Hotel Playa Grande

Hotel Playa Grande

Rio San Juan MTS PO Box 10, Puerto Plata 57000 Dominican Republic
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Welcome to Hotel Playa Grande, your Puerto Plata “home away from home.” Hotel Playa Grande aims to make your visit as relaxing and enjoyable as possible, which is why so many guests continue to come back year after year.

While staying at Occidental Allegro Playa Grande Hotel, visitors can check out Rayola Concept Store (1.9 km) and Fort San Felipe (2.2 km), some of Puerto Plata's top attractions.

Rooms at Hotel Playa Grande offer air conditioning providing exceptional comfort and convenience.

A pool and free breakfast will also help to make your stay even more special. If you are driving to Hotel Playa Grande, free parking is available.

If you’re looking for a pub, consider a visit to Tropical Bar, Lust Afterwork, or El Carey, which are all conveniently located a short distance from Hotel Playa Grande.

There is no shortage of things to do in the area: explore popular art museums such as Casa de Cultura.

Hotel Playa Grande puts the best of Puerto Plata at your fingertips, making your stay both relaxing and enjoyable.

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cozyozzy wrote a review Jan 2006
4.0 of 5 bubbles
My wife and I spent a weeks vacation here from Feb 18th to 26th 2005.This was our first trip to DR. and it was a fantastic resort!

Our flight arrived in Puerto Plata early morning 1am, our flights were via aircanada, and were on time. the only downfall to the trip was the drive to our resort. After we made various pit stops to drop off people to resorts along the way, our resort is the last one traveled by bus, which was 1 hr and 45 min drive away. This we didn't mind as it wasn't waisting valuable sun hours. When we arrived at our resort they were waiting for us and checked us in fine. I suggest getting the room safe upon arrival. you will pay for this at the end of your stay.

And so our vacation began...
The rooms were extremely clean and our ocean view with the golf course running along side the ocean was just breath taking. Mind you we didn't choose this resort to golf, you would see a few people on the course. It seemed expensive to me, especially when you had to pay for a caddy to come along just to watch you play.
The hotel overal exceeded our expectations as it is rated a 3 start and i would rate it a 4. The staff were very freindly and you soon knew that you would have to make sure you got down to the pool or beach early to ensure you had reseved a lounger. These were taken up quickly, especially if the weather was hot.
The food was great, i could eat anything mind you we decided that we would try to only eat meats or fish that was prepared infront of us. My wife didn't care much for the food, but the pasta she enjoyed. One special feature which we didn't realize until after a day or two, was that there was a special bar for aircanada passengers, i guess that's why we had a differnt color bracelet. This bar was set off to the side. It featured canadian food, chicken wings and fries.
Make sure you take tall insulated mugs with you so you don't have to keep running back to get drinks as they only use small glasses. It also makes your drinks stay colder.
The entertainment was a nightly feature, we even got sucked in a few times to get on stage. It seemed the week we stayed there there was 80% canadians staying at this resort.
The beach was awesome, you had a 10 min walk to get to the beach where you had to go down a bunch of stairs.... great exercise!! Once you got there you pretty much stayed there as there was food at the beach and also the beach bar. The red flag was up 5/8days we were there, we didn't mind that as you just didn't go out that far. The water was so much warmer than the atlantic ocean off Nova Scotia, that we didn't mind one bit.
We did the Jeep Safari tour which was well worth it!This is when we got to buy lots of cheap rum at a stop along the way. I brought lots back to canada, it was great stuff. We also did the snorkling venture, which my wife got a little sea sick on the way back as the day we went the waters got a little rough, she survived though. Next time we would just stay at the resort as it offered all we need for a relaxing trip.
We tried both restaurants on the resort they were okay, the itallian one really didn't have too much flavor as it was mainly tomatoe sauce. The main restaurant was just as good and offered the most selection. I think you still have to try it out for yourself as this was a time were you could dress up in casual wear, no shorts.
I definately recommend this resort to anyone! We will go back but in 2006 we are planning to go to Cuba.
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Date of stay: February 2005
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Roving11692 wrote a review Jan 2005
Ontario, Canada
3.0 of 5 bubbles
My family and I just returned home from this resort on January 19th, 2005. I had read all of the reviews before we left and definitely had some reservations. Due to our wonderful Canadian winters our flight was delayed and once in DR on the way to our resort the bus broke down. Could happen anywhere, but I will say that an hour and a half bus ride after a long plane ride is too far.(in hind sight) The tour company gave each set of people travelling a beautiful basket made up of DR rum, coffee, vanilla (light and dark) and a variety of candies for our two children. That definitely made up for the inconvenience. The hotel is very clean. The public washrooms are very well maintained, always had toliet paper and soap. Our room was spacious with plenty of room to unpacked a family of four stuff for a week. The room was cleaned everyday spotless, including fresh towels and sheets. Air conditioning and overhead fan worked well. The pool was plenty large enough and my younger child enjoyed the kiddie pool. The pool was extremely clean having a pool man cleaning out any leaves constantly. I am not a drinker, but those who did didn't seem to have any problem with the drinks. They had s great selectionof non alcoholic drinks that my kids and I enjoyed. There are no bottles of water at the resort as someone in a previous review had said. Each day you receive water in a jug that the maid fills for you daily. We brought 3 big water bottles and had them filled daily at breakfast to drink throughout the day and for brushing teeth. You can buy bottles of water but it is expensive and not necassary. Don't drink any water from the tap in the restrooms or your hotel room, your travel rep will explain that all of the ice, washed food and drinking water come from big jugs just like in Canada and is safe. The food was good. We only ate in the buffet restuarant due to a family food allergy. There was plenty of variety and my children were always full. The snack bar makes awesome chicken wings!!! We were never hungery but by the end of the week we became a little bored. Lots of different kinds of fish, the beef is tough but the bbq chicken and pork is fabulous. The staff were very friendly and included our children in everything. There is a mini disco at night for the kids which they enjoyed. The real show doesn't start until 9:45 pm which is fairly late after a full day in the sun. Caught two shows, they were fine, definitely not broadway but a great way to experience some local culture. The beach was amazing!!!! Don't plan in swimming in it if you have young children. Everyday was a red flag, the waves were awesome!!! My kids loved walking along the beach and letting the waves roll in to their knees. Beware of a very strong under toe!!! The life guards are keenly aware of the people in the water, blowing their whistles signalling people closer to shore often. The walk to the beach takes about 10 to 15 minutes depending on your slowest child. There are alot of stairs, but a platform every six stairs. The view is breathtaking, and the exercise down to the beach and back is welcomed after a few hours of sitting and eating.
Overall the value was great, and our time was too!
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Date of stay: January 2005
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emilyjane wrote a review Apr 2005
3.0 of 5 bubbles
3 of us just got back from a trip to this hotel. The flight getting there seemed to lag forever and when we got there we still had to endure another hour and a half on a huge bus to get to the hotel. The bus driver would slow down on bumps for the front tires but when it got to the back he would just zoom right over. So the ride can be a little uncomfortable for anyone who gets motion sickness easily.

We got to the hotel about 11 p.m. (DR time) and checking in didn't take too long considering how many people were in line. First impression of the bedroom was great but after having laid down on the bed, the sheets, the blanket (which was sooo thin it wasnt even a blanket) and the pillow cases had a funky smell to it. The bed was presentable but not very comfortable. You always ended up in the middle because the bed was not very firm. A couple of nights we ended up sleeping on the sofa bed instead. Everything else in the room was great. The balcony had a beautiful view of the pool and the stage so you could just sit there and watch the show from your room. The bathroom was average. The lighting in our bathroom was very dim so the door would have to be left open so you can get some light from the outside. I'm assuming it was just our bathroom because our friends bathroom was very well lit. Do not lift the garbages to move it because they have a drain on the floor that releases a nasty smell. Ours had no cover and our friends did so I guess it was just ours again. The shower shoots out so little water that it's difficult to wash long hair. Normally a shower would take me 10 minutes, here it took me 20. Towels are not washed (if you notice the sign by your bathtub) unless you put it in the laundry bag (which I could not find) or if it is on the floor. You get 3 towel cards per room (for the pool and beach) but do not lose these cards, they cost $20 USD to replace. If you can, bring your own towel. You wont have to worry about losing one of theirs and paying the $20 USD. The tv has some good channels. Some of the channels are a little fuzzy but you could still watch. Everyday they had Newlyweds and Ashlee Simpson Show and one night we even caught the Apprentice. The guys caught a basketball game too. There is one naughty channel on late at night for anyone who is interested ;)

We caught the breakfast buffet once and the selection was ok. They had omlettes and a bunch of toppings you could add yourself. I stuck with the fried sausages and the french toast. Some sausages were cooked fine, and some weren't. Lot's of drinks available to go with your breakfast. Orange juice, mango juice, coffee, pop, beer.

The lunch buffets were great. Always had a lot to choose from. I usually stuck with the chicken and rice. Chicken was cooked a different day everyday. One day it was bbq and the next day it was curry. So you don't get bored with the food. Mashed potatos were great. Theres also a pasta person and if you want some, they will make it for you. Lots of desserts, most of them not too appealing. They have cakes made of who knows what. I stuck with the pineapple slices (sooooo good).

Dinner was great too. Never made it to the a la carte because we were never up that early. You have to book it through a lady at the lobby who is there from 9 am - 12 pm. By 11 it's already full. And you can only book for that same day. Dinner buffet was always fun because it always has good selections. Lots of meats and potatos and vegetables and pasta. You'll never go hungry here. We brought bottled water to prevent from getting sick and if you refuse their water at dinner they give you an insulted look. But my boyfriend and friend drank the water as well as the beer with their dinner and they are both fine.

Excursions. We did not book any through the Air Canada rep who comes the day after you arrive to explain the trips for you. We wanted to go to Ocean World but the ride is 2 hours away and we weren't in the mood to travel that long. However, we did get a taxi from the hotel to take us to Sosua Beach. Our driver was Vinicio who owned a van. This man is great. He bought us a pineapple on the way to Sosua and got it cut when we got there. So that was a nice treat. We went snorkelling there, it was very beautiful. The fishes love banana's so if you want to take some underwater pictures, this is a good way to get them closer. Feed them piece by piece and they will stick around. The shore part did have a lot of sea urchins and I heard they sting and it is very painful. So be careful when getting in and out of the water. The kodak underwater camera works great, we got one and our pictures turned out awesome. Worth the $15 you pay for it at your local Walmart. They do sell them at the resort, but I'm sure it's very expensive. The snorkelling costs 300 pesos for an hour and a half with all equipment cleaned in chlorine. About $12 USD. A very neat experience. A lot of pushy people walking around asking if you want a massage for $20 usd on the beach (this lady came back 3 times and stayed for about 15 minutes each time trying to convince us). Some will come asking to braid your hair, sell you shrimp which is very tiny once the wrapper is off (8 for $12 USD), banana's. The vendors at the "flea markets" which is along the beach, are even more pushy. They block your way so you can't really leave if you want to. You make them an offer and they'll act like you insulted them. One guy followed me 4 stores down trying to sell me cheap necklaces. My advice is if you aren't really interested in buying it, don't bother asking how much it costs coz they'll never leave you alone. "what your best price" is all you will hear.
Prices at this place is expensive. Another tourist told me their friend bought a "domincan republic" hat for 900 pesos here and got the same hat at Cabarete for 100 pesos.

Our driver brought us to Cabarete on the way back to the hotel (no extra charge), and we found a lot more to buy there. Theres this one store thats colour white on the outside and walk a couple of steps up, some kind of liquidation place, they have the best deals there. They sell everything there. If you're looking for souveniers, this is the place to get them. My friend bought a tiki necklace there for 16 pesos and everywhere else they're asking 180 pesos, 200 pesos for the same necklace. They sell cigars, coffee, necklaces, bracelets, keychains, tshirts, paintings, statues etc... for the best prices.

We went to Bahia Principe and theres some nice stores in the front, but pretty expensive. Theres vendors in the back by the beach and you can find some neat stuff there too. It's not hard to barter with the vendors because once you say "no thats ok" and start to walk away, they usually give the item for the price you want. Do not bother going snorkeling here. It's uselss. No fish, and the water is not that clean. All you will see is seaweed.

Now the actual resort is nice and a lof of friendly people around. Carlos at the bar can give some attitude if you ask for 2 drinks at one time. Alcohol seems to be very weak there. Entertainment is cheesy. They have shows on the stage every night. Magic show, dancing and they had one where a girl has to kiss as much guys as she can in 2 minutes or something like that, sparked a fight between the girl and a guys girlfriend. That pretty much ended the night. They set up a couple of tables where the pool table, ping pong tables are, once the day after you get there and again the night before u leave. Most prices are ridiculous. Some are ok. The beach, you can't actually swim there. The waves are so rough they'll knock you down if you're even in the shallow part. They will literally throw you around in the water. Sand burns are painful. Boogie boarding caused a lot of bruises. Theres one little shop on the beach that has paintings, jewellry, ashtrays etc...The kids that work there will trade you stuff for your belongings. I traded my cheap sunglasses and my friend traded his hat. So bring a bunch of cheap stuff and you can bargain with them.
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Date of stay: March 2005
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Venture19900 wrote a review Feb 2006
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We arrived at the resort after a bumpy ride from the airport, took 2hrs, only downfall. Booked in quickly, rooms basic but very clean. Fantastic views all around, beach superb, although you couldnt swim as it was too rough, you could have lots of fun dodging the waves, golden sand. my idear of paradise. Staff very helpful and very friendly, resort immaculate, constantly cleaning, repairs ect. Food, great selection definately recommend the smoothies at breakfast. All Inclusive fantastic, have had bad ones before this, but no end to food and drink at ALL hours of the day and night. Entertainment every day and night, colourful, enthusiastic and well rehearsed. Definetaly recommend walking down the beach to other end were the locals have a small area with shacks selling seafood ( Lobster fantastic) shells, jewellry figures ect. Go see Ricardo at shack No 14, he has a cousin who will do trips at half the price of the hotel. Also a very nice bloke, please say hello from Rob and Carole xx Dont hesitate to email me with questions.
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Date of stay: January 2006
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Ontario_Hotties wrote a review Mar 2005
London, Canada
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Well wehre to start... I dont know what to say. First vacation I have been on, me and my friend went. 2 girls early 20s. GREAT time!!!

Upon Arival in the DR: This was the worst part for us as we didnt really know where to go once we got off the plane. We just sortof followed a crowd. The airport in Puerto Plata is much smaller than the Toronto Airport we were leaving from. There was pleanty of "Airport Sharks" or Porters waiting to grab your stuff and get you onto the bus that your company had arranged for. So it was smooth sailing from there.

The Drive: The drive from the airport was a bit bumpy yes I will agree on this and was rather long after traveling all day to get there but all in all it wasn't bad. We enjoyed it on the way back as we were leaving during daylight and got to see all the little towns and houses along the way.

Check in: About the same as any hotel when u have a large group of people all looking to check in at the same time. They appeared to be very organized and knew what they were doing so this didn't take long.

Food: The food was awsome we actually didn't check out any of the A la carte restaurants as we found the buffet to be more than what we wanted. Mandy my friend tryed out all kinds of new stuff.. squid and other weird seafood. As for me I am a picky eater but I did manage to find something to eat every day.

Entertainment/Staff : WOW! I guess ill start off with the entertainment. It was great. The staff tryed very hard to make sure everyone was having a good time at all times. Weather it be by the pool during the day or at the beach or even at the nightly entertainment. They were always more than willing to drag you into the fun and games even if you were a tad on the shy side. Which leads me to the Staff. WOW I miss those guys ( Abel, Maximo, Amado, Gabby and Danelo) They were such sweeties! Taught us all kinds of fun dance moves and interacted with us daily at the shows as well as the disco. The staff at the bars were great always smiling and willing to get you whatever you needed. The housekeeping staff was also great. We brought along all kinds of little things from the Dollar store to leave for the maids along with $1 US each day and they were more than appreciative

Beach: I haven't decided if i miss the staff more or the beautiful beach.. hahah I bought a shirt upon returning home that reads " My heart belongs at the beach" and how true... WOW!!! The water was BEAUTIFUL and what a sight! Yes there was stairs to walk up and down but it was great excersise and a chance to have a look around for lil lizzards and so on. No complaints whatsoever from this girl. The water was very choppy and I am not a strong swimmer so we tended to stay in the shallow part. Got in upto our knees and the waves managed to soak us upto our necks.. hahah.

All in All this was an AMAZING vacation with lots of memorys and great pics (200 pics). I would go back there in a heartbeat! I am infact now looking into going down to the Dominican to work on a resort for a year.

I have posted a few of my pictures on this website but I do have MANY MANY more. Please dont hessitate to ask me any questions or email me if u would like to see any other pics of things in particular. If anyone does go to this resort anytime soon all i ask is that you find out one song for me. It is supposed to be called Cuando and it is a very slow romantic song. Id like to know the artist. As well ofcouse you would have to tell them that Jamie misses them all and says hi :)
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Date of stay: February 2005
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Mairi W wrote a review Mar 2005
Ottawa, Canada
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Hi, we were at the Playa Grande 21 - 28 Feb 05. We got a great deal and for the money we paid it was a great value. The weather was great high 20s/low 30 every day…one half day with scattered showers.
Check-in & Room –one hiccup on the first night...we paid for two rooms, one for us and one for the kids, they were overbooked on our first night so we had to bunk with the kids... We weren't happy about it but oh well what can you do, the next day the kids got their own room and everything was good for the rest of our stay.

We were a group of 8 (6 adults, 2 children 12 & 13). The rooms are a good size, two double beds, clean and we had a golf course & ocean view. There is a bottle of water refilled every day, a supply of shampoo & soap & Kleenex. No hair dryer. TV, we never turned it on but the kids watched theirs. We were all in building # 3. Perfect if you want to be away from the noise of the pool and disco. We tipped the maid a $1.00 a day plus some presents...she seemed happy with that, funny though, the first few days we had towels arranged in nice shapes and flowers then all of a sudden that stopped but we still continued with the gifts and tips?? The air in our room didn’t really work at all…so it was a little humid in there…and because there was a guard outside our room on the grounds with a rifle we were not comfortable leaving our patio door open at night.
RESORT - It is a small resort! Nothing is too far from anything. If you forget something it is just a few minutes walk anywhere. It was great for the kids. They got familiar quickly. We brought along a few sets of FRS radios to keep in touch. They worked great. Lots of clean bathrooms around the resort, including the beach.
RESTAURANTS - typical buffet for 3+ star resort. Lots of chicken! Pasta every day and other stuff...we always found something to eat. It got kind of boring after a few days but we were never hungry. At breakfast one of the omelette stations makes these great milk shakes (papya, banana & pineapple) fantastic! Coffee was good. We tried both the Italian & Brazilian a-la-carte. We weren't to impressed with the Italian (this may have been as it was a our first day and we were tired and perhaps not really up for a long drawn out meal) The brazilian was good...the meat (lots of it) was really good! Go with a big appetite if you choose the Brazlian for will be stuffed.
The beach bbq is good, chicken, sausages, hamburgers etc.
The snack bar..hotdogs & pizza...good stuff and always available.
BARS - The banana bar - main bar....good service ...good drinks.
Air Canada Club - AC travellers only. Great little spot. Presidente in bottles...sometimes.....chicken wings and other snacks served at around 5 pm but they go quick. Nice spot to hang out after a day on the beach.
Beach bar - beer poured out of bottles into glasses (unless they run out - then draft)...otherwise good drinks and service)
Moonlight bar- never went - beside AC Club....
BEACH - ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC....BEAUTIFUL, HUGE WAVES...LOTS OF FUN....GOLDEN SOFT SAND....TURQUOISE WATER...SO MUCH FUN. WE ALL ENJOYED BOOGIE BOARDING AND BODY SURFING. Yes it is a good 10 min walk and lots of stairs but this did not bother us at all. I think the exercise was necessary after so much eating and drinking. Pack a boogie board if you have one. You can get them for 2 hrs at the pool hut but don’t forget the 10 min walk and the 95 stairs to return it!
STAFF - GREAT! The shows were funny, perhaps a little tacky but we enjoyed them, the kids especially enjoyed them. The animation team works hard to get everyone involved. The kids played pool, ping-pong, archery, water aerobics, dancing, etc.
They were busy all the time.
Whales - if you look out to the ocean at the end of the pool at around 5 O'clock you will see Whales! Pretty cool!
EXCURSIONS - We went to Gri Gri Lagoon - $30/person. something to do..not really great snorkling.. Would be better to take a taxi to Carleton beach and snorkel there. We went to Rio San Juan to visit a school (taxi fare $25.00/return) unbelieveable poverty! We brought many donations to the school (typical school supplies, puzzles, dominios, erasers, chalk etc....and ball gloves & ball....they were a big hit.)

So all in all we had a great time and thought that we got a great deal. The staff were wonderful and friendly. We would go back!

Any questions feel free to email me

TOILETRIES – don’t forget anything. It is very expensive ie. Lip balm $6.00USD, sunscreen $15.00 etc. HAIR DRYER – None in room, apparently you can ask for one but it is easier to just pack one. HAIR BRAIDING - $10 for a half head/ $20 for full head in the hotel salon. These are set prices no bartering. The same prices are available on the beach but you may have to barter. Wine – the wine in the restaurants is really not that good. If you are a wine drinker bring a few bottles. You can order off a menu, but it is very expensive. CLAMATO JUICE – heavy to carry but we brought a bottle. They have some in the air Canada lounge but it is not the same at Motts…our bottle was a big hit. They have no Worchester. Diet softdrinks – They only have diet pepsi (fountain pop) very sweet and different tasting if you are used to Diet Coke. PEANUT BUTTER They have no peanut butter. So if you like peanut butter bring a little jar. DUTY FREE – Puerto Plata has a very big duty free. Save your shopping for when you are departing. I bought rum, vanilla & coffee only to find it much cheaper in the duty free.

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Date of stay: February 2005
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OnAir17665 wrote a review Jan 2006
Montreal, Quebec
3.0 of 5 bubbles
We have just returned from a one week trip, and although the food was good, rooms clean, staff friendly, I would not return to this hotel. The biggest disappointment was the ocean; it's beautiful, but so rough you cannot go into it. The red flag was up all week, and a couple of the locals told us it is very rare that you can swim safely. Also, the 90 minute rough drive from the airport is just too long. The entertainment is nothing to speak of; the same 5-6 dancers each night, dancing the same routine to the same music.

However, if you are a golfer, this is one of the most beautiful courses anywhere. It has been referred to as the Pebble Beach of the Caribbean, but pricey. It will cost you $105 US plus $18 US (caddy fees) for an 18-hole course (booked at the hotel). If you book at the course, it is $145 US. The Air Canada Vacation packages include 3 rounds of golf, so if you're a golfer, this is the way to go. Inquire with your agent on a golf package.

I would not recommend this hotel for the "under 30's group"; they might find it a little too quiet. If you're going to the Puerto Plata region, you're best to stay at a hotel on the Playa Dorada complex, where you can take walks at night (hotel to hotel), and have the casinos to entertain you.
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Date of stay: January 2006
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Ambassador26853 wrote a review Feb 2005
Surrey, BC.
4.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed at the Playa Grande for a week until the end of January.

Our weather was ok, though rained the first two days. I was there to golf, and the Playa Grande Golf Course, adjacent to the resort, didn't disappoint. My wife, not golfing, found the I did, above average, with particularly helpful staff.

Food: Above average in taste, about average in selection. The desserts were the best, and meat and main courses at night could have had more variety..the breakfast was the best meal of the day. the Italian restaurant, the only ala carte we ate at, was fine..would recommend it.

Beach- Fantastic view, but not for swimming. Great for surfing, but otherwise more for the views..than to swim. The beach bar is great, though one of only two real bars in the resort. This was ok for us, as we tend to drink too much otherwise. The bartenders at the beach as near the stage, were great. They work very hard to ensure one gets a drink quickly. No waiting 20 minutes, as some other reviewer had said.

Staff- Excellent. They go out of there way to ensure the guests are pleased. there is, virtually, nothing they would not do..within make your stay a better one. For example, we asked to change our room for a golf and ocean view, and they were super in accommodating..with only a small incrrease ($3 per day) in our fee. Excellent.

Entertainment- Not that great, though the performers do a good job at making the crowd enjoy and have fun. But the skits were fairly amateurish, unless one is huge on physical comedy...not a lot of
subtlety. For some, that is fine. The Euorpean crowd seemed to enjoy it.

Outings - We took three, two arranged with the hotel and one on our own. The two arranged by the resort, one a Jeep Safari, with a trip through the locale of Rio San Juan, up the hills, to a school, and through a local home then for lunch and finally to the not to
be missed. Cost of $60 US per person..well worth it. The Briana company, with Tab as the guide, does a fab job..again, don't miss it. The second, with Briana as well, was for snorkeling and we enjoyed it..but didn't see many fish. The third, on our own, was in the town of Rio San Juan (a taxi or Gua Gua ride away..for a nominal fee..we paid $5 US for the both of a van taxi, for one way)...we went on a boat trip from the Laguna Gri Gri
--in the middle of the town, out through a lagoon to the ocean, was very pretty and we got a wonderful swim in the ocean, near a cove, was fab. Very recommended. The cost is $16/US per person.

Ambience, pool, etc. - excellent. The view to the ocean, through the Playa Grande golf course, just behind the pool, is fab. Not to be missed.
The overall feel of the place is very romantic, with the walk to the beach..though it is about 10 minutes, along the adjacent golf course, is not to be missed. overall a magical feel to the resort, though not as varied in choice or in entertainment than much bigger resorts. If you are after a cozy, beautiful place..where the workers are super and want to please, you will be hardpressed to beat this resort. Having stayed at two other all inclusives, one in Punta Cana the other in Tulum, Mexico (Mexican Riveria)..this place makes up in feel and spectacular setting what it loses in choice of food and least for us. And the staff, and their efforts and skills in Engllish, surpass the other two resorts we have stayed in.
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Ottawa123456789 wrote a review Jan 2005
Ottawa, Ontario
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Just got back today. Let me start by saying that unfortunately the weather was not very clement and it rained 60% of the time. I'll try to be as objective as possible (It's our 3rd trip to the Carribean and hence we do have a frame of reference). Resort was closed until Dec15 2004 and just reopened before Christmas 2004. I am using a scale of 0 to 10 to rate things as I describe them.

Flights: Both flights with WestJest were excellent and nothing worth noting is to be added (10/10)

Trip to the Resort: Road is extremely dangerous and driving is terrible. Driver was extremely adventurous and and at times we were scared for our lives. Trip lasted 90 minutes (5/10)

Resort ground: made up of 5 3 story buldings, rooms are extremely clean 2 large beds per room (no refrigerator, we asked for one and were given one to store my daughter's medicine). Safe is available at a cost of 2 dollar us per day (strongly recommended) (9/10)

Food: No one got sick. Buffet Food was average in general. No chefs must be living in the vicinity as no big variety can be found. Furthermore, too many repetitive dishes were offered. The only exception was new year's eve were a significant effort was made. The 2 a la carte restaurants were OK (Note that the Brazilian restaurant is actually a Grill/Barbecue type restaurant, but nobody tolds us what to expect and ended being stuffed up early on with Chicken and Calamari when in fact there was Lamb, Beef, Pork, Rabbit, and some other meat variety, in other words, a lot needs to be done in the presentation, guest greeting area). The part I disliked the most was the breakfast portion as choice was very limited and not very appealing (5/10)

Pool Area: 1 single pool! Pool was not the cleanest but we seem to be OK and so did most people. There is a small kids section (5 m diameter). Pool is not very deep (4ft at 1 one end and 5 feet at the other) (6/10)

Bar/Snack bars: Bar is definitely too small (1 single bar on the grounds of the resort + one small one on the beach). At times you'll have to line up for 20 minutes for a drink. Snack bar had pizza , hot dogs, fries, hanburgers, chicken wings. Quality was OK, kids seem to like it (6/10)

Beach: beautiful piece of Paradise but unfortunalty location is such as wind is always blowing and strong (Current was so strong that we could not venture more than 50 feet away from the shore). We had a red flag 5 days out of the 7 we were there. A bar and barbecue is always operational on the beach grounds as well. One more detail: beach is approximately 150 meters away from the resort so be prepared to walk. (6/10)

Nightly entertainment: Definitely below average. Mostly run by the local staff with a lot of improvisation and sometimes embarassing moments that clearly indicated that no great effort was spent in preparing the shows. (4/10)

Daily activities: Standard activities as in most resorts. Equipment is sometimes broken but, hey, this is DR. (6/10)

Trip back to the Airport: Very sore point as we boarded the bus at 9 pm and did not reach the airport until 11:35PM. Same dangerous route and driving, brrrrrr (3/10)

Overall I would stay that the 4 start rating provided on the resort website is not not warranted. I would say that an honnest rating would put this resort at a weak 3 star rating. Overal rating is 6/10
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Getaway25083 wrote a review Feb 2003
New York
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Planning on going to the Dominican Republic? Look no further than here!!!! This top notch resort had everything you could ask for in an all inclusive!!! No scams like other places everything including all alcohol was included. The food was incredible and what an unbelievable selection everynight!! And the restaurants were fantastic! The resort was spotless! The golfcourse the nicest I have everseen hanging over the ocean!! I played tennis under the lights. In the first two to three nights I had easily eaten and drank enough to pay for the entire vacation. A casino down the road. Great excursions and the most beautiful private beach i have ever walked. Anyone that is planning a trip and wants some info be free to email me I will tell you all you need to know. This is also the best part of the island and the people are very nice with no tourist traps and pressured sales from locals. I have been all over the carribean and this is the place!!!
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Date of stay: January 2005
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Luc B wrote a tip Aug 2017
Ottawa, Canada118 contributions89 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
"ask for a room with two floors as they are very large"
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Kevin M wrote a tip Feb 2015
Norwich, United Kingdom9 contributions24 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"room at south are quiter and have sea view"
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Dan B wrote a tip Apr 2014
Colorado Springs, Colorado1 contribution4 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
"not possible the Dominicans are to stubborn. sorry it's hard to get them to change."
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Jimdan70 wrote a tip Feb 2012
Edmonton, Canada23 contributions7 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
"You would need to book at least a first class room/suite. The older motel suites all share the same problems."
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Nearby attractions include Joyeria Las Americas (0.9 km), Rigo /Leonel /Marleny /and Agustin tours and excursión / Popdominicantravel tours and excursions (1.2 km), and Rancho Lorilar (2.2 km).
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Some of the more popular amenities offered include a pool, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
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Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant and a lounge during their stay.
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Conveniently located restaurants include Big Lee's Beach Bar, Le Papillon, and Charros CaribeMex.
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Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
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Many travellers enjoy visiting Fortaleza San Felipe (2.3 km), Casa Museo General Gregorio Luperón (1.8 km), and Logia Masónica Restauracion No. 11 (2.0 km).
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