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“Good/Bad of a nice vacation” 4 of 5 stars
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The Tropical at Lifestyle Holidays Vacation Resort
3.0 of 5 Resort (All-Inclusive)   |   Columbus Torre 1 | Playa Cofresi, Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic (Formerly Lifestyle Tropical Beach Resort & Spa)   |  
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Ranked #7 of 42 Hotels in Puerto Plata
Sherbrooke, Canada
1 review
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Good/Bad of a nice vacation”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2013

Good
- Clean rooms, air conditioning up to the task
- The merger of the two hotels since December 2012 (it has allowed us the buffet, beach, swimmingpool, bar, from the other hotel ... ... a lot to explore.
- The food is simple and very good.
- Alcohol is served in quantity and strength no problem.
- There was no chair running in the morning ... it was very good.
- Staff (& John Cena...host of a lot of activities) are impeccable.

Bad:
- The beach is really ordinary.
- The "lifestyle" reserve VIP beach, room, etc ... based "class" social ... is really a negative thing for our society.
- 1 floor floors are filled with moisture ... but no problem to change.
- The activities are interesting but not more than that.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
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  • Rooms
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    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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Shohola, Pennsylvania, United States
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2013

We stayed Jan. 21 to Jan. 26th. and had a great time. Room was in 3rd building, very quiet. Grounds are well kept, pools are clean, facilities - even the pool side bathrooms - very well kept. Buffet was good, typical foods included pasta bar, pizza, chicken, pork, lamb, seafood. Not a lot of beef, but good local dishes too, plenty of fresh fruit and seafood, and if you can't find something to eat, you must be a very picky eater because every day there had to be at least 20 different dishes to choose from, plus local stuff like rice and beans, and wonderful passion fruits! And ice cream at lunch every day.
The shower is a little funny, no curtain or anything, so if you run the water full blast you will have a flood, but if you only run it half blast you will be fine. Seemed to be more hot water later in the day then 1st thing in the morning.
When we got to our room, the TV was not working and there was no beer in the fridge, we had to call the front desk twice but within a half hour or so it was handled.
When you get to the airport, pay the porter the $3 he wants and you will breeze through the airport and he will bring you right to the Cheap Carribean desk. On the way to the resort, the guide told us not to drink stuff with coconut milk in it because milk, plus booze and sun = sick. The wine is not all that good and they will tell you so; not a lot of grapes in DR, so they make it out of apples and all kinds of other stuff, though the beer is excellent.
Beach? Clean and well kept. Bars? Stocked and friendly. Food? Pretty good. Staff? Awesome.
On a side note; the 2nd day we were there, my bf got sick because he had surgery a few days before, and developed a reaction to the latex they used on him; his entire face was swollen so bad his eye was shut closed. I went to the lobby, right away they brought us to the clinic, the doctor pumped him full of anti-swelling stuff and anti-biotics and they saved our vacation.
Go, you will have a great time plus the VIP beach is very nice but the regular beach is where we spent most of our time, more shade and you are a lot closer to the water.
Marie B and Chris R

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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Staten Island, New York, United States
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2013

I can't wait to come back. We had an awesome time. All of the staff was wonderful. Especially the entertainment crew who include. Chocochoco, putytan, john cena, lenny. Cravittz , tairis and. Especially jhony bravo. U all make it hard for us to leave but easy for us to come back
Thank u
Dolores and michael bonaguro

Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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New York City, New York
2 reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2013 via mobile

Being my second time at lifestyle resort it's always exciting and welcoming. The staff are always with smiles and always attentive. Our first time going we (my best friend and I) had the royal suites and oh what a great way to enjoy our first time with the pool out in front and ice cold beers in the fridge. Rooms were always cleaned when we returned with clean towels and new water bottles. We loved everyday of the trip and the resort. My second time with my boyfriend we unfortunately didn't get the royal suites but still had a nice room with a beautiful view of the pool and beach. We had the chance to have reservation at the Italian, Mexican and Indian all delish!! And waitstaff was attentive. :) I truly feel welcome here. Meet so many different people and saw many of the staff that I had met on my first visit, and they remembered me which made me feel special. :) would go back anytime of the year in a heart beat!! Thank you guys!! XO

  • Stayed January 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Winnipeg, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2013

My husband and I were in Puerto Plata for two weeks. We were staying at another resort when my hubby "bumped into" a person who takes you on tours for Lifestyles Holiday Vacation Club. We went on a tour that took about 6 hours and we were riding in a golf cart; not walking! The resort is simply gorgeous! He showed us all the V.I.P. beaches, a beach snack bar and then we stopped for lunch at the Ocean Grill restaurant at Harmony Beach and the fish sandwich we had was absolutely delicious as well as the fries! The vast expanse of this resort necessitates the use of a golf cart or the shuttle service (which runs all over and very often) and all of it is beautiful! The beaches are so very clean and lovely! Lying on a round bed at Serenity Beach with humongous white pillows to prop yourself up against right in front of the ocean was such a mesmerizing, relaxing experience and one that we've never experienced before. We just layed there and watched someone para-sailing off in the distance and it was so peaceful. The restaurants are really good and the service was definitely top-notch. After the tour we purchased a vacation club membership with Lifestyles and stayed there for the remainder of our time in Puerto Plata. On our last night there, it happened to be their weekly Sunday welcome party for all their guests. It is done like a Las Vegas big show! The professional singers and dancers were spectacular and we had an awesome time! With everyone up and dancing after dinner it was one big beach party! The fireworks were absolutely gorgeous too! The people at the resort were all very friendly and couldn't do enough for you to ensure you were happy and had everything you needed! When we were going back to the airport to catch our flight home, we were picked up in our very own white stretch limo and the driver poured us some champagne from one of the limo bars! Just the two of us in that huge limo! The music was quietly playing, the blue sky, sunshine and ocean view along the road we sailed along on. It was very lovely indeed and we'll be back next year! We aren't royalty but we sure got a picture of what royalty is treated like during our stay at this resort!!! The maid service is excellent and the suite was clean and fresh and our fridge was stocked with water, Presidente (Caribbean) beer, pepsi as well as a fruit dish and cheese dish. Also, some white wine, orange juice and cranberry juice when we were asked what else we'd like them to put in the fridge for us. This resort aims to please you; what could be wrong with that!? If you have any requests or problems, just ask and your wish is their command. They really do want you to be happy! So, be happy!

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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Boston, Massachusetts
2 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2013

My sister and I took a 5 day trip and stayed at Lifestyles. I have to say-- the online ratings I saw beforehand do NOT do this place justice-- neither do the pics. The resort was clean, beautifully landscaped, and staffed with tons of very friendly and helpful people. The guys that work at the main pool were so much fun-- playing games all day, the drinks were flowing, music playing. There is stuff going on every night too. This place has something for whatever you are looking for. The selection of excursions is impressive and surprisingly reasonably priced compared to what I have seen at other resorts.The crowd was a mix of couples, families and groups of adults so we felt very comfortable and safe. The food was excellent too and neither of us got sick. We ate the Blue Lagoon seafood place, Bellinis the italian place, the mexican place, and the buffet. You do have to get dinner reservations in the AM - and if you are persistent, you will... no problem. The VIP beach is beyond gorgeous - you do have to save a bed in the morning, but it is an easy process and people abide by that unwritten rule - our stuff never got moved. If you go expecting 3.5 stars (which I did) you will be thrilled with what this place had to offer. I am so sad to be back in the snow!

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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Louisville, Kentucky, United States
2 reviews
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2013

Unfortunately, this was just an "okay" vacation. The weather was great, but the resort was not. The food, customer service, liquor, and cleanliness were lacking. After the first day my husband and I both got sick from something we ate. We booked out vacation through RCI and will not be returning.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Columbus Torre 1 | Playa Cofresi, Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic (Formerly Lifestyle Tropical Beach Resort & Spa)
Location: Caribbean > Dominican Republic > Puerto Plata Province > Puerto Plata
Amenities:
Beach Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#5 Top resorts Hotel in Puerto Plata
#5 Family Hotel in Puerto Plata
#6 On the Beach Hotel in Puerto Plata
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — The Tropical at Lifestyle Holidays Vacation Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 282
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Set within the sprawling Lifestyle Holidays Vacation Resort, The Tropical offers a classic hotel vacation experience set within quaint, two- and threestory, Mediterranean-style buildings. The mood is laid-back and distinctively Caribbean. Guest enjoy all resort facilities and amenities (excluding the V.I.P areas) including swimming pools, a choice of excellent restaurants, exercise rooms, tennis courts, windsurfing and so much more. The Lifestyle Tropical is Ideal for couples seeking a private island hide-away with all the advantages of a world-class resort. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Lifestyle Tropical Beach Hotel Puerto Plata
Lifestyle Tropical Beach Resort And Spa
Lifestyle Tropical Beach Resort Spa
Hacienda Tropical
Hotel Lifestyle Tropical Beach

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