Dominican Republic

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#3 Riu Palace Macao
#3 Riu Palace Macao
Punta Cana
Dominican Republic
421 reviews
Another excellent stay
This was our third stay this year at the Adults only resort RIU Palace Macao (March, April & June). Our room was located on the 3rdd floor, it was nice & clean. We booked an upgraded room (Superior Junior suite) and were very happy being on the pools/ocean side. Wi-Fi is free and works fine in your room. We had a king size bed which we found comfortable. There is lots of drawers/storage space. There is a ceiling fan above the bed which we enjoyed as the AC this time was not as powerful. The patio door curtains are opaque. Balconies on the third floor are much smaller than other lower floors. It was private 2 chairs a small table & a small drying rack. The balconies have a cement wall (approx. 6.5 feet high) on each side that prevents you from looking at the neighbours balconies. Our maid service was excellent. We always had our fridge (beers, 500 ml soft drinks & 1.5 L water bottle) & bathroom towels/items... replenished when needed. There is also 4 bottles of different alcohol types (Gin, Tequila, Rum & Vodka) with a measuring dispenser. In the washroom you have a very spacious walk-in shower with the option of a rain forest flow or hand held shower head. There are two sinks. In the closet, there are many wood hangers (approx. 20). The free digital safe is located at the bottom of the closet (approx. 6 inches from the floor). The food was very good at all the locations we ate: Buffet (main building for breakfast & dinner. For lunch the buffet is served in a separate building away from the main building (between the night À la Carte restaurants (Italian & Grill specialities)). All the buffet style restaurants have a wide variety of meats, fish, pastas, cold cuts, breads, cheeses, salads, sushi's, fresh fruits/vegetables, jams, nutella, ice cream, yogurts, deserts, condiments, syrups, etc...). The food at the four À la Carte restaurants (No reservation needed) was very good. The service at the buffets & À la Carte restaurants was excellent. For a little extra sweet go to the Capuchino Café. During the day you can get small sandwiches/wraps with many different pastries and different flavoured coffees/Teas are served. After dinner the Capuchino Café offers different flavoured coffees/Teas & many types of delicious deserts. The service at all the bars was excellent. The 3 pools were kept clean and the water was clear throughout the whole day. All public washrooms we used were kept clean. For the beautiful large beach area you have plenty of lounge chairs scattered between the many palm trees (no palapas). There was no towel game to reserve a lounge chair early in the morning. No matter at what time you came to the beach there was always free lounge chairs. There is an interlock pathway (approx. 100 feet from the ocean) connecting the 4 beachfront RIU hotels (Palace Punta Cana, Bambu, Palace Macao & Palace Bavaro). The location of the Riu Palace Macao is ideal for beach walkers. You can walk either way (East/West) for very long distances. This time there was lots of algae's. But we still found the Beach amazing, white sand and amazing blueish/green ocean water. For the gym & Spa services you must walk to the Palace Bavaro (approx. 10 min. walk). The guests were mostly from USA, Canada & Europe. This hotel is quiet, no loud music/noise at night. The average age of the guests was younger this time 45 years. The hard working hotel personnel are ALL wonderful, friendly & give you an excellent service with a smile from your check-in (Ana Maria for us) to your check-out. My spouse and I will definitely return to the RIU Palace Macao resort as we had another very relaxing vacation at this small Adult only resort.
#10 Bahia Principe Luxury Esmeralda
#10 Bahia Principe Luxury Esmeralda
Punta Cana
Dominican Republic
521 reviews
Pack your patience if you go to this hotel chain!
Firstly, the hotel is older and in need of updating although it was clean enough. The a la carte restaurants had amazing food and did not disappoint. The buffets were sub par with little to no variety. The worst service was as the Jasmine restaurant. The servers are extremely slow and rarely acknowledge you. On New Year's Eve, we did not have a choice but to book at this restaurant. Although we had reservations, the staff seated on a first come first serve basis and when questioned, were very rud, snapped at you and then ignored you. I asked the three hostess' names who were disinterested in assisting and at fist they lied and told me false names, then turned their name tags around so you could not see them or took them off altogether. Yurianny attempted to conceal her name, but was too late. She did gather all the staff to alert them and point me out which was unacceptably rude. The second hostess told me her name was Maria. Her name was actually Yasanfry. The third hostess told me her name was Nicole and it was actually Ludy. Obviously these three ladies knew they were rude and attempted to hide their identities. I did put in a complaint but the hotel manager did not reach out to discuss the poor service and rudeness of these three individuals. Totally unacceptable!! In addition they regularly ran out of food and drinks. The grounds are beautiful but you better pack your patience if you go to this hotel.
#11 Bahia Principe Grand El Portillo
#11 Bahia Principe Grand El Portillo
Samana
Dominican Republic
800 reviews
nice refreshing stay for a middle age couple
We have been in this hotel before covid and loved it so much. We tried a few times to return, but it did not work due to the different reasons. Actually, it was our first place from others, we stayed for vacation, we wanted to come back. Finally we succeed to come in December and were not disappointed, though there were some changes, slightly diminished our satisfaction. The coffee machine was not already available in the lobby for example, and vegetarian station was not existing anymore. It was mixed with other dishes. However, don't take me wrong, I still loved the place this time. It was a beautiful renovation of buffet area, which became more spacious, and life music at 7 pm was a great time to spend with others by dancing and playing games. The only restaurant we went was Brazilian, and it was the same high quality. The service everywhere is excellent. Everyone is very welcoming and cheerful, in spite of the massive crowd they have to serve every day. The meals are delicious, and there is a big variety of veggies and fish. The beach is amazing, long and quiet without waves and sea weeds. The staff cleans the sand of the beach every morning. the Entertaiment in overall was fair. We enjoyed the circus show. It was on a very high professional level and retro one was not bad. The entertainment team worked hard to make our stay even more pleasant. Our room was small, but clean and cozy. Everything you need was there. We appreciated the hard work from everyone, who made our stay refreshing and enjoyable. We will come again! Thank you El Portillo!!!
#20 Lopesan Costa Bavaro Resort Spa And Casino
#20 Lopesan Costa Bavaro Resort Spa And Casino
Punta Cana
Dominican Republic
91 reviews
2022 Adventure Trip to Dominican Republic
clinic - scam---> they speak 80% Spanish, and use iphone to translate it in English. And then they send you bill to your room, and harass you at middle of night to pay the bills. There is no place to complain. Zero customer service. their Motto is: customer and clients who haas spent 6 to 8K dollars to come visit their resort, are always wrong and we can squeeze more money out of them. Towel Station ==> only 1 located at main pool -- which is 10 minutes walk to water park for kids. Very inconvenience. as it closes at 5 p.m. the one at.beach never seen it open either. Beautiful Lobby - but no garbage stations Arrival: at arrival on our first day, there was no on at reception. very confusing. the people at entrance sent us to right, and the other party to left. at right where it says express "check in" there was no one to receive. The people who were guided to go left, also joined us, saying the people at other side directed us here. All of us were confused till after sometime, someone finally shows up. ==> for couples it may be okay resort, but for people with kids, this place is no good. ==> everything is sold in U.S. dollars rather than in their local currency. items sold outside are so much cheaper than the hotel. ==> coconut is sold for $5 U.S by the pool. but outside it is less than a $1 U.S. ==> people at reception are not well trained, their information don't match from person to person. I have been to Dominican Republic before. first time was so amazing at another resort, there was no availability there, else i wouldn't have to this location.

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