My wife had won this all inclusive vacation and we were looking forward to our first vacation in 20 years alone. I read reviews ahead of time and was expecting some very poor service and accommodations. To my surprise it was more the opposite from some reviews I had read. The food was pretty good, even at Windows. The breakfast fare was standard buffet style with a wide variety of choices. The room was great, large king size bed, great view of the beach. The only small negative thing, if it can be considered negative, was the tile work in the bathroom was not the most professional looking but who cares? The room was usually made by 3 p.m. but then again we were out most of the time and again who cares. The maids and staff are very busy and they have enough to worry about without have people jumping down their throats. I gave the maid a few dollars and ask her t make sure their was 5 beers in the fridge daily instead of the standard two and everyday the fridge was stocked with at least 5 beers. The beach did have seaweed but the resort has staff who walk up and down the stretch of beach their guest use and rake up and haul it away from sunup to sundown. I even tipped the crew for doing a great job at the great job cleaning the beach. Our travel group was trip central and our carrier was Transat and they were top notch with everything that was being done, booking our dinner reservations, our excursions etc.
Late at night, my passport was mixed up by the air port security and it took a few days to retrieve.
Nothing real negative to complain about.
Restaurants and Bars:
All were pretty good, no disappointments
Beautiul and clean
Activities on and off the Resort/Hotel: Bavaro Runners- a day long excursion to the mountains to a sugar cane/cigar manufacturing plant, to a coffee and cocoa farm owned and operated by a local woman, and a lunch held at a dinner hall on top of the mountain. Then to end the day you go a beach. 10/10 Santa Domingo- A day long trip to the capital, to see the historical aspects of the city, the presidential palace, lunch at a local restaurant. Nice trip but it was a long day 3 hrs each ay, you leave at 6 a.m. 8/10 Dr Fish Ocean Spa – half day excursion on a boat, relaxing yoga, message, detoxify and a foot soak where minnow fish clean the dead skin of you feet
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