I'm just back two days now, and the memories of our stay at Be Live Gran Marien Puerto Plata are still fresh in my mind, all great memories, no negatives. Well one area maybe they may want to consider adding some music at the pool area. Other than that? what a great place.
Reception was smooth, welcome cocktail at reception, bell hop took care of any luggage to the room, and a driver in a golf cart took us to our room and offered a brief description of the property as we rode in the cart.
The room was exactly as in the pictures and as descibed on the website. Clean, functional with mini fridge with 2 cold beers, 2 pop, and two bottles of water. I was upgraded to a ocean view standard room as they were full at the time of arrival at 11pm. Great beach view from the balcony or terrace as I was on the ground floor, 300 block. The bathroom was ok, ya it could be updated a bit but was functional and good size. Lots of towels too. We made ourselves to the snack bar just outside our building for a few cocktails and a snack before doing a walk around to view the resort. Looked all good so far, even after the 4 hr flight and 1/2 hr commute to the resort from the airport.
During our 7 day stay, we ate at all 3 a la carte resteraunts and also the main grand buffet. The a la carte places, you have to book for a table as they are limited in seating for two seatings per night. One at 630 and the other at 7pm. No problem getting a seating after booking in the lobby, as long as you are there by 10am. After that time, well you take the left over seating if any or missed out that night, but can book for tomorrow night. No line ups outside the door as some have complained about. And all three a la carte's were fantastic. The service everywhere in the resort is 5 star for sure. The staff, all the staff, from the guy on the kick rake in the gardens, the bartenders, to the cleaning staff, to the security officers in the resort were all helpful, friendly, and very good to talk to. Always a friendly smile and a Olah, (hello) whenever they pass by you. They make you feel welcome and safe, wherever you are in the resort and at whatever time too. Cleaning the rooms start at 10am or so and go to about 4pm, whereever your room fits in that schedule. So it may be early or late. If you want to be a room person or sleep til noon, then put the card on the door. But really why you want to be a room fly? Get out and enjoy. TV was limited, lots of channels, and maybe 5 in American. I did catch what I wanted at night on the tv.
The Grand Buffet had a lot of regular staple foods, you know the rices, the veggies, the cheeses, etc. But also every night, the theme was different. Maybe Mexican one night, and another night was Italian, Mediterian, European night....you get the idea I hope...themes with the foods prepared to match the theme. I never heard one complaint about cold food or blah tasting. There are a few la dee daa people there, you know the type..... the ones in middle class 358 days of the year, but for the 7 days they are here, they are the ones thinking they are the Queen's relatives and expect the moon, for lack of describing them. The Dominican people do the best they can, for the various nationalities there.
And having saying that, a lot of German, Russian, Swiss,French people there..... but then again, a lot of Canadians there. The US? Not so many. The age group varies of the people there. Children as a rule are all behaved, but some of the parents need some help with their behaviour allowing their children to run around unsupervised. U know the type.. The casino is a bit of a joke as half of their machines were out dated and not working. But if you want a Las Vegas Casino? then go to Las Vegas, not Dominica
The safety box is $3.00 a day, yep.... u have to pay it if you want it. Don't want to pay it? great, but don't complain. It is what it is. I got one for my wallet, papers and stuff important to me. But seriously, after being there.... it is not a problem with their staff.
Hope that helps you decide. My wife and I had a great time!
they are all good.
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