Aerial View of Macao Beach in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

Read, Relax, Repeat: Beach Reads & Island Breezes Await You in the Dominican Republic

Imagine starting your new year with a resolution to read and travel more and then finding a perfect blend of both in a picturesque beach setting! 

As a bibliophile who loves travel, I was excited to hear about the new “Pages in Paradise” program launching in January 2024 at Dreams Macao Beach Punta Cana, a luxurious all-inclusive resort in the Dominican Republic. 

In fact, I may have started checking plane ticket prices right away! I mean, a warm getaway in the middle of the cold winter months with nothing to do but lounge on the beach with a book in my hand? Sign me up!

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This unique collaboration between Apple Vacations, Belletrist Book Club, and Penguin Random House is a dream come true for bibliophiles and wanderlust enthusiasts alike. 

Aerial View of Macao Beach in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
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Beach Reads & Island Breezes

Picture this: Lounging on the sun-kissed sands of Punta Cana with a captivating book in hand, gifted to you by the experts of Belletrist. 

The resort’s newly unveiled lobby library, filled with a curated collection of beach reads, is just the beginning of this literary paradise. Co-founders of Belletrist, Emma Roberts and Karah Preiss, have handpicked each book, including intriguing titles like Priya Guns’ Your Driver is Waiting, Emma Cline’s The Guest, and Zadie Smith’s The Fraud

And the best part? Guests can reserve their beach reads in advance, making the arrival as smooth and delightful as the island breeze.

“One of the things we get asked the most by friends and the Belletrist community is: I am going on vacation, what should I bring to read on my trip? We are so excited to partner with Apple Vacations on a hotel library at Dreams Macao Beach Punta Cana because it means that hotel-goers will have access to all the books we love and discover new authors without [packing] books in their suitcases!” shared Karah Preiss, Co-Founder of Belletrist.

With “Pages in Paradise,” this concern vanishes, as guests have access to engaging reads without the hassle of carrying them in their suitcases. It’s a brilliant concept, combining the love for travel and literature seamlessly.

But the experience doesn’t stop at the library. “Pages in Paradise” goes a step further with a “Poolside Pages Happy Hour.” 

Imagine sipping on a themed book-of-the-month specialty cocktail, the “Pages Pour” while diving into the pages of your chosen novel by the resort’s Infinity Pool. 

Each cocktail is inspired by a book, like a blueberry mojito in honor of Emily Henry’s Happy Place, or a Sea Breeze, the favorite drink of Nina Riva from Taylor Jenkins Reid’s Malibu Rising. It’s a celebration of literature in every sip.

About Belletrist

Belletrist, since its inception in 2017 by Emma Roberts and Karah Preiss, has evolved into a community that celebrates great books and the authors and readers who cherish them. 

Their partnership with Penguin Random House for the “Pages in Paradise” selections, available in both English and Spanish, speaks volumes about their dedication to fostering a community of book lovers.

“Books have always had the power to transport us, whether to a new romance, a different era, or a fantasy land. That’s why this partnership with Apple Vacations and Belletrist is so exciting – we get to bring readers to an amazing new destination with curated beach reads at their fingertips. I can think of no greater escape! We can’t wait to bring this program to life for avid readers everywhere,” said Carly Gorga, Director of Brand Marketing at Penguin Random House.

Dreams Macao Beach Punta Cana
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About Dreams Macao Beach Punta Canta

Dreams Macao Beach Punta Cana, part of the AMR Collection, offers an idyllic haven for both families and couples. Located in Playa Macao, the resort features 500 luxuriously appointed suites, including spacious villas with extensive amenities. 

Guests can enjoy limitless gourmet dining, top-shelf spirits, a world-class Spa by Pevonia®, and a water park complete with slides and a lazy river. 

The resort provides a unique blend of serenity and adventure, with facilities for tennis, volleyball, aerobics, dance classes, water sports, and more. 

There’s also a special Explorer’s Club for kids and a Core Zone Teens Club, ensuring fun for all ages.

Enter to Win a Bibliophile Tropical Vacation

Those eager to be a part of this literary journey can enter to win a trip to Dreams Macao Beach Punta Cana, along with a signed copy of the January book-of-the-month, Holding Pattern by Jenny Xie from Apple Vacations – the giveaway launches in January 2024. 

For more information on this enchanting escape & for a chance to win, visit

Bavaro Beach, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
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More to Do in Punta Cana

For those staying at Dreams Macao Beach Punta Cana and looking to explore beyond the resort, plenty of activities and attractions are nearby to enhance your vacation experience. 

  1. Visit Macao Beach: This beach is known for its stunning views and is the perfect spot for relaxation and water activities.
  2. Explore Bavaro Beach: Bavaro Beach is another beautiful coastal spot, offering a range of experiences from serene walks to exciting water sports.
  3. Tropical Treasure: This is a must-visit for nature lovers and offers a unique beach experience.
  4. Relax at Arena Gorda Beach: Arena Gorda is a great place to enjoy the sun and sand in a more tranquil setting.
  5. Enjoy Sirenis Aquagames Punta Cana: This water park is perfect for a fun day with family or friends.
  6. Rock Spa: Indulge in self-care and relaxation.
  7. Dance at ORO Nightclub: TLocated 4.6 miles from the resort, this is a fun destination for those looking to experience the vibrant nightlife of Punta Cana.

FAQ for Visiting Dreams Macao Beach Punta Cana

Do I need a passport to travel to Dreams Macao Beach Punta Cana?

Yes, if you’re traveling from outside the Dominican Republic, you will need a valid passport. It’s essential to check that your passport is valid for at least six months beyond your planned departure date from the Dominican Republic.

What is the closest airport to Dreams Macao Beach Punta Cana?

The closest airport is Punta Cana International Airport (PUJ). It’s the most convenient option for travelers heading to Dreams Macao Beach Punta Cana, offering numerous international flights.

What is the best time to visit Dreams Macao Beach Punta Cana?

The best time to visit is from December to April when the weather is warm and sunny. This is also the peak tourist season. Plan your visit in late spring or fall for fewer crowds and potentially lower rates.

What currency is used in the Dominican Republic?

The Dominican Peso (DOP) is the official currency. However, US Dollars are widely accepted in tourist areas. It’s still a good idea to have some local currency for smaller purchases and when venturing outside tourist spots.

Can I use my credit cards and ATM cards in Punta Cana?

Major credit cards are widely accepted at the resort and in most tourist areas. ATMs are also available, but it’s advisable to check with your bank about international transaction fees.

Is English widely spoken at Dreams Macao Beach Punta Cana?

Resort staff members are generally bilingual, and English is commonly spoken. However, outside the resort Spanish is predominant, especially in less touristy areas.

For specific and up-to-date information, consult official resources or contact the resort directly.

Books & Beaches – A Blissful Vacation in Paradise

“Pages in Paradise” is an experience that intertwines the joy of reading with the bliss of travel. It’s a reminder that sometimes, the best stories are found not just within the pages of a book but in the adventures that await us in the real world. Happy reading and traveling!