sophisticated family vacation that’s appealing to ALL ages a reality. While you’ll find activities around every corner that will solicit big smiles from the littles, kid-level fun isn’t so in your face that you feel like adults weren’t thought about at all. Every detail is well-thought out to make the vacation enjoyable, no matter the ages or interests. You’ll have all-inclusive access to Spanish lessons, exercise, dance and cooking classes, gourmet dining experiences and non-stop water activities. Not to mention an on-site spa for when you need to breakaway for much-needed alone time. Let the concierge help you step outside the resort for scuba diving trips, fishing and island tours, snorkeling, zip lining and more!

spongbobs-housephoto: Pineapple Villa

A Spongebob Immersion
Your littlest Spongebob fans will have their minds blown with a stay in the Pineapple Villa, aka Spongebob’s swanky Caribbean digs. There’s only one of these beauties at the resort, but there are three other Super Pool Villas that offer the exact amenities, just without the signature pineapple entrance. These 1,500-square-foot, 2 bedroom/3-bath villas include a lush garden, private outdoor shower, butler service and a reserved cabana at the beach.

punta-cana-pool-villaphoto: Super Pool Villa

The roundup of accommodation options
Besides the villas, Nickelodeon Resort has several options that make great spots to rest your square pants for the night. The suites feature 1 king or 2 double beds, a pull-out sofa, dining room, TV, play area and a spacious balcony with sitting area. The swim-up suites have everything we just listed, but the added benefit of having a pool right at your back door, just off your terrace complete with lounge seats. These smaller pools are at the base of the suite buildings and are for guests staying in the swim-up suites only.

Pad Suite Nickelodeon Punta Canaphoto: Nickelodeon Resort Pad Suite

We see you looking at the bath tub visible from the room. No worries, a screen lowers for privacy so you don’t feel like you’re splashing about in a fish bowl.

Swim up Flat Suite Nickeledeon Punta Canaphoto: Swim-Up Flat Suite

Some of the larger suites feature a master bedroom and private wrap-around balcony with a private plunge pool and sitting area.

punta-cana-poolphoto: Pool time via Maria Chambers

Get your fins wet
The resort has two pools open to all resort guests, the Infinity Pool and the Activity Pool. Both are just steps from the golden sands of Uvero Alto Beach’s sparkling ocean waters. The Infinity Pool is a great spot to submerge and enjoy the serenity of vacation or watch the sun set, while the Activity Pool is a prime spot for getting silly with water games and partaking in the daily instructor-led exercise classes.

aqua-nickphoto: Aqua Nick

Relaxing by the pool is great and all, but sometimes you want your water play to come with a side of rowdy fun. Aqua Nick gives kids a chance to let loose with water slides, splash pads, spray grounds and a lazy river. Oh, and no Nickelodeon experience is complete without a sliming. Throw your name in for a chance to get slimed! Aqua Nick is a bit removed from the other two pools and restaurants.  If you find yourself hungry while you’re visiting that section of the resort, Nick Bites is steps from the pool and features light meals and cold drinks. Perfect for throwing down some food quick, and then getting back to aiming that water cannon at a deserving sibling.

sugarcane-punta-cana-feastphoto: Breakfast feasting at Sugarcane via Maria Chambers

Where to grab grub
The dining options are almost endless and the food is prepared with all ages in mind. With 12 restaurants on site and 24-hour room service, there’s not chance you’ll find yourself feeling hungry.

Sugarcane is a swell spot to hit for breakfast. Their breakfast buffet is something that must be experienced, offering fresh juices, omelets, waffles, eggs, cheese and meats — really anything you could imagine putting in your tummy first thing in the morning.

brgsphphoto: BRGRS.PH

BRGRS.PH is a favorite lunch spot, with a cool food truck inside the restaurant where a chef prepares many of the food options on board, while another crew works in the kitchen.

Fresco Gourmet Cornerphoto: Fresco

If you’re starving, but finding it hard to break from water play, give Fresco a shout. As per the name, Fresco delivers fresh, creative and delicious offerings in an “al fresco” setting. Grab a quick meal or drink at the swim-up bar, being sure to give their daily ceviche creation using bounties fresh from the sea a try.

spacewalker-punta-canaphoto: Spacewalker, Interstellar Cuisine

For a cool vibe that will keep the kids distracted while you sneak in a bit of adult conversation, moonwalk over to Spacewalker. We can almost guarantee they’ve never been in a space like this and they’ll busy themselves the whole meal just taking it all in. Be sure to be on the lookout for the spacesuit hanging about, it makes for a great photo opp for the littles who find space travel awe-inspiring.

Doppio Coffeephoto: Doppio Coffee and Tea

Jazz up your personality with a caffeine fix when you find yourself dragging by stopping over at Doppio Coffee and Tea, where you’ll find variety of speciality coffees, teas and a glass case of gourmet sweets you won’t be able to resist. Don’t forget, this is all-inclusive, so make it a double!

punta-cana-swim-up-barphoto: Chillin’ at the Jazmin Swim-Up Bar and Deck

Take a break from your game of Marco Polo to shark up to Jazmin Swim-Up Bar and Deck overlooking the ocean for a mocktail made just for your little guppy. While they’re sucking down a fruity treat, ask the barkeep to whip up the adult version for you.

Add a little character to your day
Spongebob and his quirky sidekick, Patrick, might be two of the most recognizable Nickelodeon characters, but they’re certainly not the only. A visit to Character Central will be rewarded with one-on-one encounters and photo opps with Dora the Explorer, Chase and Marshal from PAW Patrol, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, the Fairly Odd Parents and more!

character-breakfast-punta-canaphoto: Character Breakfast at Zest via Maria Chambers

If you’d prefer to break bread and play along with these fun lovers, consider booking the Character Breakfast at Zest, a mediterrean restaurant with food displays for breakfast and lunch and an a la carte menu for dinner. Note: while the resort is all-inclusive, the character breakfast is an extra charge, but the giggles you’ll garner from your little travel mates make it well worth the extra coin.

just-kiddinphoto: Just Kiddin

Sneak in adult time with your love by dropping kids ages 4-12 years old for supervised free play at Just Kiddin, which is part clubhouse, part artist’s studio. Take this time to dine at Kitchen 23, an adults-only experience with culinary creations and cocktails using imaginative ingredients and techniques. Wash down the meal with a sangria at Vino Vino before shuttling the kids back to your room.

nickelodeon-punta-cana-tate-beachphoto: Making a run for the salty fun via Maria Chambers

Best time to drop in on Punta Cana
Because Punta Cana is in the Caribbean, the weather is beautiful all year round. If you’re looking to hit this hotspot during a quieter, less crowded time, consider traveling March-May when the highs average in the low 80s. Hurricane season is June-November, but your chances of getting great weather are still pretty good. The warmest months on the island are June-September. If you’re considering visiting during peak season, December-February, it’s advised to plan 6 months out.

punta-canaphoto: the view from above en route to Punta Cana via Maria Chambers

  • Travel tips
    Be sure to travel with cash! Each traveler entering the Dominican Republic must pay a $10 cash-only fee.
  • Electric outlets are the same as in the US and Canada, so no need to worry about bringing adapters for all those electronics you won’t need because you’ll be outside soaking up the sunshine!
  • The language spoken on the island is Spanish, but most resort employees are fluent in English, so communicating won’t be a problem. But, hey! It’d be a good time to test out those two years of Spanish your mom made you take in high school, si?
  • Shuttles are available from the Punta Cana Airport, which is about 25 miles south of the resort. Be sure to schedule this through the resort prior to your arrival.
  • Set expectations – some kids dream of shell collecting when you tell them a beach vacation is on the horizon. You won’t likely find shells of any significance on Punta Cana.
  • The selection of sunscreens is limited, so if you have a favorite or have kids with sensitive skin, consider bringing your own from home.
  • While the gift shop sells boogie boards and some toss-around toys, there are no buckets and shovels available for purchase. If you’re looking to do some serious castle building, pack your own supplies.

Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts
Daily rates starting at $375/adult, $281/teen, $100/child (based on double occupancy)
Carr Uvero Alto
Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
Online: nickresortpuntacana.com

Have you vacationed in Punta Cana with the family? Share your experience in the comments below!

— Maria Chambers