Got back today from a 5 day visit to Blue Bay. I will try to break this up best I can......
My boyfriend arrived at POP bright and early and easily got a cab to Blue Bay for 35 total. The ride was easy and QUICK. After grabbing a cab we realized how silly it would have been to go such a short distance in a bus or airport van!
Check in was very easy as we arrived by 11am. We were told to have a seat in the lobby. The gentleman came over with freshly scented cool cloths and our package with an explanation as to our stay at BB. However check-in was at 3pm so our room was not ready. No big deal we went into our luggage, changed, and got our pool bag ready. Our baggage was watched while we started at the pool.
Right before we went to the pool we went by guest services (where you make your restaurant reservations) and requested times. We were offered seafood and oriental restaurants the two last nights of our stay at 9pm which was fine with us. We recieved our slips for dinner and were on our way to the pool.
The pool was great. We never had to get up super early to get the same exact lounge chairs at the main pool. We simply dropped our towels off around 9 on the way to breakfast. Never had an issue.
Back to our first day, around 3pm we went to the front desk to see If our room was ready. We were told it was. We were lead to a room right near the stage. (we requested a king bed). When we entered we saw two queen sized beds pushed together?? We were a bit confused as to how this even made sense. It took up almost all free space in the room and we would both end up on one of the beds because otherwise we would be sleeping in the crease in the middle? It would have been fine if it was just one queen bed. We don't normally make a fuss over something like that but it was a bit Annoying\pointless so we told the front desk and they had us moved within a half hour to a second floor room right by the main pool with a king bed, lots of space and basic. PERFECT room, much much better. Yes we paid for a safe (took a while to figure out since directions were all en Espanol).
Room service was great once they figured out we switched rooms. Towels were always fresh, as long as we left pool towels we got fresh new ones in return. They even delivered water and MORE towels later in the day a few times at our door.
Food at the buffet was basic but doable, breakfast was the best, then lunch, then dinner in my opinion. We arrived on a sunday and the buffets got better as the days went on. We ate there the first two days all three meals and needed a break once our restaurant reservations started so that was nice. Seafood and oriental restaurants were really nice and a bit more special which was appreciated. We had the fried chicken at the beach bar one day which was tasty!!
At night we went to dinner then Watched the shows and hung out at the beach bar after fir some more cocktails. We really liked the ambiance of the beach bar at night. The shows were always entertaining, everyone works really hard. Both my boyfriend and I work/live in Manhattan and were really impressed with the shows.
The staff.........STAFF.....was fantastic, meaning; animation crew, service, bartenders, cleaning crew, restaurant staff etc. Everyone was very friendly and we did tip, especially bartenders and we were treated extra special with the better rum.
(this is where the problem ensued) We did not appreciate being approached by timeshare people ON the resort who acted like they were all friendly only to the next day guilt you into going to a "presentation" after we said we were not interested. One tried to befriend us and said that if we want to do excursions to let him know (at the beach) we said ok but we won't. The next day he guilted us by saying this is how he makes money and would appreciate if we went to this "presentation" just to listen for his sake. So, we went. No one ever said it was for timeshares before OR during. They made it seem like iit was for customer reviews of their stay. We basically had an absurd 30 mins in the little house on the bridge to the beach and were pretty sure we were insulted in Spanish to our faces and asked what we paid for the trip? Absurd. We never made it to the slideshow because We stayed tough and left lol. After that we weren't hassled anymore but we felt a bit stalked by these people before. It really stressed us out because this is our VACATION and we get enough stress in our every day lives. I never saw yellow shirts on these guys...... they had white collared shirts with hats and khaki pants). I think it said blue bay on their shirts. You don't know any better than to talk to them especially if it's your first day bc they look like regular workers. But VERY FIRMLY say NO or else you will be constantly be annoyed.
Overall (Aside from that) it was a good stay....relaxing. I would say its a relaxing couples resort. Not for singles, not a party atmosphere. VERY clean. Adults only = huge plus. It rained a lot on our stay and there is not much to do when this happens.Beds were very hard as were pillows.
We feel as thought we got our $1500 for 2 people for 5 days hotel and flights worth. Won't be back because we want to go to other destinations, and just weren't overwhelmed......But it was an enjoyable 3/5 stars.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- BlueBay Villas Doradas is an Adults Only 24 hour All Inclusive resort in Puerto Plata, was completely refurbished in 2006 providing facilities and rooms of the highest quality. This hotel in Puerto Plata, which is only for the over 18s, is an ideal place for couples to relax or enjoy their honeymoon or wedding. Its location - literally next to the 18-hole Playa Dorada golf course designed by Robert Trent Jones – makes it a favourite among golfers.The hotel’s rooms and suites are equipped to the highest standard, in keeping with the quality of the resort and its recent refurbishment – all include cable TV, mini bars and ironing facilities. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Bluebay Villas Doradas Hotel Puerto Plata
- Bluebay Hotel Puerto Plata
- Bluebay Hotel Doradas
- Blue Bay Getaway Villas Doradas
- Blue Bay Getaway Dominican Republic