This was our first time at the Lifestyles Resort in Puerto Plata. It was difficult to get to but worth it. The Tropical Beach was very clean but noise can be a distraction in the corridors which are open at both ends. Other locations on the property have better accommodations but are options for members and their guests or those who are willing to pay extra. The grounds are well maintained and all of the staff are super friendly and aim to please your every need. Most of the staff speaks English and the activities staff is outstanding. I specifically want to mention Barbie, Puty Tan, Caramelo, Caramelo, Choco Choco, John Cena, Lenny Cravitz, and Jhony Bravo. They are terrific in providing activities around the pool area. George, who works at the pool Towel Counter, is also super and the music he plays is great. The beach is only average but the cabanas make up for it. And there is no problem with local vendors trying to sell you something on the beach. We were given four optional restaurants to try for dinner when we checked in via RCI Guest Services. That feature was a pleasant experience. We did not try to switch dates or exchange restaurants, so everything worked out fine. the buffet was good. It reminds me of the type of food you typically get at the buffet on cruise ships. There is a show every night and they are all very good. We didn't miss any of them except one which was rained out.