We stayed at the resort during the April spring break and of course, it was crowded with the same "towel game" I have seen at all other resorts, be it Mexico, DR, Jamaica during this very popular week. Other than that, we had an excellent stay and I will highlight a few details here:
1. Buildings 3, 4, and 7 are closest to the pool and beach, we were lucky to stay in 7, but on the side that faced the gardens, meaning, we were close to the beach and pool, yet it was very quiet. The room is nicely sized, not huge, but adequate, with a large bathroom and a shower. There is no bathtub, though. It was cleaned spotless every day before we came back from the beach around lunch time.
2. Food at the buffet was very good. Don't expect lobsters overload, however, there is an excellent variety. Breakfast is eggs cooked to order with various fillings, donuts, muffins, pastries, cheeses, fruits, smoothies, pacakes, waffles, yogurts, I mean, it's impossible not to find something to eat. Lunch had a few kinds of meat and fish, very good roasted chicken, homemade mashed potatoes, vegetables to create your own salad with tons of dressings, pastas made to order, pizzas, etc. Dinner had more choices-seafood paella, duck l'orange, international themes such as Chinese, Italian, etc, seafood platters, etc. The best testament to the quality and variety of the food are my two kids who usually would stick to pasta and pizza at all inclusives-here, they are like crazy, trying various things, I was shocked! The specialty restaurants we went to were the steakhouse, Colonial and Japanese. The steakhouse was OK, nothing to rave about, the Colonial was very elegant, great food and service, and the Japanese was fantastic-while the sushi appetizer was nothing to rave about, the hibachi portion of the dinner was fantastic and the chef was very friendly.
3. The beach is gorgeous, with calm, shallow water, almost no waves. There are varius activities at the beach such as archery, contests, water aerobics, but it's not like you will be bothered by the noise from it if you just like to relax. The pool is very large with its own swim-up bar, and there is a shallow portion for little kids and deeper portion for jumping.
4. We have not seen too much nightly entertainment because it seemed that the shows were somewhat repetitive from what we have seen in other Iberostar resorts, most of them involve several dance numbers which are not very interesting to the kids. But, Michael Jackson show was great.
5. The staff at the resort is very friendly, and make sure you have good time. Just smile, say, "hola" and you should be fine. I was very impressed by the cleanliness of the facilities, we have stayed once at a resort in Punta Cana where the flies were all over the buffet food-not the case here, I have not seen a single fly, which means they are taking care of the facilities and making sure the guests are comfortable.
I definitely will bring my family back to this resort.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Directly on a fantastically beautiful, fine sandy beach. Around 5 km from the finish village of Bayahibe. Top 5-star luxury. Tropical gardens. Varied gastronomy. Water sports galore. Spa & Health Centre. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Iberostar Hacienda Dominicus Hotel Bayahibe
- Iberostar Hotel Bayahibe
- Iberostar Hotel Hacienda Dominicus
- Iberostar La Romana
- Iberostar Hacienda Dominicus Dominican Republic/Bayahibe