This is our 3rd stay at the Gran Ventana and we can't wait to go back again. We have usually stayed for one week and this time it was for 2 weeks. We like small resorts where everything is compact and handy. The beach is raked clean every day and there is a couple of coral reefs just in front of the hotel where it is safe for swimming and snorkelling. There are plenty of palapas for those like myself who can't sit out in the sun all day. The beach vendors do not bother you if you politely say no thanks or no gracias. You can barter with them quite a bit. There were some children staying with their families but we did not find them to be any problem. In fact, we loved watching some young Finnish girls, aged 4 and 7, playing on the beach so happy and so well behaved. We like resorts where the language spoken is mainly English and this year there were alot of Finnish people there. Even though a lot of them did not speak english we found them to be friendly and well-mannered. The food was as good as ever and the a la cartes were amazing. This year the a la carte at Victoria was only included for previous persons who had stayed at GV and we had never previously eaten over there. Well it was amazing. I had sea bass cooked in passion fruit sauce. Although not mandatory, we did tip in the a la cartes, the maids and the guard on the beach. Neither of us drink much, otherwise tipping the bar men is quite common. The resort is spotlessly clean and in the morning a large crew of men and women could be seen scrubbing down all the walks ways to the beach with water and disinfectant. During the day all the floors were also washed. Hand sanitizers were used in the restaurants.
Only negative for people arriving on Tuesday this week was that the pool was emptied, and was being resurfaced and repainted which was going to take a few days. The people arriving from England said they were told about this and were offered to stay at the sister hotel, the Victoria Golf Resort , for a few days. I am sure that the same would have applied to visitors from Canada, U.S and Finland (which made up the majority of the visitors). This had to be done as the pool floor in places was very rough.
Trips - we did two. We booked Samana through the tour company. It was good but a long day - 6 am till 8 pm. The tiring part was the almost 4 hr. bus ride to Samana. The second we booked through Francisco on the beach and we were able to negotiate a price with him. We had a taxi driver take us to Sosua and Cabarete. We had been to Sosua before so only wanted a ride through it but found Cabarete more interesting and walked a bit on the beach there and then along the main street. We had coffee and cakes at a little cafe and it was very cheap and the cakes home baked. Our taxi driver also took us to the beach nearby where they have the world windsurfing championships.
We also won a trip to Ocean World. We had a great day there with lots to do.
We met some lovely people at the resort, Marilyn and Bernard from England, Gloria and Dan from London, Ontario, Angie from Hull, Charlotte and her partner from Barnsley, England and a lovely lady from Quebec who had enjoyed golfing at the Victoria. We will keep in touch. Hope to see you all at the GV next year.
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