We have just returned from the GBP Punta Cana, our stay was from 03/23 to 03/30 2012 and we had a fabulous stress free Vacation thanks to the Staff, especially Andrea and Carmen (our housekeepers) and Manuel (the Bellhop) for their service above and beyond, which made our stay that much better! Muchas gracias su arduo trabajo se aprecia!
This resort is very large and can handle over 6500 guests at any given time between all of the properties, so if it is a more personal experience you are looking for find a smaller resort, that aside this resort brings alot of different cultures together, which is very nice.
Our room(building 36) was a little outdated, however still very comfortable, the food, while not North American standards for the beef, chicken and pork, was overall very good buffet style with fresh fruit and vegetables and always a very nice presentation of the dishes. We only got to try one a la carte, the Mexican, which was fair, nothing spectacular, Just a hint, as soon as you check in, get in line at the guest services desk in the lobby and book your 3 (maximum) right away, just watch your times if you plan excursions as some are a full day and may conflict with your reservations.
The beach and pools, though very crowded at the best of times, were very enjoyable and clean, however something should be done by the Hotel to prevent guests from having beach and pool chairs reserved with towels and belongings all over the Resort, I do not have an answer for this problem, I can tell you it is frustrating, but not the end of the world.
There are plenty of vendors around the Resort, most such as the ones on the beach are just trying to make a few bucks, however the ones in the courtyard shops are relentless, pushy and at times pirannah like. They can be haggled, however they do not make much money in life, so be fair, but also watch your exchange rates so you know how good the deal really is.
Must travel items: immodium whether you have a gentle stomach or not, band-aids (2 Usd for 10 band-aids in a courtyard shop), bactine or calamine lotion for bug bites(we were not affected but we met a couple who were badly bitten by something all over their legs...still not sure what) and sun block not sunscreen or you will burn.
If you are an internet hound or a business traveller, there is free wi-fi in the lobby, but we saw a sign to have it in your room as an option....for a mere $ 55 Usd for a week..a little rich, to each their own.
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