I just returned from a 5-day trip to Paradisus Punta Cana. I was there for a friend's wedding, which was beautiful and we had a lot of fun! We had upgraded our room to the Royal Service, but we really didn't take advantage of it. I did enjoy the VIP pool, b/c there weren't as many kids at the pool. Towels were nice, as was the room location, otherwise, I would say save your money. We ate at the steakhouse which was good, the French restaurant for the wedding reception, the seafood restaurant for the rehearsal dinner and the Italian restaurant on our last night. Lobster lasagna was good, but a little salty. Japanese restaurant was closed for renovations. My group had no problems with diarrhea. I brought along tons of Immodium, Pepto, Lomotil, but needed none of it... Definitely go on the nature walk, it is kind of hidden, but fun to feed the parrot and the monkey. We took a snorkel/booze cruise trip and that was super fun, I highly recommend it.. Definitely more of a party scene... We went with Kontiki booked through the VIP Travel people at the resort. $60 for snorkeling, drinks and snacks. They don't make you wear a lifejacket if you don't want to. If you are weird about germs, you might want to bring your own snorkel/mask. I'm weird about germs, but just didn't think about who else had their mouth on the snorkel. Shopping in town is good, but I did overpay for some Brugal rum... It was cheaper at the hotel. $14 for a big bottle of the extra viejo. I paid about $18. Oh well, supporting local economy. My friends that got married were upgraded to the Garden Villa, and if you are going for a honeymoon or a special occasion, I would highly recommend it. Private pool, private entrance, outdoor shower, your own palapa, very romantic. I have no idea how much it would cost.
I got a massage at the pool for $50. I tipped her $10 and she was confused, but I told her it was "la propina" (means tip). Massage was actually a little hard and rough... Some of my friends that got massages said they rubbed their breasts, but they didn't rub mine. Did rub my stomach, that was kind of weird.
Room Service is interesting. Tried the shrimp cocktail, beef carpaccio and pizza. All left little to be desired. I was not impressed with pizza. Loved the omelette guy at the Hybiscus, great omelettes!
Ocean is beautiful and warm. Most of the restaurants are open-air. You will want to dress very lightly for dinner, probably hair up. Try to sit under a fan if you can. I got mosquito bites, even when I used spray. So far, no malaria. I will keep my fingers crossed!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Discover the unpretentious luxury of Paradisus Punta Cana Resort. An extraordinary island retreat offering a super balance of natural and man-made wonders. Open-air architecture, featuring indigenous organic materials like raw coral and exotic hardwoods, houses an impossibly sumptuous gallery of luxury suites and an exclusive garden villa. All-inclusive and all encompassing, Paradisus Punta Cana Resort is an ocean front playground for all ages. Tennis, championship golf, every non-motorized water sport imaginable, a magnificent array of restaurants, our own casino, an incredible spa for kids, an exquisite full-service spa and health club and personal world-class service all seamlessly unite to deliver you the relaxing, romantic, carefree, fun-filled experience of a lifetime. The resort features 688 oversized suites including 143 royal service suites and 4 ambassador ocean view suites, plus a one-of-a-kind oceanfront garden villa. ... more less
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