I have given the ‘Be Live Hotel’ and overall rating of ‘very good’ the reason being is that the Hotel grounds are always kept very clean, there are always maids walking around cleaning the public toilets, grounds men maintaining the gardens, and men cleaning the pool every morning.
Myself and my boyfriend stayed in Block 9 – this had all the superior rooms in it (we got a cheap up grade for this). The room was clean, bright and did not smell of damp like other people have mentioned. The maid would always replenish the fridge with 2x cans of beer and 2x soft drinks (coke and sprite) and a bottle of water. The sheets and blankets were always clean, and this goes for the towels too. I would recommend staying in this block – however when the beach party is going on you can hear this but this wasn’t a problem for myself as I’m a very heavy sleeper and the beach party isn’t a regular event.
The entertainment staff really do make this Hotel, they are fun, caring and will always stop and have a chat to you whilst you are round the pool, and they try to encourage you to participate in all the activities but do not pester you. The activities themselves are a lot of good fun and you get to socialise with all the other guests staying at the hotel – a great way to make friends. Hector in particular really did make this holiday for myself and my boyfriend, he was a great person, extremely funny and just an overall fun person to be around, Danny boy is also a lovely guy!
However, if you are not looking for that kind of holiday then you can always make your way to the beach for some peace and quiet – but be careful of the ladies who want to braid hair, and the men walking along the beach to show you their shop…DO NOT GO WITH THEM unless you want to feel under pressure and the guilt to buy something from their shops, we heard from friends of ours that it is very over priced goods too.
I did struggle with the food at this hotel, as we went all inclusive. The Mexican, Brazilian and Gourmet restaurants were all very nice as the food was made for you then and there so it felt very fresh. You do have to book these up and they do close occasionally but the man at the desk at reception will be able to tell you when they are open or closed. The reservation service is only open 9am – 1pm but you can book all the restaurants up in advance so it isn’t really a problem if you are going on a trip…just book in advance!
The buffet restaurants food was a bit more flakey, some of the food was a bit hit and miss and unfortunately I did and some of the other guests did pick up a stomach bug whilst out there. So beware of the buffet restaurant and book the other restaurants up!!
Trips…we went on some trips whilst we were in The Dominican Republic and these were Paradise Island, Waterfall/Horse Riding/Zip lining excursion and Ocean World. We booked these through our holiday rep in order to get the best deals. However there is an office located in the grounds of the hotel (next door to the gym) where you can book these up. Paradise island and the triple excursion were brilliant – strongly recommend, great photo opportunity!! Ocean world…very small, nothing like it looks on the leaflet, however if you haven’t swam with dolphins then I would recommend it, we did the royal swim (cost about £150 ish each) and we got an hour dolphin swim, swam with sharks and sting rays (this was included with the price) and it was brilliant, never swam with dolphins before but was amazing – great photos!! The staff who work there are really nice and just lots of fun!
This was our first trip to The Dominican Republic and we thoroughly enjoyed it, best holiday yet! However as we don’t travel to the same place twice we will not be going back, but I will recommend this hotel to friends and family. Some peoples reviews on here are a bit harsh and they are forgetting this is a 4 star hotel but in England/America it would probably be 3 star. So if you go, please say Hello to Hector from Ryan and Faye! :o)
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