Punta Cana airport has the most Instagram worthy lounge amenity we’ve ever seen. There’s a swimming pool overlooking the runway!
And they just opened a second, much larger VIP lounge in October 2023. Here’s a video walkthrough of the new VIP lounge.
Priority Pass Lounge at PUJ
Both the original PUJ VIP lounge and the new lounge that opened in October 2023 have been free for Priority Pass holders.
However, the airport’s contract with Priority Pass Lounges expired on November 1 so the cost to enter was $25 per person. After spending 6 nights at Secrets Cap Cana and Hyatt Zilara Cap Cana (for free with Hyatt Points), we were some of the 1st Priority Pass holders to get charged for entry.
Hopefully, the lounges will renegotiate their contracts quickly and Punta Cana will once again be on the list of free Priority Pass lounges.
New PUJ Airport Lounge Pool
Located in the newest section of Terminal B, the new VIP Lounge with pool is across from Gate 30. To get there, stay to the left as you exit security.
You’ll have a 5-10 minute walk and the new lounge will be on your left, just past Criollitos candy shop.
After you take the elevator up, you enter this gorgeous lounge.
It’s nicer than any Centurion Lounge I’ve visited and it’s not much of a step below the Chase Sapphire Lounge that we visited on our New England fall road trip.
The main buffet was well stocked with fruits, vegetables and several hot dishes. There’s a definite Dominican flair but it seems like there’s something for everyone to eat.
Original PUJ Airport Pool Lounge
On the other end of Terminal B, near Gate 24, you’ll find the original VIP Airport lounge whose pool has been photographed by hundreds of social media influencers.
And now Zuzu’s been able to dip her toes in the PUJ pool!
To get to this lounge, stay right after you exit Terminal B security and take the elevators near Gate 24.
Even though it’s incredibly exciting to have a pool at an airport lounge, the rest of the lounge is small and pretty forgettable.
With the Priority Pass contract having expired the day before we arrived, the lounge was practically deserted.
But even with almost no one there, it’s a pretty small lounge. Nothing like the new lounge near Gate 30.
Food options at the original PUJ pool lounge were much fewer than at the new lounge.
Airport Lounge Cost
On the day that we visited, the cost to enter these lounges was $25. However, the official website still shows $55 or $35 when paying with an American Express card.
The Best Airport Lounge?
While the original PUJ Airport Lounge was famous for its pool, the new lounge might have a claim to being one of the best airport lounges in the world. The space, views, food and drinks were all about good as it gets. And then they’ve got a pool!
After 6 free nights at a pair of Punta Cana adults only all inclusives, the new lounge was a fantastic way to end our vacation in the Dominican Republic!
As long as Priority Pass holders can get in free, this is a must visit lounge when flying through Punta Cana. And even at $25 or even $55 per person, it stacks up well against other airport lounges.