Arrival Arrived in Punta Cana through Transat Holidays via Westjet around 7pm. Comfortable plane, great ride from airport shuttle to resort. We were greeted promptly at the front desk by the bellhops, a warm "Hola" and some beverages. Bags were brought directly to our room, no time wasted..great start!
Awesome. Stayed in block #86 (which I read was good from this website). It was very close to everything..lobby, pool, ocean, buffet,spa/gym, casino and trolly. The room was very nice..jacuzzi tub, king size bed, patio to the pool deck..what more can you ask considering you spend very little time in the room anyhow.
Restaurants and Bars
Considering they feed around 8000 people a day, the restaurants were not too bad…but a quick tip..the beef is nothing like here in Canada I must say, it’s best described as possibly a piece of rubber. Variety was nice at the buffets, but some foods were so so, others pretty good..it was hit and miss. Buffet wise..ate mostly at the main Palace buffet(Las Torres)The "gala" buffet on Friday night was great. A la carte restaurants were OK as well, but the line-ups were a bit long some days (2 hours for the Italian!!) Italian(Mare Nostrum), Mexican(Mariachi) and Asian (Bamboo) were good, Steakhouse(Arrecife) and Brazilian were less than desirable. There is a new Japanese a la carte that just opened, didn’t get a chance to try it though. Apparently if you are a guest of the Royal Suites portion, you can reserve tables for specific times, for the rest it’s 1st come 1st on the waiting list! Bars- Went to almost all of them. Reception bars were the best by far for entertainment and socializing, mainly in the Palace and the Bavaro sections..watch for the "Spanish Flamenco" guitar player, he was good. Disco was sweaty and likely more for young hooligans, but OK if that’s your thing. Hemingways bar in the mid section of the Bavaro section is quiet, yet comfortable..there are premium liquors there, but beware it is smokey. Saw the Michael Jackson show that everyone kept raving about,it was OK, but mainly a way to drink for 2 hours and laugh.
Very nice..and very well layed out. 4 pools to choose from (we preferred the centre pool at the Punta Cana resort as you have access to all of them) Beaches were awesome..although windy..long walk if you want to, or just flake out in the chairs..by the way, the towel on the chair thing is really not necessary, we scored prime seats all day long. Might be a cool idea to bring an inflateable matress to float around in the pool.
Activities on and off the Resort/Hotel Went on the "Zipline" tour. It was fun, but only if your not afraid of heights. The trip was long and bumpy, but got to see a lot of the villages and countryside along the way up to the mountains. No alcohol was offered along the trip, and the "after zip snack" was nothing more than a few pieces of fruit. There are may activities around the pool each day..salsa lessons, water aerobics, etc, so there is plenty to do.
-Mosquitoes were minimal, but still around..repellant is reccommended for the evening or any off resort adventures. -El Corticito is the market right beside this resort..be careful, and be prepared to be bombarded by locals selling their stuff for WAY to high prices..you will have to barter and cut them down by at least 60-80%, we found most of the same items in the shops on the resort for decent prices. -Internet is available in all of the reception areas, and wireless is available as well for laptops -Bring sunscreen, it’s hot..especially this trip..hi’s of 85-90 and nightly lows of 75 or so..great! -Bring along a travel mug to get your beverages in, way easier that going back to the bar 10 times. On that note, only tip if they deserve it. You really dont need to tip, but it was nice if you recieved exceptional service.
All in all, this is an awesome resort, well worth the money. We will return