Stayed for 1 week with my husband, we were celebrating our 20th wedding anniversary and decided to go to Boca Chica as it has one of the best beaches in the dominican republic, the only downfall to staying here is that our flight from Manchester only flew to Punta Cana Airport so we had a 3.5 hour transfer to the hotel, i personally enjoyed the trip the bus we had was air conditioned, we stopped half way for a drink and something to eat and the driver we had was very informative.
Your Arrival: upon arrival to our resort the Hoteteur, the reception area was lovely and was all open plan, first impressions were good and it didnt take very long to get our room key and towel keys, the staff at receiption were very friendly and polite
Rooms: we stayed in block 15 room 104 and we had a ground floor room with garden facing and verandah, we were opposite the buffet restauraunt.
the room itself was rather dated, old furniture and could do with a fresh lick of paint and some touching up of the plaster in the bathroom, but the room was very large with two double beds, a large wardrobe with safe inside (you have to pay around 14 dollars for a week rental of the key for the safe), chest of drawers, large bathroom with shower/bath but was clean which was the main thing, the air conditioning however was immensely noisy and we found that we didnt really need it on during the evening as it was cool enough anyway, cannot imagine going there in the hottest season with that noise anyway.
Restaurants and Bars: the buffet restraunt was opposite our hotel room and had a very large variety of foods available each evening, unfortunately the food was always luke warm or cold and my husband didnt like anything there at all, i myself could find something to eat each time you do get an evening in one of the a l’acarte restraunts and tehre are two of them, there is the italian restraunt at the beach and the carribean restraunt in the hotel grounds
the food at the italian was nice, we had the soup to start (minestrone) and i went for pizza for main course althoug we did go with another couple and one of them had the seafood linguine which he said was lovely and for a change, this food was piping hot, the staff were good there and very friendly
Beach/Pools/Grounds: the Beach of the hotel is located at Boca chica beach which was an absolutely stunning beach, there is a section cornered off from the mainn beach purely for hotel guests and they have lots of beds (although most of the beds were old and saggy) and they have some sheltered beds there too, as long as you dont go on one of the beds near to the small wall which separates the private beach to the public beach you will not be bothered by the locals who are trhing to sell you anything from fresh coconuts, boiled eggs, calamari, 6 foot paintings, scarves, sunglassess etc… there is a bar at the beach also that is part of the hotel so if you are all inclusive then you can also use this bar, the italian restraunt located at the beach is also a buffet lunchtime doing some salad, burgers and chicken dishes each day to get to the beach you have to walk across the road from the hotel (they have an armed security guard who watches you cross) then you walk through some lovely gardens, its probably a 5 minute walk to the beach and a lovely one at that, it was also secure with armed guards in the gardens and at the beach – dont however think that you will be able to snorkel there and see loads and loads of fish, i saw 3 the whole time we were there but i have been spoilt as i was in Sharm El Sheikh in november 2009 and saw the most amazing fish/corals there are 2 main pools at the hotel and each has a smaller pool for children, the pool water was lovely and they did games at the main pool each day like water polo, volley ball etc, we had a lovely time, always lots of beds available and there is also a bar there which does lovely hot dogs and burgers with salad available lunchtimes the grounds are really nice with lots of trees and bushes and flowers and are kept really really well by the gardeners
Activities on and off the Resort/Hotel: when we got to the hotel and had our welcome meeting with Hulio Ceesa, he offered us the various trips and excursions etc… but as we were only there for 1 week we only wanted to go on one trip to go snorkeling and he quoted us around 120 englisn pounds for the two of us, we decided to wait as this was only our first day and when you are down on the beach there is an excursion company there who will do it cheaper, we paid approximately 75 english pounds for the two of us to go to the Katalina Island tour which included pick up at our hotel at 7.30am, bus drive to la romana port which took approximately 2.5 hours (with stop on the way) then the boat to the island, we did stop off for a 45 minute snorkel which was really good then went to the island, the trip included all our drinks on the boat, soft and alcoholic, all snorkeling equipment including life jackets, snorkel mask, pipe and fins (although we took our own masks) and it also included a BBQ style meal on the island which was really nice and had a good variety of salads, hot and cold side dishes like potato’s rice and spaghetti and then pork chops and chicken bbq, the staff were nice and we didnt feel pressured at all on the island, we were however disappointed tthat we couldnt explore the island much as it was very commercialised and was really just a small beach on one side of it with some small huts selling craft wares and souveneirs, the beach however was really nice and although there are a few corals there, you have to swim a long way to get to them and there were quite a few fish at the corals, there were a couple closer to shore and if you take some bread, they will feed from your hands
the hotel also had entertainment nightly, some of it was really really bad and the highlight was the Michael Jackson night, this was great, they also had a karaoke night which wasnt that good, and nightly bingo sessions
Other Comments: to be quite honest, we didnt feel safe out of the complex as there was a lot of poverty in the area and lots of armed guards everywhere so we didnt go to the town itself, the only places we went were the grounds of the hotel and the beach and i did go to the ATM Machine in town to get money to pay for the trip, nobody there seems to accept mastercard, the ATM was a drive through however i felt quite safe there as the guide went with me I did however have food poisoning on the last but one day we were there, not sure if it was undercooked omelette for breakfast but i was as sick as a dog and stayed in bed for 36 hours i wouldnt dismiss this hotel for someone wanting just a quick break however i’m sure that if you could fly to Santa domingo this would be a great place to go however the food wasnt the greatest and as we didnt venture outside the hotel we are unaware of where you can go do eat when we do go back to Dominican Republic we are going to stay somewhere near to Punta Cana Airport, i quite fancy Bayahibe, it looks lovely and we will be paying more for a hotel and going for something a bit more fancy with more choise of ala carte restraunts, will probably book a 5 star or something similar apart from the bad food, my food poisoning and the not venturing out of the hotel, we did meet up with another couple from England and at least made some friends out of it, the majority of the people who stay here are french, german, american, canadian and french canadian