We stayed at Dunes for two weeks, at the old side.
But first: Please notice that since there's two exchange rates in Venezuela you need to have a lot of cash when going, using your credit card will be very expensive since you get almost double the amount of money when changing on the black market (The guy at the beach gives good rates!). Also, when leaving, we had to pay 120 usd (2 persons) on the airport to get out of there. And the cash machines there don't work. And they go through your luggage by hand in front of everybody, so hide your dirty underwear!
Anyway, the Dunes resort is a big area and the garden, the trees and flowers are well kept and beautiful. The old side buildings are nice looking, and the rooms are big but quite old. They should touch up the rooms before they get any worse. Our bedroom floor flooded every time it rained (on second floor!)
We only ate occationally at the restaurants, the food was good and a big plus that the nice chilean wine included! Also there were free drinks at the beach and pool all day, and free hamburgers and hotdogs by the pool as well. Nice touch! The beach was stunning, even though the sea was rough most of the time. You were not allowed to walk the beach outside Dunes with a bag or jewellery on, or up to the wonderful lighthouse. We were told there's a chance to get robbed by gun men.
We liked the shows, the movie theatre, the pool tabels and the "library" as well.
Notice that there's an other and a bit bigger minimarket (in one of the older buildings) than the one at the reception. The travel agency there was good, the trip around the island by jeep was a great fun! You get cheaper and good tours at the beach as well.
A special thanks to Frank at the reception who did whatever he could to help us.
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- Also Known As:
- Dunes Hotel And Beach Resort
- Dunes Hotel Margarita
- Dunes Resort All Inclusive Beach
- Dunes Beach Resort
- Dunes Hotel & Beach Resort Margarita Island, Venezuela