Are you dreaming of a summer holiday? Nickelodeon Resort in Punta Cana and Cancun are excellent options for seaside vacations in a tropical paradise with palm-fringed beaches, azure waters, warm days, and abundant serenity.
You might think these sound like the perfect places for an idyllic romantic break or a honeymoon, and they are, but they’re also ideal when you have children tagging along. The Caribbean overflows with welcoming hospitality toward families and offers exciting activities to keep the gang busy.
When you visit either of these destinations, you should visit one of the latest developments from Nickelodeon Resorts, offering the ultimate solutions when you’re looking for fun-filled family vacations that suit all ages.
Come with us as we explore Nickelodeon Resort in Punta Cana and Cancún.
What to Expect When Visiting Nickelodeon Resorts
Nickelodeon resorts offer a range of destinations where your imagination can come out to play. Here you’ll bump into popular Nicktoons characters like Spongebob Square Pants, the Paw Patrol, Angelica Pickles, Chuckie Finster, Dora the Explorer, and their sidekicks.
The resort decor and amenities in the themed areas center around these beloved characters, and while the focus is firmly on a younger audience, there’s plenty for all ages to enjoy at Nickelodeon Resorts.
Goofy fun is the order of the day during set daily activities, and the staff never break character during these interactions, transporting everyone into the magical world of make-believe.
Each resort offers a unique portfolio of amenities, but you can look forward to swimming pools, fun and games, great food, and comfortable rooms, whichever one you choose.
You’ll find two Nickelodeon resorts in the Caribbean, namely Nickelodeon Resort Punta Cana and Nickelodeon Resort Riviera Maya, near Cancún.
Nickelodeon Resort Punta Cana
Nickelodeon Resort Punta Cana is part of the Karisma Hotels and Resorts chain which manages a host of world-class properties in the most sought-after destinations.
The Punta Cana offering is located in the heart of Punta Cana’s vacation action, 10 miles from the 18-hole Cana Bay Golf Club and about 35 minutes from PUJ airport.
At this resort, adults can lap up the luxury while their children revel in the delights offered during a fully inclusive stay.
With a wealth of activities, gourmet-themed dining, and excellent accommodations, you’re assured of a vacation to remember at Nickelodeon Resort Punta Cana.
Accommodation at Nickelodeon Punta Cana
Most of the accommodation at Nickelodeon Punta Cana comprises suites with a sliding door separating the main sleeping area from the living areas, although others are open-plan with shared living and sleeping spaces.
All the rooms have marble bathrooms, outdoor seating, plenty of closets and storage space, a balcony, and a refrigerator that’s restocked with complimentary snacks and water daily.
The four swish two-bedroom, two-story Super Villas have an outdoor bathtub and shower surrounded by privacy walls, a private courtyard with a garden, and an infinity pool.
The Nickelodeon Resort shares a property with Karisma’s adults-only Sensatori Resort, which has a separate lobby but shares the restaurants and recreational facilities. As a result, the Nickelodeon branding is kept to a minimum in the common areas, with touches of orange and a few accent pieces shaped like the Nick airship.
Nest Swim-Up Suites have a spacious deck with loungers, a daybed, and direct access to a section of the pool. These large suites have a king bed and a sleeper sofa in an open-plan layout.
The Pineapple Villa is a super exclusive and costly option with two bedrooms, three bathrooms, and a private pool. When you book this accommodation, you’ll be bombarded with more Nickelodeon-themed décor than in the others.
For the ultimate convenience, guests use orange-colored electronic bracelets instead of room keys.
Dining at Nickelodeon Punta Cana
Nickelodeon Punta Cana offers a concierge service for restaurant reservations and suggestions stationed at reception.
There is no shortage of fine fare at this full-service resort, which offers a variety of dining options, including nine restaurants and four bars. These are:
The largest restaurant on the property serves superb buffet-style lunches, breakfasts, and dinners at multiple stations staggered around the room to avoid congestion.
Bottomless Bloody Marys and Mimosas are available every day during brunch time.
You can help yourself to as much of the delicious food as you like, and there are chefs on hand to whip up omelets, sandwiches, and pasta dishes according to your preferences.
A carving station and seafood table serve the needs of carnivores well, with an array of mouthwateringly succulent fish and meat dishes.
An ice cream and yogurt station where you can order custom shakes and smoothies is a highlight, as are the homemade dipping sauces and preserves.
In the marketplace section, you will enjoy a taste of the Dominican Republic’s best local produce. The huge array of colorful fruits and veggies includes favorites like pineapples and melons, as well as lesser-known delights such as starfruits and soursops.
You can enjoy these delicacies as they are, or blended into refreshing drinks. For a novel treat, try the perfectly roasted yucca and eggplant dishes.
At Verdello, you can sample wonderful Southern Italian-inspired dishes, including risotto and mini pizzas. Wok Wok stands out for its pan-Asian pad thai, sushi, and coconut mahi mahi.
An uber-cool indoor food truck called BRGRS PH serves the biggest burgers you’ve ever seen.
Try something different at Spacewalker with its unusual touches, like providing space helmets for diners and ‘interstellar cuisine’, comprising Indian, Spanish, and Italian fare. As soon as you’re seated, Spacewalker arrives with a selection of appetizers to kick off this unusual dining experience.
All the restaurants at Nickelodeon Resorts offer the same kiddie menu.
There are a few options for poolside drinks and dining too, namely the swim-up bar, Lighthouse Caribbean Fare, and Aqua Bite at the waterpark. Extra beverage options include Vino Vino for cocktails and Doppio for coffee and tea.
As if that wasn’t enough, diners are invited to regular food events, like weekly Taste of the World affairs with many food stations featuring dishes from all over and outdoor drinks stations serving novel drinks.
Nickelodeon Punta Cana On-Site Amenities
Nickelodeon Place is where youngsters can immerse themselves fully in the world of Nickelodeon, with many opportunities for interacting with characters from their favorite shows.
Water activities are always one of the top attractions at theme parks like Disney World, Legoland, and Dollywood. Likewise, Aqua Nick is the main attraction at Nickelodeon Place.
This large water park offers:
- Small slides
- Rope bridges
- Splash pads
- Enclosed slides
- A lazy river
A bucket that randomly tips water over unsuspecting bathers and the nostril-shaped shower outlets provide endless delight for water-loving children.
The Slimalator is a top attraction for spectators as it discharges the trademark Nickelodeon slime all over those who sign up for this paid activity.
At Character Central’s Plaza Orange, cast members invite kids to join in Nickelodeon-themed fun and games and pose for photos with admirers of all generations.
Be sure to download the Karisma app on arrival to stay up-to-date with the daily schedule of cast member appearances.
On your way out of Nickelodeon Place, be sure to stop off at the Nick Knacks gift shop to pick up gifts and souvenirs to commemorate your stay.
If your kids like hanging out with Nickelodeon celebs, you can book a character breakfast at the Zest restaurant. Here, you will enjoy a buffet meal, photo ops with your children’s favorite characters, and a lively show.
The evening entertainment includes family-friendly shows at the theater and outdoor movie nights for the kids. You can also tap your feet to live music in the courtyard of the Gourmet Village and the Vino Vino lounge.
Archery, ping pong, tennis, and soccer are on offer at the Sports Hub, and you can learn salsa and merengue at the resort dance studio. Adults can also start their day with yoga, and aqua aerobics classes are available daily.
At the Vassa Spa, you can spoil yourself with stress-relieving massages and beauty treatments, or book the Princess for a Day package for a real treat.
Exploring the Area
Outside the resort, there are many diversions to explore near Punta Cana. Pencil some of these on your to-do list:
- Visit Altos de Chavón historic village
- Sail a catamaran to Saona Island
- Take a boat tour
- Play golf at Cana Golf Course
- See Indigenous Eyes Ecological Park
- Ride an off-road bike
- Try your luck at the Hard Rock Casino
Punta Cana is also an excellent choice for snorkelers and scuba divers, with interesting shipwreck sites to explore.
Getting Around the Dominican Republic
Nickelodeon Resort Punta Cana does not offer free airport shuttles. The resort provides golf carts for guests to travel to the aqua park.
If you want to venture further afield, you can use the metro subway, call an Uber, or hire a taxi.
Nickelodeon Resort Cancún
Following the success of Nickelodeon Resort Punta Cana, Karisma Resorts went one better with the launch of Nickelodeon Riviera Maya. The resort is awash with familiar Nickelodeon branding plus a few extras to make your stay unforgettable!
Located 17 miles from Cancún International Airport, the resort is a five-star experiential playground for the young and the young at heart.
Cancún is a popular destination amongst US travelers thanks to its easy accessibility, beautiful coastline, great weather, and excellent resorts. It’s a popular spring break destination with a bustling nightlife and easy walkability along the hotel strip.
Now, Cancún is reinventing itself as a family destination par excellence thanks to this playful addition to its coastline.
Nickelodeon Resort Riviera Maya features more characters, thrilling activities, and fully inclusive stays to create the ultimate Caribbean family getaway.
Accommodation at Nickelodeon Resort Cancún
Nickelodeon Resort Riviera Maya offers 280 expansive suites, all with panoramic views of the beautiful Caribbean Sea. Each suite has access to a pool either directly or via private swim-up access to the resort pool.
Special Luxury Suites
These 3000-square-foot themed suites have a large master bedroom with an en-suite spa-style bathroom, one double bedroom with two queen beds, and a second bathroom. The colorful living areas have Murphy beds and sofa beds.
Huge outdoor terraces open up to infinity plunge pools and ocean views. The final touch is an en-suite butler to help you arrange beach dinners, private wine tastings, spa treatments, and other exclusive activities.
When you book these luxury suites, you will enjoy many gifts and activities courtesy of the Karisma hotel chain..
The Pineapple Suite is Spongebob-themed, the Lair Suite pays tribute to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and the Big Kahuna Suite celebrates Nickelodeon animation through the years.
All the suites are 581 square feet in size, with either a king or queen bed in the bedroom and a Murphy bed and sofa bed in the living room.
The pool deck suites have direct access to the pool deck level swimming pool, while the oceanfront rooms on floors two to five have access to a private plunge pool on their oversized balconies.
The penthouse suites have private plunge pools on the balcony, and interconnected suites on each level. The interconnected suites are perfect for extended family holidays, extra space, or enhanced privacy.
Dining at Nickelodeon Resort Cancún
True to form, this resort provides plenty of excellent meals in a selection of six restaurants and three bars. If online reviews are anything to go by, the service is outstanding at every one of them.
Dining can be one of the most expensive parts of your vacation budget when staying at a themed resort. Fortunately, the Nickelodeon Riviera Maya resort offers all-inclusive stays that include these eateries:
Enjoy dishes from around the world at this seaside restaurant, where the emphasis is on wholesome ingredients and family fun. The decor is exquisite,, and the buffet spread is highly rated when compared to other fully-inclusive resorts.
The kids’ section has a specialized buffet and a downsized layout for the little ones to enjoy.
Inspired by the silver screen, Good Burger is a playful venue where you order your dessert from an ice cream truck inside the restaurant. The experience hinges on playful touches, from using phrases from Nickelodeon hits to the servers’ classic pinstriped uniforms.
Dedicated to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ favorite food, this restaurant serves up simple salads, flatbreads, and pizzas with a twist. You can watch your pizza cooking in the see-through ovens and you might end up sharing your table with a turtle.
Another perfectly playful family spot, Le Spatula offers market-style dining and plenty of fun for everyone. Here, every food item is an artwork that looks too good to eat, and you can customize dessert to suit your whims.
This restaurant focuses on breakfast and lunch dishes and is also the hub of character dining at the resort. When you book one of these Pajama Jam experiences, you’ll get to meet the Paw Patrol, Dora and Boots, SpongeBob and Patrick, and Wanda and Cosmo.
Character dining, along with ‘sliming’ are two of the few paid activities at this resort.
Bikini Bottom Bar
Lap up a laid-back beach vibe washed down by signature cocktails and accented by sea views. This venue makes the most of its Caribbean location and also serves some great light meals.
Snick Lounge is a nostalgic ’90s-inspired space. It offers a games room, a live music venue, and a sports lounge. Get comfortable on the Big Orange Couch while you sip and socialize in this vibrant space.
These poolside outlets are located at Aqua Nick for convenient meals in among the fun. They’re alfresco eateries and serve up simple meals like burgers, pizzas, poke bowls, and hot dogs.
Aqua Bite restaurants are ideal for days when you don’t want to leave the park or get dressed up for lunch.
Thirsty? Paddle over to one of the two poolside bars for a refreshing soda or adult beverage.
You don’t need dining reservations for most of the restaurants at Nickelodeon Riviera Maya, but it’s best to check with the concierge before you make plans. Some of the establishments can get busy during the peak season.
Nickelodeon Resort Cancún On-site Amenities
Nickelodeon Resort Cancún goes all out in terms of activities for the whole family.
While it doesn’t have the epic proportions of Typhoon Lagoon, the Aqua Nick at this resort is about six acres. Some of the top hits include:
- Bikini Bottom Beach Playground
- Activity Pool
- Adventure River
- Lazy River
PAW Patrol Adventure Bay has multi-level play frames, oodles of water features and winding secret paths leading to fun slides.
Soak Summit provides glorious views from its 59-foot heights, where you can tackle multiple levels of water slides. The truly adventurous will love the Tidal Twister and the steep Epic Plunge.
If you prefer slightly more laid-back activities you can rent a cabana alongside the pool.
There’s also a well-equipped fitness center on-site for gym enthusiasts and a plush spa offering indulgent massages and beauty treatments.
Getting slimed at the Slime Station is a highlight of any visit to a Nickelodeon-themed resort. You can also win a free slime session by joining the Slime Time Live interactive trivia game show.
Entertainment and game shows take place at scheduled times at Plaza Orange, Club Nick, and the Main Stage. The resort also puts on regular events, like fiestas, water polo, Slime Nights, and swish Orange Carpet Events.
Exploring the Area
While the gorgeous beaches attract over 2 million people to Cancún every year, the area has something to offer everyone.
These are some of the top attractions:
- Temazcal ceremonies
- Sinkhole tours
- Jungle zip-lining
- A day trip to the Chichen Itza Ruins
- Riding on the Cancun Scenic Tower
- The Mercado 28 market
Scuba divers can visit the Underwater Museum crafted from sculptures designed to create coral reefs. If you enjoy hiking, you’ll find many lush environments to explore near the resort.
Getting Around in Cancún
Nickelodeon Resorts doesn’t offer free airport transfers but Fun Park Go can bundle your transfers to and from the resorts. For other off-site amenities, it’s best to call a taxi or an Uber.
Public transport can be crowded in Cancún.
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