Caribbean Village Playa Dorada – Club on the Green
February 4, 2007 – February 12, 2007
My husband and I are 35 & 32 and have been to Tryp Cayo Coco, Cuba February 2002, Brisas Guardalavaca, Cuba February 2003, Hotetur Palma Real, Cuba, February 2004, Club Amigo Atlantico, Cuba February 2005, Breezes Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic February 2006.
We traveled from Halifax to Puerto Plata on an Air Transat airbus and returned on Westjet. We booked through SelloffVacations.com / Air Transat Holidays and paid $711 pp taxes included. We enjoyed our flight both ways but preferred Westjet. This package was booked 8 days prior to departure.
My husband and I were traveling with 8 family members between the ages of 30 and 60 for a wedding, so we had 5 rooms and 10 different opinions, 2 have never been down south.
The resort has many villa style buildings; our villa had a junior suite and 2 regular rooms upstairs and the same downstairs.
Our room 5223 consisted of 2 double beds with a night stand between, table & chair, dresser with 6 drawers, very old cable TV, dressing area before the bathroom consisted of a closet with hangers and safe, noisy A/C, ceiling fan, & working telephone. No Balcony or fridge in room. The bathroom had a mirror, sink, toilet, & bathtub with shower. My sister & her boyfriend had ADJOINING room 5222 a Junior Suite which they didn't pay extra for, there room consisted of everything a regular room had except a king size bed instead of 2 doubles, large balcony area, round table with 4 chairs, and what looks like a kitchenette with no fridge, no sink, no stove. My Mother and Step-father had the same type of room as us, room 5221, but there A/C wasn't noisy at all.
The Bride and Groom were given a junior suite with a super large balcony and a fridge.
Everyone was satisfied with there rooms and only the bride and groom were switched to a nicer room and this was only because of the wedding, they were upgraded.
All the rooms were clean and no one saw any bugs in the rooms. The only MINOR complaints heard were drinking glasses in rooms not cleaned/replaced & no Kleenex in rooms. Our room the shower didn't work when attached to the wall and had to be hand held, also the shampoo and conditioner dispensers didn't work.
Always had hot water and power, they have both 110v and 220v electricity in room and on balcony. We all went knowing it was a 3 star and were more than happy with the rooms.
The service was excellent for a 3 star. Ony at the pool bar was great. The only complaint would be service at the buffet at dinner. At breakfast and lunch there were plastic cups for drinks but not at dinner and I would have preferred getting my own to waiting to be served and there seemed to be a shortage of wine glasses. Service at A la Carte's was slow, but I think it's supposed to be a leisurely meal but a glass of wine right away would have been appreciated. Front desk staff was friendly and efficient. Carole the Air Transat representative will do anything possible to make your trip enjoyable. On the day of departure our flight left at 11pm, the hotel was full and the front desk wasn't able to get us a late check-out, we went to talk to Carole and she was able to get 1 room for the 10 of us to share.
Pool was perfect, very clean and a good temperature. The stools were higher then usual at the pool bar, which I thought was great because people's butts weren't in the pool so hopefully not as much peeing in the pool.
The great thing about this resort is the large amount of loungers, no need to get up early. If you want to sit in the shade, grab a lounger in the shade, and then just move to another lounger to sit in the sun. Wonderful!!!
The whole time we there the property was at full capacity, but it never seemed busy, and locals never invaded resort.
The beach was nice, NO the sand wasn't white and the water wasn't Cuba clear aqua, but nice. I never had trouble getting a lounger on the beach at anytime of day. The beach bar was O.K. with a variety of drinks and a small buffet available certain times of the day. The washrooms are also nice at the beach bar, not like the picture on trip advisor I have no idea what washroom that was but I never saw it. When walking the hotel beach strip one day we saw 7 topless bathers, so not very many.
Bugs & Animals:
No bugs in the bed and none in the room!!! No bugs in any of the food places!!!
Most of us received a few mosquito bites, and sometimes put on bug spray. But I get more bites in Canada in the summer time.
No cat's or dog's around the resort that I noticed. There were dogs and puppies on the beach.
Always plenty of food to find at the buffet. Missed not having 24 hr food and drinks, but at around 12 – 1am they would have hamburgers and hotdogs.
Only rained a couple of times at night unfortunately in was the night of the Beach party & the night we were booked to go to the Brazilian a la carte.
Casino with free drinks if gambling, Mall with a Pizza Hut and Nightclubs.
The Coordinator did a fantastic job considering not many people get married at a 3 star or at this resort....The resort had no prior knowledge of the wedding and were very excited to help in anyway....of course the bride and groom had all the appropriate paperwork, thanks to the Dominion Embassy in Canada that put a rush on everything and all paperwork was sent and returned within 4 days.....AMAZING.
The resort had the gazebo repainted just for the wedding. Wine and snacks were sat-up for after the ceremony, people playing music, photographer, decorated horse and carriage to take bride and groom to the beach. The coordinator arranged for the bride and groom to have a private supper at the Brazilian al a carte.
I will post wedding pictures.
Sorry for the late posting, half this review was written directly after the trip and half just now.
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