We recently returned from a 9 day family vacation at the Now Larimar resort in Punta Cana, all I can say is WOW! From the moment we checked in, we had people waiting on us hand and foot! When we arrived we were taken to the prefered club where Marcelino checked us in. We even had drinks waiting for us (they even opened them for us!). Everyone was so friendly and made us feel at home. Marcelino (one of our favorites) thoroughly explained the resort and its ammenities to us, he walked us to our room and talked to us a little more and our luggage arrived to our room shortly after. We stayed in the ocean front master suite, room 1491 and it was INCREDIBLE! First thing when you walk in all you see is ocean, ocean, ocean! The deck is also amazing including a breakfast table, two lounge chairs, and a wonderful jacuzzi hot tub which we used every night! But the view was the most incredible thing about the room. Our room had two bathrooms, a master bedroom attatched to a sitting room area that had a pull out couch where our teenage daughter slept; the bedrooms could be closed off however with sliding doors which made it nice to have our own sleeping space. The money we paid for the upgrade was beyond worth what we paid for it!!!!! The cleanliness of the hotel and grounds were quite phenomenal as well, never a palm tree branch out of place. The floors were contantly being mopped and garbage picked up off the beach! It made the experience even more pleasurable. I would definitely have to say that being part of the prefered club made things more luxurious. There are special beach areas, pools, and eating sections for the prefered club that let's say... get a little more service and attention. Then there is the prefered club lounge which is nice to go grab a bottle of water or some snacks. The beach is very beautiful with a lot of space so your not beach chair to beach chair with other people. The water is nice too, but there was quite a bit of debris and seaweed that gets washed in, which makes the water unpleasant to swim in at times. There is always a crew out on the beach though who work hard to keep the beach clean and we usually tried to tip them, but one guy gave them a bag of tootsie sucker pops and they were thrilled by them! We took many walks down the beach both ways and I have to say that it is very safe, one word of caution though is the people who will buzz around you to try and sell you stuff. If you're not interested just say no thanks and don't stop walking, if you are, never take their set price. My daughter went parasailing and the guy wanted $80 for two people but they eventually got the guy down to $50 for two. It get's a little annoying after a while but you do have to just remember that it's how these people make a living. The food was okay, it wasn't outstanding, but it wasn't terrible either. Our favorite restraunts were the Habatchi spice grill and the italian, the French restaurant was pretty good too (which is where we met Manuel Enrique, he was by far our favorite waiter! He loved us and took amazing care of us!) Our least favorite was the Bluewater Grill, the steaks and ribs were so fatty that they were unapitizing to eat, it was just a very dissapointing meal. We went to the buffet for dinner a few times and it was okay, the meals they cook you to order were the best (and the hottest!) We ate breakfast at the buffet every morning which was decent. The fruit is very good and fresh, and the cooked to order omletes were also very good. We went to the new part of the resort and ordered a la carte breakfast which was pretty good. I wouldn't say that the food ever made us sick, but it definitely messed with and changed our stomach patterns. The amount of activites and shows that the entertainment team puts on was stellar! They are very wonderful! They all really loved my teenage daughter, they would always wave to her and get her to play volleyball or do zumba by the pool, they just make sure that everyone is having a great time! The entire entertainment crew is great, but our favorites were smiley, babyface, and chocolate, they were always putting a smile on our face! Bartending service on the beach was great, Mercedes was always ensuring that we were taken care of! Our favorite bartenders were Mercedes, Smill, Johan, and Carlos (from the sports bar). One of the nights we were there the local market was set up in the common area, it was cool to see, but most of the stuff they sell is the same and probably just cheap merchandise. My daughter wanted a t-shirt and they guy offered $18 dollars for it, wich was outrageous! The people at the market are also very pushy, putting necklaces on you that you wern't even looking at. We just shopped for souvenirs at the resort store which was actually surprisingly cheap and nicer to shop at. If you do buy things at the market though, don't take any more than half of what they offer you. We had family pictures taken at the photshop on site and it was a fun experience, the photoshoot itself is free, but the pictures are $12 each which is somewhat reasonable. The pictures are very high quality and were worth the time and money. My daughter took a private tennis lesson while we were there and she loved it! She said the tennis pro is very encouraging but he pushed her very hard but I could see an improvement in her skills after one lesson! My daughter also went to the Eclipse disco every night with some friends she had met and she said that she had a lot of fun there, and that the entertainment crew really gets you going! We visited the prefered club a few times during our stay to say hello to Marcelino and everytime we were greeted with a big smile, hugs and "hello family!" That just goes to show what great service this resort has and how they really make you feel welcome. We had an amazing vacation that was worth the price and the traveling time it took for us to get there. A great place for a family vacation and even a couples vacation. We are looking forward to returning one day to one of the best resorts we have ever been to! A special thanks to Marcelino, Mercedes, Smill, Johan, Carlos (from the sports bar), Manuel Enrique, Chocolate, Baby Face, and Smiley! You made our vacation even more wonderful!
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